Firms To Watch: Employment

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Firms in the Spotlight Employment

Anne O'Connell Solicitors

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Anne O’Connell Solicitors, also known as AOC Solicitors, is a leading and award-winning Irish specialist Employment Law firm. Established in 2017 by Principal, Anne O’Connell, the Firm was ranked by Legal 500 as a Leading Employment Law Firm in Ireland in its first year and has been elevated in ranking each year.

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A&L Goodbody LLP

A&L Goodbody LLP primarily acts for employers on a range of employment-related matters, including HR processes, employment contracts, termination, outsourcing and remuneration. In addition to this, it specialises in litigation and sensitive issues involving sexual harassment and whistleblowing. Duncan Inverarity heads the practice and advises public and private sector employees on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Michael Doyle has extensive experience in defending employers in complex employment litigation before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), labour courts and High Court. Noeleen Meehan assists multiple financial services institutions with a range of employment issues impacting the sector. Senior associate Brid NicSuibhne provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Inverarity

Testimonials

‘They ask great questions and always want to understand the business case when providing support and advice. They have adapted extremely well to Covid restrictions and have even represented us in virtual mediations through use of technology.’

‘Very reachable. Excellent client contact. At the top of their game. Very client focused.’

‘All the advice I have ever received has been pragmatic and grounded in business realities. All the individuals I have worked with are superb collaborators, advisers and above all professionals. They are experts in their field and display this expertise in a way that shows they understand their clients.’

‘The employment team has an extensive client base in the technology sector and are uniquely placed to advise their clients on common issues that arise within the sector and how these issues are generally being approached by their clients. This makes the employment practice at A&L Goodbody unique and stand-out from its competitors. Each member of the employment team is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Michael Doyle is an exceptional employment lawyer. He immerses himself in the detail of any issue or case and really puts himself in the client’s shoes. He has a natural ability to think of every potential pitfall and applies his legal expertise with a common sense and commercial approach when problem solving. Michael’s exceptional legal skills, good humour, sincerity and reliability are qualities which make him stand out as a world class employment lawyer.’

‘Always someone to turn to – very responsive – truly take the time to get to know your company culture and ways of work and working styles of leadership teams – very supportive’

‘A&L Goodbody represent the highest standards of professionalism when it comes to legal advice across a range of subject matter areas. The following attributes help make A&L stand out from the competition: Highest standards of professional advice Very responsive to requests at all times; Excellent collaborative approach/style; Demonstrate a practical business savvy approach’

Key clients

Invesco

Bank of America

Permanent TSB Group Holdings Plc

Aviva

UPS

Citibank

Abbvie

CRH Plc

American Airlines

Nestle

Wells Fargo

Docusign

Heineken

Viatris

A&F Hollister Ireland Limited

Bidvest Noonan

Work highlights

  • Advised Pilgrim’s Pride on its acquisition of Kerry Group’s consumer foods and meats and meals business for a reported €819million.
  • Advised Natwest Group on its sale of its Irish commercial lending business to Allied Irish Banks, as part of the British lender’s planned exit from Ireland.
  • Advised Abercrombie & Fitch on a large-scale collective redundancy programme consequent on the closure of its flagship store in Dublin city centre.

Arthur Cox

Arthur Cox stands out for its 'collaborative and practical approach'. The group covers a range of complex employment issues including litigation, protected disclosures/whistleblowing, employee privacy and data protection, and outsourcing of services for a variety of national and international clients. Kevin Langford heads the practice and handles employment claims relating to unfair dismissal, equality/discrimination, and occupational stress. Séamus Given specialises in industrial relations issues arising in the employer/employee and employer/trade union relationships. Cian Beecher handles transactions and contentious work for an impressive roster of clients. Louise O’Byrne is noted for representing clients before the Workplace Relations Commission and the labour court.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Langford

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive to clients; collaborative and practical approach’

‘Louise O’Byrne – exceptional practitioner; client centred; razor-sharp.’

‘Louise O’Byrne has been a great source of support on tricky cases. Seamus Given is very experienced and has seen it all before.’

‘Arthur Cox’s employment team are dynamic and agile, and all members of the team are knowledgeable, pragmatic and give sensible advice.’

‘Louise O’Byrne takes a vested interest in her clients. She takes a partnership approach and advises on all matters that range from both a strategic and operational perspective, and is a solid sounding board. She is super responsive, and gives real time advice which is critical often in employment matters and her advise is digestible by all. She is my ‘go-to’ lawyer in all employment law matters’

‘First and foremost the team Arthur Cox always demonstrate expert working knowledge in their respective areas of specialty. The team is very accessible and responsive.’

‘Arthur Cox is an excellent law firm for many reasons: lawyers are high quality, experienced, they take a commercial approach, are pragmatic and client oriented.’

‘The standout partner is Seamus Given. He is the top employment law lawyer in Ireland. He is hugely experienced, insightful and client oriented. He is very accessible to clients, commercial in his approach and takes the time to explore all angles of an issue to find the best options and pragmatic solutions. His knowledge of and experience in the employment law area is exceptional. He is responsive and efficient in delivery of his advice. I regularly recommend him to others.’

Key clients

Musgrave Group

IAG Group /Aer Lingus

University College Cork, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway, Dublin City University (“The Universities”)

Ervia/Gas Networks Ireland/Irish Water/Bord Gáis Energy/Centrica

Bank of Ireland

Fyffes/Total Produce plc

Stryker

MSD/Merck

Vodafone

Flutter Entertainment

Coca-Cola

Work highlights

  • Advised Daft.ie on the obligations of an information society service provider pursuant to the Equal Status Acts.
  • Advised AA Ireland on the sale of its Irish assets.
  • Advised Takeda on the divestment of its Dunboyne Biologics facility to MSD.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP’s impressive workload includes assistance with protected disclosures and wrongdoings, industrial relations matters, and representing clients before the High Court. Clients include large private sector employers, state bodies and high-profile trade unions. More recently, it has been helping clients with multiple Covid-related matters, including vaccination, government restrictions, and health and safety. Michael Kennedy heads the practice and specialises in industrial relations, trades disputes and TUPE law. Michelle Ní Longáin is an expert in whistleblowing cases for both public and private sector clients. Loughlin Deegan, Emmet Whelan , and Elaine Kelly are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kennedy

 

Testimonials

‘Byrne Wallace are a superb team with remarkable bench-strength across a breadth of legal disciplines. The firm is hugely collaborative, seeking to find the best outcome and support for their clients.’

‘I deal with Deirdre Lynch. Deirdre is extremely practical, pragmatic and commercially minded. Deirdre had to deal with delicate and complicated issues with very tight timelines. All work was accomplished with the minimum of fuss and a genuine understanding of her client’s needs.’

‘Excellent firm with a broad range of experience and expertise. Adapted very quickly to the impact of COVID and always maintained full services to their clients.’

‘Diligence, experience and getting the “job done” with a positive attitude.’

‘Small, very personable, quick to respond and understands our business model.’

‘Relationship is personable and down to earth. Understands the real world and come up with practical solutions.’

‘Byrne Wallace has a highly competent team of legal professionals in the employment law arena. They provide excellent value for money relative to their peers and have a strong emphasis on collaboration and client focus. Their Employment Law Team is unrivalled with specialist expertise across all employment law disciplines. The customer service ethic and focus of Loughlin Deegan is fantastic.’

‘Loughlin Deegan deserves a special mention for his excellent legal mind and ability to complement legal theory and practice to deliver optimum outcomes in a range of third party forums for our business – High Court, Labour Court and the WRC. Loughlin Deegan is technically outstanding and is excellent in all aspects of employment law. There is a strong understanding of the operating context we manage and his ability to navigate successfully around complex legal matters has been very evident for the organisation.’

Key clients

The Irish Civil Service

CRH plc

The Irish Times

The Law Society of Ireland

Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland

Local Government Management Agency

Smurfit Kappa

The Central Bank of Ireland

The Irish Prison Service

Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency

Mainstream Renewable Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised senior management across the Irish Civil Service on remote working and drafted guidance and policy documentation in the context of the Irish Government’s post-pandemic remote working strategy.
  • Advised Mainstream Renewable Power Limited on the employment aspects of the company’s €1 billion sale to the Norwegian company Aker Horizons.
  • Advised multiple State Agencies and Government Departments on high-profile protected disclosures.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP handles complex employment law matters, including industrial relations disputes, large-scale redundancies and employee misconduct investigations. The team also represents employers in litigation before the High Court and Workplace Relations Commission and has a very strong presence in the technology sector. Practice head Melanie Crowley  has a dual focus on complex non-contentious workplace issues and employment litigation where she has experience appearing before employment courts of all levels. Ger Connolly is an expert in all aspects of the termination of employment, including redundancies and unfair dismissal. Ronnie Neville offers strategic advice on restructuring with a particular focus on the hospitality and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Crowley

Testimonials

‘I find Ronnie Neville pragmatic and commercial in his advice.’

‘The team has strength in depth and a responsive, user friendly and pragmatic style.’

‘Melanie Crowley is a stand out partner – she is responsive and provides excellent, pragmatic and easily-translatable advice. Advice is always sensible and to the point.’

‘Extremely responsive, knowledgeable, go above and beyond to help, personable and friendly. Collaboration across the team at MHC is particularly impressive.’

‘MHC provide a comprehensive suite of employment law services with significant industry experience. This practical knowledge has been very helpful in numerous scenarios. Their client portfolio is made of up blue chip domestic and multi-national clients. They work in a very collaborative manner. My experience of the teams has been that they are quite gender diverse.’

‘I have a strong working relationship with Ronnie Neville. He works with a number of the large multinationals based in Ireland and has a practical insight which is very helpful and not always forthcoming from other firms. Ronnie is prepared to go above and beyond for his clients. Obviously it is taken as read, that his technical expertise is superb.’

‘This firm is at the cutting edge of most areas of law in Ireland. The department I deal with is employment law and the team is leaders in this field. They are incredibly responsive, pragmatic and commercial while always on top of the details in the law.’

‘Melanie Crowley is a leader in this field. Although head of the department, she still manages to be incredibly responsive and will always go the extra mile for her clients. She is down to earth and excellent at what she does. I couldn’t recommend her more highly.’

Key clients

National Museum of Ireland

Vertiv International DAC

Karro Foods

BAWAG P.S.K.

Utility Regulator

Grundfos

Bally’s Corporation

Fintech Company

Irish Security Association of Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational information technology services and consulting company on its handling of alleged misconduct issues with an employee.
  • Represented the National Museum of Ireland in defending a number of cases as to how the Museum applied incremental credit to its employees.
  • Advised Bally’s Corporation on the cross-border acquisition of SportCaller, a creator of free-to-play games for leading betting and media companies.

Matheson

Matheson offers legal advise on a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including whistleblowing, immigration, unfair dismissal and redundancies. The firm has strong presence in the technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors as well as substantial multi-jurisdictional expertise and extensive experience in High Court litigation. The practice is led by Bryan Dunne, whose client roster includes some of the largest employers in the financial services sector. Geraldine Carr handles contentious cross-border contentious employment investigations, restructurings and TUPE issues. Russell Rochford is also recommended. Ailbhe Dennehy was a new arrival in January 2022 from William Fry.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Dunne

Testimonials

‘Bryan Dunne and Geraldine Carr have provided informative, timely updates on navigating the pitfalls/challenges presented by the pandemic in the workplace. These updates have supported me in enabling the business to respond to these challenges in an informed and agile way. This team’s approach to hosting masterclasses during the pandemic has been engaging and informative whilst also creating an enhanced customer experience as time spent traveling has been avoided and virtual connectivity has been optimized.’

‘Bryan Dunne is an outstanding partner to work with. He is truly an expert in his field and highly knowledgeable about the Pharmaceutical Sector. His employment law knowledge and the practical nature he applies to it is second to none.’

‘Bryan and his team have been very quick to get to grips with the complexities of the multi-national, multi-cultural, multi-lingual issues involved in complex European industrial relations issues. They have filled in their knowledge gaps at pace. They have quickly become the go-to Irish law firm in relation to such matters, significantly ahead of other firms.’

‘Navigating through the ‘grey’ when a black and white answer is not enough. Understanding your business and your people.’

‘Russell Rochford – subject matter expert with unwavering employment law knowledge, strong comprehension of our business, friendly and open nature.’

‘Bryan Dunne and his team have the rare combination of providing excellent, efficient and responsive service, with a super collaborative and business-minded approach. Matheson is really adept at considering the business needs with the legal risk, and outlining a reasonable, practical approach.’

‘Professional, responsive, understanding of our needs and commercially minded.’

Key clients

Abbvie

Accenture

Adobe Inc

Air Canada

AlienVault

Altera

An Post

Analog Devices

AppLovin Corporation

Aramark

Aviva

Bain Capital Private Equity Europe LLP

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Montreal

BCP Asset Management

Birds Eye Pizza Ltd

Bon Secours Mercy Health, Inc

BT Communications Limited

CarGurus, Inc.

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Crowdstrike

Danske Bank

Deloitte Ireland LLP

Dropbox

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (formerly AWAS)

Dublin Airport Authority plc

Dyson

Ebay

Equinix Group

Everest Re

EY

Facebook

FINCAD

Fireye

First Data Corporation

Forever 21

General Motors

Goldman Sachs

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

HP Enterprise

HP Inc

HumanScale

IFG Group

Independent News & Media Plc

Irish Breeze

JAS Worldwide Management Inc.

KPMG

Lloyds

L’Oreal

Lufthansa

Macquarie Capital

McAfee

Medtronic

MetLife

Modern Hire, Inc

Michael Kors

Mulberry

Nestle

Norwegian Air

Nokia

OpenTable

Oracle EMEA Ltd.

Paypal

PepsiCo

Radisson Hotels International Inc. t/a Carlson Hospitality Worldwide

Reddit, Inc

SAP

Shire

SonicWall

Stripe

Tech Mahindra

Tokyo Electron

Uber

UnitedHealth Group

Universal Studios

UniCredit

Vertex Inc.

Wincanton

Wells Fargo

WeWork

Wordplay

Xerox

Zendesk

ZeroChaos (Europe) Limited

3M

Work highlights

  • Advised Deloitte Ireland LLP as the joint liquidator of the four Arcadia group companies on all aspects of the collective redundancy consultation process affecting nearly 500 roles in Ireland.
  • Advised Abbvie on its acquisition of Allergan for €58 billion, which had over 1,600 employees.
  • Advised Norwegian Air on the employment aspects of a global restructuring aimed at writing-down the airline’s debt and downsizing its operations.

McCann FitzGerald LLP

The employment practice at McCann FitzGerald LLP acts for major national and multinational companies from a wide range of sectors, including financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals as well as public sector enterprises. It assists with the employment law aspects of high-profile corporate transactions, often with a cross-border element, and also represents employers in mediations, as well as matters before the WRC and the High Court. Terence McCrann heads the practice and provides strategic advice on workplace investigations. Mary Brassil handles issues related to M&A, TUPE, restructurings, cross-border mergers and redundancies. Whistleblowing expert Stephen Holst is another key partner.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Testimonials

‘Super responsive, understand the “real world” within which we operate.’

‘McCann provide a very balanced view and are strong and confident in their responses. They never sit on the fence and provide me with very specific guidance to ensure next steps are clear and well thought out. Continuity in the team resourcing is a real plus for us as they understand our business and our approach to employment law.’

‘Team members are extremely responsive, knowledgeable whilst being practical in their advice.’

‘Mary Brassil is exceptional, extremely knowledgeable whilst being practical in her advice.’

‘McCann’s offer a very professional and timely service. Their advice is always considered and practical.’

‘Every one I have dealt with in the team is friendly, professional and thorough.’

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Vhi

CHC Ireland Limited

Roche Pharmaceuticals

Sanofi/Genzyme

Boston Scientific

Merck Sharpe and Dohme

National Transport Authority

Science Foundation Ireland

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Road Safety Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Allied Irish banks plc on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Ulster Bank’s commercial loan book for €4.2bn.
  • Represented Aer Lingus in High Court proceedings issued against it by multiple former employees in connection with the restructuring of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme, which was in €707m deficit.
  • Represented Kellstrom Aerospace/Vortex Aviation Ireland Limited in relation to High Court restrictive covenant litigation concerning the client’s former Managing Director and a number of of other former key employees.

William Fry

William Fry has a comprehensive employment law practice that is equally adept at handling restructurings, wind-ups and TUPE as well as related matters including corporate immigration and health and safety. Another key area of practice is employment litigation, where the group's caseload includes unfair dismissals, discrimination claims and senior executive terminations. Practice head Catherine O’Flynn focuses on contentious matters and has significant experience in advising clients on confidentiality matters, restrictive covenants and severance-related matters. Alicia Compton assists private and public sector clients with bullying claims, internal investigations and industrial relations. Jeffrey Greene has particular expertise in the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, especially TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Catherine O’Flynn

Testimonials

‘Innovative people strategy with flexible working to attract talent which is clearly working with their excellent team.’

‘Catherine O’Flynn, is excellent and has a well deserved high profile as a leading employment lawyer.’

‘Excellent advice and guidance. Practical solutions. Common sense approach.’

‘Approachable and practical. Major comfort in the knowledge of dealing with a highly informed professional who is acting for your best interest at all times with common sense.’

‘This team’s strengths include the attentive teamwork approach of the particular attorneys involved, and their ability to call upon subject-matter experts in a variety of areas of law that are relevant for an Irish company.’

‘The William Fry Employment Team are trusted advisors to their Clients. They offer practical and thorough advice throughout any challenges faced. Such is the level of their assistance that they feel like part of the wider team within the client. I also notice with great admiration the emphasis they place on diversity within the team and their willingness to offer flexible working to their valued solicitors.’

‘Nuala Clayton is a stand out partner in my view. She is so committed to her work and is hugely devoted to ensuring her clients get the best of advice no matter the time of day. Her unparalleled knowledge combined with her strategic approach to problems ensures clients are really well placed to make the most appropriate judgement in the most difficult circumstances.’

‘Stand out partner is Alicia Compton. Alicia has superior technical knowledge that marks her out versus the competition. She alloys this with a rare ability to put herself in the client’s shoes. This enables her to devise strategies that are legally rock solid and uncommonly client friendly.’

Key clients

L Brands Fashion Retail Ireland

Pointy

Emirates Airlines

Shoe Zone

Aergo Capital Limited

Aldo

Wetherspoons

Primeline Group

Krispy Kreme

Tesco

B&Q

Premier Lotteries

Diageo

Affiliates Management Company

Signet Jewellers

IDOM

NAOS

The Irish Times

SOLAS, The Further Education and Training Authority

Phoenix Group

Boots Retail (Ireland) Limited

Kilsaran Concrete

Trustee Principles Limited

Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited

Guinness Ireland Group Pension Scheme

Valeo Foods (Ireland)

Sanofi – Aventis

Mayfair Equity Partners

Edwards Lifesciences

Smurfit Kappa plc

Northgate Public Services

Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited

J&E Davy

Uniphar

Sodexo Limited

Fineos

Phoenix Group

DCC plc

Mincon plc

Sky plc

Lionbridge

Univar Ireland Pension Schemes

Horse Racing Ireland

Ogletree Deakins

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in the prosecution of a High Court action following successful application for and execution of a rarely granted Anton Piller Order against a former employee who set up in competition with the client.
  • Advised the Board of Horse Racing Ireland on the cessation of employment of the CEO following a significant tenure.
  • Advised DCC Energy Limited on the purchasing of Campus Oil Ltd from Stafford Group and on employment contracts, employment severances and waivers, and TUPE issues.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard entered the market in 2022 following its merger with Eugene F. Collins. The team is renowned for its expertise in litigation and handles many high-profile cases before the WRC, Tax Appeals Commission, labour court and the Irish courts. In addition to this, it has extensive experience in mediation and conciliation and assists clients with redundancies, data protection, immigration, dispute resolution and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The team is led by the duo of Maura Connolly , who has extensive experience in large-scale litigation, dispute resolution and mediation, and David Cantrell, who is an expert in immigration law and provides immigration support to major multinational employers.

Practice head(s):

Maura Connolly; David Cantrell

Testimonials

‘Easy to work with, give valued advice and deliver our needs.’

‘Dedicated, knowledgeable, thoroughly professional.’

‘Maura Connolly stands above every practitioner in the country.’

‘The individuals in the firm have acknowledged expertise in employment law. They are consistently ahead of the curve in their knowledge of new and emerging areas. Their client care is exemplary. They constantly impress me with their availability, responsiveness and attention to the needs of individuals.’

‘Client care is personalised not institutionalised.’

‘Maura Connolly is the stand-out partner. Her expertise is beyond doubt and her communications skills are widely acknowledged by her colleagues. She is measured, meticulous and always delivers beyond expectation.’

‘Team are always very quick to engage with pragmatic, commercial advice on how best to manage immigration cases.’

‘I value how they balance their legal guidance with understanding the realities of running a commercial business and seek to find solutions that satisfy both needs.’

Key clients

Clear Channel Limited

Karshan (Midlands) Limited

dnata Catering Ireland Limited

Tifco Group

Apollo Capital Management

emovis

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland)

Investec Bank PLC (Irish Branch)

Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Ltd

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Welocalize Limited

Mercantile Group of Companies

Olympus KeyMed

SITA

Harvey Norman

Dow Chemicals

Teleperformance

Danish Embassy

Canadian Embassy

Finnish Embassy

B. Braun Medical Limited

Q-Park Ireland Limited

Whirlpool SSC Limited

Manulife

Work highlights

  • Represented Karshan (Midlands) Limited in a case regarding the status of pizza delivery drivers which was stated for the opinion of the High Court and is now on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised the HR team in Marks & Spencer (Ireland) Limited on different employment law issues as they arise.
  • Advised Columba Ventures Corporation on the sale of its Irish subsidiary, Magnet Networks Limited, to the Speed Fibre Group which is part of the Irish Infrastructure Fund controlling significant investments in energy, telecoms, tourism and healthcare in Ireland.

Anne O'Connell Solicitors

Anne O’Connell Solicitors is a specialist employment law firm offering advice to a variety of clients, including multi-national companies, semi-state companies, small and start-up businesses. Services include advice on all contentious and non-contentious employment related issues, and representation before employment law statutory bodies, regulatory boards, the civil courts and mediation. Founder and principal Anne O’Connell has acquired in-depth knowledge of employment law over the past two decades and is regarded as a stand-out leader in the field. Senior associate Laura Reid regularly advises private and public sector clients on a diverse set of employment issues and also represents employers before the WRC and civil courts.

Practice head(s):

Anne O’Connell

Other key lawyers:

Laura Reid

Testimonials

‘The partners in the firm are readily available at all times to discuss, deliberate and act on issues that arise on a consistent basis which is key with the requirements of our business. There is clear communication given in an understandable and efficient manner.’

‘Anne O’Connell is accessible, available and efficient in the delivery in a clear understandable way of her views & expertise in the employment law sector.’

‘Anne O’Connell herself is very knowledgeable and tells you exactly what you need to hear rather than what you want to hear. Anne is very direct and to the point and in a solicitor representing us this gives us confidence and reassurance.’

‘Anne O’Connell was the stand out partner for us. Always available out of normal hours and over weekends when needed.’

‘We have received a very individualised personal service from AOC. Whilst always professional and prepared, there is also a warmth and collegiality which makes the engagement much more trusting.’

‘The team at Anne O’Connell solicitors are exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable when dealing with all client issues.’

‘Seamless communication between all members of team so that clients are helped at all times.’

‘We find that the service is 24 hours. Whenever assistance is required it is always addressed promptly and efficiently. The details of the work provided is always at a very high level and we are always satisfied with the service provided. We really enjoy the newsletter provided by the firm which is very informative and relevant.’

Key clients

Synergy Global Housing

Simtech Aviation Holdings

Doyle Collection Hotel Group

Integrity Communications Limited

Hunter Savage

DMG Ventures

Belfield Emergency Veterinary Hospital Ltd

Rathbane Golf Club

The Sporting Emporium

Childhood Development Initiative

King & Co Solicitors

Drogheda Medical Clinic

SecuriGroup (GES)

Affirma

Lagan Homes Ireland Limited

Arlington Novas Ireland CLG

Kdoc Medical

O’Brien Ingredients Limited

Marlin Hotel Group

AmaTech Group Ltd (part of Paragon Group)

Anconsi Ltd

Nursing Homes Ireland

Emerald Nursing

Fingal Harriers Hunt Club

Bergins Property Consultants

Gablestone Partners

ESB Group

Doyle Shipping Group

SoftCo

Sonoma Valley Ltd t/a GSLS

Northdoc Medical Services ( Edoc)

Dunraven Arms Hotel

McNally Handy & Partners Ltd

Mitie Facilities Management Limited

KMCS

Italicatessen

Kestra Electroweld

Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club

Async Technologies Limited t/a Tyrecheck

Avenir Analytics

Dublin Lettings and Management

Greystones Medical Centre

GSN Pharmacies Ltd

Hamwood Stud Unlimited

Hawthorn Village

Pace Language Institute

Kiltimagh Post office

Dr Andrew Halpin

Rayal

Work highlights

  • Advised ESB Group on various daily employment law matters, defending litigation and advised the Executive Director and Group Head of Legal on sensitive and confidential employment issues.
  • Advised Doyle Shipping Group on various potentially contentious employment law issues.
  • Advised GSLS on various employment law issues as and when they arise such as the implementation of redundancies and the employment law challenges during Covid-19, non-contentious issues such as the drafting and updating of contractual clauses and other documents.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland’s employment team is equally comfortable handling disciplinary matters, mergers and TUPE issues, equality and age discrimination, staff downsizing and restructuring. It also represents employers in litigation cases, including WRC and injunctions cases. Joanne Hyde, former chair of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society, heads the practice. Julie Galbraith is an expert in the employment implications of corporate share and asset sales, and the transfer of employees. Senior associate Maria Gallagher is experienced in drafting employment contracts, workplace policies and procedures, and advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, along with the application of TUPE.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Hyde

Other key lawyers:

Julie Galbraith; Maria Gallagher

Testimonials

‘The cross function collaboration is fantastic, their advices are coordinated and organised across multiple functionals, providing practical and logical advice to achieve the best outcome. Eversheds do not shy away from making solid recommendations which balances legal risk and business need. The client is truly at the centre and heart of what they do.’

‘The people make the practice Eversheds is. Joanne Hyde, Julie Galbraith and Marie McGinley. They invest in getting to know the client and their culture, they invest in time teasing out all possible options and come with collective and cross functional recommendations.’

‘With this team, I always feel that I get the advice I need. Regardless of the complexity of the matter, the team thoroughly understands our business and therefore, invariably and immediately grasps all issues in play so that they provide practical, pragmatic and solution-focused legal counsel.’

‘Anticipation, engagement and work ethic. Incredibly diligent and attentive, to the point where the client feels that they have the exclusive and fully focused attention of the team.’

‘Joanne Hyde (Partner) excellent delegation and empowerment to Maria Gallagher (Senior Associate), who has performed largely autonomously but sought assistance from client where necessary and appropriate. Both have clearly operated in sync and with total clarity viz the objectives of a very complex, people-intensive assignment, not least in a virtual setting.’

Key clients

PayPal

Microsoft

World Rugby

Intel Corporation

Cook Medical

Eventbrite

Next Retail

Lockton Companies

Health Service Executive (HSE)

Aldi

Survey Monkey

Eventbrite

Genesys

Teleflex

Netgear

G4S

Pinewood Healthcare (part of Wockhardt Group)

Brown Thomas/Arnotts

Doosan Bobcat

Lockton Companies

Mater Hospital

Independent News & Media

C&C Group

Aerogen

3M

Work highlights

  • Advised Genesys on all employment law matters related to its Irish employees in its EMEA HQ in Galway.
  • Advised Lockton on a number of contentious employee matters.
  • Advised PayPal on employment law requirements at its European headquarters in Dublin.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

The employment law group at Hayes Solicitors LLP is renowned for its work across multiple areas including crisis management, TUPE issues, outsourcing and procurement, equality issues, and whistleblowing. It acts for a diverse list of clients from a variety of sectors including retail, logistics, technology, manufacturing and pharmaceutical, and financial services. Breda O’Malley heads the team and stands out for her employment mediation work. Anne Lyne  is experienced in advising on all aspects of the employment relationship from pre-employment matters to termination. Senior associate Mary Gavin has extensive expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters and deals with matters before the Workplace Relations Commission.

Practice head(s):

Breda O’Malley 

Other key lawyers:

Anne Lyne ; Mary Gavin

Testimonials

‘Practical approach to client issues, expert knowledge in employment issues, availability of key team members. Transparent billing and collaboration with client.’

‘Accessibility to partners and legal experts. Focused approach, works with the client to seek best dispute resolution approach, provides confidence and reassurance of legal position, particularly note Breda O’Malley and Mary Gavin for providing excellent service.’

‘The firm is client focused and it is excellent at building relationships, understanding the organisations’ needs and demands. Takes a holistic view in relation to complex legal matters and the outcomes required for the business.’

‘Anne Lyne is exceptional within her field. She is quick to assess a given situation and gives clear, practical advice based on an expert legal knowledge.’

‘The team is strong and very approachable. They always take time to go through different options until we feel what is most suitable to us. Always reply to emails in a timely manner. Their experience and knowledge both separately and collectively is so valuable to us. We have trust in the team at Hayes.’

‘Excellent and expert advice given in a very clear, concise and understandable manner. All possible legal options considered and outlined. Open and transparent with billing. Kept up to-date on matters as they progress.’

‘Expertise, friendly, ease of access, availability, ease of communication, transparency and accuracy of billing.’

Key clients

Primark

Unilever

Novo Nordisk

Capita Consumer Business Solutions

Ladbrokes/Entain

DHL

TK Maxx

Aryzta

BDO

Irish College of General Practitioners

College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland

Royal Institute of Architects Ireland

Sandvik Mining & Construction Logistics Plc.

Balfour Beatty Rail / Balfour Beatty CLG

SISK

Utmost Services Ireland Limited

Breedon Cement Ireland Ltd

Tolmar International Limited

FirstCare Ireland Limited (Nursing home chain)

Talbot Health Group

Taconic

Economic and Social Research Institute

Teagasc State

Irish National Teachers Organisation

Leopardstown Park Hospital

Distilled

Macquarie Air Finance

Interserve

Frontline Performance Group

Gaeltec Utilities

SEB Life International

YMCA Dublin

Warburton Technology Limited

Sports Surgery Clinic

Sonas

Three Steps

RxSource Materials

Work highlights

  • Advised Primark on the global transformation of the retail business, terms and conditions of employment, High Court litigation, transfer regulations/TUPE and ongoing employer advisory work.
  • Represented Dublin Business School in defending High Court litigation (judicial review and injunction) involving a former college student and connected with staff of the College.
  • Advised TK Maxx on ad hoc employment law issues, including in relation to employment equality law, data protection, payment of wages and policies and procedures.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

LK Shields Solicitors LLP has strong credentials acting for leading national and multinational clients from a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, technology and media. The firm routinely advises on corporate transactions and business-critical litigation. The team is led by Aoife Bradley who has a varied workload handling all aspects of employment, equality and industrial relations law. Ciara O’Kennedy focuses on pension-related disputes. Senior associate Elizabeth Mara provides additional support handling complex and sensitive bullying, harassment and whistleblowing investigations.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Bradley 

Testimonials

‘Excellent client service. Comprehensive coverage of all areas relating to employment law matters. Highly regarded legal practice in Irish market. Very experienced team working in employment and pension issues division.’

‘Aoife Bradley: Very experience practitioner and regarded very highly in Irish market for contentious employment and commercial litigation advice. Very client focused. Consistent advice and follow up. Very quickly understands the brief ( approachable and a good listener). She is solutions driven. Her practical approach combined with excellent negotiation skills delivers optimum outcome for her clients. Best in class service – would highly recommend Aoife and team for employment related matters.

‘Excellent knowledge of the law and legal practice in Ireland.’

‘Ciara O’Kennedy – very responsive and an excellent negotiator.’

Key clients

Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited

Alexion Pharma International Operations UC and Alexion Inc

Dentsu Aegis Media

AutoTrader

CVS (UK) Limited

Irish Relocation Services Limited trading as Dwellworks

GTLK Europe DAC

CCS Fundraising

SaonGroup Limited t/a irishjobs.ie

Work highlights

  • Advised Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited on a large-scale collective redundancy process involving in excess of 200 staff.
  • Advised Bulgari on a restructuring following the restructuring of the accessories element of its business from Ireland to Italy HQ, involving complex TUPE considerations and provided highly sensitive strategic advice regarding employment terminations.
  • Advised Alexion Pharma on a number of complex contentious and non-contentious matters, exit arrangements of two senior executives and avoiding injunctive action.

Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP

Ronan Daly Jermyn LLP's team handles a balanced employment workload including TUPE transfers, restructurings, redundancies and disciplinary issues and also extends its service to cover health and safety regulations. It also has a notable track record representing in disputes concerning age discrimination, workplace harassment and victimisation, among others. The practice is led by Jennifer Cashman, who provides strategic business advice to employers from both the public and private sector and also represents clients before the WRC, labour court and civil courts. David McCarroll is highly regarded for his work in the life sciences sector. Antoinette Vahey has extensive expertise in corporate restructurings and the application of TUPE.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Cashman

Testimonials

‘Jennifer Cashman and her team are our go to for employment issues and advice – herself and team have worked with us and advised us for the last decade and we would not look further than RDJ for advice in this area.’

‘Jennifer is such a personable lady – her knowledge of her area and her advice and attention to detail is spot on and give real comfort when an employment issue arises.’

Antoinette Vahey based in Galway office – superb, customer facing with exceptional knowledge and cuts through very complex issues with ease, making for a great client facing experience.

‘The team are extremely efficient and professional. However, they are also personable and provide guidance that is unique due to it’s nature of delivery. The firm show that they care about our business and provide helpful insights. Their articles are extremely timely and topical and their collaboration is strongly effective.’

‘Jennifer Cashman is highly professional and efficient. We work very closely with her and she responds to emails and returns calls very quickly. She equally is personable and she explains and provides guidance in a manner that is easy for team members who are not qualified in employment law to understand.’

‘Jennifer Cashman’s encyclopaedic knowledge and expertise is renowned. We benefit from the wealth of experience and professionalism. Jennifer’s leadership and mentoring within her team is always reassuring. If someone is on holiday Jennifer is up to date and can continue to advise.’

Key clients

Medtronic

GlaxoSmithKline

Brightwater Recruitment

The Metro Hotel

Poppulo

Tecomet

Sysco

Phonewatch/Sector Alarm

Telus International (formerly Voxpro)

University College Cork

Work highlights

  • Advised a client operating within the environmental waste and recycling sector on a redundancy process, leading to dismissals and appeals, and the raising of protected disclosures by employees in the course of the appeals.
  • Advised Labour Recruitment and Provision of Personnel on a significant data breach by a former employee, with potentially serious financial liability and reputational damage for the Group.
  • Advised Mainline Group on its tendering process and subsequent successful award of utility service contracts with public body, Irish Water, having regard to the European Communities (Protection of Employees on the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations) 2003 (TUPE).

Beauchamps LLP

Clients from the public and private sectors turn to Beauchamps LLP‘s experienced team for assistance with workplace conflicts, C-suite and governance issues, and protected disclosures and whistleblowing. Advice on redundancies, the application of TUPE and transactional issues are other strengths. Sandra Masterson Power heads the practice and handles contentious and non-contentious employee, governance and business-related issues. Senior associate Paul Gough assists blue-chip clients with all aspects of the employment relationship, from the recruitment process to termination.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Masterson Power

Other key lawyers:

Paul Gough

Testimonials

‘Very responsive & solution focused.’

‘The Beauchamps team are responsive, knowledgeable and use their expertise to provide practical solutions.’

‘Practical, solution driven. Very attuned to client’s needs.’

‘Sandra Masterson Power is a partner and Head of the Employment Team. Sandra is a superb lawyer. She has a mix of top class technical expertise, superb drafting skills and always provides strategic advice to her clients.’

Key clients

IBAT Limited

Carlow Institute of Technology

Barnardos

Equinor

Glantus PLC

Mapaex Limited

Joule

Ergo Services Limited

Hooper Dolan

Work highlights

  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in an employment dispute which culminated in the resignation of a senior employee.  
  • Advised Mapaex on the acquisition of the Procter and Gamble operation in Newbridge, County Kildare.  
  • Advised Ergo on multiple employment aspects, ranging from initial periods of lay off, reduced hours of work, salary reductions to returning personnel to the workplace, during the Covid-19 pandemic.      

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin offers employment law advice to a diverse set of clients from multiple sectors, including financial services, retail, technology, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, among others. It handles a range of contentious and non-contentious issues such as TUPE and divestitures, sensitive internal disputes, discrimination, unfair dismissal, staff migration and represents clients before Irish courts and tribunals. Practice head Barry Reynolds has expertise in handling sensitive disputes and contentious employment matters as well as significant in-house experience in the financial services sector. Senior associate Aisling Parkinson advises employers on internal grievances, disciplinary and termination processes.

Practice head(s):

Barry Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Aisling Parkinson; Sinead Egan

Testimonials

‘Friendly professional team, with proven experience and expertise who work cohesively with clients and take into full consideration all aspects of the client care relationship.’

‘Competence and professionalism were the key qualities that stood out.’

‘Commercially focused, very thorough’

‘Great people, very responsive’

‘Very approachable and understanding team. The style of engagement is very welcoming and compassionate.’

‘Barry Reynolds is an outstanding lawyer. Incredibly practical and articulate. His range of foreseeability is immense and his further supported by Aisling Parkinson who is a very skillful practitioner and a decisive advisor. They understand our business needs and balance the same with appropriate legal advice.’

Key clients

McDonald’s

JD Wetherspoon

BT Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading financial institution on a number of ongoing complex employee relations issues canvassing data protection, alleged penalisation claims and investigations.
  • Advised a global IT company on the Irish aspects of several global restructuring processes and significant divesture for a leading IT business.
  • Represented a healthcare provider in an injunction application seeking to restrain a disciplinary process and to restore the applicant to their duties in a matter entailing whistleblowing allegations and several complex investigations.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher LLP handles a wide range of employments matters spanning boardroom disputes, M&A, corporate transactions and restructurings, and represents its clients regularly before the circuit court and the WRC. Its clients include organisations from semi-state, regulated and private sectors, with a key focus on pharmaceuticals, insurance and financial services. Barry Walsh heads the team and advises on industrial employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and redundancy situations. Julie Austin has considerable experience in representing clients before the employment tribunals and the civil courts in employment law matters, including wrongful dismissal and board disputes.

Practice head(s):

Barry Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Julie Austin

Testimonials

‘Barry Walsh is my contact at FF and he is a pleasure to work with; he is friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and is able to convey a message to a range/diverse audience. He often checks in to follow up on complex cases just to ensure things are ok/progressing correctly and truly partners with us and the business.’

‘The approach of the FF Team is simple, providing practical and direct advice, without overcomplicating to generate additional fees. They always make themselves available.’

Key clients

KPMG

Vectra

Evros

Bank of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Maynooth University

Major Oil Distributor

Bidvest Noonan

Medlab

Teaching Council

BGF

Workday

Work highlights

  • Advised Evros on employment law aspects of the €80 million acquisition of its shares by Eir.
  • Advised BGF on the employment law aspects of its investment into the Action Alarms group.
  • Represented Maynooth University in an industrial relations hearing at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in relation to employee contracts.

Philip Lee LLP

Philip Lee provides employment-related advice to some of the biggest employers from the public sector. It assists with several contentious and non-contentious aspects such as employment contracts, policies, industrial relations, employment rights and immigration. The team is led by Patrick Walshe, who assists public sector clients with employment contracts and pension-related issues, in addition to representing them before the WRC. Damien Young and Murrough McMahon are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Walshe

Testimonials

‘They pay attention to details, go above and beyond to get the problem solved, know all the right people to talk to, and have excellent written communication. Most importantly, I know I can trust them with all the legal matters that are important to me.’

‘The key attribute of this practice that I value is personal service by senior experienced lawyers.’

‘Patrick Walshe is an insightful and strategically astute lawyer who helped me to navigate an extremely complex employment law challenge.’

‘Excellent service with a focus on commercial solutions rather than parroting the textbooks.’

‘Patrick Walshe is an excellent practitioner, who can quickly get to the nub of an issue and devise a practical solution which achieves our aims.’

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore offers employment advice to many public sector clients and private employers from a range of sectors, including manufacturing, retail and hospitality. The team handles matters related to workforce restructuring, TUPE issues, data protection, immigration, redundancies and equality issues, among others. The team is led by Emma Richmond and Marie Claire Scullion, a specialist in data protection law. Managing partner John Lynch is renowned for assisting with employment terminations of senior executives and complex executive severance arrangements.

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch

Testimonials

‘The advice is always quick, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Emma Richmond is a real pleasure to work with. Smart, commercial and really personable.’

‘I have always found Whitney Moore (and specifically Marie-Claire Scullion) to be an excellent provider of legal services; responsive and efficiently priced with great access to firm partners as required and excellent relationships with counsel.’

‘I find the team responsive and thorough in their advice.’

‘Excellent attention to detail and thoroughness in considering the legal issues. Very responsive, effective and efficient in dealing with issues for me.’

‘Provides strong personal service, based on knowing their clients and their business.’

Practical, pragmatic approach taken to resolving client issues.

‘John Lynch is very astute in managing employment law issues and focused on achieving the best outcome for the client.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex Group

Modern Hire

Industrial Development Agency Ireland

Emerald Contact Centre

Merrion Hotel

Wide Eye Media

Agora Publishing

Best Western Hotels

Independent Vetcare Limited

Motor Distributors Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for a shareholder and Chief Executive Officer, as a respondent in high profile Commercial Court section 212 (oppression) litigation.
  • Advised Woodberry Capital on the acquisition of Colorman.
  • Advised US tech company Modern Hire on its day to day employment matters.

DLA Piper Ireland LLP

DLA Piper advises large multinational companies, focusing on the financial services, technology, life sciences and consumer goods sectors in particular. It assists with complex due diligence exercises, health and safety analysis, employment agreements, data privacy matters, redundancies and TUPE issues. Practice head Ciara McLoughlin heads the practice and specialises in fitness and probity, gender pay gap issues and investigations. Legal director Alice Duffy advises on cross-border M&A, redundancies, outsourcing, restructurings, senior executive appointments and terminations, and has substantial WRC and High Court experience.

Practice head(s):

Ciara McLoughlin

Other key lawyers:

Alice Duffy

Testimonials

The Employment Team at DLA is very client focused and addresses all employee related matters in a pragmatic and practical way.  They constantly seek to find commercial solutions to matters presented to them.

Ciara and her team are always available to provide urgent advice when requested.  The team is well supported and therefore available to step in when another team member is out.  The team are very client focused and seek to understand your organisation and how it works and always take this into account when providing bespoke advice to you.

‘Great team with a depth in knowledge of tech sector clients in Dublin.’

‘Ciara is super responsive and her advice is to the point and commercial.’

Responsiveness, pro-business approach with the advantage of international support on multi-jurisdictional issues. The in-house counsel forum set up by Ciara was very useful and demonstrated a good understanding of the needs of in house counsel clients.

‘Ciara McLoughlin always takes a business-friendly and adaptable approach to solving legal problems. Ciara is someone who can be relied upon for “out of the box” thinking; a quality that is so valuable in a legal advisor.’

‘A key characteristic that defines the employment practice within DLA Piper Ireland is their commercial and pragmatic approach.  Offering concrete guidance, the team adapts to every scenario thrown at them.’

‘Ciara McLoughlin is a standout partner; she is a trusted advisor who gives frank opinions that balance the risks and opportunities in each set of circumstances.’

Key clients

Stripe Inc

Allied Irish Banks PLC

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Ltd

Superdry PLC

Uber B.V.

London Stock Exchange Group Plc

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O’Malley Sexton provides employment-related advice on contentious and non-contentious matters to its corporate and state clients. The firm has three bases in Ireland: Dublin, Limerick and Cork, and assists clients with drafting contracts, dispute resolution, redundancies, WRC hearings, TUPE issues and trade union matters. The practice is led by Pat McInerney, who advises public sector employers in employment matters and represents clients before WRC, labour court and superior courts, and Shane Costello who was recently promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Shane Costelloe; Pat McInerney

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge in a number of different areas there is always someone who specialises in the particular area of law to which our query relates. We consider Holmes as a “one stop shop” for all our legal matters. We are always kept up to date on any webinars being held and any new guidance issued that would be relevant to our business. They work collaboratively with us to review and overcome challenges we are faced with.’

‘Broad spectrum of specialism which enables the practice to be a one stop shop for legal support.’

‘I have found the various team members to be collaborative, accessible and professional in all dealings which results in a positive working relationship.’

‘Attention to detail, personal connection between the Partner – Client, take the time to understand the client business and outlook, provide intelligent and balanced advice in all areas. Multi disciplinary team of lawyers, all of whom are expert in their field or practice. Long established firm, constantly seeking to improve their service.’

Key clients

Atlantic Projects Company

Technological University Dublin

National Gallery of Ireland

Roadbridge

Swissport

Go-Ahead Group

Ortec Inc

IT Sligo

Galway Mayo IT

Channel Advisor Corporation

Ublox

Adhesives Research

AMAX Information Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised adhesives research on the updating of its policies and procedures in light of Covid-19 including the health and safety of essential workers.
  • Advised GMIT on TUPE issues arising from the out-sourcing of a large service provider contract.
  • Advised Ortec on its establishment in Ireland, its first location outside the US, including the hiring, interview, contract drafting, policy drafting and alignment with group structure advices.

Lavelle Partners

The experienced team at Lavelle Partners handles a range of employment law issues, including drafting contracts, policies, health and safety, whistleblowing, performance management and TUPE issues. On the contentious side, it assists with disputes arising from dismissals, equality claims, bullying and harassment cases and complaints to the WRC and labour court. Practice head Marc Fitzgibbon acts for multiple domestic and multinational clients from the public and private sectors and has significant expertise in pension law. Senior associate Emer Murphy is an experienced practitioner in the WRC, where she represents both employers and employees.

Practice head(s):

Marc Fitzgibbon

Other key lawyers:

Emer Murphy

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable and very responsive to client’s needs.’

Marc Fitzgibbon has done an excellent job. He is extremely responsive and very commercial and pragmatic.’

I have always been impressed with the expertise, diligence and client focus I have received from Lavelles. I have found their solicitors have a way to cut through complex problems to offer comprehensive but easy to understand legal advice.’

The team works seamlessly, providing expert practical advice.’

I find that the team in Lavelle Partners have expertise right across the spectrum to satisfy any work we need to be done.’

The folks in Lavelle partners will always go the extra mile for you and have a solution to every challenge we face (they even have time to check in on maternity leave!). They are a pleasure to deal with in particular Marc Fitzgibbon, Emer Murphy & Nikita Kelly.’

I chose Lavelle Partners for their competence with regard to the specifics of employment law. All of my issues have been thoroughly dealt with during the short period that I have engaged them and I am confident that all future needs will be dealt with in the same manner.’

Through my conversations with Emer Murphy I can tell that her knowledge of employment law is very detailed. We have been able to determine the best course of action each time I have needed to without delay and to the best outcome for our business.’

Leman Solicitors LLP

Leman Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of employment law-related work, including disciplinary issues, harassment, employee grievances, employment policies, corporate immigration, and TUPE. The team’s contentious work includes defending clients against claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination. It has a diverse client base with many domestic and foreign clients from a range of sectors. Bláthnaid Evans heads the practice and has significant expertise in handling redundancies, along with a strong background in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bláthnaid Evans

Testimonials

‘Expert advisors who are accessible, and give clear, practical advice, and do so by cutting-out the “noise”.’

‘Bláthnaid Evans is astute, hugely experienced, and gives practical, understandable advice across the full spectrum of employment law areas and disputes.’

‘Bláthnaid Evans is very down to earth and a natural communicator. She helps non-lawyers understand complex legal issues but does so in an easy-going and enthusiastic way. She’ll use metaphors and similes to get her message across. She delivers on time, she’s flexible and very likeable. She answers questions expertly but openly.’

‘Within the firm relevant people are assigned to the problem to solve and they work as an inner team. They clearly present the legal state of play with best to worse case outcome with references to historic outcomes.’

Maples Group

Maples Group has extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients on all aspects of Irish employment law including high-stakes contentious matters, benefits, incentives and immigration. It represents clients in high-value corporate transactions, complex High Court proceedings, WRC claims, business-critical workplace investigations and financial services regulatory matters. The team is led by Karen Killalea, who has established a reputation for handling contractual matters, sensitive investigations, TUPE, restructuring and senior executive dismissals. Ciara Ni Longaigh provides additional support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Karen Killalea

Testimonials

‘Very strong subject knowledge, very responsive when we have a query.’

‘Easy to deal with, translate legal matters into easy to understand business (and everyday) language. Very competent with the subject matter. Provide a balanced view on options when the issue being considered is not straightforward.’

Key clients

Cardinal Capital Group

Remitly Europe Limited

Taoglas Limited

Colas Contracting Limited

Falcon AM Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cardinal Capital Group on the employment aspects of a share purchase transaction whereby Cardinal Capital acquired Mowlam Healthcare.
  • Advised Colas Contracting Limited on agency worker and contractor models in Ireland, the current SEO structures, health and safety matters.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP draws on the wider firm's global network of offices to support its clients on multi-jurisdictional employment matters. It acts for a range of clients from sectors including energy, real estate, infrastructure, technology and financial services. The team is led by Paul Gillen, who handles the employment aspects of M&A, restructuring, TUPE, equality and diversity, and policies and procedures. Senior associate Ciara Ruane is an expert in corporate immigration and represents clients before the WRC and labour court.

Practice head(s):

Paul Gillen; Linda Jones

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Ruane

Testimonials

‘Willing to “get to know” our business and the challenges we face. Responsive relationship partner, with ability to cross refer promptly.’

‘Andreas Carney and Ciara Ruane are both excellent in all areas from client management through to delivery.’

‘Ciara Ruane – Incredibly hard worker, deep legal knowledge and exceptional communication abilities with clients.

Key clients

Livingbridge EP LLP

Mohawk Industries Inc

Synova Capital

ENEA Software AB

Athora Ireland plc

Enva

Work highlights

  • Advised Livingbridge on the employment aspects of its acquisition of and investment in the Dublin-headquartered Welltel group.
  • Advised Synova on the employment aspects of its acquisition of a financial services group.
  • Advised Athora Ireland plc on the employment aspects of the sale of its variable annuity portfolio to Monument Life Insurance DAC.

Walkers

The employment team at Walkers assists with day-to-day employment matters as well as handling internal investigations, redundancies, unfair dismissals, discrimination and harassment claims, whistleblowing and TUPE issues. The team is led by Susan Battye, who has a track record representing clients before the WRC and labour court.

Practice head(s):

Susan Battye

Testimonials

‘Susan Battye is my single point of contact to talk about my legal employment case and she is absolutely outstanding. Highly professional, calm and pro active, she simplifies each complex legal topic. She is definitely a star in her domain.’

‘The team has been very responsive and very clear in the answers provided to the final client.’

‘The partner in charge has been very involved in the process, she has been very responsive due to very short notice.’

‘Susan Battye is top notch. I have found Susan to be unique amongst her peers and stands out in terms of the quality of the advice, attention to detail, efficiency and understanding of business needs. As such, her advice represents excellent value for money in a market where that is an increasingly rare experience. She is the first port of call on any employment issue.’

‘Susan Battye has shown to be an excellent and flexible lawyer and a very good communicator. I am especially impressed with how she is able to leverage on her technical/legal expertise and apply it to serving the needs of the client, however difficult these might be. She is able to come with innovative ideas and solutions to some more complex problems, and in doing so is proving to be a very client-centric lawyer.’

‘Very satisfied with the quality of service, attention to detail, best practice and responsiveness in general.’

‘Susan Battye provides consistent and reliable employment law advice when needed, tailored to the business and operations of the company. She is very approachable and ensures to cover all risks, while outlining the best options available. Impressed with efficient and quick responses.’

‘Susan Battye and her employment team provide an excellent, commercially focused service; Susan knows what clients want and consistently delivers it: namely, clear, concise, correct advice.’

Key clients

Iceland Seafood International hf

Eamonn Richardson and Ian Barrett, KPMG Ireland

Work highlights

  • Advised a multinational platform technology company on implementing lay-offs, pay-cuts and two separate collective redundancy processes arising from the impact of COVID-19 on business requirements.
  • Advised Iceland Seafood International hf on its acquisition of Carr & Sons Seafood Limited and the associated employment law compliance and risks.
  • Represented an international aircraft leasing company in its all employment matters. Reviewed and updated policies and procedures contained in the Employee Handbook for compliance with legislative changes and best practice.

BHSM LLP

BHSM LLP’s employment and benefits team advises multi-jurisdictional corporate clients on contentious and non-contentious issues. It covers all kind of employment issues such as contracts, workplace investigations, equality and discrimination issues, High Court injunctions, and transfer of undertakings. Richard Lee is a key partner and has notable expertise in acting for insolvency practitioners in liquidations, receiverships and examinerships.

Practice head(s):

Richard Lee; Mark Homan

Testimonials

‘The team at BHSM are progressive lawyers seeking alternative solutions.’

‘Richard Lee is a partner with legal expertise in dealing with a myriad of client issues. Richard is responsive, direct and solutions orientated with his clients. ‘

‘It is always a pleasure to work with BHSM whether on corporate transactions or disputes. There is a real depth of expertise within the team. ‘

‘Richard Lee is very responsive. He appreciates issues quickly and provides workable pragmatic solutions. ‘

‘In my dealings with BHSM I have always found that they provide practical advice.  They really listen to my concern and find a practical, effective solution to the issue.’

‘Excellent knowledge of Employment Law. Great communication and was able to provide a clear, concise plan to manage a potentially difficult employment issue.’

‘Richard Lee is very professional and delivers on time. He is accessible and responsive. His input is clear, and his judgement is very sound. Fundamentally, he is very personable, engaging and easy to work with.’

‘It has a big firm’s mentality in terms of its professionalism, preparation and execution.’

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP has strength in handling claims before the WRC, labour court and civil courts and also advises on day-to-day employment law issues. The team also assists with restructuring and M&A transactions, whistleblowing, immigration, and health and safety law. The firm has a strong presence in the technology, life sciences, retail and financial services sectors. Síobhra Rush covers both contentious and non-contentious issues and represents clients before all adjudicatory bodies in Ireland. Linda Hynes assists clients with data protection and business immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Síobhra Rush

Other key lawyers:

Linda Hynes

Testimonials

‘This practice is very customer focused and makes it easy to do business with them. They keep us informed and collaborate with us to find the best solutions.’

‘Siobhra Rush is available when there are urgent matters and time is of the essence. She helps us with blind-spots we may have in our business and has been a valuable partner to help in training HR teams and operational teams.  Linda Hynes has also been extremely helpful in many situations from contracts to employment advice.’  

‘The team is a great blend of youth and experience. Because of this, Lewis Silkin Ireland is well placed to handle all of our needs and which is why they have become our go-to labour relations and employment law adviser in Ireland.’

‘Siobhra Rush is excellent and has a wealth of experience to draw upon.  She has a very commercial and pragmatic approach to issues.  Excellent litigator. ‘

‘Very attentive and speedy client attention.’

Key clients

Airbnb

LinkedIn

Deliveroo

Britvic Ireland

Enterprise Rent a Car

Citadel NAscential

Globalization Partners

Smartbox

Amdocs

Work highlights

  • Represented an international automotive company in successfully defending litigation concerning alleged transgender discrimination by a former employee.
  • Advised an international facilities company on a High Court injunction from a managing director in respect of a redundancy process arising from a company acquisition.
  • Advised an international technology company on two restructuring projects in 2020 which involved separate collective redundancy processes.

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP’s team is specialised in providing employment advice in the public sector area, where it is involved in the lifecycle of recruitment to employment termination. Practice head Diarmuid CunninghamEamon Harrington and Emily Sexton are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Eamon Harrington ; Emily Sexton

Testimonials

‘Versatile and efficient legal practice. Prompt to respond. This firm handles case matters confidently and cost effectively without over reliance on external sources e.g. counsel, such is the depth of their expertise.’

‘CKT colleagues appear to work collaboratively, and dovetail their areas of specialisation seamlessly when case matter involves different strands of expertise. The quality of service and scope of expertise indicates a strong functioning and flexible organisation.’

‘CKT have a great ability to provide practical advice on complex matters while always managing to provide a clear step by step solution to legal matters and cases, providing a great support to clients.’

‘Emily Sexton and Diarmuid Cunningham have both been superb in every aspect, showing an interest ability to get to grips with a case and offer a strategy to deal with the case, while at all times being understanding with client managers who may not fully understand legal aspects and so putting their concerns to rest.’

‘Prompt responses. Easily contactable and flexible. Reliable. Professional, yet entirely approachable. ‘

‘Excellent management of all scale of instruction i.e. high end complex case matters to small scale routine instruction, or even a misc. informal query.’

‘Ability to apply practical solutions to complex problems.’

‘Clear thinking strategy application to reduce conflict and litigation.’

Key clients

Health Service Executive

University College Cork

National Ambulance Service

DWF

DWF’s employment team assists with matters including whistleblowing, protected disclosures, internal workplace investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and bullying and harassment. In recent work, it has also advised on Covid-19 related-matters, namely concerning the government's Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and collective redundancies. The practice is led by Dermot Casserly, who represents clients active in the public, financial services, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dermot Casserly 

Testimonials

‘DWF are quick to respond, but will still take a measured and considered approach to advice. They are supportive through longer assignments and take time to advise/explain process and potential outcomes and always commercially aware.’

‘Dermot Casserly is always on hand to address queries as they immediately arise. He will appoint the right team and skill mix to address any issue.’

Key clients

GEA Process Technologies Limited

Hiscox SA

RSM Ireland

Allvotec

BNP Paribas

Wolters Kluwer

Allianz Insurance Plc

DAS legal Expense Insurance Company Limited

Beam Suntory UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a senior executive at a top accountancy firm on an amicable exit from employment and negotiated favourable settlement terms.
  • Advised a multinational logistics company on a complex restructuring involving certain roles in Ireland moving to Northern Ireland.
  • Advised a leading manufacturing business on the setting up of a centre of excellence in Ireland for its IT function with the result that local employees in other jurisdictions were offered roles in Ireland on new terms or offered redundancy. Also considered application of TUPE Regulations.