Employment Law

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Employment law in Ireland is one of the most regulated areas of law with new employment legislation emerging on a constant basis.  We have established a department of employment solicitors to help you and ensure that your employment rights are protected.

We represent both employers and employees. 



For employers we offer an employment audit.  Our employment lawyers have the expertise to review your current procedures and ensure all identified risks are addressed and minimised.  A labour law audit is a useful process to take stock and develop best practice, policies and procedures.

Our aim is to work with you to produce employment documentation and procedures which will give you confidence in dealing with your employees. In particular, we will help you with:

  • Contracts of employment and employee handbook
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedure
  • Privacy issues and internet/electronic policy
  • Redundancy, rationalisation and reorganisation
  • Industrial relations
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Ageism
  • Occupational stress
  • Termination of employment
  • Dismissal/unfair dismissal/constructive dismissal/wrongful dismissal
  • Hiring procedures

We have extensive experience representing both employers and employees in the Employment Appeals Tribunal, Labour Relations Commission and before the Courts.



We recognise that if you work full time outside the home, you spent a big portion of your life at work. If your workplace becomes a stressful environment, life becomes very difficult.

It is also the case that in these difficult economic times, people are being made redundant. They are also being put on short time working or having their wages reduced. This involves a fundamental change in your contract of employment and cannot be done without your agreement unless it is specifically provided for in your contract of employment.

We can advise you how to deal with this if it arises. The choice may often be to accept the changes or face redundancy. We will help you explore all of your options so that your choice of course of action is based on the best possible advice.

We can also help you deal with grievance/disciplinary procedures and help challenge any dismissal from your employment (or redundancy if you feel that the redundancy was not genuine).

We have represented many clients at the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Labour Relations Commission and before the Courts.

Helen Coughlan who runs our employment law department is a member of the Employment Law committee of the Law Society of Ireland and has extensive experience in employment matters.




Helen Coughlan (in her first telephone call to me) was extremely quick to grasp the details of my case which was somewhat complex in nature.  She immediately established my requirements and gave sound advice.   The outcome was very satisfactory, being completely in line with my expectations and aims.

Employment Law Client 


"It was my first time dealing with anything legal and Helen was wonderful. Everything was explained to me so I understood. She advised me on difficult decisions that had to be made and was always contactable, either through email or phone and made the whole process so easy."


Employment Law Client 


"I found the service excellent. Quick appointment with Helen and meetings on request.   Helen even worked on my case over a bank holiday weekend to email me about the next day's hearing. She made what I found a stressful situation less daunting. "

J.D - Employment Law Client



If you have any queries regarding the above, you can email helen.coughlan@pjf.ie, call 045 431542 or use the “Do you have a case?” link at the top of this page for an opinion of your case. 


"The service was extremely professional. I found it at all times to be very comprehensive and carried out in a courteous and diligent manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending your services."

- C.S., Dublin

"Niall helped me achieve a very positive outcome after a very serious accident where I was being blamed unfairly. Niall had clear advice and strategy and really made an unpleasant process bearable, with great communication and regular updates, and consequently a great result."

N.K. Co. Dublin, Motorbike Client

"I have always found the service provided by your firm to be highly professional and first class. Attention to detail and advice given is always spot on. No complaints whatsoever. It is always a pleasure to deal with your company."

- L.D., Co. Offaly

"I would give the service a ten absolutely. I was provided with the pros and cons regarding how a case like mine could go from the start. I appreciated having the facts from the outset. From reception to the solicitors I dealt with, everyone was friendly and efficient. I will definitely recommend you to others."

A.H., Newbridge, Co. Kildare