Orla O’Leary

Senior Associate

Orla is a Senior Associate in our Employment Law and Benefits tean. She joined Mason Hayes & Curran in 2012 having previously practised at another top Dublin firm for four years post qualification.

Orla advises on all aspects of employment and equality law, relating to both contentious and non-contentious matters. She advises on everyday workplace issues, including recruitment, bullying, harassment, working time and holidays, protective leave, equality and terminations.

She also advises on drafting, reviewing and negotiating of employment contracts, executives' service contracts and severance agreements. She advises on the drafting and review of company handbooks, employment policies and procedures, including grievance and disciplinary policies and bullying and harassment policies.

Orla also advises on aspects of commercial transactions including employment due diligence, and the legal requirements and obligations of parties in relation the transfer of undertakings.

Representative Matters

  • Advised an Irish bank in relation to TUPE application to an outsourcing agreement, covering the drafting of appropriate clauses for the agreement and advising on the TUPE treatment of any potential sub-contracting permitted in the agreement.
  • Advised a global financial service provider on the TUPE impact of an employee transfer, including the drafting of the documentation informing the affected party of the TUPE outcomes.
  • Advised McKesson Corporation on the multi-jurisdictional employment and TUPE aspects of its acquisition of the pharmaceutical distribution business of Irish FTSE 250 company, UDG Healthcare.


Legal 500, 2021

Orla is a ‘Rising Star’.

Legal 500, 2020

Orla is celebrated as a "rising star."

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Areas of Expertise

Employment Law & Benefits Law Employee Incentives & Benefits

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland


University of Limerick, B.A. Law & Accounting

Law Society of Ireland, Diploma, Commercial Litigation

University College Dublin, Diploma, Employment Law