John is partner in our employment team, and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.  He is also a former managing partner of the firm.  John advises on all aspects of employment law and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

As a CEDR Accredited Mediator, he mediates employment, partnership, and shareholder conflicts, as well as in the area of sports law.

John advises a wide range of Irish and international businesses, regulated professionals and statutory bodies.


Areas of experience include:

  • Disciplinary investigations and procedures.
  • Director, non-executive director and senior executive appointments and terminations.
  • Redundancies, including large scale collective redundancies.
  • Mediation, particularly in the areas of employment, partnership, and shareholder conflicts, as well as in the area of sports law.
  • Contract interpretation and resolution of contract disputes.
  • Insurance disputes, including complaints before the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman.
  • Corporate restructuring.
  • Protected disclosures.
  • Transfer of undertakings.
  • Unfair / wrongful dismissal


BCL 1988, University College Dublin; C. Dip. Accounting & Finance, Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, 1994.


Named as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Employment Lawyers in Ireland by Business Today.

Employment Team, a finalist in the Dye and Durham Irish Law Awards, 2023

Consistently recommended by international legal journals including The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe, where he has been recommended every year since 2007.

“John Lynch is very commercially minded and makes himself available.”

“He is always insightful and pragmatic.”
Chambers Europe 2023

‘The practice is led by the ‘very experienced, practical and collaborative’ John Lynch, who particularly specialises in senior executive severance negotiations.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2020

Described as “a subject matter expert” who is “easy to speak to and provides sound advice in a user-friendly way”.
Chambers Europe 2020

‘John wins praise for being “full of integrity” and “rightly sought-out widely”.
The Legal 500 EMEA 2019

‘John is recommended and recognised as “a very well-regarded authority in employment law in Ireland”.  He is praised for his “solution-oriented and very practical approach”.
Chambers Europe 2019

‘John Lynch is praised by clients as “a first-class tactical thinker” and “excellent communicator”.’
The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

‘John is identified by clients as “very genuine, sincere and extremely commercially minded. He has the ability to make you feel you are in safe hands and your company’s needs are being met.”
Chambers Europe 2018

‘John Lynch is recommended and it is noted that he “communicates advice clearly” and focuses on contentious work, large-scale redundancies and disciplinary proceedings.’
The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

‘John Lynch handles advisory and contentious work within the employment arena, including redundancies and terminations. Sources say: “He is very experienced, calm under pressure, commercial and extremely approachable.” His recent work highlights have concerned data protection aspects, claims of gross misconduct and allegations of bullying.’
Chambers Europe 2017

‘John Lynch of Whitney Moore advises commercial clients on all types of employment issues, and is particularly well known for his expertise in labour litigation. Clients praise his
“commercial attitude to issues and personable approach, greatly assisting with achieving the satisfactory resolution of complicated cases”.’
The Legal 500 EMEA 2016