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A&L Goodbody provides its blue-chip clients with a full employment service, including advice on TUPE, workforce restructuring, industrial relations and tribunal work. Karen Killalea has been representing IBM in Court of Appeal proceedings concerning a former employee’s entitlement to permanent health insurance. Duncan Inverarity heads the practice.

Arthur Cox acted for Transdev in a pay dispute with employees of Luas (Dublin’s light rail system) and successfully defended Bank of Ireland in injunction proceedings seeking to halt a senior employee’s dismissal. Practice head Séamus Given is ‘excellent’, Kevin Langfordalways provides a considered view’, and Cían Beecher is ‘incredibly personable and practicable’.

Arguably the ‘preeminent employment firm in Ireland’, ByrneWallace handles a large volume of public and private sector work. Trade union disputes specialist Michael Kennedy heads the practice, which includes ‘incisive and convincing advocatesLorraine Smyth, Elaine Kelly and Michelle Ní Longáin. Emmet Whelan made partner.

Mason Hayes & Curran regularly advises tech clients such as Twitter and Facebook. The ‘tactically astuteMelanie Crowley recently assisted Celesio with the TUPE aspects of its acquisition of the distribution business of United Drug. Ian O’Herlihy heads the practice.

William Fry’s Alicia Compton, who is ‘one of Ireland’s leading practitioners’, represented B&Q Ireland in a High Court Appeal judgment which clarified the law on bonus and allowance payments. Other recommended practitioners are practice head Boyce Shubotham and Maura Roe, who specialises in employment aspects of corporate transactions.

Matheson has particular expertise in cross-border employment law issues and has been advising Tata Steel on the employment aspects of the sale of its long products business in Ireland. Practice head Bryan Dunne and Niall Pelly have ‘significant substantive knowledge’.

McCann FitzGerald’s ‘experienced’ practice head Terence McCrann has been particularly busy advising on corporate reorganisations and transactional support, including assisting Roche with its exit from Ireland. Mary Brassil shows ‘excellent judgement’.

Eugene F. Collins recently represented clients in whistleblower cases and defended Clontarf Castle Hotel in a High Court appeal relating to alleged breaches of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. Practice head Maura Connolly gives ‘very clear and precise advice’.

Eversheds Sutherland has been highly active, handling disputes for clients such as World Rugby and Microsoft. Practice head Joanne Hyde is ‘pragmatic and accessible’, and recently promoted partner Margaret Gorman has ‘amazing breadth of knowledge in the field of education’.

At Hayes Solicitors, practice head Breda O’Malley is a TUPE specialist and has been advising clients such as the Economic and Social Research Institute. Anne Lyne is ‘thorough, clear and organised and has a particular interest in equality’.

LK Shields Solicitors’ sizeable practice team handles a mix of contentious and non-contentious work and assisted Brink’s Ireland with TUPE advice and unfair dismissal appeals relating to the sale of its electronics business. The team includes Aoife Bradley, consultant Jennifer O’Neill and Susan Battye.

Ronan Daly Jermyn has been busy advising on high-profile redundancies and also defended NUI Galway in a High Court gender discrimination case. Practice head Jennifer Cashman and David McCarroll are based in Cork and Galway, respectively.

Beauchamps Solicitors handles contentious and non-contentious mandates across a range of sectors including financial services, healthcare and education. Practice head Dermot Casserly advised AMC on the employment aspects of its acquisition of European cinema chains Odeon and UCI.

DAC Beachcroft Dublin has a strong following in the insurance sector and specialises in advising on employment-related liability claims. Practice head Barry Reynolds has been particularly active providing TUPE advice.

At Maples and Calder, associate James Scanlon provides ‘on-point advice’ to clients such as CityJet and Ernst & Young.

McDowell Purcell’s work in 2016 included tribunal cases, as well as advice on TUPE and corporate restructuring. Barry Walsh heads the team.

Philip Leetakes strong ownership of the briefs given’ by public sector and retail clients. Practice head Patrick Walshe has ‘great commercial acumen’.

At Whitney Moore, practice head John Lynchcommunicates advice clearly’ and focuses on contentious work, large-scale redundancies and disciplinary proceedings.

The ‘superbAlan O’Driscoll heads the practice at Flynn O’Driscoll, which advised Hibernia College on a restructuring and redundancy programme.

Lavelle Solicitors’ team is led by ‘ultimate professionalMarc Fitzgibbon, who ‘understands the practical realities of business’. Clients include Aramark and Dublin City Council.

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