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Employment Law

ByrneWallace has long been recognised as the home of employment law in Ireland.  

A centre of excellence for employment law

The ByrneWallace Employment Team is consistently recognised, nationally and internationally, as leaders in employment law. We have unrivalled experience advising large domestic and international clients, both private and public, across all industry sectors. Our team is particularly renowned for its excellence in client service and proven track record advising on complex and novel employment issues. 

In April 2015, ByrneWallace was once again named Employment Law Team of the Year at the Irish Law Awards.

The firm is also the only top-ten Irish law firm accredited with the Lexcel international standard of excellence in practice management. 

Our delivery model 

At ByrneWallace we provide award-winning service with maximum cost efficiency. 

Our delivery model has been developed to ensure that:

  • clients receive service from an expert solicitor; and 
  • no engagement takes longer than necessary.   

Our Services

Establishing in Ireland 

  • Recruitment
  • Employment contracts
  • Immigration, visas and work permits
  • Mandatory and optional policies

Equality and family

  • Equal Pay
  • Dignity at work
  • Protective leave
  • Managing diversity

Compliance with individual rights

  • Health and safety
  • Atypical workers
  • Managing absence
  • Protected disclosures

Effective workplace investigations

  • Performance management
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Grievances

Pensions and benefits

  • Trust deeds and rules
  • Obligations of trustees and administrators
  • Pension legislation and case law
  • Employee share option schemes

Business transfers 

  • Transfers of undertakings 
  • Information and consultation
  • Terms preserved; terms varied
  • Due diligence in acquisitions

Disputes and strikes

  • The industrial relations process
  • Obligations of parties during disputes
  • Injunctions
  • Negotiated and arbitrated outcomes

Addressing boardroom conflicts

  • Disputes involving executive directors 
  • Strife with shareholders 
  • Disputes within partnerships
  • The departure of senior executives

Data, information and consultation

  • Data protection
  • Freedom of information
  • Works Councils
  • Employee consultation structures

Employment litigation

  • The Workplace Relations Commission 
  • The Labour Court
  • The civil courts
  • Settlements and resolution

Terminating employment

  • Discipline and dismissal
  • Individual redundancy
  • Collective redundancy
  • Exit packages – taxation and pensions



KEY CONTACT
Michael Kennedy mkennedy@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5660 +353 1 691 5010
THE TEAM      
Gary Byrne gbyrne@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5646 +353 1 691 5010
Loughlin Deegan ldeegan@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5317 +353 1 691 5010
Elaine Kelly ekelly@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5661 +353 1 691 5010
Michelle Ní Longáin mnilongain@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5662 +353 1 691 5010
Lorraine Smyth lsmyth@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5619 +353 1 691 5010
Emmet Whelan ewhelan@byrnewallace.com +353 1 691 5303 +353 1 691 5010
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