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Diploma in Employment Law

Start Date
Friday 23 September 2022 at 10:00 AM
Three-hour closed-book written examination.
Delivery Method
Blended learning: block release lectures and workshop sessions over six weekends (Friday and Saturday). Also available to view on-demand.
CPD Hours
The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information and the booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader
Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie
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The course has commenced but we are still accepting late applications. Please contact us if you wish to apply.

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Application information

The closing date for applications for this course was Friday 9 September 2022.  We are happy to announce that the deadline has been extended. Late applications are accepted but confirmation of course registration may take a number of days as the deadline has passed. Thank you for bearing with us.

To apply please follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees

To pay online click on the 'Register Now' button. For all other methods of payment please see our methods of payment .

Other Professionals

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie :

  1. A completed application form (see below)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae
  3. A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €300 bringing the total course fee to €2,900. No fees are required prior to approval.


If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course please register for our Interested List . 

Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • An excellent understanding of the legislative and structural framework governing our system of employment rights and industrial relations;
  • Familiarity with legal considerations one should be aware of during the recruitment process;
  • An understanding of key standard employee-related policies and procedures;
  • A thorough knowledge of applicable codes of practice;
  • A knowledge of the legal issues relating to equality matters that permeate the employment relationship, from recruitment through to termination;
  • A thorough knowledge of legal issues relevant at the point of termination; and
  • Familiarity with key considerations regarding applicable dispute resolution procedures.

Programme structure and approach to learning

Framed by theWorkplace Relations Act 2015, this well-established and highly regarded postgraduate diploma provides a comprehensive understanding of employment law, covering all aspects of the employer/employee relationship from recruitment through to termination. Relying on contributions from leading practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers in the area, we highlight how new developments are likely to affect your practice. For example, we will focus on recent practice and procedural developments arising out of the switch to remote working for many workers. 

The ultimate aim of the diploma is to provide practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of employment law and practice in this jurisdiction. 


The employment law programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to employment law

  • Workplace Relations Act 2015 (WRA),
  • Forums and redress,
  • Recruitment and status of workers,
  • Data protection in the workplace,
  • The HR perspective.

Module 2: Workers and allowances

  • Pay and benefits,
  • Pensions,
  • Working Time Act 1997,
  • Statutory leave.

Module 3: Rights of the worker (Part 1)

  • Equality in the workplace,
  • Age discrimination,
  • Bullying and harassment,
  • Health and safety,
  • Mediation,
  • Social media in the workplace.

Module 4: Remote Working & Rights of the worker (Part 2)

  • Right to Request Remote Work Bill 2022,
  • Right to Disconnect,
  • EU Work-Life Balance Directive,
  • Gender Pay Gap Information Act 2021.

Module 5: Resolutions

  • Trade disputes and industrial relations,
  • Notice and dismissal,
  • Grievance and disciplinary procedure,
  • Whistleblowing,
  • Injunctions.

Module 6: Issues when leaving work

  • Transfer of Undertaking Regulations,
  • Severance packages,
  • Redundancy,
  • Practical advice when using the WRA.


Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice. 

1Contract of Employment, Worker Status, Recruitment 22 October 202210am
2Equality in the Workplace, Bullying and Harassment and Health and Safety19 November 202210am
3Remote Working, Right to Disconnect, EU Work-Life Balance, Gender Pay Gap3 December 202210am
3Trade Disputes, Whistleblowing and Injunctions21 January 202310am
4Exam Preparation 
25 February 202310am


Three-hour closed-book written examination.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who advise or wish to advise on employment law matters.
  • Key stakeholders and decision makers within the employment sector who are involved in hiring and managing staff, including human resources professionals, training managers, union officials, those working for recruitment agencies, and line managers dealing with significant volumes of employees.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €300.

Hear from our graduates

Kevin Sherry

“This course has been very helpful in furthering my understanding of all aspects pertaining to employment law. The practical-orientated focus of the course enabled me to fully understand complex employment law legislation and case law and it’s applicability to contemporary legal practice. The online delivery of the course, including the ability to participate in online workshops was excellent, as it enabled me to view and complete the material at my convenience and did not adversely impact me in terms of having to take time out of my work schedule. 

“The content of the course was comprehensive and covered all areas of employment law, including key European decisions that have had a direct impact on the law within this jurisdiction. The additional bonus/supplementary lectures were extremely beneficial, particularly when having to consider employment legalities and practicalities during the unprecedented disruption and uncertainty that affected employment relationships as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, the calibre of the lecturers, lectures and workshops was outstanding, and I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone with an interest in obtaining a grounding in employment law in an Irish context.”
Kevin Sherry, Associate Solicitor, Dermot G. O’Donovan Solicitors


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from experienced employment law practitioners. Previous lecturers have included:

  • Clare Wallace, Philip Lee,
  • Maura Connolly, Eugene F. Collins,
  • Melanie Crowley, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Maryrose Dillon, UCC Academy,
  • Richard Grogan, Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors
  • Breda O’Malley, Hayes Solicitors
  • Mary Gavin, Hayes Solicitors,
  • Joanne Hyde, Eversheds Sutherland,
  • Emma Lavin, Eversheds Sutherland
  • Edel Kennedy, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Sarah Lawn, Arthur Cox,
  • Kathleen Gormley, The Pensions Authority,
  • Cathy Maguire BL,
  • Cathal McGreal BL,
  • Ronnie Neville, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Anne O’Connell, AOC Solicitors,
  • John C. O’Connor, O’Connor Solicitors,
  • Deirdre Lynch,Byrne Wallace,
  • Maeve Regan, Solicitor,
  • Barry Reynolds, DAC Beachcroft,
  • Desmond Ryan BL,
  • Ciaran Ahern, McInnes Dunne Murphy LLP,
  • Philip Smith, Arthur Cox,
  • Triona Sugrue, A&L Goodbody,
  • Barry Walsh, Fieldfisher,
  • Patrick Walshe, Philip Lee,
  • Emmet Whelan, ByrneWallace,
  • Jenny Wakely, AOC Solicitors,
  • Daniel Watters, Arthur Cox,
  • Ben Conway, William Fry LLP,
  • Wendy Doyle, Wendy Doyle Solicitors,
  • Nuala Clayton, William Fry,
  • Ciaran Doherty, BL,
  • Linda Hynes, Lewis Silkin Ireland.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet. 


Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie .

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

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