Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White–Collar and Regulatory Crime

Course available through blended / online distance learning.

Since Covid–19 restrictions came into force on March 12, this course was delivered 100% online through our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Read about the recent changes here

King’s Inns will continue to offer this course online for 2020/2021 until it is safe to deliver in person as well on campus. Attending classes in person will be optional. 

We know social interaction with fellow students, lecturers and visiting speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience and once a safe opportunity presents, we will invite students back on campus.


Over recent years discussion on crime has gradually focused more on corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime and has moved away from the more traditional “street crimes” that graced the front pages. This shift is primarily due to the fallout from the international financial crisis and the profound impact this has had on the economy. There exists a heightened awareness of the catastrophic effects that offences of this nature can have on society. 

According to a PwC global economic crime survey, which was the most comprehensive study of its kind, “it comes as no surprise to learn that economic crime – such as fraud, IP infringement, corruption, cybercrime, or accounting fraud – continues to be a major concern for organisations of all sizes, across all regions and in virtually every sector”. One in three organisations reports being hit by economic crime. Consequently, white–collar crime is an area of increasing importance.

This Diploma addresses both the procedural and the substantive law that applies to corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

This unique Diploma provides participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of the main areas of corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime, so that participants will be equipped to deal with the main issues in practice in what is an emerging area of law of increasing significance for many sectors and interests within the State. 

Participants will acquire a practical in–depth knowledge of the issues facing regulators, prosecutors, investigators, companies, practitioners and law reformers in this area.

Who is the course for?

The Diploma will appeal to legal practitioners and policy–makers with an interest in corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime. It will also appeal to suitably qualified non–legal professionals, including company directors, financial and insurance sectors, accounting bodies, regulatory bodies, HR practitioners, IR practitioners, members of An Garda Síochána, civil servants and trade union officials.


The coordinators of the course are Dr Joe McGrath and Edward Doocey BL.

Course Content and Delivery

Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars presented by leading experts in the area. The course will take place in two–hourly sessions over 20 weeks on Thursdays 6–8pm

Course Start Date: Thursday 8 October 2020 (provisional) 

Application Deadline: Friday 18 September 2020

This course will also be available via blended online learning, with classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class in person, most of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time.

All class notes are available online before lectures take place. Online tutorials are available to help students navigate their way through our library and legal resource databases.

Complimentary parking and refreshments will be provided to participants attending in person.

Please note that the schedule below is provisional. 

Week No.






Theoretical introduction and the History of Corporate Enforcement in Ireland

Dr. Joe McGrath



Corporate Investigations

Barry Robinson, BDO Ireland 



Panel Discussion on issues of Prosecuting and Defending White–Collar Crime 

Enforcement and the Companies Registration Office 

Shane Murphy SC; Patrick Gageby SC; Patrick McGrath SC



Theft and Fraud Offences 

Seoirse Ó Dúnlaing BL



Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing 

Regulatory Offences 

Dr. John Breslin & Caitriona Gunne



Individual and Corporate Criminal Liability 

Dr. Joe McGrath & Edward Doocey BL



Company Law Compliance and Enforcement 

Ian Drennan, ODCE



The American Law Institute’s Project on Compliance, Enforcement and Risk Management

Professor Claire Hill, University of Minnesota 




Dr. Elaine Byrne 



An Advanced Overview of Sentencing and Ancillary Orders 

Tom O’Malley BL



Panel Discussion on issues of Prosecuting and Defending White–Collar Crime 

John Fitzgerald SC; Ronan Kennedy SC; Tony McGillicuddy BL



Banking Culture

Ciaran Walker, Eversheds Sutherland 



Whistle–blowers, Lobbying and White–Collar Crime

Kenan Furlong, A&L Goodbody 



Financial Regulation in the U.S 

Niel Williardson, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Michael Held, General Counsel; Tom Noone, Federal Reserve Bank of New York



The CRO and Enforcement

Competition Law Enforcement 

Dr David McFadden; Dr Mary Catherine Lucey




Pearse Ryan, Arthur Cox & Andy Harbison, Grant Thornton



Revenue Prosecutions 

Mary Kiely, Revenue; Karen Burns, Revenue; Edward Doocey BL



Proving Documents at Trial, Garda Interviews and AML

Lorcan Staines SC & Dara Robinson 



Criminal Process and the Police 

Property Act

James Dwyer SC & Brian Storan BL



Course Conclusion and Review Lecture 

Edward Doocey BL

Essential Texts:

Horan, S. Corporate Crime (Bloomsbury Professional , 2011).

McGrath, J. White Collar Crime in Ireland: Law and Policy (Clarus, 2019)

McGrath, J. Corporate and White Collar Crime in Ireland: A New Architecture of Corporate Enforcement (Manchester University Press, 2015).


Assessment is by means of one assignment (worth 40%) and one Open Book examination.

Course Fee

Total cost of course: €2,350. 

Fee structure can be viewed here

BL graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. Click here for more information.

How do I apply?

We are now taking applications for this course. 

Apply here

There is no admission requirements for this course. Your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. 

Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit / debit card.

If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

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What do previous students say?

Edward Doyle

“An excellent course which sets out the challenges and approaches with corporate supervision and enforcement. Covering both the relevant legal frameworks and case law – the advanced diploma is presented in a manner accessible to the non lawyer yet very comprehensive for those seeking advanced and specialist understanding. The format also is very compatible with full time employment.” (Class of 2015–2016)

Edward Doyle, VP Financial Crime Strategy BAE Systems.

Charles McGuinness

“I found the course broad and intensive, but as the course progressed it was evident that the history of Corporate and White Collar Crime gave great foundation to my understanding of the enforcement these laws in Ireland today. The entirety of the course was enjoyable and very informative and was delivered by competent lecturers who were easily approachable to bring further clarity on any issue I had.” (Class of 2017–2018)

Charles McGuinness, Company Director