Mr Karen Killalea > Maples Group > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

Maples Group

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Partner and Head of Employment


Karen is head of Maples and Calder’s Employment team at the Maples Group’s Dublin office. She has over eighteen years’ experience advising clients on all aspects of employment law including contractual matters, sensitive investigations, employee privacy issues, GDPR, gender pay gap preparation, TUPE, HR aspects of corporate re-structuring and asset disposals, industrial relations, working time, equality issues, executive compensation, removal of directors and senior executives and the protection of confidential information. Karen’s recent cases include securing court orders to prevent the theft of confidential information, restraining a team move and defending a High Court challenge to the suspension and investigation of a senior employee. She regularly represents clients before the WRC and the courts and has extensive experience of successful mediation and dispute resolution.


Member of the International Bar Association


University of Edinburgh 1995-1996 LL.M
Trinity College Dublin 1990 – 1994 LL.B
Université de Poitiers, France 1992-1993 (Erasmus)

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Ireland > Employment

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.