Deirdre Lynch


Senior Associate

About Deirdre Lynch

Deirdre Lynch is a Senior Associate in the Employment Department.  She has over a decade’s experience as an employment law specialist advising employers in relation to both contentious and non-contentious issues.  

Deirdre has developed a particular expertise in contentious employment matters. She has substantial experience in defending claims brought by employees including, claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal. She frequently represents clients without counsel in contentious matters before the employment tribunals. 

Deirdre has advised in relation to numerous large and complex commercial transactions, involving many aspects of employment law. She has acquired considerable experience in the employment issues that arise in commercial projects and reorganisations, such as the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations, the Cross-border Merger Regulations, employee relocation and restructuring post-acquisition.

Key Experience

  • A representative sample of Deirdre’s experience includes:
  • Advising a large multinational employer in relation to the employment law issues arising during the implementation of one of the first cross-border mergers in Ireland. 
  • Successfully representing a multi-national employer in a significant age discrimination case before the Labour Court. The case concerned the scope of the exemption from  age discrimination prescribed by the Employment Equality Acts in respect of severance payments. It received widespread comment in view of its potential to impact on jurisprudence concerning retirement ages. 
  • Acting on behalf of a large employer in a high profile judicial review concerning significant issues of statutory interpretation. 
  • Advising a large international exploration company in relation to High Court injunction proceedings brought by former employees involving novel legal issues concerning  sick pay entitlements and the appointment of an external investigator to assess employees’ grievances.
  • Advising employers on the obligations imposed by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and associated regulations, including assisting multi-national employers audit their level of compliance with health and safety law.