Colleen Cleary is the principal, and founder, of CC Solicitors and leads a partner led team who are highly experienced in providing strategic advice on employment matters, partnerships and board disputes to a broad range of clients.
CC Solicitors is also ranked in The Legal 500 and Chambers (2019) and is noted for its “adepts and savvy litigators” as well as Colleen being noted as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who 2019 as a “genuine expert” who “runs a top drawer practice that features deep expertise in employment litigation” as well as being noted as “a very experienced and highly capable lawyer with a strong international employment practice”.
She is hugely experienced in advising on internal investigations, board and partnership disputes and skilled in negotiations. She is often quoted in the media as an expert in employment law as well as thought leader in the area of equality and diversity.
Colleen is also qualified in England and Wales and has practised in the City of London. Colleen is an experienced litigator and conducts her own advocacy and has been awarded a certified in advanced advocacy with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy with the Law Society of Northern Ireland. She is also an accredited mediator with CEDR.
Colleen Cleary is the founder Ireland member of Innangard, an international network of law firms that specialise in employment law. Innangard recently launched Innangard Executives, which is a specialist group within the alliance, which focuses on advising executives, partners and founders.
Colleen was previously chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELA). She is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) and specifically the ABA International Labour and Employment Law Committee. She is also a member of European Employment Lawyers Association (EELA), Professional Practices Alliance and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) in the UK and is on ELA Standing Committee on Sexual Harassment.
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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 Labour Court, 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.
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Claire is a Partner and specialist employment lawyer with over 15 years’ experience. 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, investigations, 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 and senior executives in multinational organisations, financial services, media and technology.
Claire has run 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 gender equality, disability and age discrimination.
Claire delivers tailored and practical employment law training to HR professionals and senior leaders. She is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars 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 including in leadership roles 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 law degree (BCL International) from University College Dublin, an LLM from the University of London and is dual-qualified in Ireland and England & Wales. She is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland, the Employment Lawyers Association in the UK and the American Bar Association (Labor & Employment Section).
Direct Dial: +353-1-905-8682