Annual Review of Employment Law 2023 Online and In Person

Annual Review of Employment Law 2023 Online and In Person


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The Annual Review of Employment Law is the ultimate gathering for HR practitioners seeking to elevate their knowledge, skills, and connections in the ever-changing world of employment law and HR best practices.

🌟 Why should you attend? 🌟

🎤 Inspiring Speakers: Prepare to be empowered by nationally renowned speakers who will inspire you with their insights and expertise. Ingrid Miley BL will serve as our Chair for the day's proceedings, promising a day filled with invaluable advice and discussions.

📚 Comprehensive Learning: Our lineup of 13 sessions, led by jurisdiction-specific employment lawyers, seasoned HR professionals, and subject matter experts, will tailor your conference experience to your unique needs and industry interests.

💡 Stay Ahead of the Curve: Invest in yourself, your career, your organisation, and your profession. Gain crucial insights into the most vital employment law developments of 2023, anticipate emerging trends, and mitigate risks as we explore potential developments for 2024.

🛍️ Exhibition Area: Attend in person to explore our vibrant exhibition area, a one-stop-shop where you can discover cutting-edge products and services to enhance your HR practices.

💼 Flexible Attendance: For the first time ever, Annual Review is a hybrid event! Whether you prefer to attend in person at The Convention Centre Dublin or join us live online, we're committed to delivering top-notch customer service with technical support available throughout. And don't worry – we've got you covered with comprehensive digital session notes, slides, and recordings to ensure you won't miss a thing.

🤝 Network and Connect: Get your burning questions answered by our panel of experts and seize the opportunity to network with your HR and legal peers from across Northern Ireland.

🌐 Unlock Your Potential: Join us at the Annual Review conference and open the door to endless possibilities for your professional growth and organisational success. Let us be your guide as you explore the broader world of HR and chart your path towards where you want to be.

🎟️ Secure Your Ticket Today: Don't miss out on this exclusive opportunity to supercharge your HR career. Grab your ticket now and embark on a journey to new heights in HR excellence!

In-person places are limited. 

For booking of 5 or more staff members, please contact to talk about group discounts.


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8.30am – 9.20am 

Registration/ Exhibition/ Teas and Coffees 



9.20am – 9.35am 

Welcome and Introduction with Chair, Ingrid Miley BL

9.35am – 10.20am 

Review of the Year (Part 1 – 2023 – Looking Back)  

Jennifer Cashman, Partner and Head of Employment Law, RDJ LLP  



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Chair, Ingrid Miley BL


Chair, Marian Jennings

10.25am – 11.10am 

WRC’s Code of Practice* – How to Deal with the Right to Request Remote and Flexible Working  

Maura Connolly, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Employment (Ireland), Addleshaw Goddard LLP  

*This session is subject to variation depending on the publication of the WRC’s Code of Practice. 

What’s in a Word - Must We Really Ban ‘Banter’ in the Workplace?  

Dr Gerry McMahon of Productive Personnel Ltd  

11.10am – 11.45am 





11.45am – 12.30pm 

The ROI Case Review 2023 and Key Next Steps  

Duncan Inverarity, Partner and Head of Employment Law, A&L Goodbody

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty-four? How to handle the retirement and pensions shake up in 2024!  

Denise Moran, Senior Associate and Lorcan Keenan, Partner, Matheson  


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12.35pm – 1.20pm 

Restructuring and Employment Law – What do you need to be aware of in 2024? 

Breda O’Malley, Partner and Head of Employment Law Team, Hayes Solicitors 

Zero Tolerance: Tackling Bullying and Harassment Head-On 

Michelle Halloran of MH Human Resource Management Services  

1.20pm – 2.15pm 


2.15pm – 3pm 

Regulating use of ChatGPT and AI at Work – Reducing the Risks While Ramping Up the Benefits 

Linda Hynes, Partner, Lewis Silkin 

Let Me Be Me - Neurodiversity: 5 Things Employers Need to Know

Barry Walsh, Founder of


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Teas and coffee available 

Allow 5 mins for change over 

Teas and coffee available 

3.05pm – 3.50pm 

Gender Identity in the Workplace: Inclusive and Equitable Practices  

Sara R. Philips Co-Chair International Trans Fund & Transgender Europe and Bláthnaid Evans, Partner and Head of Employment, Ogier Lemans LLP 

Emotional Intelligence in the Age of Artificial Intelligence - How You Show Up: Success in the Workplace of Tomorrow.

Deiric McCann, Managing Director of Genos International


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Allow 5 mins for change over 

3.55pm – 4.35pm 

Review of the Year (Part 2 – Looking Forward to 2024) 

Jennifer Cashman, Partner and Head of Employment Law, RDJ LLP 

Responding to Domestic Abuse: HR's Legal and Ethical Obligations 

Caroline Reidy, HR Suite 


"It was a fantastic event and very informational with regards to so many aspects of HR"
Kasia Domanska, HR Advisor, Bookassist

"Excellent conference, really informative and broad range of topics covered."

Andrea Swift, HR Generalist, Pat O'Donnell & Co

"Very professional, top expert speakers, forward thinking."
Una O'Donnell, HRBP, Compliance and Risks

"Great conference - one stop shop for HR."
Kenny O' Brien, Operations Manager , Athlone Extrusions Ltd.

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  • Barry Walsh
    Barry Walsh Founder

    Barry spent much of his early career in the start-up, advertising, charity and recruitment sectors. In 2016 he began working for, which has everything you need to start, run or grow a business in Ireland and he has been freelancing for them ever since. He specialises in doing interviews on businesses in the Diversity and Inclusion field in Ireland.

    In 2019 he joined Dell Technologies Diversity and Inclusion team to help them roll out their Neurodiversity Awareness Training. Before becoming a job coach for autistic people for 2 years. In 2021 Barry became the founder of The website amplifies diverse voices that are actively promoting Diversity and Inclusion. Barry creates interviews, articles and personal tips on people, companies or programs that are making Ireland a more diverse place.

    Barry is driven to continue to promote Diversity and Inclusion within Ireland and abroad, to make Ireland a more equitable place for everyone.

  • Bláthnaid Evans
    Bláthnaid Evans Partner & Head of Employment Practice

    Bláthnaid has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, having trained in one of the leading trade union / employee firms and subsequently working in a top 5 law firm.

    She advises on all contentious and non-contentious issues, with substantial experience in advising clients before all employment law forums including the WRC, Labour Court and High Court for employment-related injunctions.

  • Breda O'Malley
    Breda O'Malley Partner, Employment and Commercial Law Departments
    Hayes Solicitors

    Breda practises in Employment law and leads the Employment Law team at Hayes solicitors. She advises both employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship. Breda adopts a commercially pragmatic approach to dispute issues, avoiding litigation for her clients, where appropriate, and using her skills as an accredited commercial mediator.

  • Caroline Reidy
    Caroline Reidy Managing Director
    The HR Suite

    Caroline Reidy runs The HR Suite who offer specialist tailored and effective human resources, employment law and business solutions to over 500 clients throughout Ireland. Many of which are SME’s who have no HR function and the HR Suite are their HR partner to advise them in this area.  The HR Suite also assist with complex investigations, training all areas of people management and skills development and representation at third party forums.  The HR Suite has offices in Dublin and Kerry.

    Caroline is a past Commissioner on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Commission.  Caroline has completed a Masters in Human Resources in the University of Limerick and is a trained mediator. She is also the author of ‘The Art of Asking the Right Questions” that provides top tips to people managers throughout the employment journey. To mark 10 years in business in 2019 Caroline launched a children’s book ‘Celebrating You’ to advocate diversity and the importance of celebrating individuality in children. Caroline also contributes as a thought leader to national media, conference speaker and articles in national press. 

  • Deiric McCann
    Deiric McCann Managing Director
    Genos International

    Deiric McCann leads Genos International Europe – the EU division of a world-leading provider of emotional intelligence solutions.

    He has 20+ years of experience at the highest levels of management in multinational organisations, and a further decade of experience working with multinational clients worldwide, helping them to develop the resilience, emotional intelligence, psychological safety and engagement of their teams.

  • Denise Moran
    Denise Moran Senior Associate

    Denise Moran is Senior Associate at Matheson.

  • Duncan Inverarity
    Duncan Inverarity Partner, Head of Employment Law Practice Group
    A&L Goodbody

    Duncan is Head of A&L Goodbody's Employment Law Group and has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law and industrial relations in multiple jurisdictions. Duncan advises public and private sector employers on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He advises Boardrooms across Ireland and abroad on strategic and complex employment and industrial relations matters. Duncan also specialises in crisis management for clients and has advised on some of the most high profile corporate issues in Ireland. Duncan regularly appears for clients in the Workplace Relations Commission, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Duncan also acts for partnerships in mediated settlements and in proceedings in the High Court.

  • Dr Gerry McMahon
    Dr Gerry McMahon Managing Director
    Productive Personnel Ltd

    Gerry McMahon is acknowledged as a national expert in the area of People Management and Employee Relations.  He has over 40 years’ practical experience working as an advisor/consultant in the area, across a range of sectors.  He also has extensive experience working as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, team builder, negotiator, adjudicator, mediator, coach, investigator, researcher, arbitrator and expert witness on behalf of a wide range of Government departments, public sector enterprises, semi-state entities, blue chip companies, professional institutes, trade unions, staff associations, employer and community/voluntary and religious organisations.


  • Ingrid Miley BL
    Ingrid Miley BL Barrister

    Ingrid Miley BL spent most of her career employed as a journalist for RTÉ, the public service broadcaster of the Republic of Ireland. From 2002 until her retirement in 2021, she held the specialist position of Industry and Employment Correspondent for RTÉ News. In this capacity, she covered issues related to employment and the economy ranging from public service pay negotiations, strikes, redundancies, interaction with social welfare issues, and the implications of the recent shift to remote working during the pandemic. She delivered coverage across multiple media strands, including television and radio news, the RTÉ website and social media.

    Since her retirement from RTÉ, Ms. Miley has been practicing as a barrister with a specialist interest in employment law.

  • Jennifer Cashman
    Jennifer Cashman Partner, Head of Employment

    Jennifer is Head of Employment and is also a member of the firm’s Healthcare and Cyber and Data Protection Teams. She is nationally regarded for her encyclopaedic knowledge of employment law and is the “go-to” advisor for corporate clients in both the public and private sector.

    Jennifer's key clients include scaling and established Irish companies in a variety of sectors, multinational companies in the technology, pharmaceutical, medical devices and diagnostics sectors and public authorities. Her focus is on working closely with her clients to provide commercial legal advice and practical, commercial solutions for their business.

    Strengthening the Team’s focus in the medical-technical sector, Jennifer is a member of RDJ’s Healthcare Team, acting for clients including pharmaceutical companies, health insurers, numerous medical device companies, and nursing homes. Advice includes regulatory and employment healthcare-specific issues, in respect of which Jennifer represents her clients before the Courts and the WRC/Labour Court.

    Jennifer is regularly invited to contribute as a key-note speaker at employment law and HR conferences, events and webinars for CIPD, and Legal-Island. She is a recognised thought-leader on various employment law and HR issues, in particular in the areas of retirement ages and age discrimination.

  • Linda Hynes
    Linda Hynes Partner
    Lewis Silkin

    Linda is a Partner in the Employment, Immigration and Reward division based in Lewis Silkin's Dublin office. She is qualified to practice in Ireland, England & Wales. Linda is also the current chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and has an in-house employment counsel background. 

    Linda advises on all aspects of the employment law relationship from recruitment to termination and everything in between. Linda also advises multinationals and employers on changes to terms and conditions, unfair dismissals, payment of wages claims, restructuring and transfer of undertakings. Linda is also a workplace data protection expert and advises employers on all aspect of processing employee personal data to include advice on subject access requests, employee monitoring, privacy notices, retention and data protection complaints. 

  • Lorcan Keenan
    Lorcan Keenan Partner & Head of Pensions

    Lorcan Keenan is a Partner and Head of Pensions at Matheson.  He advises on the establishment and ongoing operation of all types of Irish pension arrangements, including defined benefit schemes, defined contribution schemes and master trusts. His clients include a broad mix of employers across various industries, pension scheme trustees, and pension service providers. He has particular expertise advising on the pensions implications of corporate transactions, group restructurings and TUPE transfers.  His recent experience includes advising employers on the transition of their pension schemes to master trust, and on new governance requirements introduced by the IORP II Directive.  Lorcan previously worked as a pensions lawyer in the UK, where he advised clients on the introduction of the UK's automatic enrolment pensions regime in 2012.

  • Marian Jennings
    Marian Jennings Specialist in Employment & Business Law
    TU Dublin

    Marian is an experienced Law Lecturer, with a specialist offering developed over 20 years, in Employment and Business Law. She offers the combined value of a proven track record in academia together with professional private practice/in-house legal roles and significant board, governance and organisational management experience in the community and voluntary sector.  

  • Maura Connolly
    Maura Connolly Partner
    Addleshaw Goddard

    Maura is head of the Dispute Resolution Department in Addleshaw Goddard's Dublin office, she also leads the Employment & Employee Benefits Law Group.  Maura advises employers and employees on all aspects of employment law including contentious and non-contentious matters. Maura is experienced in civil litigation and has represented clients in employment law tribunals, before industrial relations bodies and in the Courts. Recent experience has included advising an employer on a high profile executive termination, which included wide ranging disputes relating to the executive’s directorship, shareholder and financial interests in the group; advising a registered charity on an investigation arising from a protected disclosure; providing strategic advice to an advertising company on the loss of a major contract and the transfer of its workforce under transfer of undertakings regulations.

  • Michelle Halloran
    Michelle Halloran Trainer
    Halloran HR Resolutions Ltd

    Michelle Halloran is an experienced Human Resource Management professional and an accredited workplace mediator providing training and consultancy services to organisations nationwide, in the Public and Private sector. She has spent a long career originally in executive and general management roles, then specialising in Human Resources management in Ireland, the UK and Europe, across various sectors including investment banking, information technology, manufacturing and services plus some time in the public sector, before starting her own HR consultancy business 17 years ago. Her key areas of expertise are in workplace investigations, disciplinary and performance management and employee relations, and the practical application of employment law in a HR context.

    Michelle originally graduated in Computer Science from Trinity College, Dublin and spent the early part of her career developing software for the investment banking sector from which she was promoted into a series of senior executive and management positions in the financial services sector.

    She then worked in HR Management for high profile multi-nationals such as Abbott Laboratories, American Power Conversion and Thermo King, as well as assisting start-up companies to develop the “human” component of their businesses.

    Michelle holds a Masters degree in management, and she is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, whose objective is to promote best practice in management training and development here and in the UK. Michelle was also awarded with top marks the NUIG Foundation Diploma in Training and Education, which is the nationally recognised qualification for business training providers.

  • Sara R Phillips
    Sara R Phillips Co-chair
    International Trans Fund & Transgender Europe

    Sara R Phillips is a Trans activist working globally. She has been involved with trans activism for over 30 years.  Sara is a board member of the National Women's Council of Ireland, She is the Co-Chair of the International Trans Fund in Toronto and Co-Chair of Transgender Europe in Berlin.She is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Ireland's national trans organisation, Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), serving 10 years in that position.Sara was one of the lead negotiators to the Gender Recognition Act 2015 and served on the Governmental review of the act in 2018.  Sara was honoured as Dublin LGBTQ Pride Grand Marshall in 2018. She is the founder, researcher and archivist of the Irish Trans Archive. Sara is currently the National Manager in Ireland for multinational construction materials manufacturer CPG-Europe.

Event details


1 Day


29 November 2023


Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock and Online


In Person
Standard €695
Charity/Small Business Rate €595


Standard €595
Charity/Small Business Rate €495