Elizabeth Ryan


Elizabeth (‘Liz’) is a Partner in the Employment Law & Benefits team. She supports employers in both the private and public sectors across a wide range of organisations.  Liz has considerable experience in working with employers who are effecting change in the workplace.       

Liz 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.


  • Employment law

  • Health and Safety law

  • Industrial Relations law

  • The law on Protected Disclosures

Representative Matters

  • Is standing counsel for employers in the financial and fund management sectors.

  • Acted for an employer in the tech sector in defence of High Court Injunctive Proceedings in defence of a wrongful dismissal claim.

  • Advised a multi-national company in the insurance sector on a multi-site re-organisation and collective redundancy programme.


Chambers & Partners, 2021

Elizabeth offers "sound and practical advice based on a lot of experience.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

"She knows what we want to achieve, and is excellent to work with". 

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?

  • 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