It is our experience that potential problems with employees can often be avoided with the right advice about precautionary steps.

We are experts in employment and equality law and act for some of the largest employers operating in Ireland.

Further afield, large US and international clients regularly come to us for advice when setting up their Irish operations.

Our employment partner, Patrick Walshe, is independently recommended as a top-tier employment law expert by Chambers Europe and Legal 500. In this often complex and fluid area, Patrick’s role as the Law Society of Ireland’s in-house counsel employment law lecturer means our clients stay up to date with the latest developments.

Clients come to us for non-contentious issues that range from drafting contracts of employment and employment policies to advising on industrial relations. We also advise clients on employment rights and terms and conditions of employment, statutory and contractual issues.

This experience is matched by our active contentious employment law practice. It is our experience that potential problems with employees can often be avoided with the right advice about precautionary steps. Should a dispute escalate, we will help you to move quickly to resolve it. We have extensive experience representing clients in the WRC, Labour Court and civil courts and are very conscious of acting fast and keeping costs to a minimum.

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Recent Work

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  • Acting in the highest-value employment law claim in the history of the State;

  • Advising on the collective redundancy implications of an employer disposing of 38 retail units in Ireland;

  • Advising on the merger of two significant semi-state entities;

  • Representing one of Ireland’s largest retailers in a complex and long-running high court action concerning employees’ property rights;

  • Advising Ireland’s largest employer on the employment status of third-party service providers and representing our client in the LRC in connection with this claim;

  • Advising a major public body on an unprecedented reorganisation of its pension scheme.


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The team are highly responsive and effective and can be relied on to secure the desired result.

Legal 500, 2023

The team is pragmatic, very focused on practical solutions and extremely calm and competent. They are very responsive and excel at distilling complex information. They work seamlessly with the other departments to help answer client’s queries.

Legal 500, 2023

The employment practice team at Philip Lee are experts in this area and apply that knowledge in an efficient and practical manner, seeking the best outcome for the client at all times.

Legal 500, 2021

Extremely responsive and helpful.

Legal 500, 2021

Gives calm assurance to clients.

Chambers Europe, 2021

News and insights

Work Life Balance Bill to become law in days

Work Life Balance Bill to become law in days

Key Contact: Patrick Walshe - Partner Introduction It is anticipated that the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 will be signed into law by the President imminently. This update focuses on the changes implemented by the legislation in relation...

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