Superb ability to explain and simplify complex issues



Fieldfisher Ireland has a dedicated Employment Department with a wealth of experience providing advice and on-going support to human resource managers, directors and in-house legal (based in Ireland and EMEA) in private, regulated and semi-state organisations. We provide a full range of legal advice on advisory, transactional and dispute resolution matters.

We also work closely with senior executives and employers in respect of issues that arise in shareholder/boardroom disputes in private and public companies.

We pride ourselves on providing commercially focused advice in a practical, swift and competitive manner. We understand that keeping our clients up to date on new employment law issues is important and keep them informed through our regular legal updates. Members of our Employment Department are also regular speakers at the firm’s client briefings and at other employment law conferences and seminars.

  • Employment contracts
  • HR policies and procedures
  • Grievance and disciplinary matters
  • Performance and absenteeism management
  • Support in corporate acquisitions and disposals, including due diligence
  • Transfer of undertakings and outsourcing
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Workplace stress issues
  • Employee related whistleblowing
  • Mandatory retirement issues
  • Industrial relations and Trade Union matters
  • Termination of employment
  • Employment equality and discrimination Issues
  • Claims before the Workplace Relations Commission, Labour Court and the civil courts
  • Employment injunction applications
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Mediation
  • Advice on and drafting of Settlement Agreements
  • CHAMBERS 2018
    Barry Walsh is described by a client as “a pleasure to deal with,” further explaining: “He is commercially astute and will look to provide solutions.” Another client appreciates his “superb ability to explain and simplify complex issues.” He advises corporations and public clients on transactional issues and has experience working on contentious matters.

  • CHAMBERS 2018
    Julie Austin is “meticulous and detailed in her approach,” according to one source. She works on a range of employment matters and has a specific focus on data protection issues for clients in the IT and financial sectors. Another client highlights: “She is very approachable, always quick to respond and very knowledgeable.”

  • LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018
    McDowell Purcell (now Fieldfisher Ireland) ‘punches well above its weight’, with ‘superb’ practice head Barry Walsh able to ‘explain the salient issues succinctly and accurately’. Julie Austin made partner.

  • CHAMBERS 2017
    Barry Walsh receives considerable plaudits for his knowledge of employment law, with sources also describing him as “very impressive in tribunals.” He recently acted on constructive and unfair dismissal claims, disciplinary processes and TUPE issues. Clients consider him to be “deeply knowledgeable, very outcome-focused and calm in tough situations.”

  • CHAMBERS 2017
    Clients agree that Julie Austin “is a very diligent lawyer” who is “technically strong.” She garners market recognition for her growing employment expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Of late, she has worked on redundancies, outsourcing and TUPE matters.

  • LEGAL 500 EMEA 2017
    Barry Walsh is recommended for Employment Law by the Legal 500 2017.

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