Sean Dempsey > Lewis Silkin > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Lewis Silkin
255 Blackfriars Rd

Work Department

Employment, reward and immigration


Sean is an Employment Partner with clients predominantly from the technology sector and also advises a wide range of clients in the financial and professional services, retail, manufacturing, transport, and media sectors.

Sean has been recognised for a number of years as a leader in the field of employment law by the leading legal directories and is a commentator on employment law issues for BBC TV and radio. He regularly speaks at HR and legal conferences, writes for a number of professional publications and has been an accredited mediator for many years.

Sean’s practice is often international in its scope and I regularly advise on the employment law aspects of global acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional restructures, particularly across the EMEA region. He is also responsible for a number of international retainers which enable clients to access expert employment law advice in all of the countries in which they operate.


Trained Lovells; qualified 2001; associate Lewis Silkin 2001-09; partner Lewis Silkin 2009-date.


Employment Lawyers Association; Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Exchange; Ius Laboris.


Terenure College, Dublin; University College Dublin (including one year at DePaul College of Law, Chicago) (1996 Bachelor of Civil Law – International); University of Cambridge (1998 LLM); Nottingham Law School (1999 LPC); CEDR Accredited Mediator (2005).

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Employment

Lewis Silkin has a ‘strong team, which provides efficient and practical advice’ on matters concerning restructuring and M&A transactions, whistleblowing, immigration, and health and safety law. The firm handles all claims related to unfair dismissal, discrimination and other aspects before the WRC, labour court and civil courts, and has a notable presence in the technology, life sciences, retail, financial services and software sectors. Síobhra Rush has expertise in handling contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients before all adjudicatory bodies in Ireland, and Linda Hynes specialises in assisting clients with data privacy and business immigration issues. Sean Dempsey is also recommended. Aisling Parkinson joined from DAC Beachcroft Dublin in September 2023.