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

Extra-Mural Course in Employment Litigation

Date: Commencing 16 January 2014

Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

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About the Conference


The Extra-Mural course in Employment Litigation aims to provide participants with an up-to-date understanding of employment litigation in Ireland and 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.

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.

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.


  • Employment Litigation in Context
  • Employment Litigation as Distinct from Industrial Relations Law
  • The Key Common Law and Statutory Framework
  • Reform of Employment Dispute Resolution Bodies
  • Managing and Defending Claims relating to Bullying, Harassment and Stress at Work
  • Employment Equality Litigation
  • Social Media in the Workplace: Implications for Litigation
  • Investigations in the Workplace
  • Termination of Employment: Redundancy, Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal
  • Remedies in Employment Litigation



Course Director
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 Employment Law correspondent for the Thomson Round Hall Annual Review of Irish Law. He advises on all aspects of employment litigation.

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.

Professor 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 the recently published Strikes: An Essential Guide to Industrial Action and the Law (2010).


The right to rearrange and substitute lectures and lecturers is reserved.


All lectures take place between 5 - 7 pm on Thursdays (commencing 16 January 2014)

16 January 2014

The Framework of Employment Litigation in Ireland: Key Concepts, Institutions and Practicalities in 2014

Lecturer: Dr. Des Ryan BL

23 January 2014

Bullying, Harassment and Stress at Work: Key Principles and Recent Developments

Lecturer: Professor Neville Cox BL

30 January 2014

Confidentiality, Restrictive Covenants and other growth areas in High Court Employment Litigation

Lecturer: Marguerite Bolger SC

6 February 2014

Social Media: New Questions in Employment Litigation

Lecturer: Cliona Kimber BL

13 February 2014

Investigations in the Workplace: Key Principles for Employment Litigation

Lecturer: Terence McCrann

20 February 2014

Litigation Arising out of the Termination of Employment

Lecturer: Tom Mallon BL

This Extra-mural course is derived from the Employment Litigation module taught on the Master in Laws degree programmes at the School of Law. The extra-mural course is suitable for individuals with professional experience in the subject matters whether legal or otherwise.


Reservation and Fees

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


Kelley McCabe or Soraya Sobrevia

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

Telephone (01) 896 2772; 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

*Cheques should be made payable to TCD NO 1 Account

CPD Hours/Points :

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