John is the firm’s Managing Partner since 2017, and practices in the area of litigation and employment. John advises a range of businesses and organisations on commercial disputes, including shareholder disputes, contract claims, specific performance and insurance litigation.

He advises on all aspects of employment law, including redundancies, disciplinary procedures and the termination of senior executives’ service contracts.

John qualified as a solicitor in 1992, having studied law at University College Dublin. He obtained a Certificate Diploma in Accounting and Finance in 1994. He joined Whitney Moore in 1989, became a partner in 2000 and managing partner in 2017.


John is consistently recommended by international legal journals such as The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe and has been since 2007. Quotes include:

‘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