Mr Michael Kennedy > ByrneWallace LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

ByrneWallace LLP
88 Harcourt Street
Saint Kevin's
DO2 DK18

Work Department

Employment Law.




Michael has specialised in employment law for nearly 35 years and is consistently ranked as one of Ireland’s top employment lawyers.

He was Chairman of the Law Society’s Employment and Equality Committee from 2010 to 2012 and is the former Secretary of the Irish Society for Labour Law and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Employment Law Association of Ireland.

When Law Awards were introduced in Ireland in 2012, Michael was named as Ireland’s first Employment Lawyer of the Year.

He is Co-author of the Law Society’s Employment Law Manual (published by Oxford University Press 2011) and subsequently authored the Law School’s text on Transfer of Undertakings Law (or “TUPE”, to use the UK acronym).

He has acted in landmark cases across the broad spectrum of employment law. He represented the Plaintiff in Ireland’s first ever “age” case under the Unfair Dismissals Acts and acted in leading cases on wrongful dismissal, injunctive relief in dismissal cases, vicarious liability of employers under equality law and the limitations of trade union protections under Industrial Relations law.


Dublin Solicitors Bar Association; Law Society of Ireland; the Chairman of the Law Society’s Employment and Equality Committee; Member of the Executive Committee of the Employment Law Association of Ireland ;former Secretary of the Irish Society for Labour Law.


Bachelor of Civil Law, University College Dublin,1982; Qualified Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland,1994.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Employment

(Hall of Fame)

Michael KennedyByrne Wallace

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.