Colleen Cleary, Founder of CC Solicitors leads an experienced and partner-led team. The firm has a reputation for providing personable and timely advice on sensitive and nuanced employment related matters such as disciplinary issues, bullying and harassment, terminations, internal employment investigations and industrial relations issues. Colleen with the Partners are also highly regarded for offering clear legal and professional advice in partnership disputes.
Reflecting her specialism and experience in the realm of employment law, Colleen often speaks at conferences, on podcasts and webinars on employment law matters and notably on diversity and equality. She has been recognised as a Thought Leader and referred to as “an outstanding employment law expert who is very experienced and excellent to deal with” in Who’s Who – Labour & Employment 2022 and 2023.
Colleen qualified in England and Wales and has practised law in the City of London. She is an experienced litigator, certified in advanced advocacy with the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She is also an accredited mediator with CEDR and an accredited workplace investigator with the US based Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI).
Colleen is a founding member and Chair of Innangard, an international alliance of law firms specialising in employment law. She was previously chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland (ELA) and 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), International Forum of Senior Executive Advisers and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) in the UK.
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Regan is a Partner at CC Solicitors where she advises employers and employees on contentious and non-contentious aspects of the employment relationship. This includes advising on compliance with Irish law in respect of contractual documentation, day-to-day employee relations matters, data protection, HR policies and procedures, corporate restructurings and business immigration. She also 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 (EELA).
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Bernadette is a Partner at CC Solicitors. She brings substantial experience in employment law with particular expertise in advising on complex grievance and disciplinary processes as well as conducting investigations and negotiating settlements. She provides strategic litigation support to corporate HR functions in respect of the defence of legal claims to include unfair dismissals and equality claims as well as commercial support in negotiating employment related aspects of corporate acquisitions, reorganisations and large-scale outsourcing projects. As with the other partners in CC Solicitors, she has significant experience in advising on post-termination restrictions and team moves as well as redundancies and departmental restructuring, flexible work arrangements, performance and absence management.
Prior to joining the firm she spent 15 years as in-house legal counsel with a professional services firm in Dublin where she provided internal legal support on all aspects of employment law. Other experience includes developing and implementing changes to HR policies and procedures to reflect changes in the law and conducting legal training courses. Bernadette holds a BA European Studies (Law and German) from the University of Limerick as well as a University College Dublin Professional Diploma in Employment Law and is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland.
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Rebecca is a Trainee Solicitor at CC Solicitors where she supports the Partners on a diverse portfolio of employment law matters and cases. She is also involved in providing communications and administrative support to Innangard, the leading international employment law alliance. Following the successful completion of her FE1 examinations on the first attempt, Rebecca commenced her role as a Trainee Solicitor. Rebecca is currently attending the Professional Practice (Hybrid) course in the Law Society of Ireland.
Prior to joining the team as a Paralegal in 2020, Rebecca completed a summer internship at CC Solicitors where she gained valuable experience in employment law. Rebecca graduated from Maynooth University in 2020 with a First-Class Honours Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB).
Rebecca is a member of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and has a keen interest in all aspects of employment law.