Employment, Pensions and Immigration

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Working across a wide range of specialist areas, our Employment, Pensions and Immigration team offers clients a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of prevailing regulations and legislation.

We assist in any employment query and advise corporate clients and pension trustees on pension issues, scheme documentation and the interpretation of rules, legislation and related matters. Furthermore, we provide guidance on corporate immigration and worker mobility, employment of non-EEA nationals in Ireland and work permit applications.

Our team’s core practice areas are:

  • Employment
  • Pensions and Employee Benefits
  • Immigration

Our Employment, Pensions and Immigration team is consistently  ranked by international legal directories such as The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers Europe. Based on their independent research, the team is described as ‘extremely helpful’ …’very attentive’… and ‘very quick in its assistance.’  It also wins praise for its ‘high quality expertise’ and clients appreciate that we ‘talk through the options’ and ‘raise areas of concern that you may not have thought of’. Head of the team, John Lynch, is recommended and praised for being an ‘excellent communicator’ and  described as ‘a very well-regarded authority in employment law in Ireland.’  Sources go on to say he ‘is full of integrity’ and is ‘rightly sought-out widely’.

Citations taken from Chambers Europe 2019 and The Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

Some of our recent Employment, Pensions and Immigration transactions include:

  • Adviser to a US multinational on its establishment in Ireland, recruitment, contracts, HR policies, HR training and general start-up issues
  • Adviser on bullying and harassment allegations against members of a senior management team and subsequent workplace investigation
  • Adviser to a senior executive in relation to whistleblower complaint
  • Adviser to high-profile senior executives in negotiation of severance arrangements
  • Adviser to employers on changes in the law and implementation of best practice
  • Adviser in respect of corporate immigration and work permit applications
  • Adviser in complex High Court proceedings relating to privacy issues, monitoring and breach of data protection rights
  • Adviser in relation to the restructuring of occupational pension arrangements, revised scheme documentation and close-down of schemes
  • Adviser to pension trustees on trustee duties and obligations and interpretation of scheme documentation
  • Adviser to a financial institution in successfully defending Equal Status claims
  • Adviser to client companies on WRC workplace inspections
  • Adviser on scheme documentation
  • Adviser on the variation and winding up of occupational pension schemes
  • Adviser on the interpretation of trust deeds, rules and legislation
  • Adviser on investigations before the Pensions Authority and Pensions Ombudsman


Employees in multiple markets:

Does your company employ people in multiple markets across Europe and the Middle East? If so, we can provide you with a cost efficient and effective legal service in relevant local markets.  As the sole Irish member of the Meritas global network we can provide you with access to an integrated network of over 150 employment lawyers from 25 leading commercial law firms. To find out more click here or get in touch with any member of our team.

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