Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White–Collar and Regulatory Crime

COVID–19 Changes 

Course materials and lectures will be available via our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Students will also have access to a range of online legal databases and resources. 

King’s Inns has the capacity to run all classes for the entire academic year using online learning systems if necessary and has invested in technology and training in order to ensure that the student learning experience during 2020–2021 will remain at the highest possible standard, whether teaching takes place online or in person. 

In order to ensure the safety of students and staff, this course will be delivered fully online for all students until the end of December 2020, with all teaching taking place online in the form of recorded lectures, plus some live online sessions that will not be recorded. 

A decision as to whether the teaching for Hilary Term (starting January 2021) will take place in person or via online or blended learning will be made by the end of the previous term. 

We know that social interaction with fellow students and expert speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience, and we hope to offer students the option to attend classes in person from January 2021 if they wish and if public health conditions at the time permit. If it is not possible to permit in–person attendance from January, or at any point thereafter, teaching will continue online for all students. It may be necessary for King’s Inns to revise or amend its approach at any time during the academic year based on the prevailing public health advice, and in so doing the safety of students and staff will be a key consideration. This means that it is possible that we might re–commence in person teaching only to be obliged to revert to online teaching only, should public health considerations warrant such a change.


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.

Course Start Date: Thursday 8 October 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.

Course Content

  • Course Introduction
  • Theoretical introduction and the History of Corporate Enforcement in Ireland
  • Corporate Investigations
  • Panel Discussion on issues of Prosecuting and Defending White–Collar Crime 
  • Enforcement and the Companies Registration Office 
  • Theft and Fraud Offences 
  • Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing 
  • Regulatory Offences 
  • Individual and Corporate Criminal Liability 
  • Company Law Compliance and Enforcement 
  • The American Law Institute’s Project on Compliance, Enforcement and Risk Management
  • Corruption 
  • An Advanced Overview of Sentencing and Ancillary Orders 
  • Panel Discussion on issues of Prosecuting and Defending White–Collar Crime 
  • Banking Culture
  • Whistle–blowers, Lobbying and White–Collar Crime
  • Financial Regulation in the U.S 
  • The CRO and Enforcement
  • Competition Law Enforcement 
  • Cybercrime
  • Revenue Prosecutions 
  • Proving Documents at Trial, Garda Interviews and AML
  • Criminal Process and the Police 
  • Property Act
  • Course Conclusion and Review Lecture 

Previous speakers on the course have included:

  • Andy Harbison, Grant Thornton
  • Barry Robinson, BDO Ireland 
  • Brian Storan BL
  • Caitriona Gunne, An Garda Síochána
  • Ciaran Walker, Eversheds Sutherland 
  • Professor Claire Hill, University of Minnesota
  • Dara Robinson 
  • Dr David McFadden
  • Edward Doocey BL
  • Dr Elaine Byrne BL
  • Ian Drennan, ODCE
  • James Dwyer SC
  • Dr Joe McGrath
  • Dr John Breslin
  • John Fitzgerald SC
  • Karen Burns, Revenue
  • Kenan Furlong, A&L Goodbody 
  • Lorcan Staines SC
  • Dr Mary Catherine Lucey
  • Mary Kiely, Revenue
  • Michael Held, General Counsel
  • Niel Williardson, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Patrick Gageby SC
  • Patrick McGrath SC
  • Pearse Ryan, Arthur Cox
  • Ronan Kennedy SC
  • Seoirse Ó Dúnlaing BL
  • Shane Murphy SC
  • Tom O’Malley BL
  • Tom Noone, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Tony McGillicuddy 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

Course fee: €2,350. View King’s Inns fee structure here

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. View more information here.

How do I apply?

There are no admission requirements for this course. 

Application Deadline: Extended to midnight on Monday, 28 September 2020.

Apply here

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?

Jacinta Phelan

“I found this course to be very informative and practical as it has further developed my skills and knowledge in this area. I enjoyed that the course was interactive and encouraged group discussion and participation. The course lecturers were very insightful and knowledgeable and were eager to listen and pass on their experiences. Staff were very helpful when I contacted them. Really enjoyed the course. (Class of 2019–2020)

Jacinta Phelan, Garda Sergeant

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 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