Melanie Crowley


Melanie is a partner and head of our Employment Law & Benefits team. Her diverse practice covers the full range of employment law issues as an advisor to clients on complex non-contentious workplace issues and as an experienced litigator before all employment-related fora.

Melanie is the go-to employment lawyer for some of Ireland’s biggest domestic and multi-national companies and employers including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Salesforce, Synopsys, arvato, Accenture and Western Union.

Melanie has advised many large companies either entering the Irish market for the first time or increasing their market presence and on all matters relating to their workforces, often involving hundreds of employees. She assists clients in drafting bespoke employment contracts, agreements and HR policies and procedures. Melanie also provides on-going support to HR managers in relation to the management of day to day disciplinary issues, the handling of employee-related complaints, internal reorganisations and rationalisations, terminations and transfer of undertakings.

Melanie was recognised as a  “Leading Individual” by Who’s Who Legal Labour and Employment 2018.  Most notably, Melanie is the only Irish lawyer to be awarded this status.


  • Employment law
  • Industrial relations law
  • Immigration law

Representative Matters

  • Acted in a seminal case which clarified the extent and application of the Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE) Regulations.
  • Defended a large tech company in proceedings relating to its international employee stock scheme in 2014.
  • Advised a multinational in relation to the exiting of a number of the senior executives from their Irish operation.


Chambers & Partners, 2019

"She has a wealth of knowledge and experience...and is always very astute. Therefore her guidance is always excellent."

Legal 500, 2019

Melanie is “second to none”.

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • External Examiner in Employment Law for the Law Society.
  • Lecturer in Employment Law on the Law Society’s Diploma in Employment Law.


Melanie has contributed to several international publications such as the Irish chapter of the International Expatriate Employment Handbook, the Irish chapter of EU and International Employment Law, the Irish chapter of Employment and Labour Law – Jurisdictional Comparisons and the Irish chapter of Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law – An International Survey.

  • LinkedIn

Areas of Expertise

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

Professional Memberships

Co-Chair of the International Labor Law Subcommittee of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Section of the ABA.

International Labor Law Committee

European Lawyers Association.

International Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA).

American Employment Law Council (AELC).

Association of Employment Lawyers Ireland (ELAI).


University College Dublin , BBLS

University College Dublin, Dip Emp Law