Elizabeth Ryan


Elizabeth (‘Liz’) is a Partner in the Employment Law & Benefits team. She provides non-contentious employment law advice to clients ranging from the practical application of employment statute to assisting clients in drafting employment contracts and policies. Liz also has considerable experience in acting for clients in contentious employment litigation before employment law fora and civil courts.

Liz has advised on complex employee investigations to include those which have been instigated under an employer’s disciplinary, grievance, bullying and harassment and protected disclosures policies.

Liz also advises and acts for clients in industrial relations and health and safety matters.

Liz is a lecturer and tutor for the Law Society of Ireland and is asked regularly to speak at conferences on employment law and related topics. 


  • Employment law
  • Health and Safety law
  • Industrial Relations law
  • The law on Protected Disclosures

Representative Matters

  • Acted for an employer in the tech sector in defence of High Court Injunctive Proceedings in defence of wrongful dismissal claim.
  • Advised a multi-national company in the insurance sector on a multi-site re-organisation and collective redundancy programme.
  • Successfully defended a large multi-national printing company in a high value penalisation claim taken by an employee who had made a protected disclosure.


Chambers and Partners, 2017

“Very accessible, easy to work with and her advice is very clear."

Chambers and Partners, 2016

"Operates at a very high level"

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Lecturer and tutor in employment law on the Law Society’s diploma in employment Law and advanced professional course.
  • Regular contributor to the Legal Ireland Annual Review of Employment Law.


• Whistleblowing developments in Ireland

• The implications of the ECJ decisions on accrual of annual leave while on sick leave

• The law governing agency workers

• Mandatory Retirement ages – what does objective justification mean?

  • Google+
  • LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise

Employment Law & Benefits Law

Professional Memberships

Member of the European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA)

Member (and committee member) of the Employment Lawyers Association of Ireland (ELAI)

Member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland (HSLAI)


University College Cork, B.A.

Law Society of Ireland ,

Honorable Society of Kings Inns, Diploma in Corporate, White Collar and Regulatory Crime