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.
Claire is a Partner, specialising in Employment and Partnership law. She is commended by clients for her clear, strategic and sensitive advice.
Claire advises on all aspects of the employment relationship including contracts and handbooks, commencement of the employment relationship, day-to-day employee relations matters, internal disciplinary and grievance processes, transfer of undertakings and restructuring, collective issues, equality and whistleblowing and termination of employment. She has extensive experience advising senior individuals in a variety of sectors including professionals (solicitors, doctors), senior executives in multinational organisations, financial services and media and technology.
Claire has extensive experience of handling litigation arising from unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing complaints as well as disputes involving breach of contract, team moves and post-termination restrictions. She has a particular interest in disability and age discrimination.
Claire is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on Employment Law issues and is often asked to comment in the print and broadcast media. She is a highly experienced practitioner having practised employment law at leading firms in London for over 15 years before relocating back to Ireland.
Claire has been commended in the following independent directories:
- Chambers and Partners 2019: Praised for her “client-centric, responsive approach;”
- Legal 500 2019;
- Claire is listed as one of the world’s leading practitioners in Employment Law in Who’s Who Legal 2019.
Claire has a BCL from University College Dublin, an LLM from the University of London and is admitted in both Ireland and England & Wales. She is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland, the Employment Lawyers Association in the UK, the American Bar Association and the Discrimination Law 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.
Keagan attended the University of Johannesburg, South Africa and holds a B.Com and LLB degree. In addition, he is admitted to the roll of practising attorneys in South Africa. Before joining CC Solicitors he completed his traineeship in a firm which specialised in corporate and commercial litigation.
He has a keen interest in employment litigation, corporate litigation and personal injury matters.