Barry Phillips BEM

Legal Island


About Barry Phillips BEM

Barry Phillips (CEO) BEM founded Legal Island in 1998. Since then, the company has become the leading workplace compliance training company in the island of Ireland. He was awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to employment and equality.

Barry is a qualified coach and meditator and a regular speaker both here and abroad.  His Tedx Talk featuring his contrarian view that it’s time to ditch open door policies in the workplace can be accessed here:

Barry is also an author, releasing his first book titled 'Mastering Small Business Employee Engagement: 30 Quick Wins & HR Hacks from an IIP Platinum Employer' in 2020 alongisde Legal Island MD Jayne Gallagher - you can view the Kindle Version here.

Barry has worked at the European Parliament, the European Court of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation in Geneva before qualifying as a lawyer in 1993.

He has travelled extensively and lived in a total of eight different countries considering himself to be a global citizen first, a European second and British/Irish citizen last of all.

He lists Russian language and wild camping as his favourite pastimes.

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