Annual Review of Employment Law 2022

Annual Review of Employment Law 2022

Legal Island's flagship conference, our Annual Review of Employment Law brings together leading employment law solicitors and HR experts to provide a comprehensive update on the most important developments HR professionals in  Ireland need to know.

The conference will take place online on our user friendly platform Hopin, providing you with the opportunity to visit our virtual expo area and network with your peers and other like-minded individuals, all from the comfort of your home or office!

Learning will be reinforced with our digital note pack, containing over 500 pages of detailed notes, templates and precedents, which you can refer back to at any time!

Plus you'll be able to catch up or re-watch all of the sessions after the conference has ended with the recordings bundle!

Our Promise To You

Networking, Convenient, Low Carbon, Save Money


  • A comprehensive update covering the most important employment law developments you need to know
  • Sessions delivered by specialist jurisdiction specific employment lawyers, HR and subject matter experts
  • A great opportunity to network with your HR and legal peers from across Ireland
  • Comprehensive pack of notes, slides and session recordings so you won’t miss a thing!
  • Event Takeaways including practical action plans and key next steps
  • Excellent customer service and a dedicated tech team available before and during the conference
  • A user-friendly event platform with technical support available to you throughout

As we begin to see a return to in-person events, for this year’s Annual Review of Employment Law the benefits of online far outweigh any drawbacks, particularly with Covid still prevalent within our communities.

We are still committed to bringing the best quality AR to our clients and therefore we are delighted to be hosting this year’s conference online, making it much more accessible to those who don’t live in city centres, more convenient for those who have to travel or have family commitments, and helping us all to reduce our carbon footprint.

Where & When?

This event will take place online on the Hopin platform between 9.15am and 4pm on Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 1 December.


Standard Rate: €645

Standard Charity/Small Business Rate: €495

Group Booking Discounts

10% discount available when you book 5 places or more! Contact to avail of this special rate.

Interested to know more about how our online Annual Review of Employment Law conference works?

We've answered our most frequently asked questions here.

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"It was a fantastic event and very informational with regards to so many aspects of HR that we focused on this year and will focus on next year."
Kasia Domanska, HR Advisor, Bookassist

"Excellent conference, really informative and broad range of topics covered."

Andrea Swift, HR Generalist, Pat O'Donnell & Co

"Very professional, top expert speakers, forward thinking."
Una O'Donnell, HRBP, Compliance and Risks

"Excellent speakers wide range of topics. With the two streams and recordings you have access to 4 days of information for the price of two."
Fiona O'Connell, HR & Finance Manager, Innovate Solutions 

"Another excellent conference from Legal Island. Well organised, easy to access and great speakers. Well worth 5 stars."
Jean Murray, Head of Human Resources, Property Registration Authority

"Great conference - one stop shop for HR."
Kenny O' Brien, Operations Manager , Athlone Extrusions Ltd.

"Great digital experience: the technology worked so well. Truthfully, I preferred attending remotely rather than the old days of in person: there were no distractions (such as nice shoes or whatever in the seat in front :)) and for that reason I feel I got a lot more out of it. I think I assimilated the knowledge better anyway!"
Liz Cazabon, Managing Director, HR World Partner

"Content and Facilitators were excellent and so relevant for today's working environment. I actually prefer the digital course as it means I have more time in the office instead of having to commute to and from an event with an overnight stay."
Sile Healy, People & Culture Bs. Partner, EMEA Logitech Ireland Services Ltd

"Would definitely recommend. It was easy to attend - no travel time."
Mary Bracken, HR Business Partner, St Vincent's University Hospital

"I think everything was laid out really well. The platform was simple and easy to use with only minor technical difficulties. I think the conference is a great way to broaden your knowledge and keep up to date with changes that may be coming and also learn from the previous year
Tanyia Rochford, HR Advisor, Woodies

"App was well set up - Sessions were easy to listen to, particularly liked sessions with Jennifer Cashman."
Sandrine Greene, Operations Director, Tracey Solicitors

Organisations already registered to attend include:



  • Becky Jones
    Becky Jones Consultant, Coach & Speaker

    Becky is a qualified lawyer in England and Wales and Ireland with significant commercial and legal leadership experience from law firms and leading FMCG companies. She is a commercial, practical and solution focused lawyer who is passionate about businesses and their employees, most recently she worked as Global Employment Lawyer for Citco Group.

    Through SPARC 2C Limited, Becky works with a range of clients (businesses and individuals) on HR, GDPR and commercial legal matters as well as providing Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching.

    Becky is passionate about diversity and inclusion, gender inequality, mental wellness in the workplace, mentoring and employee engagement. She co-founded a number of women’s and diversity networks and is an active mentor/coach. She also speaks regularly on various topics including D&I.

    Formerly the Legal Director, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer for the Island of Ireland (IOI) responsible for strategic leadership and legal advice across Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company's IOI business and a member of the Senior Management Team.

  • Marian Jennings
    Marian Jennings Specialist in Employment & Business Law
    TU Dublin

    Marian is an experienced Law Lecturer, with a specialist offering developed over 20 years, in Employment and Business Law. She offers the combined value of a proven track record in academia together with professional private practice/in-house legal roles and significant board, governance and organisational management experience in the community and voluntary sector.  

  • Jennifer Cashman
    Jennifer Cashman Partner, Head of Employment

    Jennifer is Head of Employment and is also a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Cyber and Data Protection Teams. She is nationally regarded for her encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law and is the “go-to” advisor for corporate clients in both the public and private sector.

    Jennifer's key clients include scaling and established Irish companies in a variety of sectors, multinational companies in the technology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics sectors and public authorities. Her focus is on working closely with her clients to provide commercial legal advice and practical, commercial solutions for their business.

    Strengthening the Team’s focus in the medical-technical sector, Jennifer is a member of RDJ’s Healthcare Team, acting for clients including pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, numerous medical device companies, and nursing homes. Advice includes regulatory and employment healthcare-specific issues, in respect of which Jennifer represents her clients before the Courts and the WRC/Labour Court.

    Jennifer is regularly invited to contribute as a key-note speaker at employment law and HR conferences, events and webinars for CIPD, and Legal-Island. She is a recognised thought-leader on various employment law and HR issues, in particular in the areas of retirement ages and age discrimination.

  • Duncan Inverarity
    Duncan Inverarity Partner, Head of Employment Law Practice Group
    A&L Goodbody

    Duncan is Head of A&L Goodbody's Employment Law Group and has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations in multiple jurisdictions. Duncan advises public and private sector employers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises Boardrooms across Ireland and abroad on strategic and complex employment and industrial relations matters. Duncan also specialises in crisis management for clients and has advised on some of the most high profile corporate issues in Ireland. Duncan regularly appears for clients in the Workplace Relations Commission, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Duncan also acts for partnerships in mediated settlements and in proceedings in the High Court.

  • Dr Gerard McMahon
    Dr Gerard McMahon Managing Director
    Productive Personnel Ltd

    Gerry McMahon is acknowledged as a national expert in the area of People Management and Employee Relations.  He has over 40 years’ practical experience working as an advisor/consultant in the area, across a range of sectors.  He also has extensive experience working as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, team builder, negotiator, adjudicator, mediator, coach, investigator, researcher, arbitrator and expert witness on behalf of a wide range of Government departments, public sector enterprises, semi-state entities, blue chip companies, professional institutes, trade unions, staff associations, employer and community/voluntary and religious organisations.


  • Bláthnaid Evans
    Bláthnaid Evans Partner & Head of Employment Practice
    Ogier Leman LLP

    Bláthnaid has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, having trained in one of the leading trade union / employee firms and subsequently working in a top 5 law firm.

    She advises on all contentious and non-contentious issues, with substantial experience in advising clients before all employment law forums including the WRC, Labour Court and High Court for employment-related injunctions.

  • Síobhra Rush
    Síobhra Rush Partner
    Lewis Silkin LLP

    Siobhra is a partner in Lewis Silkin and head of its office in Dublin since it opened in April 2018.

    She has expertise in a wide range of employment law and industrial relations issues. She advises clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including technology, pharmaceutical, healthcare, retail and hospitality. She advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues, including internal grievance and disciplinary investigations and procedures, litigating post-termination restrictions, claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and other employment law claims. She has represented clients in all adjudicatory bodies in Ireland including the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court, the Circuit and High Courts, including the defence of applications for injunctive relief.

    Síobhra also advises international clients establishing in Ireland in relation to their requirements, including contracts of employment, handbooks policies and procedures. She has a lot of experience in internal commercial re-organisations (to include collective redundancies), severance agreements, transfer of undertaking issues, and the negotiation of employment provisions in commercial transactions.

  • Maura Connolly
    Maura Connolly Partner
    Addleshaw Goddard

    Maura is head of the Dispute Resolution Department in Addleshaw Goddard's Dublin office, she also leads the Employment & Employee Benefits Law Group.  Maura advises employers and employees on all aspects of employment law including contentious and non-contentious matters. Maura is experienced in civil litigation and has represented clients in employment law tribunals, before industrial relations bodies and in the Courts. Recent experience has included advising an employer on a high profile executive termination, which included wide ranging disputes relating to the executive’s directorship, shareholder and financial interests in the group; advising a registered charity on an investigation arising from a protected disclosure; providing strategic advice to an advertising company on the loss of a major contract and the transfer of its workforce under transfer of undertakings regulations.

  • Caroline Reidy
    Caroline Reidy Managing Director
    The HR Suite

    Caroline Reidy runs The HR Suite who offer specialist tailored and effective human resources, employment law and business solutions to over 500 clients throughout Ireland. Many of which are SME’s who have no HR function and the HR Suite are their HR partner to advise them in this area.  The HR Suite also assist with complex investigations, training all areas of people management and skills development and representation at third party forums.  The HR Suite has offices in Dublin and Kerry.

    Caroline is a past Commissioner on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Commission.  Caroline has completed a Masters in Human Resources in the University of Limerick and is a trained mediator. She is also the author of ‘The Art of Asking the Right Questions” that provides top tips to people managers throughout the employment journey. To mark 10 years in business in 2019 Caroline launched a children’s book ‘Celebrating You’ to advocate diversity and the importance of celebrating individuality in children. Caroline also contributes as a thought leader to national media, conference speaker and articles in national press. 

  • Lauren Kierans
    Lauren Kierans Barrister

    Dr Lauren Kierans BL is a practising barrister and Lecturer in Law at Maynooth University where she lectures on whistleblowing law at undergraduate level, as well as a Professional Certificate.

    She was awarded her PhD on the Irish Protected Disclosures Act 2014 in June 2019.  She has published articles and book chapters on protected disclosures and co-authored the Annotated Statute on the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. She has also produced two country reports on protected disclosures and spoken on this topic at various conferences, CPD events, round-table panel discussions, and legislative briefings at both national and international level. Lauren was awarded the governmental project for the drafting of the protected disclosures procedures guidance for public bodies on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. 

  • Ciara O'Kennedy
    Ciara O'Kennedy Partner
    LK Shields

    Ciara is a partner in the Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefit team of LK Shields Solicitors, advising on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues with significant experience in  resolving complex and sensitive disputes involving senior executives and employee shareholders, to include the negotiation of senior management exits and advising on all aspects of corporate governance issues associated with such exits. Ciara’s work requires her to regularly represent clients before the High Court and the Work Place Relations Commission.

    Ciara is the current Chair of the Employment Committee of the Dublin Solicitor’s Bar Association and was influential in setting up this Committee in 2017. Ciara is also currently also a council member of the DSBA and is a member of Employment Law Association of Ireland and regularly lectures on topical employment issues.

  • Charles Cotton
    Charles Cotton Senior Performance and Reward Adviser

    Charles Cotton is the senior adviser for performance and reward to the CIPD. He directs its reward research agenda and recently produced a survey on UK reward management. He is also responsible for the CIPD’s public policy work in the area of reward and has given evidence to select committees on banking pay executive remuneration and politicians’ expenses as well responding to various consultations, such as on pensions, retirement and corporate governance.

    Charles frequently appears in the media commentating on reward and is often invited to present at events.

  • Deirdre Malone
    Deirdre Malone Partner & Head of Employment Law
    EY Law Ireland

    Deirdre leads EY Law Ireland’s employment law team, working across all EY service lines to offer clients integrated and seamless solutions.

    She brings a wealth of experience across all sectors from her previous role in a leading full-service corporate law firm.

    In a disrupted working world, Deirdre advises global multinational and SME clients on strategic workforce planning, workforce restructuring and HR transactions.

    Deirdre collaborates closely with EY’s People Advisory Service to advise on the legal aspects of employment to include, reward and benefits, global mobility and advisory.

    Combining employment law expertise with a commercial and solution-driven focus, Deirdre is highly regarded by clients.

    She is ranked by Chambers and Partners (Europe Edition) as someone who “always goes the extra mile and gives sound, accurate advice in a timely manner”. Deirdre is also recognised by the Legal 500 for work in employment law.

  • Emer Hinphey
    Emer Hinphey CEO
    Think People Consulting

    Emer Hinphey is an experienced HR and talent development professional.   In her role as CEO in Think People Consulting, Emer has worked with a range of local and global companies across industry sectors, developing strategy, managing complex HR projects and delivering successful leadership development. 

    Prior to setting up Think People Consulting, Emer worked as HR Manager for AIB International Financial Services and as Head of HR for a Telecommunications company.

  • Ryan Calvert
    Ryan Calvert Manager of HR Recruitment for UK and Ireland
    MCS Group

    Ryan completed a Psychology degree before carving a successful career in Recruitment particularly within the HR Market. As part of the growing Professional Services Team at MCS Group, Ryan manages HR, Legal and Compliance roles. His approach is highly personable and customer service focused, building sustainable working relationships with both candidates and clients at all times.

  • Bob Semple
    Bob Semple Advisory Council
    Corporate Governance Institution

    Bob Semple has more than 40 years’ business experience working as an accountant, auditor and management consultant.

    For 36 years, he worked in PricewaterhouseCoopers where, most recently, he was partner responsible for governance and risk management services.  He now works as a director and as an independent consultant – specialising in governance, risk management and board effectiveness reviews.  Bob is a science graduate, a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Director and a Certified Psychometric Evaluator.

  • Seònaid Ó Murchadha
    Seònaid Ó Murchadha Workplace Coordinator
    See Change - The National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partner

    Founder of Amputee Disability Federation Ireland, Seònaid Ó Murchadha (pronounced ‘Show-nid Oh Muraku’) has been promoting the employment of disabled people for more than two decades, regularly contributing pieces across news media, Irish national radio, and television.

    With certification from the International Disability Management Standards Council as well as recognition from the Canadian National Institute of Disability Management & Research (NIDMAR), she helps organisations embrace disability and difference by providing creative solutions to disability inclusion at work, facilitating inclusive recruitment processes, and advising on policy. She also represents the Independent Living Movement Ireland on employment issues at government level and was honoured to be elected to their board of directors last year. She currently lectures at Maynooth University on Disability Studies and provides HR support for members of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association.

    Nicknamed the Bionic Business Woman by broadcaster Conall Ó Morain when she received her new bionic arm in 2017, she uses the moniker as her social media handle as it is much easier for others to spell or remember!

  • Hedwige Nuyens
    Hedwige Nuyens Chair European Women on Boards
    CEO International Banking Federation

    Hedwige Nuyens has more than 30 years of experience in the Banking Industry and in Finance.

    She currently heads the International Banking Federation representing the banking industry at international level. Previously she was Head of Group Prudential Affairs at BNP Paribas, Chief Financial Officer of the Catholic University Louvain and Chief Risk Officer of ABN Amro Bank in Belgium.

    Hedwige is a longstanding advocate for gender diversity. Elected Businesswomen of the Year in 1999, she mentored hundreds of women so far, helping them build the career they want. She wrote a book in 2005 on the glass ceiling. In 2013 she was elected Chairwoman of the BNP Paribas’ Women network.

  • Louisa Meehan
    Louisa Meehan President Network Ireland 2020; Owner, Woodview HRM; PT Lecturer, UCD & Smurfit
    Woodview HRM

    As the owner of Woodview HRM, Louisa provides HR & Workplace Mediation Solutions to organisations through consultancy, mentoring and training.  She is an accredited mediator with The Mediators' Institute of Ireland, a recognised public speaker and lectures part-time at UCD and Smurfit on the areas of HR and Organisational Behaviour.  She was a founding member of Network Ireland’s Wicklow Branch and is the National President of Network Ireland for 2020 – an organisation supporting the development of professional women.

  • Margaret Sweeney
    Margaret Sweeney CEO
    Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

    Margaret Sweeney is the Chief Executive Officer and a Board Director of Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc (IRES), the leading provider of high-quality, professionally-managed private residential rental accommodation in Ireland. IRES is a fully integrated Irish operating company with a strong ESG focus and assets under management of ca. €1.5bn.

    Margaret is currently a non-executive director of Dalata Hotel Group Plc and is Chair of the board of Irish Institutional Property (IIP). Margaret is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors. She is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor at Dublin City University (DCU) Business School.

    Margaret has served as a board member to a number of regulated entities and listed companies, including Aer Rianta International Plc, Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH, Birmingham International Airport and Hamburg Airport. She also served as President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Governing Body of DCU for fifteen years. She previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of daa Plc (Dublin Airport Authority) and Postbank Ireland Ltd.  She is also a former Director of Audit and Advisory Services at KPMG, a firm she worked with for 15 years.

    Margaret has a wide range of personal and professional interests, particularly relating to sustainability and the development of women leaders.

  • Gillian Harford
    Gillian Harford Country Executive
    30% Club Ireland

    Gillian Harford is a senior HR Executive who works directly with client organisations focusing on diversity and workplace change.  Sponsored by EY she also operates as the Country Executive Ireland for the 30% Club, a global campaign supported by Chairs and CEOs driving gender balance on Boards and at cSuite.  Gillian is the former Head of HR Strategy & Planning with AIB where, with a career spanning almost 40 years, she was responsible for significant people change with particular focus on Culture, Career, Diversity and Agile Work. 

    Gillian holds a BA, an MBA from Michael Smurfit Business School UCD, and the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance, UCD.   She is a member of the Institute of Directors, fellow of CIPD, and a fellow of the Institute of Bankers.  Gillian is also a member of the Board for the Central Remedial Clinic. 

  • Peter Cosgrove
    Peter Cosgrove Director

    Peter is a Director with Cpl and Founder of the Future of Work Institute. He is a regular contributor to the national media on areas of talent and the future of work. Peter is also Chairman of Junior Achievement Ireland an organisation targeted at keeping students in schools.

Event details


2 Days; 30 November & 1 December


30 November 2022


Online - Hopin


Standard Rate: €645

Standard Charity/Small Business Rate: €495

Group Booking Discounts

10% discount available when you book 5 places or more! Contact to avail of this special rate.