Our experienced Employment Law team, led by Director Michael Black, is widely acknowledged for its expertise and ability to provide practical advice to clients across the full spectrum of employment issues.

We deliver advice to both public and private sector employers on all areas of employment law which continues to be one of the most rapidly developing and challenging areas of legal practice. We understand that due to the nature of employment issues timescales are often important and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide prompt advice and practical solutions to prevent issues becoming contentious.

Where necessary our team is also experienced in representing employers in industrial and fair Employment Tribunals on a wide range of matters including unfair dismissal, redundancy, discrimination and unlawful deduction of wages. We have also represented employers in County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings

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Areas of Expertise

We provide advice and practical assistance on the following:

  • Drafting contractual documentation and advising on appropriate policy documents
  • Restraint of trade provisions and enforcement by injunction
  • Company restructuring and redundancy programmes
  • Discipline, termination, executive severance packages and binding settlements
  • Employment due diligence in mergers and acquisitions
  • TUPE consultation and transfers
  • Defending discrimination claims, responding to statutory questionnaires and managing grievance/ harassment investigations
  • Acting on behalf of clients in breach of contract claims, claims for unfair dismissal and all other claims within the remit of the Industrial Tribunals
  • Acting for educational establishments on a range of employment law matters
  • Northern Ireland’s Fair Employment legislation
  • Section 75 Equality Schemes & public sector equality duties

Why Us?

We represent a wide range of businesses and lawyers operating across the UK and Ireland. Our team has considerable experience in providing guidance on the differences between NI employment law and other jurisdictions and practical advice on measures which should be taken. With team members who are qualified in both England & Wales and in the Republic of Ireland we offer our clients a comprehensive, multi-jurisdictional service.

Head of Department, Michael Black, is a Chartered Member of CIPD and holds a Diploma in Personnel Management along with an MBA. The team are members of the Employment Law Association and Employment Lawyers Group NI.

Chambers and Partners UK 2015 recommends our Employment team and notes “The advice they give us is measured, and they are sensitive to the work we do.” Chambers and Partners UK have also recommended Michael Black for his “commercial and practical” approach. Sources say he is “clearly an expert in his field” and “has the ability to understand the nature of our business, its key drivers and how our current HR situation is impacting upon it.”

Aisling Byrne has also been recommended on providing “valuable advice on employment issues” to clients, who find her “calm and collected and very personable.” The Legal 500 have commented that “Michael Black provides ‘important input’ on complex matters.”

Notable Clients

  • Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited
  • Public sector clients such as the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute and Victims & Survivors Service
  • Charitables bodies includings Victim Support NI and Mencap
  • Regional Colleges in NI
  • The Consumer Council for Northern Ireland (CCNI)
  • The Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)