Sharon Sheehan

Sharon Sheehan [BA (Law and Spanish), G.Dip Business Administration] is a senior law lecturer employed at Dublin Business School since 1997.  She has been employed as a subject specialist in law and a programme leader for the BA in Legal Studies and has significant experience in the design, delivery and accreditation of programmes for QQI. Amongst her other teaching, Sharon teaches the Corporate and Business Law for the ACCA and her students have been placed first, second and third in Ireland in previous exam diets, as well as achieving worldwide placements.  Her students have consistently achieved pass rates in excess of the average pass rates achieved by ACCA students, and her classes have consistently achieved a pass rate in excess of 90% in exam diets.

Sharon is also the examiner for Chartered Accountants Ireland – Law for Accountants paper, Accounting Technicians Ireland – Law and Ethics paper, and Certified Public Accountants Ireland – Corporate Laws and Governance paper.   She has also edited and updated preparatory manuals for these accounting bodies.  She teaches at Master’s level in Employment Law with the IPA and has written an employment law manual for this institute. More recently she has delivered on their Professional Diploma in Human and Industrial Relations, for senior civil servants through the IPA. Furthermore, she has provided technical proof on Chartered Accountants textbooks such as A Guide to Being a Company Director, and An Introduction to Business Law.  She also delivers bespoke CPD programmes for ACCA Ireland, webinars for CPA Ireland, and has published a variety of articles for CPA Ireland, focusing on both company law and employment law issues. Furthermore, she accepted the role of examiner in a joint venture between CPA Ireland and ACCA Ireland in the preparation and examination of eligible persons to be qualified as Personal Insolvency Practitioners. 

She has also worked for two years in legal practice and Sharon applies her industry knowledge of the law to her delivery of the ACCA paper to encourage a common sense and practical approach to law by her students



BA (Law & Spanish), Grad. Dip. Business Administration

Paper Specialist

Corporate and Business Law (LW)

20 Placings at 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Ireland


Corporate and Commercial Law, Contract Law, Employment Law

Senior Lecturer in the Law and Business Schools
Subject Leader in Law (Business School)
Programme Leader (Law School – Level 6 and 7)
Professional Activities


March 2012, ACCA Dublin Chapter – Company Law Update and ReviewSeptember & December 2010, ACCA Dublin & Limerick Chapters – Company Officers: Duties and LiabilitySeptember 2010, ACCA Dublin Chapter – Company Conclusion: A Review
April 2010, Financial Regulator – Consumer, Marketing and Advertising Law Review
November 2009, ACCA – Dublin Chapter – Company Officers and the Companies Act 2009
June 2009, ACCA – Derry Chapter – The Law on Redundancy 
June 2009, ACCA – Sligo Chapter – The Law on Redundancy 
September 2007, Institute of Legal Accountants of Ireland - Termination of Employment Contracts – issues arising between employers and employee
September 2006 - Institute of Legal Accountants of Ireland - Hiring Staff – Everything an Employer should know!
Autumn 2006, ACCA Limerick & Dublin - Employer’s Liability
Spring 2006, ACCA Cork, Dublin & Athlone Chapters - Company Law in the New Millennium
Spring 2006 & Autumn 2005, Medtronic, Galway - 2 x CPD Training Sessions
in Employment Law
November 2005, ACCA Training Session Dublin - Employment Law
November 2004, ACCA Training Session Dublin- Employment Law
Autumn 2004, ACCA Munster & Leinster Chapter - Recent Changes in Employment Law


Webinar on Constructive Dismissal – December 2011, CPA Ireland“Constructive Dismissal – A Last Resort Remedy”, CPA Student Magazine, December/January 2011/12
“ Liability of Company Officers: A Review of Restriction and Disqualification Orders”, CPA Student Magazine, December/January 2010/11
“Examinership Law in Ireland A Rescue Remedy or a Temporary Safe Haven for Insolvent Companies?”, CPA Student Magazine, December/January 2009/10
“IATI Law and Ethics Manual” – Update 2010-2011
“Occupational Stress” – ACCA Student Newsletter, November 2006
“IPA Employment Law Manual” – Summer 2006 (updated 2007-2010)
Update of the McKeon Murray Business Law Manual for IATI Students – Summer 2005
External Consultants

Certified Public Accountants Ireland – Examiner in Corporate Laws and Governance, 2010 to PresentChartered Accountants Ireland – Examiner in Law for Accountants, 2009 to Present
Accounting Technicians Ireland – Examiner in Law and Ethics, 2008 to Present
Institute of Public Administration – Lecturer and Examiner in Employment Law on the Masters in Strategic HRM, 2006 to Present
Industry Experience

Legal Executive – Carney McCarthy Solicitors, May 1996 to June 1998Part-Time Teaching Assistant/Tutor – Dublin City University – Business School, October 1994 to August 1997
Legal Assistant – Legal Services FAS Head Office, January 1990 to June 1990
Any Additional Information

I have held the position of Senior Lecturer at DBS for the last eleven years, following three years in DCU employed as a Teaching Assistant. During this time I have built up considerable lecturing experience delivering a wide range of programmes to undergraduate, postgraduate and professional ACCA students. I currently lecture in the areas of Company Law, Contract Law, Employment Law and Media Law.  

I have been teaching ACCA Paper F4 since 2004. 
When lecturing I apply my industry knowledge of the law to my delivery of this paper to encourage a common sense and practical approach to law by students. 
Since delivering this paper, my students have achieved 15 placings at 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Ireland.