This seminar is presented by Law Society Professional Training in partnership with the Employment & Equality Law Committee and will take place on Thursday 29 September in the Green Hall Lecture Theatre, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place.
Aim and Objectives
The objective of this seminar, presented by the Employment & Equality Law Committee in collaboration with Law Society Professional Training, is to provide practitioners with an update on recent changes to areas of employment law, practice and procedure and other topics of interest. An experienced panel of speakers will be available to answer questions.
Topics and Issues Covered
- Workplace Relations Commission update
- Bullying in the workplace
- Why employment lawyers need to think about pensions
Joanne Hyde, Eversheds.
Joanne is partner and Head of the Employment Law Unit at Eversheds. Joanne is a pragmatic and business focused employment lawyer. Her experience as in-house employment lawyer for Intel Corporation, one of Ireland’s leading multi-national employers has given her a strong insight into the HR concerns and complexities facing clients. In addition, Joanne has many years’ experience advising both international and indigenous clients on a wide range of employment and industrial relations issues. Her comprehensive experience includes advising on employment law challenges arising from commercial transactions, employment disputes and litigation as well as providing strategic and proactive advice on HR issues. Joanne is chairperson of the Employment and Equality Law Committee.
Speakers in order of appearance
Barry Walsh, McDowell Purcell.
Barry Walsh is Head of McDowell Purcell’s Employment and Benefits team. He has considerable employment law experience, having previously served as a partner with a large Dublin law firm for a number of years. He has advised a wide range of Irish and multinational corporate and institutional clients, partnerships and senior executives on all aspects of Irish employment law from recruitment to retirement including contentious, advisory and transactional work. Barry is experienced in acting for clients with respect to contractual and termination issues with senior executives. In addition to advising on employment law, he has also advised on industrial relations issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and redundancy situations. He has significant litigation experience and has directly represented clients before the European Court of Justice, the Irish civil courts and all specialist Irish employment tribunals. Barry is regularly recommended in established legal publications and directories, including Legal 500 and Chambers Europe. He has lectured and presented widely on employment law issues with such bodies as the Law Society of Ireland, International Bar Association, Employment Law Alliance, Legal Island and CIPD and has published various articles on HR law issues in the general media and specialist publications. He is a member of the Law Society’s Employment & Equality Law Committee.
Aine Curran, O’Mara, Geraghty, McCourt Solicitors.
Áine Curran is a Partner with O’Mara, Geraghty, McCourt Solicitors. She holds a BCL from University College Cork and Diploma in Employment Law from University College Dublin. Áine has vast experience in all areas of litigation and commercial practice, with particular expertise in employment law. She advises on a diverse range of issues from individual clients pursuing claims to corporate clients seeking advice on commercial transactions. On the contentious side, she regularly represents both employees and employers in the High Court, Circuit Court. Labour Court, Employment Appeals Tribunal, Equality Tribunal and Rights Commissioner. She also provides advice on non-contentious matters such as drafting and reviewing contracts of employment, policies and commercial agreements. Áine is a member of the Law Society Employment & Equality Law Committee.
Grace Guy, Head of Legal at the Pensions Authority.
Grace Guy is a senior Solicitor responsible for heading up the Legal Unit of the Pensions Authority, the Irish Regulator for company backed pension schemes. Grace manages legal staff and consultants providing a wide range of legal services to the internal units and Board of the Pensions Authority and the Pensions Regulator. She is responsible for delivery of secretariat and corporate governance services to the Board of the Authority and for the implementation of the strategy and objectives of the Pensions Authority. She represents the Pensions Authority with other supervisory agencies, government departments and European pensions fora generally and with respect to national and international pensions policy development. Grace is a former council member of the Association of Pensions Lawyers in Ireland and a former member of the Law Society Pensions sub-committee.
* Applicable to Law Society Skillnet members