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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's practice covers the gamut of employment work, which includes handling TUPE transactions and redundancies, as well as disputes involving claims of unfair dismissal and discrimination. The team has also recently been instructed in a number of crisis management matters by firms facing serious and high-profile allegations of misconduct. The highly experienced Duncan Inverarity is the head of the practice. Michael Doyle is described by clients as 'very practical' and 'a fantastic partner to our business'. Of counsel Noeleen Meehan and senior associate Tríona Sugrue are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Inverarity

Other key lawyers:

Michael Doyle; Noeleen Meehan; Tríona Sugrue

Testimonials

‘What makes A&L Goodbody unique in my experience is the professionalism of the individuals that I have dealt with. They know the law and they know our business and the environment we work in. Their advice is always of the highest quality. I value their frankness when assessing cases and the clarity that they bring to situations. ’

‘My main point of contact is Michael Doyle. His ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and provide clear and concise advice always surprises me. In particular, his responsiveness even outside working hours, means that I always have access to the best legal advice and ensures that I can respond quickly to issues in the business.’

‘They offer high levels of availability, including evenings/weekends, very fast assessment of context and issues, clear advice on options and solutions and quick connectivity with other departments in the practice.’

‘Michael Doyle is a fantastic partner to our business. Always available and quick to assess any situation and provide clear direction and advice regardless of the complexity of the circumstances.’

‘Very good at building relationships with our organisation, understanding our needs and demands and deploying a can-do attitude to working with us to find solutions and resolve complex legal and business issues.’

‘Obviously, they have legal knowledge and expertise. They also have knowledge of our company, business and modus operandi, drive for resolution of a particular issue, and clearness of thought, instruction and written communications. Nice mix of professional responsibility and ability to develop a very positive working relationship.’

‘Michael Doyle is very practical and always makes himself available as needed.’

Key clients

Invesco

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Permanent TSB Group Holdings PLC

Aviva

UPS

Citibank

Abbvie / Allergan

CRH Plc

American Airlines

Multi Corporation, a Blackstone company

Wells Fargo

Docusign

Heineken

Mylan

DEPFA Bank plc

Becton Dickinson

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment law aspects of the closure of Bewley’s Oriental Café, an iconic Dublin landmark on Dublin’s main shopping thoroughfare, Grafton Street, which resulted in 110 redundancies.
  • Acted for Google in the defence of High Court injunction proceedings issued by an employee who had been dismissed for sexual harassment.
  • Advised on the employment law aspects of the purchase of Chill Insurance for approx. €100m.

Arthur Cox

Led by Séamus Given, Arthur Cox's team handles a wide range of employment matters for a client base including prominent Irish and international companies. The team frequently advises on the employment aspects of M&A transactions, and on the contentious side, it assists clients with defending themselves against allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team has also received instructions from companies looking to restructure or make redundancies. In addition to Given, Cian BeecherKevin Langford and Louise O’Byrne are other key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Séamus Given

Other key lawyers:

Cian Beecher; Kevin Langford; Louise O’Byrne

Key clients

Musgrave Group

Aer Lingus/IAG Group

Premier Lotteries Ireland/Camelot UK Lotteries

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

Bank of Ireland

Fyffes/Total Produce plc

Diageo

Vodafone

PaddyPower Betfair

Irish Life/Great-West Lifeco

Brewin Dolphin plc

Openet

National Broadband Ireland

Flutter Entertainment plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Begley’s Distribution Limited on a successful ex-parte application before the High Court to protect confidential company information unlawfully removed from the employer’s business.
  • Advising Flutter Entertainment Plc on its €4.3bn merger with The Stars Group and specifically on the employment law aspects of the merger.
  • Advising Ingersoll Rand on the Irish employment aspects of the merger of its industrial segment with Gardner Denver Holdings, Inc.

ByrneWallace LLP

ByrneWallace LLP stands out in the Irish market for the wide variety of clients that it provides employment advice to, including state bodies, trade unions and prominent private sector companies. In addition to handling matters such as redundancies and employment disputes, the practice has recently been engaged in work related to the Covid-19 pandemic; this has included advising on immigration issues resulting from border closures and the impact of changes to regulations on employment. The sizeable team is led by Michael Kennedy. Other notable individuals include 'pre-eminent practitioner' Michelle Ní Longáin and the 'highly experienced and competent' Deirdre LynchLoughlin Deegan, Emmet Whelan and Elaine Kelly are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Ní Longáin; Deirdre Lynch; Loughlin Deegan; Emmet Whelan; Elaine Kelly

Testimonials

‘We work with Emmet Whelan in this firm and he is very responsive, always adopts a practical common sense approach and is very adept at measuring risk and dealing with it appropriately. I find him very thoughtful, flexible and balanced.’

‘The team is very adept at focusing the client on the key challenges and opportunities that arise when we seek their support. I think this is very important in helping us to arrive at satisfactory outcomes whilst keeping fee levels reasonable. They understand our strategic values and goals and are able to help us support and attain these through the approach they bring when advising us. ’

‘Top flight lawyers across the whole spectrum of employment law. The firm is constantly refreshing and renewing itself by adding to the employment law team with a range of excellent new hires from a variety of backgrounds. There are very few firms who have a comparable range of skills across immigration, employment practices, advisory and contentious employment law.’

‘Elaine Kelly is an outstanding and tough litigator. Always on top of her brief, always ahead of the issues and the other side. Not afraid to tell clients what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. Elaine has a sabre-like ability to cut to the real issues straight away and see the path through to the end game. Michelle Ni Longain is a pre-eminent practitioner who is at the cutting edge of many aspects of employment law and is hugely knowledgeable about where the law is heading and what the key underlying policy drivers are.’

‘BW is one of the better firm I’ve worked with. The tasks at hand get delivered on time and to the required standard.  I don’t ever hear any complaints about the service provided. I don’t ever feel that there is any “padding” of the work (this is an issue I’ve experienced with other firms). Staff are professional and welcoming.’

‘My primary contacts are Elaine Kelly and Loughlin Deegan. Though the individuals are different in style, I always feel I’m getting the advice I need, with sufficient challenge to ensure that my thinking is challenged positively and that I have a better plan post-meeting. I’m confident in the advice given, know they understand the problem at hand and solutions offered are pragmatic and implementable. Once a course of action is agreed, I know it will be followed up and executed really well.’

‘The ByrneWallace employment team is fast, pragmatic and solutions oriented. Exceptional combination of practical knowledge, deep experience of employment law, litigation, and strategic understanding. It was a pleasure working with them on a complex range of employment matters.’

‘Deirdre Lynch is highly experienced and competent. She delivers appropriate advice in a manner that makes it accessible to the non-expert. She kept our firm informed of all developments throughout or case and was excellent in expressing what she needed from us and any timeframes. Deirdre remained very accessible throughout the process and displayed attention to detail, client care and knowledge.’

Key clients

The Irish Civil Service (under contract with the Irish Government’s Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)

CRH plc

The Irish Times

RTE

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

Work highlights

  • Advised The Irish Government’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment on protected disclosures made to an Irish Government Minister.
  • Represented The Courts Service in High Court Judicial Review proceedings.
  • Represented two secondary school teachers in the first reported case in which a teacher sought to restrain redeployment.

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP provides 'comprehensive, fast, precise and accurate' advice to clients on complex employment law matters. In 2020, its work included industrial relations disputes, large scale redundancies and investigations into employee misconduct. The team also represents employers in litigation before the High Court and Workplace Relations Commission. Practice head Melanie Crowley, who is 'excellent', was recently appointed to the Advisory Board of the American Employment Lawyers Council. Ger Connolly specialises in litigation and TUPE. Senior associate Orla O’Leary is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Crowley

Other key lawyers:

Ger Connolly; Ronnie Neville; Paul Rochford; Orla O’Leary

Testimonials

‘Good practical advice, with a willingness to “call it” rather than qualify or avoid hard answers.’

‘Melanie Crowley and Ger Connolly provide good, practical advice. They also have a good industry-wide perspective which helps inform their advice and is very useful for us to “benchmark” our approach on various matters’

‘My experience has been extremely positive in working with Mason Hayes & Curran. In terms of strengths, they have always taken a commercial and pragmatic approach to resolving complex legal issues to achieve the desired result for their clients’ businesses. I have found the firm to be ahead of their competitors in the manner in which they have continuously demonstrated an ability to convey difficult legal concepts in a concise, pragmatic and accessible manner.’

Key clients

Robert Walters

An Irish Bank

SK Biotech

Molex

Ulster Bank (part of RBS)

Fane Valley Co-operative Society

Multinational Company

SSE Airtricity

Slack

Dropbox

Work highlights

  • Acted for Robert Walters in High Court injunction proceedings to restrain two of its senior executives from setting up a recruitment business in competition with it.
  • Advised SK Biotech on an industrial relations dispute which arose due to a planned restructuring of the plant. This resulted in a 6 week strike where allegations were made against SK Biotech that it had failed to comply with a collective agreement guaranteeing employees’ terms and conditions until 2022 and that it breached TUPE legislation.
  • Advised Molex on a large scale collective redundancy arising from the planned phased closure of its facility in Shannon Co. Clare by the end of 2020 with the loss of 500 jobs.

Matheson

Matheson advises multinational companies operating in the Irish market on a wide ambit of contentious and non-contentious employment issues. The team is experienced in defending clients against allegations of discrimination and unfair dismissal, as well as cases concerning the enforcement of confidentiality obligations. On the non-contentious side, mainstays of the practice include collective redundancies and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. In addition, the team advises companies on Brexit-related restructurings. The practice is led by Bryan Dunne, while Russell Rochford and Geraldine Carr are other key contacts. Niall Pelly left the practice in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Dunne

Other key lawyers:

Russell Rochford; Geraldine Carr; Tina O’Sullivan

Testimonials

‘The practice does an exceptional job in getting their arms around complicated matters and pairing sound legal advice with good business judgment. ’

‘Geraldine Carr is exceptional. She is so responsive and has been a great resource to our legal and people operations team as we have grown in EMEA over the last year. ’

‘I think Russell Rochford has a great personality. He is spirited and has high energy, but is calm and measured during discussions of emotionally charged personnel issues.’

‘I have worked with Matheson extensively over recent years, particularly around Brexit-related EWC issues and the transfer of EWCs from the UK to Ireland. I know of no other Irish law firm with their level of expertise in this area, which is greatly appreciated by the many multinational clients we mutually work with. They have excellent strength in depth.’

‘This practice is unique because the Matheson team cares, they look after my organisation and our interests, resolving all our issues satisfactorily is paramount to us but also to our Matheson’s partners. They make sure they understand our business, the issues we deal with and are always able to provide different alternatives/solutions to conflicts we encounter in order to ensure the best outcome for us and those involved.’

‘The size and depth of their group is a great strength, they now have five employment partners and 18 members overall, and are still hiring. The other point is their breadth of experience and understanding of advising large employers in the financial services sector and the added dynamic of dealing with the regulatory fitness and probity issues. This is a unique advantage that Matheson delivers to us in a trusted, knowledgeable way. ’

‘ We worked with Bryan Dunne, Russell Rochford, and senior associate Tina O’Sullivan. We received unwavering five-star service from both partners and the senior associate. Their responsiveness, adaptability, tailored client-focused service, commerciality and consistent availability makes them stand out from competitors. Both Bryan and Russell have built long-standing deep relationships with our senior stakeholders and key members of the HR/Legal teams. They’re able to interpret and relate advice and guidance to previous cases we had, knowing the background of the client is critical and adapting to our style/commercial needs is key. Their service is 100% personal, we feel like their number one priority on every matter.’

Key clients

Accenture

Adobe Inc

Air Canada

AlienVault

Altera

An Post

Analog Devices

AppLovin Corporation

Aramark

Aviva

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

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

Michael Kors

Mulberry

Nestle

Nokia

OpenTable

Oracle EMEA Ltd.

Paypal

PepsiCo

Reddit, Inc

SAP

Shire

SonicWall

Stripe

Tech Mahindra

Tokyo Electron

UnitedHealth Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Abbvie on the employment aspects of its €58 bn acquisition of Allergan, primarily an Irish and US transaction with a very significant employment aspect.
  • Advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the key Irish law aspects of a challenge under the UK European Works Council legislation, including threatened proceedings before the Irish High Court, on its decision to move its European Works Council from UK to Irish law as a consequence of Brexit.
  • Advised Nasdaq listed Cimpress N.V., a Dutch public company, on the corporate and tax migration of Cimpress N.V. from the Netherlands to Ireland, involving a cross-border merger by acquisition of the old Dutch holding company, and an associated re-listing of the shares of the new Irish holding company on Nasdaq.

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald handles the employment aspects of corporate transactions, and on the contentious side, it represents employers in mediations, as well as matters before the Workplace Relations Commission and the High Court. The team's clients include both public and private sector employers. The practice is led by highly experienced litigator Terence McCrannMary Brassil advises on employment issues arising from M&A, outsourcings and restructurings. Whistleblowing expert Stephen Holst is another key partner. Senior associate Donal Hamilton is active in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Terence McCrann

Other key lawyers:

Mary Brassil; Stephen Holst; Donal Hamilton

Key clients

Road Safety Authority

Cartrawler

Aer Lingus

Sanofi / Genzyme

Boston Scientific

Deutsche Bank

VHI

National Transport Authority “NTA”

Transport Infrastructure Ireland “TII”

CHC Helicopter Rescue Service

Borg Warner

Cardinal Health

Milestone

Apollo Global Management

Amdocs

Broadcom

Work highlights

  • Advised Broadcom on the Irish employment law implications of the completion of its acquisition of Symantec’s enterprise security business for $10.7bn in cash.
  • Advising Aer Lingus Limited in relation to HighCourt proceedings issued against it, Ireland, the Attorney General, and the Trustee of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme, in connection with a reduction in pension benefits for certain members of the Irish Airiness Superannuation Scheme following its restructuring.
  • Advising Maynooth University in relation to the poaching of key staff by another university and on High Court judicial review proceedings challenging the recruitment policy by reference to which such poaching is taking place.

William Fry

William Fry advises on the employment and employee benefits aspects of IPOs and M&A transactions, and also represents employers in disputes involving issues such as unfair dismissal and discrimination. Elsewhere, the team has recently advised clients on Covid-19 issues, such as accessing government support, redundancies and immigration issues caused by border restrictions. Catherine O’Flynn leads the team, which also includes Alicia Compton and Jeffrey Greene. Ailbhe Dennehy joined as a partner from A&L Goodbody LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Catherine O’Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Compton; Jeffrey Greene; Ailbhe Dennehy

Testimonials

‘A dynamic partner team with notable sectoral expertise including in retail and commercial matters. ’

‘Catherine O’Flynn is a high profile leader of the team who is easy to work with and is highly respected. The whole team are easy to engage with and with impressive technical expertise but also very user friendly.’

‘The team is very supportive, proactive and experienced across a wide range of topics.’

‘They take time to get to know the organisation and they work in a collaborative and caring manner.’

‘Very responsive and good teamwork when working on cross-border matters’

‘Jeffrey Greene is very reliable and a pleasure to deal with’

‘This practice is extremely approachable and friendly, and provides excellent, commercial legal advice. They are my go to-firm in Ireland.’

‘The team have a huge depth of experience and subject matter expertise. They are also very commercial and excellent negotiators.’

Key clients

JLT Financial Planning Limited

L Brands Fashion Retail Ireland

Pointy

Qorvo

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

Axa Life

Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited

Irish Credit Bureau

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

DCC plc

Mincon plc

Sky plc

Forsa

Lionbridge

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead adviser to SOLAS (formerly FÁS) for the last 19 years, in relation to all employment and related matters.
  • Advised Uniphar Group plc on all aspects of its initial public offering (IPO) on the AIM and Euronext Growth markets of the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin.
  • Advised Qorvo Inc on all employment, pension and employee benefits matters for its acquisition of Decawave.

Eugene F. Collins

Eugene F. Collins' team offers clients 'knowledge, commitment and ability that is first in class'. Reflective of its wide-ranging expertise, it handles employment issues arising from corporate transactions, and also advises employers facing allegations of discrimination and bullying. The practice has also recently been assisting clients with matters involving novel areas of employment law, such as the status of gig economy workers and zero hour contracts. Maura Connolly and David Cantrell jointly lead the team, with Cantrell having a particular specialism in immigration law. Connolly 'exudes efficiency and capability' and 'grasps complex commercial detail immediately'.

Practice head(s):

Maura Connolly; David Cantrell

Other key lawyers:

Edel Flynn

Testimonials

‘We worked with Maura Connolly and Edel Flynn, and both were responsive and made themselves available when required at key stages of the process.’

‘Maura Connolly is the lead and I can confidently say that over 30 years experience in different industries she is the best I have encountered. She has a strong team with her and their qualities are about understanding our business and being expert on employment legislation, people problems and resolving disputes.’

‘Our lead solicitor Maura Connolly is at the top of her profession and is a hands on person, who exudes efficiency and capability. She is the person you want on your side in a difficult situation. Maura and her staff understand our business and we will always take their advices on board as we have full confidence in them.’

‘The team are a pleasure to work with. No request is too great and they are always available at short notice. Values of professionalism and careful preparation are deeply instilled throughout the team. In comparison to their competitors, including those in larger firms, the team at Eugene F. Collins are superior in applying legal understanding in order to provide intelligent helpful advice.’

‘The employment law team is headed by Maura Connolly, who is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced employment lawyers in the country. Her preparation levels are meticulous and all decisions are weighed empirically. Maura maintains an in depth knowledge of all her cases, while also sustaining high responsiveness. I would recommend Maura to any client.’

‘I feel EFC really listen to us, seek to understand the challenge the business has to navigate and operate as a partner in enabling us to achieve our goals or steering us to a better solution. They marry legal advice with commercial needs very well. EFC are also incredibly accessible – able to connect quickly and easily as needed to address emerging issues’

‘I have dealt with Maura Connolly on a number of matters over the years and she has been consistent in offering excellent advice. You can be very sure of your legal footing and probably even more importantly the other party will be in no doubt that you are extremely well advised. Maura grasps complex commercial detail immediately and gives a very unambiguous appraisal of the situation within the context of the various laws precedents and practices and very quickly establishes realistic viable options for consideration. In assisting with negotiations she is able to decipher the other parties posturing with remarkable accuracy. She is also excellent in communicating and brokering with the other party that invariably results in a mutually beneficial agreement. Overall working with Maura and Eugene F. Collins instils huge confidence and reassurance you are in safe hands. ’

‘I deal with many employment law firms in different countries. Out of all of them, Eugene F. Collins offers a superior service in several ways: getting back to queries in a timely manner; offering specific and sound advice; dealing with follow up queries efficiently. Their knowledge and subject matter expertise is second to none.’

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

Carluccio’s

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

  • Acted for Karshan (Midlands) in its capacity as appellant in a land-mark case stated for the opinion of the High Court in relation to a determination by an Appeals Commissioner of the Tax Appeals Commission in relation to the status of workers. This case is a very important case which will have significant implications for the “gig economy” in Ireland and the case is being regarded as relevant to a large range of sectors. The High Court determined that delivery drivers who were engaged as independent contractors should be categorised for tax and social insurance purposes to be employees. It is the first Irish case to address the issues posed by the gig economy for employment law and is being carefully watched by all commentators. The case is currently on appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Advised Investec Bank on the employment and pensions aspects arising from the sale of the wealth and investments business in Ireland to Brewin Dolphin. This transaction involved advice on transfer of undertakings, where only part of a business was being transferred and it included a complex transitional services and secondment arrangement to support the business post completion.
  • Continuing to act as a long-time adviser of the Marks and Spencer (Ireland) Ltd HR Department. Providing general employment law advice on a wide range of issues as they arise including contractual issues, redundancy and reorganizational issues, disciplinary and grievance procedural issues, issues in relation to employees returning to work from long term sick leave, GDPR and other matters.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland's 'extremely knowledgeable' employment team handles a broad cross-section of complex matters, including those involving whistleblowing, the enforcement of restrictive covenants and allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. In addition, the firm advises on redundancies and provides ongoing support to a number of corporate clients. Joanne Hyde, who is a former chair of the Employment and Equality Law Committee of the Law Society, leads the practice. Julie Galbraith, who made partner in January 2020, is praised for her 'great emotional intelligence' and 'very approachable style'.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Hyde

Other key lawyers:

Julie Galbraith

Testimonials

‘One of the key strengths I feel Eversheds has is the great relationships their solicitors are able to build with their customers. I mostly work with Julie Galbraith in the employment law team. Due to the strong relationship Julie Galbraith has built with our senior managers and leaders, coupled with the knowledge she has of our business and our culture, we consider her to be an extension of our organisation. The employment law team are extremely knowledgeable in all areas of employment law. In comparing advice or workings of other solicitors, it is apparent that Eversheds solicitors are trained to the highest standard, competent in their role and this in turn builds their credibility and trust within organisations.’

‘Without a doubt, Julie Galbraith is the best employment law solicitor I have worked with. She is extremely knowledgeable in every area of employment law and she helps to not only provide advice to make a decision for our business, but also provides options and clearly explains these to help us as a management team understand the reason for her decisions. Julie is always professional, competent and quietly confident. Julie has great emotional intelligence and a very approachable style which really helps us view her as a trusted business partner. She takes the time to understand our business, employees, leaders and culture. This enables her to provide us with advice that is a fit for our firm and its culture. Julie is extremely responsive to all requests for help and this was further demonstrated by her during the Covid-19 pandemic. Julie provided us with exceptional help and support often outside of office hours.’

Key clients

PayPal

Microsoft

World Rugby

Intel Corporation

Cook Medical

Eventbrite

Next Retail

Lockton Companies

Health Service Executive (HSE)

CIE

Nestle SA

Survey Monkey

Genesys

RTÉ

Pinewood Healthcare (part of Wockhardt Group)

Netgear

Brown Thomas/Arnotts

Staycity Aparthotels

Aerogen

Brinks/G4S

C&C Group

Independent News & Media

Doosan Bobcat

Mater Hospital

Marsh Ireland

Work highlights

  • Supporting all of Microsoft’s employment law needs across its 3,000+ Irish workforce.
  • Advising Intel on all employment law requirements for their 4,500+ Irish workforce.
  • Supporting PayPal with their employment law requirements at their European headquarters in Dublin.

Hayes Solicitors LLP

Hayes Solicitors LLP handles a wide range of employment matters for clients in sectors such as healthcare, retail and transport. It is highly active in cases before the Workplace Relations Commission, High Court and European Court of Justice, as well as providing assistance on non-contentious matters, such as employee transfers. Team head Breda O’Malley works with Anne Lyne, who specialises in advising educational institutions. Gill Woods left the firm in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Breda O’Malley

Other key lawyers:

Anne Lyne

Testimonials

‘Breda O’Malley is very practical. You can tell that she has synthesised the personal issue, the legal analysis and strategy to provide advice that you can action. She sees the relationship, rather than seeing the person in a transactional manner. Other employment lawyers I know are fixated with the deal or their win. For this reason, I have recommended Breda to other colleagues.’

‘Accessibility to the partners for excellent and timely advice provided in a practical manner. Expert knowledge provided without fuss and focussed on what you ask. ’

‘Breda O’Malley and her employment law team are a positive group to work with. Breda provides her knowledge and expertise with balance and confidence, which is reassuring, and where a clear rationale is provided with approaches and solutions to challenging issues. Business-like and friendly.’

‘Hayes respond fast, their responses are to the point, and their advice is practical. Having used Hayes for the last seven years I completely trust any advice they give, they understand our business and the balance needed to run a business while working within the law.’

‘Breda O’Malley is just fantastic, I have over 25 years of HR experience and have dealt with many employment legal professionals in that time and Breda is by far the best. Her advice is practical, she understands issues quickly, has an amazing memory for historical events and is highly experienced.’

‘Hayes is an efficient, responsive and supportive practice providing clear and concise advice across a range of HR issues and employment matters. I always receive coherent guidance and advice, which is effective and solution focused. The team is very knowledgeable and was very succinct and incisive in providing advice on our business response to Covid, including managing layoffs, short term, holidays etc. Hayes is our practice of choice.

‘I work closely with Breda O’Malley on HR and employment matters. She provides expert advice and guidance on all aspects of the employment relationship from pre-employment matters to termination. She swiftly analyses the issue and her assessment of the steps to take are clearly defined and unambiguous. She is direct and her advice is always excellent!’

‘Breda O’Malley leads the team, and is a role model for accessibility, rigour, practicality – and also compassion and empathy for professionals, in a range of different situations, needing employment law advice. She, Anne Lyne, Mary Kelliher and all the team tune in to the human, as well as the legal and risk, dimensions of a situation. They are commercially and client sensitive and they will always seek an early resolution of an escalating situation, for the benefit of all involved. ’

Key clients

Balfour Beatty Rail / Balfour Beatty CLG

Ladbrokes

SISK

TK Maxx

BDO

Unilever

CPM Omnicom International Group

Capita Consumer Business Solutions –

CityJet

College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland

Boys & Girls

DHL

Distilled

Economic and Social Research Institute (ERSI)

Frontline Performance Group

Gaeltec Utilities

Greyhound Recycling

Interserve

Irish Cancer Society

Irish College of General Practitioners

Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO)

Leopardstown Park Hospital

Linders

Macquarie Air Finance

Major pharmaceuticals company

Novo Nordisk

Primark (subsidiary of Associated British Foods)

Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI)

Sandvik Mining & Construction Logistics Plc

Taconic

Talbot Health Group

Teagasc

Tolmar International Limited

William Grant

YMCA Dublin

Work highlights

  • Advising Primark on a number of employment matters, including providing ongoing advice, as well as representing the company in High Court litigation relating to restrictive covenants.
  • Representing Dublin Business School in defending High Court litigation (judicial review and injunction) involving a former college student and connected with staff of the College.
  • Defending TK Maxx in equality cases, on various alleged discriminatory grounds.

LK Shields Solicitors LLP

Led by Aoife Bradley, LK Shields Solicitors LLP's team offers clients 'clear advice which is grounded in good legal practice'. The practice provides ongoing support on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues to a wide range of Irish and international companies. Bradley has over 20 years of experience in the employment arena. The 'incredibly responsiveCiara O’Kennedy is particularly focused on pensions-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Aoife Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Ciara O’Kennedy; Jennifer O’Neill

Testimonials

‘I have worked with a couple of legal firms over the years, but in my honest opinion, I have found the team at LK Shields to be fantastic. I have worked a lot with Ciara and she has been a great support to our business in relation to anything employment-related. LK Shields as a firm are very supportive and will do their best to resolve and advise on any tricky situations that we have found ourselves in.’

‘I have worked with Ciara O’Kennedy on a couple of employment-related situations over the last couple of years, Ciara is excellent at what she does, she has a great understanding of our business and how we operate, she will do her best to advise on how to approach very tricky situations and is quick to find the best solution for our business. She is easy to deal with and very approachable, there is no such thing as a silly question with Ciara, which is always appreciated. ’

‘Very responsive. Clear advice which is grounded in good legal practice and balanced with practical and commercial considerations.’

‘Ciara O’Kennedy is incredibly responsive and provides advice on interpretation of the law which is very useful and practical when operating a commercial business; she does not just recite the law.’

‘The experience and skills are of the highest quality I have encountered  They have huge patience dealing with an often very difficult client and maintaining genuine, firm guidance in extremely challenging conditions. I believe many practices would have underachieved in such circumstances, but LK Shields overachieved.’

‘For the same reasons mentioned above plus partners and associates able to demonstrate empathy to guide the client in its sometimes contrary opinion. Influence for good – not manipulation for practice benefit. Aoife Bradley and Einde O’Donnell are the finest practitioners I have worked with in 30 years of international business.’

Key clients

CVS (UK) Limited

Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited

Saongroup Limited t/a irishjobs.ie

Universal Music Ireland Limited

Carechoice (Group) Limited

Alexion Pharma International Operations UC and Alexion Inc.

Autotrader/Carzone.ie

InfraVia Capital Partners

Irish Relocation Services Limited t/a Dwellworks

Nelipak – formerly Bemis Company Inc.

News UK & Ireland

Alltech Inc

CCS Fundraising

Kylin Prime Group

New Measured Power Limited t/a Pinergy

Work highlights

  • Provided a broad range of advice to CVS (UK) Limited on a number of issues including the implementation of a number of disciplinary processes, the termination of a number of employees, the drafting of bespoke contracts of employment and policies to take account of particular working arrangements and issues arising due to COVID-19 health crisis, including the implementation of lay-offs and the application of Government support schemes. The firm advised CVS (UK) Limited in relation to a disciplinary process involving a senior employee during which solicitors acting on behalf of the employee raised a number of complex legal issues and objections. It also provided bespoke advice in relation to complex working time issues, including the applicability of the Organisation of Working Time (General Exemptions) Regulations 1998, the ramifications of night working provisions and the drafting of bespoke annual leave clauses to take account of irregular working hours and recent case law from Labour Court on the issue of compensatory rest.
  • Represented Dwellworks in relation to a number of claims before the Workplace Relations Commission which arose as a result of the introduction of banded hours legislation and contractual issues arising therefrom. The firm also provided a broad range of employment advice to Dwellworks on a number of issues including banded hours legislation, redundancy programmes, layoffs, short time, issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, the national Wage Subsidy Scheme, union agitation and various issues arising from employee contractual arrangements. The working arrangements within Dwellworks are unique and are key to ensuring its effective operation and ability to respond to client needs. This unique working scenario involves the regular examination of novel issues and the provision of bespoke advice.
  • Providing ongoing employment law advice to Hertz Europe Service Centre Limited on a range of employment law issues that arise, including   providing advice in relation to global mobility issues, providing advices in relation to the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 and the Protected Disclosures Act 2014, and guiding the company through various disciplinary processes and employee investigations.  

Ronan Daly Jermyn

Ronan Daly Jermyn's employment practice handles various types of non-contentious work, such as TUPE transfers, restructurings and advising firms on accessing government schemes related to Covid-19. It also represents employers in disputes over issues such as age discrimination, workplace harassment and victimisation. The practice is led by Jennifer Cashman, who is recognised for her 'wealth of knowledge'. Other partners in the team include David McCarroll, Deirdre Malone and Antoinette Vahey. Vahey is 'a pleasure to deal with' while McCarroll has 'one of the sharpest legal minds in his field'.

Practice head(s):

Jennifer Cashman

Other key lawyers:

David McCarroll; Deirdre Malone; Antoinette Vahey; Caoimhe Heery

Testimonials

‘The RDJ team are excellent at combining their technical expertise with their knowledge of the business to reach a successful outcome. They excel in particularly complicated cases and can see a clear pathway through any difficult situation.’

‘David McCarroll probably has one of the sharpest legal minds in his field. His ability to understand complex situations is absolutely second to none and he always finds a way to come out with the best outcome for his clients. His ability to understand people’s different idiosyncrasies and tailor his advice accordingly makes him stand out.’

‘This practice has an excellent employment law team, led by Jennifer Cashman, providing reasoned, objective advice and representation at WRC and Labour Court.’

‘We are lucky to work with Jennifer Cashman who has a wealth of knowledge, tons of energy and, in addition to taking a very pragmatic approach, is lots of fun to work with. Antoinette, while more junior, has taken the time to get to know our business very well and is a great person to work with.

‘I have used RDJ for a number of years in respect of employment law support. They are exceptional in understanding the needs of their clients and get down to a level of detail and understanding on issues as if they were immersed in the day to day of our company. Expert advice and service given every time and always willing to work on issues at short notice and out of standard hours to service our urgent needs. I am familiar with a few members of the Galway team at RDJ and really like to work with them.’

‘Availability is a key service offered by RDJ. They go the extra mile to make sure they are available for you at short notice. They understand our issues on a deeper level than any firm I have used previously. In particular, my advisor Antoinette Vahey is a pleasure to deal with and advice I have received from her over the last 2.5 years in my current role as EMEA HR Manager has been faultless.’

‘The professionalism, depth of experience and friendly advice that is easy to understand and follow. They advise on simple and complex issues. Response/turnaround time is phenomenal.’

‘Jennifer has provided comprehensive advice during the pandemic at a time when the usual certainties of business did not prevail in all instances. A rock of sense. ’

Key clients

Medtronic

Mapfre Assistance

Cork County Council

Planet Payment Group Holdings

Core HR

FNZ

GlaxoSmithKline Corporate

Sector Alarms Holdings

Tecomet

Telus International (formerly Voxpro)

University College Cork

NUI Galway

Morgan McKinley

Work highlights

  • Advised a global telecommunications company on allegations of sexual harassment during a work event, following which the accused raised a grievance on unrelated inappropriate sexual treatment. The firm managed the investigation of concurrent investigations, and subsequent disciplinary hearing(and appeal) resulting in the employee’s dismissal. The employee proceeded to seek unfair dismissal before the WRC, compromise was achieved, and the firm is now defending newly issued personal injury proceedings for the same circumstances before the High Court.
  • Providing ongoing advice to a multinational manufacturer and distributor of pressure-sensitive adhesive materials, apparel branding labels and tags, RFID inlays, and specialty medical products. This relates to a challenge by a senior employee to his proposed mandatory retirement in 2020. Advised on the potential age discrimination claim under the Employment Equality legislation and the requirement to objectively justify mandatory retirement ages. Advice relating to policies, and the frequency with which this should be reviewed has also been provided. Comprehensive explanation of the WRC Code of Practice on Longer Working has also been provided to ensure that the client can independently adhere to its requirements into the future, once this challenge is resolved. Advice also includes assisting with the drafting of letters and documents setting out the objective justifications for the mandatory retirement age.
  • Worked closely with FNZ and its UK lawyers on an M&A transaction, contributing to the due diligence report on employment matters and advising on key contentious legacy employee benefits in relation to the purchase of Irish Progressive Services International, to ensure compliance with Irish employment law.

Anne O'Connell Solicitors

Anne O'Connell Solicitors' 'highly knowledgeable' team provides ongoing advice on non-contentious matters to corporate clients across a range of sectors, as well as representing them in contentious disputes. On the litigation front, the team acts for both employers and employees in disputes involving allegations of unfair dismissal and breaches of restrictive covenants, among other issues. The practice is particularly active in advising employers on the exits of senior employees. Anne O'Connell, who is the founder and principal of the firm, garners praise from clients for her 'vast knowledge'. Senior associate Laura Reid is 'professional, efficient and focused'.

Practice head(s):

Anne O’Connell

Other key lawyers:

Laura Reid

Testimonials

‘Anne O’Connell Solicitors is unique in that they offer an unparalleled commitment to their clients. The team have an innate passion when representing their clients and instil a level of trust which I have not found with other firms. This is all notwithstanding the expert knowledge the firm delivers in the area of employment law.’

‘I worked with Anne O’Connell for many years and have always valued Anne’s honest and expert advice immensely. Anne, as principal of the firm, instils in her team the same unrivalled passion and drive for which Anne is known. I have found that Anne always seeks to deliver pragmatic solutions to problems while ensuring I as a client maintain a realistic outlook. It is my belief that Anne O’Connell is the leader in the area of employment law.’

‘I have always found Laura Reid to be professional, efficient and focused. She has a great memory for detail and manages difficult discussions with great care and discretion. I feel she has my back.

‘One of the key strengths of Anne O’Connell Solicitors was their expert knowledge in employment laws and practices tied together with the speed at which Anne and her team dealt with queries we had. I was genuinely taken aback by the responsiveness of the team for what was a serious legal pain for us – they took all the worry away.’

‘Knowledge, communication skills, assertiveness and proficiency in logical reasoning – all skills Anne and her team have in abundance. ’

‘This team offer exceptional, high quality, clear advice and support to clients. They do so in a very timely, warm and engaging manner. They are subject matter experts whose advice I always feel completely confident following.’

‘Anne is an exceptional employment law solicitor and a complete go-to for me when an issue arises with any of my clients. She is supported by an excellent team of professional, capable colleagues.’

‘Anne O’Connell, in my opinion, offers an unrivalled level of service in the area of employment law. Her vast knowledge in the area of employment law is second to none. The arrangement in place at the moment is through a hotline whereby Anne is available at all times. I’ve found this to be a very important source of help and guidance, as we have Anne’s guidance in all matters of law at hand at all times, and this has proven to be invaluable on more than one occasion. In helping to avoid matters going to a third party.’

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 (CDI)

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 Lettin

Work highlights

  • Acting as external employment law solicitors to ESB Group, which involves supporting its in-house employment law solicitor and group head of legal on various daily employment law matters, defending litigation and advising the Executive Director and Group Head of Legal on highly sensitive and confidential employment issues. The firm was retained on the client’s legal services panel for a further five years following a successful re-tender late last year.
  • Advising Doyle Shipping Group on various potentially contentious employment law issues. Recent work included successfully defending the client in complex litigation under Transfer of Undertakings Regulations.
  • Advising Sonoma Valley t/a 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. The firm advises on non-contentious issues such as the drafting and updating of contractual clauses and other documents. It also handles commercially- sensitive and highly contentious matters, such as the enforcement of restrictive covenants (including non-compete and non-solicitation clauses) and the enforcement of post-termination confidentiality obligations. The firm has also successfully defended the client in litigation under the Unfair Dismissals Acts.

Beauchamps LLP

Beauchamps' employment law team has a varied practice, with work ranging from complex workplace disciplinary matters and restrictive covenant disputes to collective redundancies. The team's client base covers a range of sectors including education, sports, government bodies and professional services. The practice is led by Sandra Masterson Power.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Masterson Power

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Watters

Testimonials

‘A full-service firm and very responsive to client needs. Partner support on all matters. Concise and well constructed advice provided at all times.’

‘Partner support across all advice. High level of due diligence together with maximum care and attention to our requirements, which were prioritised by Beauchamps across all advice given.’

‘Very responsive, take time to develop a relationship with the client and get to know our business and issues. ’

‘Patrick Watters is very easy to work with, gets up to speed very quickly, takes a practical approach.’

‘Their flexibility and professionalism stand out. They are always extremely professional to deal with at a level beyond my experience with other legal firms I have dealt with. They are always available and very good at meeting difficult deadlines.’

‘Sandra Masterson Power recently helped us with some employment issues. Sandra helped us out a short notice during a busy period and always gave it her full attention, while maintaining a very high level of professionalism throughout. She was able to explain legal problems clearly and concisely, which helped with our decision making. ’

‘We found Beauchamps to be very strong at understanding our organisational culture and supporting our business aims with their legal expertise. Occasionally one finds a legal practice which maintains a distance from the client in business terms.’

‘We found Patrick Watters to be always available and reliable and sympathetic to our needs regarding a particularly difficult employment case.’

Key clients

Aldo Shoes Ireland (in liquidation)

Irish Greyhound Board

Bewley’s Tea and Coffee Limited

Paragon Group

Grosvenor Services

Ergo Services Ireland Ltd

Epona Biotech Limited

LADBible Group

Joule Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) in relation to injunctive proceedings initiated by their Chief Financial Officer arising from disciplinary proceedings. The CFO sought to restrain the disciplinary process from proceeding and sought disclosure of certain documents.
  • Advised Eurofound, in relation to claim for damages for a data breach including advising on data breach and administrative aspects of same, engagement with the European Data Protection Agency (“EDPS”) drafting correspondence
  • Advised a statutory/regulatory body in a complex employment matter involving a multiplicity of complaints under the organisation’s grievance policy, protected disclosures policy, recruitment policy, dignity at work policy, a mediation process and ultimately a disciplinary process as well as claims to the WRC.

CC Solicitors

Led by founder Colleen Cleary, CC Solicitors advises on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Regan O’Driscoll and Claire Dawson are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Colleen Cleary

Other key lawyers:

Regan O’Driscoll; Claire Dawson

DAC Beachcroft Dublin

DAC Beachcroft Dublin handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters for employers from a wide variety of sectors, including financial services, retail and healthcare. Working with the firm's network of offices, the practice is able to advise on cross-border matters and has been instructed to advise companies entering the Irish market on employment issues. Practice head Barry Reynolds is experienced in all areas of employment law, particularly employment matters related to commercial agreements. Senior associate Ashling Parkinson is 'strong in adapting UK law to the Irish context'.

Practice head(s):

Barry Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Ashling Parkinson

Testimonials

‘Their responsiveness, adaptability, tailored client-focused service, commerciality and consistent availability makes them stand out from competitors. They’re able to interpret and relate advice and guidance to previous cases we had, knowing the background of the client is critical and adapting to our style/commercial needs is key. Their service is 100% personal, we feel like their number one priority on every matter. ’

‘Aisling Parkinson has extensive employee relations and commercial knowledge. Her advice is always tailored to the clients need. Builds great relationships, always available and goes above & beyond on every matter.’

‘Realistic response times, quick to point out commercial risks but keen to assist in a practicable solution. We have found them the most adaptable and commercially aware practice operating in Dublin.’

‘Aisling Parkinson is strong on litigation and using the wins & losses to identify practical ways to improve policy and practice in the business. She is strong on adapting UK law to the Irish context.’

Key clients

McDonalds

BT Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advised restaurant chain, retailers and various clients in the retail leisure sector on all aspects of the urgent and evolving responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advised a health and social care provider on a High Court injunction, which involved advising on disciplinary processes, handling of whistleblowing and discrimination issues.
  • Advised a leading insurer on a contentious and large scale data access request concerning several global locations and various senior managers.

Fieldfisher

Led by Barry Walsh, Fieldfisher's team acts for clients in the public and private sectors on employment matters. Its work covers corporate and commercial employment work, disciplinary matters and redundancies. Julie Austin is another name to note in the team, which has been active throughout the Covid-19 pandemic; recent work included producing seminars to update clients on developments in Irish employment law.

Practice head(s):

Barry Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Julie Austin

Key clients

KPMG

St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services

Squarespace

Irish Aviation Authority

Bank of Ireland

Alcon

EY

Work highlights

  • Advised Squarespace on a vast array of areas in employment law and immigration law. Advice included Covid 19 return to work procedures and remote working procedures and drafting contracts of employment.
  • Advised KPMG on employment related queries.
  • Advised Bank of Ireland on an equality law matter before the Circuit Court.

Philip Lee

Philip Lee's 'extremely responsive and helpful' team stands out for its work advising public sector bodies on employment matters. Practice head Patrick Walshe is praised for his advice, which is 'robust and decisive, and infused with commercial pragmatism'. Litigator Murrough McMahon and Damien Young are also key partners in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Walshe

Other key lawyers:

Murrough McMahon; Damien Young

Testimonials

‘Philip Lee were appointed as our legal advisers following a competitive public tender process. We require a legal practice that can advise on a wide range of matters including artist and other contracts, employment and IR, board governance and public service codes of practice, public liability claims, GDPR etc. Philip Lee has provided such a breadth of service to a very high level, with a range of specialists that we can call upon as required.’

‘We have had cause to require substantial advice on board governance matters when the NCH became a statutory body. Jonathan Kelly completed a very thorough review of all statutory obligations for our Audit & Risk Committee which has been invaluable. We have also had excellent and thorough advice on a number of challenging IR issues from Patrick Walshe.’

‘The employment practice team at Philip Lee are experts in this area and apply that knowledge in a efficient and practical manner, seeking the best outcome for the client at all times. ’

‘Although only a small team, they are always extremely responsive and helpful.’

‘Patrick Walshe is a stand-out individual in my book. His advice is always robust and decisive, and infused with commercial pragmatism. He instinctively “gets it”, and this shows in the results that he achieves time after time.’

Key clients

MGM

Games Workshop

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (The Irish Fisheries Board)

Irish Housing Agency

Belfast Distilleries

Glen Dimplex

Health Service Executive

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

University College Dublin

Whitney Moore

Whitney Moore has a strong track record in complex employment law work, including whistleblowing cases, serious disciplinary matters and matters arising from corporate transactions. In addition, the team has been notably active in matters connected with the Covid-19 pandemic, including the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme, reopening of businesses and redundancies. The practice is now jointly led by Emma Richmond and Marie-Claire Scullion. Managing partner John Lynch also advises on a wide range of matters.

Practice head(s):

Emma Richmond; Marie Claire Scullion

Other key lawyers:

John Lynch

Testimonials

‘Emma Richmond is excellent in delivering legal work for our company. She will go out of the way to make sure the matter is dealt and closed with the desired outcome.’

‘Emma Richmond has been a rock of sense, sensitivity and legal expertise.’

‘Whitney Moore’s employment team provide us with an excellent service. They are responsive, able to meet deadlines and provide sensible, commercial advice at a reasonable cost.’

‘Emma Richmond is our main contact and does an excellent job of providing responsive, practical advice. We also work with John Lynch and Marie Claire Scullion who are equally as helpful.’

‘Superb knowledge within the team and access to individuals at the most senior level. ’

‘I hold John Lynch in the highest regard, his availability and willingness to chat through the smallest item to sense check is incredible. Prior to working with John and his team, we were working with bigger firms where you did not get access to the most senior personnel and were over-charged for the benefit of it. I cannot recommend Whitney Moore enough.’

‘I’ve been working with Whitney Moore for the past four years and I find the practice is very efficient, professional and has a wide range of services that we avail of. I find they will always come back to me promptly with any HR/IR query that I have. I would not proceed with any HR/IR matter until I have taken advice from the staff at Whitney Moore. I always value their opinion and have built trust with them over the last few years. ’

‘I mainly deal with Emma Richmond and Marie Claire Scullion in Whitney Moore and find them to be very efficient and prompt when dealing with my queries. I’m often under pressure to get back to an employee with an answer and I find Emma and Marie Claire will always get back that day with advice on the next steps. They make me feel as if I’m the only client and I get 100% of their attention when dealing with a HR/IR issue. They are both very personable, competent and knowledgeable and I feel I’m in a safe pair of hands when dealing with them.’

Key clients

Glen Dimplex Group

Allianz plc

LIA (Life Insurance Association)

Antalis Limited

Independent Vetcare Ireland Limited

IDA Ireland

Marie Keating Foundation

Motor Distributors Group

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association

Irish Medicines Verification Organisation

Work highlights

  • Advised Independent Vetcare Ireland Limited on multiple acquisitions in the veterinary healthcare sector over the past 18 months; also advised on the integration of acquired business and related employment issues.
  • Advised Pandora on the impact of Covid-19, the closure of retail stores, the handling of employment issues including wage subsidy schemes, lay-off and redundancy. Also advised on the health and safety aspects of re-opening businesses.
  • Advised Glen Dimplex Group on all aspects of its employee engagement, handling a varied range of matters for a large number of employees.

Lavelle Partners

Led by Marc Fitzgibbon, Lavelle Partners advises clients on dismissals, disciplinary matters and the preparation of contracts. The team has also recently been active in advising on redundancies and restructurings as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fitzgibbon has more than 30 years of experience in both contentious and non-contentious employment law, which includes representing clients before the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court.

Practice head(s):

Marc Fitzgibbon

Leman Solicitors

According to one of its clients, Leman Solicitors is 'a young, energetic and entrepreneurial firm with a constant focus on customer service'. It is active in contentious employment matters such as employee terminations and disciplinary proceedings, as well as redundancies. The practice is led by Bláthnaid Evans, who is 'an expert in her field and able to summarise and advises in a very clear manner'.

Practice head(s):

Bláthnaid Evans

Testimonials

‘They have a broad range of experience and provide excellent service at a reasonable cost.’

‘Blathnaid Evans is the standout partner. Expert in her field and ability to summarise and advises in a very clear manner.’

‘The team are very pragmatic and provide clear guidance to ensure compliance and commercially viable outcomes’

‘Very approachable and open-minded.’

‘Leman are a young energetic and entrepreneurial firm with a constant focus on customer service and enabling their clients to concentrate on what they do best. The employment practice is no different, providing practical expert advice when required, but from a commercial viewpoint. ’

‘Blathnaid is highly knowledgeable in her field, is very approachable and open, and has the ability to quickly ascertain the core of any problem and to proactively provide a solution. I would certainly recommend her without reservation. ’

‘A mid-sized firm which creates a successful blend of providing experienced partners that remain close and attentive to clients whilst able to address needs across several business aspects. A one-stop shop.’

Maples Group

Maples Group advises both multinational and domestic clients on employment law matters, including TUPE, contractual disputes, and lockdown-related matters, such as the designation of employees as essential workers. The team, which is led by Karen Killalea, also handles unfair dismissal disputes for both employees and employers. It has a notably strong profile among clients in the financial services sector, as well as areas such as construction and technology.

Practice head(s):

Karen Killalea

Testimonials

‘Maples Group stands out as being very approachable, they listen, consider and then provide advice. This organisation’s personality is unique.’

‘We recently experienced a fatal workplace accident. This was a very difficult time. Maples were able to advise and guide us through the regulatory accident investigations while providing real human support for our employees involved. They made a tangible difference in giving comfort to our employees as they presented for investigation interviews while balancing this with the expertise necessary to represent the company and the employees.’

‘Karen Killalea at Maples was exceptional throughout my engagement. Karen was thorough, took instruction superbly and was very transparent from the outset managing my expectations. Karen showed genuine empathy and excellent emotional intelligence in her dealings with me. She was very accessible and direct to ensure my case moved along swiftly. Karen did a great job in outlining my options for instruction, the risks associated with each and also the likely thinking of the opposing side. I could not recommend Karen and Maples enough.’

‘Very personal case by case work. Exceptional’

‘Our contacts in Maples really got to know our business before they made recommendations. This was invaluable at arriving at the correct outcome.’

‘Very professional service, although personalised to customer needs. You feel you are the most important client to them. Taking calls, emails outside of normal working hours and in fact even on holiday.’

‘The Maples Dublin team always provides excellent, high-quality advice.’

‘Karen Killalea is always super responsive and provides excellent, commercially savvy advice in all situations.’

Key clients

Colas Contracting Limited

Buymie Limited

Innovative Interfaces Inc.

GSJ Maintenance

Work highlights

  • Advised Colas Contracting Limited on a number of employees’ claims for back pay and future pay based on the alleged application of the Construction Sectoral Employment Order. This was the first of a series of four cases in which we successfully acted for the client and which looked at novel areas of the law around the application of a new SEO to the clients’ employees.
  • Advised Buymie Limited, an online shopping business, on a variety of employment matters including in relation to evolving case law in relation to the status of independent contractors and the use of appropriate contractual arrangements to engage shoppers.
  • Instructed as local lead counsel for Innovative Interfaces Inc., a technology business, in respect of the Irish part of a cross-border corporate restructuring by means of an equity purchase agreement. Provided detailed advices in respect of all TUPE matters arising as a result of the restructuring which involved a detailed due diligence exercise and the drafting of suitable clauses for insertion into the equity purchase agreement. Additionally advised in respect of the pension and benefits implications for the relevant employees and the transfer of an occupational pension scheme to a transferee entity.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Irish employment teams draws on the firm's global reach to advise multinational clients on employment law matters in Ireland. The all-island practice is led by Paul Gillen in Belfast, with associate Ciara Ruane based in Dublin. It frequently works with the Dublin-based corporate team to advise on the employment aspects of corproate transactions. Other areas of expertise include union disputes, collective redundancies and employee terminations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Gillen; Linda Jones

Other key lawyers:

Ciara Ruane

Testimonials

‘They got to know our business from the ground up to be able to deal with our industry.’

‘Ciara Ruane was excellent with great follow up and attention to deal.’

Key clients

NH Hotel Group S.A

Huntsworth plc

DCC Vital part of the DCC Group

CH&CO Catering Group

Axel Johnson International AB

Flogas part of the DCC Group

Work highlights

  • Advised NH Hotel Group S.A. in its acquisition, alongside German investment fund, Deka, of the Marker Hotel in Dublin from a group of private investors.
  • Advised CH&CO Catering Group on its acquisition of the UK and Irish catering and hospitality business of Mitie Group plc.
  • Advised Flogas Ireland, a subsidiary of DCC plc, on its acquisition of Budget Energy.

Walkers

In 2020 Walkers continued to broaden its employment practice, taking on new clients from sectors such as consulting, education and consumer goods. Practice head Susan Battye advises on contentious and non-contentious matters. As part of an international law firm, the Dublin team frequently advises international companies entering the Irish market.

Practice head(s):

Susan Battye

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Bassett

Testimonials

‘I found the lawyers I dealt with very professional and reactive. They are genuine pedagogues helping you to understand the risks and giving you strong advice to avoid them. Concrete explanations are provided in situations that are most of the time not easy to deal with.’

‘Susan Battye is outstanding, strong listening skills and reactive. She also deploys very good interpersonal skills in tough matters requiring a high level of confidentiality. She demonstrated her trustworthy personality on many occasions.’

‘Great insights on cases, how other companies are operating and what other law firms are advising their clients which enables them to identify issues and propose solutions quickly. Excellent practice notes and guidance issued quickly especially relating to the new implications around employment law, health and safety during Covid-19.’

‘Susan Battye has a huge amount of experience and practical knowledge which enables her to tailor her advice to quickly identify good solutions and quick results. She clearly identifies risks and provides clear advice and solutions to avoid parties becoming entrenched in their positions.’

‘Very personable and very professional.’

‘I worked with Susan Battye and I found her to be on point on all issues raised and I also found her very easy to work with.’

‘I have worked with several law firms, and in my opinion, Walkers is one of the best firms I have worked with. The employment practice is great. They are very responsive, provide work of the highest quality and are very knowledgeable.’

‘I have worked with Susan Battye and what makes her stand out is that she does not simply answer questions, but pro-actively looks for possible solutions.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a liquidator on a remote collective redundancy process arising following the voluntary liquidation of the company.
  • Acting as Irish legal counsel for an international asset leasing company providing ongoing employment law support on day-to-day queries together with tailored advice on various employee privacy issues.
  • Provided advice to a construction company in conjunction with our corporate team arising from the alleged constructive dismissal of a senior executive director and shareholder of the company.

Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP

Cork-based law firm Comyn Kelleher Tobin LLP specialises in providing employment advice to public sector bodies, particularly the Health Services Executive. The practice handles contentious matters such as discrimination, penalisation and unfair dismissal claims. In addition, it assists clients with issues arising from redundancies and contractual matters, among others. Practice head Diarmuid Cunningham and Emily Sexton are the key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Diarmuid Cunningham

Other key lawyers:

Emily Sexton

Key clients

Health Service Executive

University College Cork

Work highlights

  • Represented the Health Service Executive in a successful Labour Court appeal regarding an age discrimination claim.

DWF

DWF's practice is led by the 'pragmatic and commercially savvy' Dermot Casserly. Under his leadership, the team advises clients on matters such as redundancies, disciplinary issues and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. In 2020, the team was instructed on a number of Covid-19-related matters, which included helping firms access the Temporary Wage Subsidy scheme.

Practice head(s):

Dermot Casserly

Other key lawyers:

Alison Martin

Testimonials

‘As a small team. DWF can react quickly to complex queries. They provide commercial and pragmatic advice in a timely manner.’

‘Dermot Casserly is a pragmatic and commercially savvy solicitor. He is an excellent communicator who provides advice without the legalese. Alison Martin is an up and coming associate, who is an excellent and strategic lawyer.’

‘One thing that makes DWF different is the specialists they employ in different fields who are outstanding in what they do. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had access to alternative legal services whereby our cases and issues were managed by telephone and emails. These methods gave us flexibility in how we conducted business. Meeting clients’ needs is also an outstanding feature DWF possesses.’

‘We have worked together with Ms Alison Martin and Mr Dermot Casserly who are both outstanding in their fields. I find both extremely approachable, knowledgeable and prompt in responding to queries and questions we might have. I could not recommend Alison and Dermot highly enough.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Norwegian Air International Limited

GEA Process Technologies Limited

Carlow Dental Centre

Molson Coors Brewing Company Ireland DAC

Calor Teoranta

Harvey Nichols Group Limited

Alexander Mining Plc

Work highlights

  • Advised an international airline on temporary layoffs and short-time working arrangements due to Covid 19. The firm also advised this client on the implementation of the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and contractual issues arising on foot of same. It is currently advising this client in relation to return to normal service as restrictions begin to ease.
  • Advised a UK drinks manufacturer in relation to a disciplinary matter involving alleged breaches of health and safety amounting to gross misconduct. This involved supporting the client through the investigation and disciplinary process during the Covid 19 pandemic. The firm also advised the client in relation to placing the employee on paid suspension.
  • Advised Cattolica Life DAC in relation to a detailed review of their Employee Handbook. This involved advice in relation to various employment policies and procedures, in particular, policies in relation to working from home, remote and flexible working. The firm advised this client in relation to specific regulatory issues in relation to persons with controlled functions (PCF).

Holmes O'Malley Sexton

Holmes O'Malley Sexton's employment team includes Pat McInerney, whose practice is split between Dublin and Limerick. He has a notably strong profile among public sector clients, for whom he advises on employment, grievance and disciplinary policies. In addition, McInerney also represents clients in judicial reviews and employment litigation. Associate Shane Costelloe, who divides time between Limerick and Cork, has been advising clients on Covid-19-related employment issues, such as pay reductions, lay-offs and the Return to Work Safely Protocol.

Practice head(s):

Pat McInerney; Shane Costelloe

Testimonials

‘HOMS gave us practical guidance throughout the pandemic, and guided us expertly and calmly through some very difficult decisions with regard to laying off staff. Their team were available to us throughout this at any time of day.’

‘Very speedy, sensible, practical advice, delivered in a very professional, friendly and approachable manner.’

‘Shane Costelloe, one of their associate solicitors, demonstrated expert knowledge in his field and was a very reassuring help to us while guiding us through difficult decisions in our business. Calm, collected, knowledgeable, practical, realistic, expert.’

‘Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are stand out associates in their respective fields – both very knowledgeable, service-minded, good communicators and legal advice always given in its practical, commercial context.’

Key clients

Roadbridge Limited

AMAX Technologies

H&MV Engineering Limited

TTM Healthcare Limited

Adhesives Research Ireland Limited

IT Sligo

Ardmac

National Gallery of Ireland

Go-Ahead Transport Services

Legal Aid Board

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Tax Appeals Commission

University of Limerick

Channel Advisor Inc.

Limerick 2030 DAC

Swissport Ireland Limited

Magellan Aviation

Ellab A/S

Action Point Technology

AMAX Information Technologies

O’Sullivans Pharmacy Group

Westair Aviation

Ingenium Training and Consultancy

Testreach Limited

Pinpoint Technologies

Commission for Railway Regulation

Limerick Packaging Limited

Keeper Technology

Aero-Zone Aviation

Ortec Inc.

Ingredient Solutions Limited

University Concert Hall Limerick

Red Flag Consulting Limited

Dennehy Commercials

Electricity Exchange

Work highlights

  • Advising Roadbridge on the engagement with employment agencies and the drafting of a framework agency agreement where Roadbridge can manage the evolving and sometimes temporary nature of its workforce when delivering project work to international clients.
  • Advised Ellab (a Danish consulting firm) on the acquisition of multiple SMEs in Ireland, which included carrying out a review and reporting on due diligence material provided.
  • Advised Ardmac on the acquisition of Cental, which included carrying out a review and reporting on due diligence material provided.