An Insider's Guide to an Adjudication Hearing

An Insider's Guide to an Adjudication Hearing

Due to the current situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, this event has been postponed until Autumn 2020. If you'd like to be notified when the new date is confirmed, please email

This event is brought to you by Legal Island in association with Leman Solicitors.

The WRC can be a frightening place for the uninitiated.  Participants who fail to prepare must be prepared to fail.  This workshop includes a realistic mock adjudication hearing designed with respondents, claimants and other witnesses in experienced in WRC procedures in mind.

What are the learning outcomes?
You will gain confidence by observing a mock adjudication, chaired by experienced WRC adjudication officer, Dr Gerry McMahon. The sessions will also prepare you for attendance at the WRC by studying ‘real’ complaint and response forms and background documentation, with the support of our legal experts. 

Bláthnaid Evans, Head of the Employment Department at Leman Solicitors will lead today’s event by giving you tips on how to prepare for a WRC hearing and taking you through the case study, which the mock adjudication hearing will be based on. Lauren Tennyson BL and Owen Keany BL will lead a team playing various roles during the hearing, to take you through a ‘real life’ case.  

What will be covered?
Preparation and attendance at a mock adjudication from start to finish.

What will I learn?

  • Procedural guidance when initiating a complaint.
  • How to carefully complete and respond to a WRC complaint form
  • The necessary time limits under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 for referring a case to the WRC and when an extension may be granted
  • What happens when a case is referred to the WRC
  • Whether mediation is a feasible option in order to encourage and facilitate both parties to resolve issues as an alternative to a formal hearing
  • Tips on drafting submissions when the onus of proof rests on the employer
  • What information and documentation is required by the parties
  • The hearing and decision – what to expect on the day, understanding likely awards, structure of the hearing and when adjournment of a hearing may be granted.
  • Delegates will be asked to participate in the hearing by raising questions or offering their views. The parts of the participants will be played by junior barristers and presided over by WRC adjudicator Gerry McMahon.
  • Appeals and enforcement –A brief account of how and when a party can appeal a decision

Who should attend?
This is an ideal course for respondents, claimants and other witnesses who wish to experience a realistic adjudication process in a safe environment.

When and where?
11am - 4pm, new date to be confirmed.
The Spencer Hotel, Dublin


Early Bird rate: €345
Standard rate €395
Charity/Small Company Early Bird rate: €295
Chairty/Small Company Standard Rate: €345

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In association with Leman Solicitors:

Leman Solicitors



Welcome and Introduction




Overview of and Preparation for the Adjudication Process

Bláthnaid Evans, Partner & Head of Employment at Leman will look at the entire life cycle of a typical claim in the WRC from completing a WRC complaint form through to the substantive hearing, and the possibility of appeals.

In this journey through the claim life cycle Bláthnaid will, using a case study example, consider the practical aspects of preparing the case, the documentation required and will provide some practical tips on how to always be prepared for a hearing, which will inevitably assist with an employer’s defence when before the WRC.  

She will also share her experiences of what to ‘expect on the day’ of the hearing itself, from the point of arrival at the WRC to giving evidence to understanding the decision.


An Adjudicator’s Perspective
Our chair for the hearing, WRC adjudicator Dr Gerry McMahon, will outline the practical and procedural elements of an adjudication hearing from an adjudicator’s perspective, highlighting the do's and don'ts, and offering practical tips in line with WRC guidance.


Lunch and Networking


The Hearing

Lauren Tennyson BL and Owen Keany BL will act as representatives for the employer and employee, while running a WRC hearing based on the case study.

Dr Gerry McMahon will be overseeing the hearing as the Adjudication Officer. You will see both barristers questioning witnesses, including the complainant, just as you would at an unfair dismissal hearing, in order for you to gain a practical understanding of the adjudication process.


Discussion/Panel Q&A
Before Dr Gerry McMahon delivers his decision in the hearing, Bláthnaid Evans will lead a discussion on the hearing to determine what the most likely outcome will be and to highlight where any of the parties may or may not have gone wrong and you will have a chance to put questions to our panel of experts.


Dr Gerry McMahon
, as acting Adjudication Officer on the day, will deliver his decision on the hearing


Closing Comments
Bláthnaid Evans
will close out the day by briefly explaining the appeal process before the Labour Court and answer any additional questions.




"Excellent afternoon, ran like clockwork, interesting and articulate speakers, very information and engaging event. Overall, would now think of attending a Legal Island event in a heartbeat and would recommend the Mock Adjudication to any HR colleague."
Sarah Doyle, Group HR, Wright Insurance Brokers

"One of the best training courses I have attended."
Niamh Drain, Senior Executive Officer HR, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

"Speakers and inputs excellent. The mock adjudication hearing was really helpful."
Grainne Burke, Management Consultant, Canavan Byrne

"It was very useful to see how an adjudication would be conducted. There was no role playing involved although participation in the form of questions and comments was encouraged. This, to me, makes for a much better learning experience."
Clare Murphy, HR Manager, The Office of Public Works


  • Bláthnaid Evans
    Bláthnaid Evans Partner & Head of Employment Practice
    Leman Solicitors

    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.

  • Dr Gerard McMahon
    Dr Gerard McMahon HR & Employee Relations Lecturer
    Dublin Institute of Technology

    Gerry McMahon is acknowledged as a national expert in the area of People Management and Employee Relations.  He has over 30 years’ experience working as a presenter cum lecturer in the area, across a host of reputable public and private sector, 3rd level educational and academic institutions.  He has also got extensive experience working as a consultant, negotiator, trainer, adjudicator, mediator, coach, team builder, investigator, researcher, facilitator, 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, employer and community\voluntary and religious organisations.

  • Lauren Tennyson BL
    Lauren Tennyson BL

    Lauren Tennyson BL is a practising barrister since 2007 specialising in employment and equality law.  She appears regularly before the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court, Circuit Court and High Court in employment law disputes, as well as in employment mediations. She advises and acts for large multinationals as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. She is also frequently engaged to act as an independent investigator in workplace investigations.

  • Owen Keany BL
    Owen Keany BL

    Owen Keany is a Junior Counsel and was called to the Bar in 2007. He has a general civil practice, with a focus on labour and employment law. Owen regularly provides talks and updates on employment and industrial relations law and he has written numerous papers on topics relating to the area. Owen is a committee member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and Employment Bar Association.

Event details


11.00am - 4.00pm


11 June 2020


The Spencer Hotel, Dublin


Early Bird Rate: €345 (deadline Friday 8 May 2020)
Standard Rate: €395
Charity/Small Company Early Bird Rate: €295 (deadline Friday 8 May 2020)
Charity/Small Company Standard Rate: €345

Save €20 if you book and pay online