Ian O’Herlihy


Ian is a partner and head of our Education Law team. He has over 25 years’ experience advising public and private sector employers on both contentious and non-contentious employment law issues. 

Ian is regularly involved in employment-related litigation and appears frequently in all Employment Law Fora, including the Labour Relations Commission, the Labour Court, the Equality Tribunal, the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Circuit Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court and has been involved in many leading employment cases in recent years.

Ian advises a broad range of employer clients on drafting and reviewing workplace procedures and employment contracts, on dealings with trade unions and professional organisations and advises widely on investigation of complaints and the conduct of disciplinary investigations and hearings.


  • Employment Law
  • Judicial Review
  • Litigation
  • Education Law


Chambers & Partners, 2021

Ian is recognised as a 'Senior Statesperson' in the area of Employment law.

Chambers & Partners, 2020

"What sets him above others in his profession is his knowledge and commitment". 

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Areas of Expertise

Employment Law & Benefits Law Education Law Dispute Resolution Charity Law & Not-for-Profit Sports Law Brexit

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

Education Lawyers Association (UK)


University College Dublin, (BCL)