Ciara acts in a broad range of commercial, contractual and tortious disputes.

Her experience includes breach of contract claims, intellectual property disputes and defamation actions, with particular experience in cases involving the necessity to seek or resist urgent injunctive relief.

Ciara is also a member of the firm’s Employment, Pensions and Employee Benefit’s team.

Ciara advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment issues with significant experience in contentious employment matters and in particular resolving complex and sensitive disputes involving senior employee directors and employee shareholders, to include the negotiation and drafting of severance packages relating to senior management exits and advising on all aspects of corporate governance issues associated with such exits.

Ciara’s work requires her to regularly represent clients before the High Court and the Employment Appeals Tribunals.


  • Advising Employers on both general and specific employment matters, including unfair dismissal, personal injury and discrimination claims and advising on complex and sensitive internal grievance and disciplinary processes.
  • Ciara advises clients in the resolution of complex employment related disputes in the context of redundancies and contentious dismissal situations, to include advising on alternative dispute resolution and has assisted clients in resolving disputes through mediation.
  • Regularly assists clients dealing with complaints of bullying and harassment and advises on work place stress claims.
  • Provides assistance to a diverse portfolio of corporate clients in relation to reorganisations and restructurings and resulting redundancies.
  • Ciara also regularly advises employers on issues arising from the employment relationship such as the rules governing leave arrangements, maternity, recruitment and equality issues and social media issues.
  • Developing and updating employee handbooks, HR policies and practices for clients
  • Advising clients in relation to TUPE to include assisting clients in relation to employee consultation issues and employees’ terms and conditions during the transfer process, to include obtaining indemnities, where appropriate.
  • Reviewing and amending employment contracts and policies from international jurisdictions for use in Ireland and advising in relation to employment law compliance issue.
  • Acted in numerous Arbitrations involving breach of contract claims to include defending a high court challenge on the validity and outcome of a particular arbitration.
  • Acted for a world leading Insurer in a recovery action involving a construction dispute arising from a manufacturing and design defect in the construction of the roof of the National Acquatic Centre.
  • Advising multi-national insurer on policy and cover disputes involving the implementation of construction bonds.
  • Advising large multi-nationals on intellectual property related disputes and defamation claims.
  • Advised leading Irish food manufacturer in relation to commercial agency issues.

Contact Ciara

+ 353 1 638 5870


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'Hardworking, knowledgeable and pleasant' Ciara O’Kennedy is recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Legal 500 2019
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Recommended for Dispute Resolution.

Legal 500 2018
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  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland
    Law Society of Ireland
  • Diploma in E-Commerce
    Law Society of Ireland
  • LLB (Hons) Law & European Studies
    University College Limerick and Universite De Pau, France
  • Chairperson of the Employment Law Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association – this Committee was established in 2017 and Ciara was very active and influential in setting up of this Committee.

  • Council Member
    Dublin Solicitors Bar Association
  • Ciara regularly presents seminars on topical employment issues and annually speaks at the Legal Island Employment Review Conference.

  • Ciara regularly contributes to various publications on a wide range of topical employment related matters and is a Director of the SWICLEC Employment Centre.

  • Ciara is also a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and has lectured at the Law Society’s diploma on In-House Practice.

  • Working knowledge of French and German.

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