Since the establishment of the firm in 1988, employment law has been one of the firm’s core services.

Our success is due to the strength of the relationships we develop with our clients, combined with the quality of our lawyers. Our lawyers comprise a strongly motivated team with a practical ‘hands-on’ and commercial approach, which we believe sets us apart.  This translates into accessible and decisive input and client focused solutions.

Our team advises domestic and multinational large-scale employers on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.  We advise on all aspects of employment from recruitment to the termination of the employment relationship.  Our employment team also regularly provides support to the firm’s business department in mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructurings.   

Our team has acted in a large number of employment disputes involving directors and shareholders and has featured in many contentious employment matters, including litigation related to unfair/wrongful dismissal, redundancy, employment injunctions, restrictive covenants, discrimination, harassment and work-related stress claims.

We act for many prestigious Irish and international clients in all industry sectors and continue to feature in many high-profile employment, pensions and employee benefit matters.

Pensions and Employee Benefits

The firm provides expert advice on all aspects of the law and practice of pensions and employee benefits in Ireland including providing advice on establishing and running pension schemes, advising trustees of pension schemes on the exercise of their discretions and fiduciary duties, designing benefit arrangements and exit mechanisms and establishing share plans that are capable of operating in a global context. In addition, we are well respected in the resolution of all contentious aspects of pensions and employee benefits including acting in pensions and employee benefits related litigation.

For more information on Employment contact Aoife Bradley

Articles by the Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits team regularly feature on Legal-Island’s Employment Law Hub.

Experience

  • All aspects of the employment relationship
  • Pre-contract matters, such as advertising and interviewing Employment and consultancy agreements
  • Employment and consultancy agreements
  • Employment policies and procedures
  • Bullying, harassment and dignity at work issues and claims
  • Performance management, sickness absence and other HR queries
  • Equality and discrimination-related issues and claims
  • Statutory employment rights and obligations including health and safety in the workplace
  • Atypical employment arrangements (casual, fixed term, part time, agency workers)
  • Employee remuneration, bonuses, confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants
  • Legal ‘audit’ (risk limitation) services regarding employment and workplace liability issues
  • Redundancies and re-organisations
  • Employment advice in the context of business transfers
  • The legalities of setting up and running pension schemes
  • Issues arising when a pension plan is in deficit
  • Contracts with managers and insurers
  • Restructuring, merging and winding up pension schemes
  • Disputes: trustees under attack, employment rights and duties, members' interests
  • Resolution of disputes and their arbitration
  • Equality issues, including age discrimination, affecting pension plans
  • Changing a pension promise from defined benefit to defined contribution
  • Whistleblowing
  • Negotiating appropriate pension terms on leaving service
  • Pensions issues affecting transactions
  • Benefit reductions
  • Share incentive and bonus plans, both in Ireland and internationally
  • Share plan aspects of transactions including takeovers and acquisitions
  • Tax-approved arrangements
  • Stock exchange listing rules and institutional guidelines
  • Corporate law issues
Head of Practice
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Aoife Bradley

Partner
Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits

abradley@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1583


More from our Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefits team

Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Pensions and Employee Benefits.

Legal 500 2022
Awards &
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‘Excellent client service. Comprehensive coverage of all areas relating to employment law matters. Highly regarded legal practice in Irish market. Very experienced team working in employment and pension issues division.’ Recommended for Employment.

Legal 500 2022
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Recommendations

"Their performance is excellent, they always give thorough advice and outline the implications."

Chambers Europe 2022
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"The experience and skills are of the highest quality I have encountered They have huge patience dealing with an often very difficult client and maintaining genuine, firm guidance in extremely challenging conditions. I believe many practices would have underachieved in such circumstances, but LK Shields overachieved." Recommended for Employment and Pensions and Employee Benefits.

Legal 500 2021
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"They are very skilled negotiators with a lot of experience; they know how the other side is going to react." Recommended for Employment.

Chambers Europe 2021
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'There is no chance the team will be swayed by ill-informed client demands in return for a quiet life and short term favour – the team always has the long term benefit of the client, not themselves, as the goal.' Recommended for Employment.

Legal 500 2020
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Pensions and Employee Benefits.

Legal 500 2020
Awards &
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Recommended for Employment. Clients describe the team as "very easy to deal with. We are always given sound advice and very clear support and guidance."

Chambers Europe 2020
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"Established commercial firm with notable strength in transactional, contentious and day-to-day employment issues" Recommended for Employment.

Chambers Europe 2019
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"Excellent at building that trusting rapport from the outset, thereby giving clients the feeling that they are ‘working with the right people" Recommended for Employment.

Legal 500 2019
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The ‘very efficient team’ are recommended for Employment.

Legal 500 2018
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Employment.

Chambers Europe 2017
Awards &
Recommendations

Recommended for Employment.

Chambers Europe 2016
Awards &
Recommendations

Michael Kavanagh and his team at LK Shields Solicitors take ‘a practical and straightforward approach’.

Legal 500 2016
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Aoife Bradley

Partner

abradley@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1583

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Jennifer O’Neill

Consultant

joneill@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 637 1527

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Ciara O’Kennedy

Partner

cokennedy@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5870

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Gillian Dully

Senior Associate

gdully@lkshields.ie
+ 353 1 638 5863

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Elizabeth Mara

Senior Associate

emara@lkshields.ie
+353 1 638 5836

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Íde O’Neill

Senior Associate

ioneill@lkshields.ie
+353 1 637 1537

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Colin Gannon

Associate Solicitor

cgannon@lkshields.ie
+353 91 341 343

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