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Emmet Whelan
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Emmet Whelan is a Partner in the ByrneWallace Employment team

With over ten years’ employment law experience, Emmet advises on all aspects of employment law and in particular specialises in contentious employment matters and employee benefits. Clients include senior executives and large public and private sector employers. 

Key Experience

  • Advises on all aspects of employment law including immigration, recruitment, drafting contracts and policies, performance management, grievances, whistleblowing, disciplinary matters, dismissal, employment equality, transfer of undertakings, re-organisation, employee benefits and pensions.
  • Acted for a number of start-up companies providing immigration assistance and advice on contracts, policies and procedures.
  • Advises one of Europe’s largest insurers on employment issues including advice on a large scale restructure of its workforce.
  • Advises a number of banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of employment issues in the financial services sector.
  • Provides on going employment assistance to a multinational pharma company on a diverse range of matters.
  • Provides employment advice in the retail sector, dealing with general day-to-day queries and providing representation in employment claims before the Workplace Relations Commission.
  • Advises a number of regulators on employment related issues including pay and employee benefits.
  • Provided very significant advice to the public sector on employment, employee benefits and pension matters, including advice to Government Departments on specific issues related to the civil service.
  • Deals with a range of employment litigation for employers and senior executives, including many high value claims before the High Court. 
  • Provides tailored employment law training sessions for clients and contacts.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Civil Law Degree, University College Dublin, 1999
  • Masters in Commercial Law, University College Dublin, 2001
  • Qualified Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2007
  • Diploma in Employment Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2007
  • Diploma in Pensions Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2014


Memberships

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


Publications

  • Emmet is co-author of Tottel's Employment Law in Ireland and the Law Society Employment Law Manual.
  • Emmet has lectured on employment law issues at Griffith College Dublin, the Ireland-France Chamber of Commerce, German-Irish Chamber of Commerce, Legal Island and Public Affairs Ireland.
  • Emmet has contributed to the Irish Employment Law Journal, the Employment Law Review and the Journal of Public Affairs Ireland. 

Recommendations

Emmet Whelan ... advises companies on internal investigations and complaints to regulatory authorities involving unfair dismissals, equality matters and protected disclosure cases. He also has experience of restructuring and collective redundancy processes. - Chambers Europe 2019

Interviewees say: "He thinks things through in detail and then gives his advice in the context of the bigger picture. He is also a calm influence in difficult situations." - Chambers Europe 2019

Emmet Whelan provides ‘balanced, clear and well-presented advice’ - Legal 500, 2018