Ms Elaine Kelly > ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

ByrneWallace LLP
88 Harcourt Street
Saint Kevin's
DO2 DK18

Work Department

Employment Law


Partner, Employment Law


With over 17 years of experience in employment law, Elaine advises across the full spectrum of employment matters in both contentious and non-contentious issues. Elaine has particular expertise in contentious matters and routinely acts as an advocate on behalf of clients. She has significant experience in advising large domestic and national employers in relation to policy transformation and strategically significant matters. She also advises many public sector clients and has a strong understanding of the unique challenges faced by such clients both at strategic and day to day level.

Elaine has particular expertise in the law pertaining to atypical working and has acted in many of the leading reported cases in this area; authored the chapters on atypical working for the Irish Law Society’s textbook on Employment Law and the Law Society’s online Student Manual and lectures for the Law Society Diploma in Employment Law. She also lectures at many external conferences including for Public Affairs Ireland and Legal Island.


  • Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ireland
  • Employment Law Association of Ireland


  • LLB, Trinity College Dublin, 1997
  • Higher Diploma in Business Studies, Michael Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin, 1998
  • Qualified Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2003
  • Mediation and Negotiation Skills, the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Employment

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.