Liam Riordan


Liam is a partner in our Employment Law and Benefits team and practices in the area of education law. He has extensive experience as an education lawyer in advising educational institutions at first, second and third level on the wide range of issues that arise from the day-to-day interaction of teachers, students, parents and management.

He has advised and represented clients in relation to the operation of disciplinary procedures and grievance procedures. He has also advised on the investigation of complaints including bullying/harassment complaints as well as on dealing with statutory bodies such as the HSE/Child and Family Agency and the Ombudsman for Children, amongst others.

Liam has represented Boards of Management at the Employment Appeals Tribunal, the Labour Relations Commission and the Equality Tribunal (all now subsumed in the Workplace Relations Commission), the Labour Court as well as in the civil courts up to and including the Supreme Court. Liam works closely with the relevant management bodies representing management in the education sector.


  • Education Law
  • Employment Law
  • Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Advising a wide range of educational institutions in relation to contentious and non-contentious issues, including drafting and reviewing school and college based procedures, employment contracts, employment handbooks, etc.
  • Advising clients in the education sector on all employment matters, and in particular in relation to the investigation of complaints, issues of professional competence and the conduct of disciplinary investigations, grievance procedures, hearings and child protection issues.
  • Advising professional organizations representing management in the education sector.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

Liam is a regular speaker at seminars organised by the representative management bodies in the education sector and at Legal Island seminars on education-related topics.

Liam lectures on the Law Society Diploma in Education Law course

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Areas of Expertise

Education Law Employment Law & Benefits Law Employee Incentives & Benefits Dispute Resolution TUPE Regulations

Professional Memberships

The Law Society of Ireland         


University College Dublin (MA)