Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White–Collar and Regulatory Crime

Page last updated: Wednesday, May 15, 2024


Over recent years, discussion on crime has gradually focused more on corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime. 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. 

Some research also suggests that various forms of fraud and cybercrime are increasingly prevalent matters of concern for individuals and organisations. Consequently, white–collar crime is an area of increasing importance. 

This Advanced 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 Advanced 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.

On completion of the Advanced Diploma, participants should be better able to:

  1. Identify the nature and characteristics of corporate and white–collar crimes;
  2. Develop a greater understanding of sanctioning and compliance–oriented models of corporate enforcement, including a critical appreciation for the relative strengths and weaknesses of each model, and their overlapping nature;
  3. Recognise the Irish experience of addressing corporate misbehaviour, in light of the social, political and economic context to enforcement;
  4. Increase analytical skills and knowledge of the various procedures in place for the investigation, prosecution and punishment of corporate wrongdoers, including the various due process protections in place.

Who is the course for?

The course will appeal to legal practitioners and policymakers with an interest in corporate, white–collar and regulatory crime. It will also appeal to company directors, financial, tax and insurance sectors, accounting bodies, regulatory bodies, HR practitioners, IR practitioners, members of An Garda Síochána, civil servants and trade union officials.

Having a diverse group of professionals studying this course together allows participants to learn from each other, especially during tutorials and Q&A sessions.

“The content, structure, and delivery of this course should be taken into consideration for anyone seeking self–development or career progression in this area. The range of experience from the various speakers on this course makes this ‘a must do’ for anyone involved in the area of White–Collar Crime.”

2021 Graduate


The designer and lead lecturer of the course is Assistant Professor Dr Joe McGrath.

Joe is an Assistant Professor at UCD School of Law. He teaches banking law, corporate governance, white–collar crime, comparative corporate governance and financial regulation. 

Course Content and Delivery 

This course takes place primarily in an online format, live via Zoom, with recordings of lectures available after class is over. Interactive elements such as class discussions / tutorials will not be recorded and will be cast live only.

The course takes place over 12 weeks, with lectures on Thursday mornings from September to February. Most classes will take the form of live–streamed lectures via Zoom from 8.00 am to 9.30 am each morning. 

There will be a small number of in–person sessions which will take place at King’s Inns. In–person sessions may take place in either the morning or in an after–work slot, from 6 pm.

Course Start Date: Thursday, September 26, 2024

Online classes are recorded using eLearning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle). This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class live via Zoom, most of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time. Some in–person classes may not be recorded.

All class notes are available to read through our Virtual Learning Environment. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our library and legal resource databases.

King’s Inns is built on networking and engagement. Over the year, we invite students to attend and participate in various social events, fireside chats and talks. Events take place either online or in–person. All of this contributes to the learning experience that is King’s Inns.

Course Content

  • Course overview and introduction
  • Theoretical introduction and the history of corporate enforcement in Ireland
  • Corporate investigations
  • Panel discussion on issues of prosecuting and defending white–collar crime 
  • Theft and fraud offences 
  • Money laundering and terrorist financing 
  • Regulatory offences 
  • Individual and corporate criminal liability 
  • Company law compliance and enforcement 
  • Corruption 
  • An advanced overview of sentencing and ancillary orders 
  • Individual accountability and banking culture
  • Whistle–blowers, lobbying and white–collar crime
  • Competition law enforcement 
  • Cybercrime
  • Revenue prosecutions 
  • Criminal process and the police

Please note the course content is subject to change in accordance with new developments in this area.

Previous Speakers

  • Andy Harbison, Grant Thornton
  • Barry Robinson, BDO Ireland 
  • 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
  • Mary Kiely, Revenue
  • Michael Held, General Counsel, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Niel Williardson, General Counsel, 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 SC
  • Tom Noone, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Tony McGillicuddy SC

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 and Accreditation

This is a professional development course and it is accredited independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. The skills and competence gained in studying at King’s Inns are transferable, portable and recognised internationally. It is a valuable qualification delivered by distinguished lawyers, members of the judiciary, legal and other practitioners specialising in legal education.

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete one assessment.

Course Fee

  • Course fee: €2,550.
  • You should view the fee structure, payment terms, and other charges here >

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. You must receive your discount code before applying. View more information here >

Admission Requirements 

There are no admission requirements for this course. A place on the highly sought–after course is not secured until the tuition fee is received in full. Once payment is received, you are automatically accepted on the course.

How do I Apply?

Application Deadline: Midnight (Irish time) on Thursday, September 5, 2024

  • In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘register and apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application. 
  • The application process is very short and your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. Once payment is received, you are automatically accepted on the course.
  • Payment can be made through the Application Portal using your credit or debit card (please make sure your bank allows you to process the full payment in one go), or 
  • If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a valid PO number in advance of making the application, 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. The participant will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the Application Portal. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their employer has paid in full within the timeframe required in order to secure a place. King’s Inns cannot contact your employer for payment, we can only liaise with the applicant.
  • An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.
  • Subscribing members: You must apply your discount code upon application. It cannot be applied after the application is made. 

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What do previous students say?

Corporate, White–Collar and Regulatory Crime Graduate 2021

“The content, structure, and delivery of this course should be taken into consideration for anyone seeking self–development or career progression in this area. The range of experience from the various speakers on this course makes this ‘a must do’ for anyone involved in the area of White–Collar Crime.”

Class of 2020–2021

Corporate, White–Collar and Regulatory Crime Graduate 2020

“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. The staff were very helpful when I contacted them. Really enjoyed the course.”

Class of 2019–2020