Sheila Spokes

Sheila Spokes

About Sheila Spokes

Sheila is a solicitor with ByrneWallace LLP's Employment team. Prior to joining ByrneWallace LLP, Sheila trained with a leading Irish law firm, and qualified into the education/employment law department. As a result, Sheila has particular experience advising public, statutory and quasi-judicial bodies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

In particular, Sheila has experience in advising employers on internal HR disputes, data protection, disciplinary/grievance matters and regulatory/legislative compliance. She has advised on a variety of claims to the WRC/Labour Court, including claims under the Unfair Dismissals Act, Employment Equality Acts, Organisation of Working Time Act, Protection of Fixed Term Workers Act, Payment of Wages Act, Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act. She has also advised in relation to several judicial review proceedings arising in the education sector and appeals to the Department of Education under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

In relation to non-contentious matters, Sheila regularly drafts contracts of employment, employment law policies and/or handbooks, as well as advising on data protection policies, child safeguarding statements and advising on employment law issues arising from the implementation of new legislation.


  • National University of Galway, LLM
  • National University of Galway, BCL Civil Law
  • Law Society of Ireland, Data Protection Diploma

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