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Training Courses


How to Avoid a Defamation Case

Thursday 27th August, 10am – 12noon


A defamation case can be devastating for a small publisher, causing serious damage to finances and reputation.
Join Ireland’s leading expert on media law, Kieran Kelly, to learn what to look out for and what to avoid during the editorial, production, marketing and sales processes.

Kieran Kelly

In 2000, having been litigation partner of a large Dublin firm, Kieran set up a niche practice specializing in business litigation with emphasis on media law, the first specialised media law practice in Ireland. Last year, the practice merged with FOD, with the business continuing to grow as these areas of law get more complex. The practice handles defamation issues, both pre and post publication, privacy, confidentiality, internet, regulatory and intellectual property issues. Kieran represents and advises the largest media organisations on the island of Ireland, and is instructed by the national and regional newspaper industry, magazine publishers, online news providers, book publishers and video producers. Kieran has been involved in commercial litigation in all the Superior Courts and almost uniquely in the profession, Kieran has represented the interest of clients before every statutory Tribunal of Investigation held in the State since 1991.

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The Nuts and Bolts of the Publishing Contract

Thursday 17th September, 9.30am – 12.30pm


Clark’s Publishing Agreements has long been the ‘must have’ legal resource for the publishing industry. Join Lynette Owen, General Editor of this seminal work as she gives us an indepth walkthrough of the trade publishing Publisher-Author contract. Taking in every clause, Lynette will discuss meaning, implications and updates as well as answering your questions along the way. Whether you are an experienced drafter of publishing agreements or new to the industry this thoroughly practical session will prove invaluable in deepening your understanding of the cornerstone of the publishing business.

Lynette Owen

Lynette Owen is a freelance copyright and rights consultant. She started her publishing career in rights at Cambridge University Press and also worked at Pitman Publishing and Marshall Cavendish before joining Longman Group Ltd (now Pearson Education) until May 2013 as Copyright Director. She regularly lectures on copyright and rights. She is the author of Selling Rights in its eighth edition and General Editor of Clark’s Publishing Agreements now in its tenth edition. She received the London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and an OBE for services to publishing and international trade in 2009 and in 2018 the IPG Award for Services to Independent Publishers.

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