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Extra Mural Course in Employment Litigation: School of Law, Trinity College Dublin

Extra-Mural Course in Employment Litigation

Date: Commencing 19 January 2012

Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

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About the Conference

The Extra-Mural course in Employment Litigation at Trinity College Dublin aims to provide participants with an up-to-date understanding of employment litigation in Ireland. In order to do this, the course integrates an analysis of substantive employment law issues with a consideration of key procedural rules, enabling practitioners to further appreciate how the governing doctrinal principles of employment law are applied in a practical setting.

In particular, the course aims to provide a thorough overview of the many different legal fora in which redress is sought in the employment context in Ireland, and of the nature of the litigation that is instituted in each forum. Throughout the course, attention is focused upon topical and emerging judicial and legislative developments in the area and on the effects of these developments on employment litigation in practice. The course will delivered in weekly two-hour sessions over six evenings in January and February 2012.

Directed by Dr Des Ryan BL, the course lectures are delivered by leading expert practitioners in the area of employment litigation. Senior Counsel, Junior Counsel, Solicitor and Academic perspectives are combined in the expertise of the team of lecturers. Through this integrated delivery of lectures, participants’ learning experience is enhanced by a combination of conceptual and practical perspectives.


  • Employment Litigation in Context
  • Employment Litigation as Distinct from Industrial Relations Law
  • The Key Common Law and Statutory Framework
  • The Proposed Changes to Employment Litigation Structures: Analysis and Comment
  • Litigation Arising from Industrial Relations Issues
  • Managing and Defending Claims Relating to Bullying, Harassment and Stress at Work
  • Employment Equality Litigation
  • Investigations in the Workplace
  • Termination of Employment: Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal
  • Remedies in Employment Litigation



BRIAN BARRY is a Doctoral Researcher at Trinity College Dublin where he is preparing a PhD thesis on Employment Law Dispute Resolution Frameworks. Brian is an Executive Board Member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland. He delivers the teaching of seminars on the Employment Law module at Trinity College Dublin and has presented on the topic of Employment Dispute Resolution at a range of conferences and events.

MARGUERITE BOLGER SC is a Senior Counsel specialising in employment law. She has appeared in many key bullying and harassment cases. Ms Bolger is a co-author (with Cliona Kimber) of Sex Discrimination and the Law (Thomson Round Hall, 2000), a new edition of which is currently being prepared, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Irish Employment Law Journal (Thomson Round Hall). She is an external examiner in employment law at the Honorable Society of King’s Inns.

DR. NEVILLE COX BL LL.B., Ph.D., (Dub.), Barrister, is Associate Professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. He is author of, amongst other books, Defamation Law (2008), and co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009). He is Director of the Master of Laws degree programmes at Trinity.

CLIONA KIMBER BL is a practising barrister specialising in employment and equality law and regularly appears before the EAT, Equality Tribunal, Labour Court as well as the Civil Courts. She is author (with Marguerite Bolger) of Sex Discrimination Law (Thomson Round Hall, 2000), a new edition of which is currently being prepared, and co-author of Disability Discrimination Law. She was previously the Editor of the Employment Law Reports and the Irish Employment Law Journal. Ms Kimber writes and lectures extensively on the subject of employment and equality law.

TERENCE MCCRANN is Head of the Employment Law Group at McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors and is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading employment law experts. He advises and guides clients in this complex area, and assists employers in developing risk management strategies in respect of employment and litigation issues.

TOM MALLON BL is a practising barrister who specialises in employment law. He is co-author, with Dr. Mary Redmond, of Strikes: An Essential Guide to Industrial Action and the Law (2010).

DR. DES RYAN BL is a practising barrister specialising in Employment Law and a Lecturer in Employment Law at Trinity College Dublin. Co-author of Employment Law in Ireland (2009), he has published widely on Employment Law in a number of journals, including the Irish Employment Law Journal, and is the Co-Editor of the Employment Law Review (First Law) and the Employment Law correspondent for the Thomson Round Hall Annual Review of Irish Law. He advises on all aspects of employment litigation.


The right to rearrange and substitute lectures and lecturers is reserved


All lectures take place between 5 - 7 pm on Thursdays (commencing 19 January 2012)

19 January 2012

The Framework of Employment Litigation in Ireland: Key Concepts, Institutions and Practicalities

Lecturers: Dr. Des Ryan BL and Brian Barry

26 January 2012

Bullying, Harassment and Stress at Work: Perspectives from Litigation

Lecturer: Marguerite Bolger SC

2 February 2012

Industrial Relations: Key Developments in Case Law

Lecturer: Dr. Neville Cox BL

9 February 2012

Employment Equality Litigation in Practice: Recent and Emerging Developments

Lecturer: Cliona Kimber BL

16 February 2012

Investigations in the Workplace: Key Principles for Employment Litigation

Lecturer: Terence McCrann

23 February 2012

Litigation Arising out of the Termination of Employment

Lecturer: Tom Mallon BL



Reservation and Fees

If you would like further information on this course please contact:



Kelley McCabe, CPD Conference Programmes, School of Law, House 39, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

Telephone (01) 896 2367; Fax (01) 677 0449; Email: lawevent at


To reserve your place, please complete and return this form to the address/email above.
Fees:* €850 per person
CPD Members Fees:

€600 for individuals members to attend full course.

€500 for associate members to attend the full course.

Reduced Rates: €650 for legal executives, trainee solicitors, barristers of 5 years standing or less

Per Lecture Rate:

€150 per lecture


CPD Hours/Points :

12: Certificates of attendance will be forwarded after the conference.