Colleen Cleary established the firm in 2009. The quality of service and advice is driven by Colleen who has been acknowledged as a top employment lawyer by the Legal 500. Colleen leads a team of solicitors who have a range of experience in employment law, litigation, personal injuries and industrial relations.
Colleen is an experienced litigator and conducts her own advocacy. She is an adept adviser to her clients providing advice that reduces risk and exposures to legal claims. She combines commercial acumen with sound legal advice that enables her to guide her clients through the rigours of employment and partnership law, which adds value to their business or personal circumstances.
Colleen is a skilled negotiator and is an accredited mediator with CEDR. She is Chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and is on the International Committee of the American Bar Association, Employment Lawyers Association in the UK and British and Irish Chamber of Commerce. She is also qualified in England and Wales.
Regan is a Partner, specialising in employment law. She advises employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship, both contentious and non-contentious. This includes advising on compliance with Irish law and/or best practice in respect of contractual documentation, day-to-day employee relations matters, data protection, HR policies and procedures, corporate restructurings and business immigration. She provides practical guidance in respect of transfers of undertakings, internal investigations, disciplinary and grievance processes, discrimination claims, complaints of bullying and harassment in the workplace, as well as penalisation for protected disclosures, and workplace stress claims. She regularly advises in relation to the negotiated terminations of senior executives.
Regan also has significant litigation experience. She conducts her own advocacy in employment matters before the Workplace Relations Commission, and case manages injunctions, breach of contract, personal injury and judicial review proceedings in the Superior Courts.
Regan holds a Bachelor of Civil Law as well as Diplomas in Business Studies and Employment Law from University College Dublin, and MAs in literature from both UCD and the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining CC Solicitors, Regan spent several years in the employment team of a large Irish commercial law firm and also worked in the Dublin office of a UK defence litigation firm. She is a member of the Law Society of Ireland, Employment Law Association of Ireland and the European Employment Lawyers Association.
Maeve is a newly qualified solicitor after training with the firm since 2015. Her training focused entirely on all areas of employment law and litigation, which has lead to her acute knowledge of the field. She has extensive experience advising on all aspects of the employment relationship including redundancy, unfair dismissal, discrimination, disciplinary matters and TUPE.
Maeve also has a keen interest in Data Protection and its application in the workplace. She undertook to expand her knowledge in this area by completing a Certificate in Data Protection Practice with the Law Society of Ireland. Her in-depth knowledge in this area including the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) provides added value to our clients when advising on employment law issues. This includes compliance reviews, data protection training, processing data access requests and risk analyses.
Noella attended the National University of Ireland Galway studying her undergraduate Degree in Public and Social Policy and Postgraduate LLB Degree. Noella graduated with Honours in 2016.
Following her graduation from NUI Galway Noella interned in a small practise in the North West which specialised in Conveyancing, following which Noella then joined the Litigation Department of one of the leading law firms in the North West which specialised in High Court and Circuit Court Litigation and Defence, Noella worked predominantly in High Court Personal Injury matters before joining the team at CC Solicitors.
Noella has a keen interest in Employment Law and is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland.