Mr Séamus Given > Arthur Cox > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Arthur Cox
D02 T380

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Séamus is Head of our Employment Group. He has more than 30 years’ experience in advising on all aspects of employment law and industrial relations law and crisis management issues. 


Séamus commenced his career as an in-house employment lawyer in Telecom Éireann (eir) in 1985 and transferred to Arthur Cox in 1992, becoming a partner in 1995. Séamus advises and represents employers in disputes with employees, ex-employees, applicants for employment and trade unions, including in hearings before the WRC, the Labour Court, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the CJEU. He advises on bullying/harassment, grievances, discrimination, disciplinary matters, investigations and on dismissals/redundancies.   A particular area of interest is crisis management issues with an employment or industrial relations dimension and whistleblowing/protected disclosures.


CEDR Accredited Mediator; Law Society of Ireland; Employment Lawyers Association of Ireland; Employment Lawyers Association (UK); European Employment Lawyers Association


BCL, 1981, LLM, 1985, University College, Cork; Dip EL, 1987, University College, Dublin, CEDR Accredited Mediator; Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1984.

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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.