Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White–Collar and Regulatory Crime

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 recent PwC global economic crime survey, which is 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.

Course Content

  • Course introduction and history of corporate enforcement in Ireland
  • Issues of prosecuting and defending white collar rime
  • Cybercrime
  • Sentencing white collar criminals
  • Corporate criminal liability and corporate manslaughter
  • Sentencing and ancillary orders
  • Proceeds of crime and money laundering
  • Financial regulation and administrative sanctions
  • Investigating corporate fraud
  • Defending health and safety cases in practice
  • The Criminal Justice Act 2011
  • The ODCE and investigating and prosecuting offences under the Companies Acts
  • Competition Law offences
  • Fraud offences
  • Corruption: offences, prosecution and sentencing
  • Investigating white collar crime
  • Financial offences
  • Financial crime
  • Tax offences
  • Proving documents at trial
  • Whistleblowers, lobbying and white collar crime

Course 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.There will be guest lectures from individuals with specialist knowledge and/or senior prosecuting or defence lawyers including contributions from Remy Farrell SC, Patrick Gageby SC, Shane Murphy SC, Patrick McGrath and Andrew Harbison, Grant Thornton amongst others.  

Course Start Date: Thursday 3 November 2016.


Assessment is by means of one assignment and one Open Book examination.

Who should attend

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.


Fees can be viewed here

How to apply 

Applications should be emailed to or sent to Admissions, The Honorable Society of King’s inns, Henrietta Street, Dublin 1.

Applications are made here

Lecturers Include:

  • Dr Joe McGrath
  • Edward Doocey BL
  • Remy Farrell SC
  • Patrick Gageby SC
  • Patrick McGrath SC
  • Shane Murphy SC
  • DS Tom Burke
  • Laura Burge (Deloitte)
  • Dr Elaine Byrne
  • Ian Drennan (ODCE)
  • Gráinne Duggan BL
  • James Dwyer BL
  • Kenan Furlong (A&L Goodbody)
  • DS Catharine Gunne
  • Sheila Hanley (Revenue Commissioners)
  • Andy Harbison (Grant Thornton)
  • Shelley Horan BL (Course Designer)
  • Mary Kiely (Revenue Commissioners)
  • Seorise Ó Dúnlaing BL
  • Tom O’Malley BL
  • David McFadden (Companies Registration Office)
  • Declan O’Reilly (Criminal Assets Bureau)
  • Barry Robinson (Deloitte)
  • Dara Robinson (Sheehan and Partners)_
  • Pearse Ryan (Arthur Cox)
  • Lorcán Staines BL
  • Ciarán Walker (Central Bank of Ireland)


Testimonials from Past Students

Tom Conlon

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Advanced Diploma in Corporate, Regulatory and White Collar Crime. The lecturers from various regulatory agencies were able to share their invaluable practical knowledge and experience. The academic side to the course was stimulating and never repetitive. I would recommend the course to law students, investigators and the experienced legal professional alike.” (Class of 2015–2016)

Tom Conlon, Prosecution Solicitor.

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 – it 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.