We take a partnership approach, ensuring we are with you from start to finish.
Outsourcing is a key growth area in Ireland. We currently advise innovative and fast growing companies in this sector on their employee management, data protection, dispute resolution and litigation processes. We are also experienced in handling full employment law and HR compliance audits in respect of contracts, policies and procedures for these and other cutting edge businesses. As attrition rates in staff are typically variable to high in this sector, we work with our clients to bolt down contractual arrangements with senior management and to provide on call advice to HR professionals tasked with managing high volume case loads and often, complex HR and employment law issues.
By taking ownership of queries referred to us by HR, Operations and the Board of these Companies, we assist them in managing their time, their people and their own unique culture.
We have particular expertise in advising this sector on competing legal considerations in the provision of services to the public sector. We also advise outsourcing companies of the legal issues that arise in placing workers directly in the public sector.
This sector is all about leadership, innovation and creativity. It is fast moving, responsive and exciting. We engage proactively with our clients in this sector, by being future focused, lean and proactive.
We are very proud to be associated with companies in this sector who have been awarded places amongst the Best Workplaces in Ireland 2015.
We have experience in advising small, medium and large multi national employers in the technology sectors on a wide range of employment, equality and industrial relations issues. We offer support to HR teams and Operations teams on both contentious issues and day to day internal issues as they arise. Recognising the time poor and high performance outputs required by our clients, we work with them to preempt issues and where possible, to case manage matters in advance.
We provide legal services to many specialist recruitment consultancies. This industry is particularly in tune with the requirement for high level employment law compliance and has contributed to the law in relation to the appropriate use of restraint of trade clauses, non solicitation clauses and the development of agency workers legislation in Ireland. As a sector specifically tasked with productive and lean people management, we support this goal by ensuring the availability and expertise of experienced legal advisers.
We understand that our employment and recruitment agency clients need to focus on candidates and their own internal culture to create a productive work environment. We row in and assist our HR professional clients in managing challenging employment, equality and industrial relations issues. We aim to offer a commercially focused and clearly managed journey through these challenging situations. We share our client’s strong preference culturally for crisis prevention rather that crisis management.
Through frequent know-how updates, round tables, articles, lecturing and conference speaking, we help our recruitment agency clients to stay on top of this fast changing and highly complex legal area.
We share our recruitment clients’ culture by managing employment issues from a crisis prevention rather than a crisis management point of view where possible. Where litigation is unavoidable, we have recently acted for recruitment agencies in handling urgent and commercially sensitive High Court litigation in relation to restraint of trade, bullying and harassment, stress, psychological injury and emotional distress issues. We have also represented agencies before the Labour Court in respect of cases taken under the Protection of Employees (Temporary Agency Workers) Act 2012.
We advise clothing retail, grocery store retail, golf clubs, hotels, boutique guest houses and shopping centre management companies on employment, equality, industrial relations, mediation and litigation matters. We have particular experience in advising on collective issues and collective bargaining in the retail and leisure sectors.
Recent hot topics in the area to include legal implications for the retail and leisure industry arising from the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 are included in our area of expertise. This sector is particularly interested in and concerned about the proposed reintroduction of registered employment agreements (REAs), a new statutory framework for establishing minimum rates of remuneration and conditions of employment.
We have experience in advising large multinational retailers in respect of their employment and HR needs. We regularly advise on issues in this sector such as TUPE, industrial relations and contractual issues.
We are currently advising employers in this sector on the reform of the law in respect of an employee’s right to engage in collective bargaining. We distill these complex legal changes into plain language and analyse what the new legislation means for employers and their relations with trade unions within the retail and leisure and other sectors.
We support small to medium manufacturers, right through to large scale Irish employers on employment, equality, industrial relations, diversity and litigation matters on a daily basis. We design and create legal strategies to support our clients’ culture and work ethic to deliver commercial solutions that support employment and morale.
We frequently work with employer clients in delivering strategic morale boosting strategies, performance strategies, psychometric testing, values and cultural testing and salary analysis, to provide a one stop shop for our clients’ operational HR and employment law needs.
Our clients work in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors and we are proud to be associated with cutting edge R&D engineering. The HR practices we advise on are also cutting edge and supportive of a diverse productive work environment. Where challenges in the working relationship arise, we take a collaborative and partnership approach with our clients to determine the best outcome for them taking into account their values, mission statement and culture.
We are currently advising a leading Irish Company in the life sciences and engineering sector, supporting their HR and Operations Directors and Managers.
We work with both unionised and non unionised companies within the aviation and ground handling services sectors to constantly support and improve their HR strategies. We have 15 years of experience in this particular dynamic and ever changing sector. We have advised multinational companies in relation to their Irish legal compliance and litigation issues.
We have recently advised aviation and ground handling companies on the effects of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015 for our clients. We have ongoing and long established relationships with clients in this sector and we provide them with an “A-Z” legal services offering in respect of their employment, equality, industrial relations, union engagement and litigation matters.
We have a strong track record of representing employers in the healthcare sector. Clients include hospitals, out of hours general practice co-ops, general practices, occupational health practices, consultants (individual and groups of consultants) as well as nursing homes and private home care providers. Specific experience in this sector includes:
- Representation before Rights Commissioners, the EAT, Labour Court and Equality Tribunal (now Adjudication Officers of the Workplace Relations Commission) in relation to contentious employments rights based and industrial relations issues
- Partnership disputes – broad experience from arbitration and mediation through to litigated partnership disputes
- Advice in relation to equal pay and retirement issues in the medical context
- Advice in relation to changes to consultant’s contracts and the implications, where relevant of various government collective agreements such as the Haddington Road Agreement
- The management of sensitive employee termination cases from senior to junior levels
- Advices on medical consent, data protection obligations and where relevant, freedom of information issues
- Compliance and Codes of Conduct
- Severance and Settlement Negotiations and Agreements
We have successfully defended an action involving an out of hours care services provider in respect of a payment of wages and business reorganisation case. We have a wide range of experience in the healthcare sector to include advising on contractual and pay related issues and employee management issues.
We are frequently involved in the drafting of contracts, policies and procedures for employers in this sector to ensure that the employment documentation is tailored to the particular business/organisation.
This sector is experiencing rapid regulatory changes, driven primarily by EU energy package requirements. Our clients are driven to seek new indigenous resources reserves and to manage their people in an innovative and flexible way. We are well placed to advise on the sector specific, as well as generally applicable, employment, equality and industrial relations issues that arise in this sector.
In the highly regulated energy sector, we assist employers to focus on what they do best by taking care of their people management issues for them. We have significant experience in advising on complex investigations, disciplinary and appeal processes in this sector and also in defending unfair dismissals proceedings and any Circuit or High Court proceedings that may arise.
We advise employers on compliance matters arising when at the receiving end of a data subject access request and represent employers during investigations and inspections from the Data Protection Commissioner’s office.
We routinely review contracts, policies and procedures for clients in this sector to ensure best practice compliance and to seek to minimise insofar as possible, any statutory penalties for poor or non compliance arising.
From the start up food and beverage companies to well known brands, Crowley Solicitors provides employment and litigation services to one of Ireland’s most important indigenous industries, the food and beverage sector.
We closely monitor developments in EU food law. We have extensive experience in advising retailers, manufacturers, distributors, cookery schools and hotels on crisis management and all aspects of employment, equality, industrial relations and litigation needs.
We have acted for many years for a leading Irish property development group in all aspects of their commercial litigation, general litigation and employment, equality, pensions and industrial relations issues. We support our developer clients to provide end to end HR, employment law, equality and industrial relations legal support including:
• Employment procurement strategy and execution
• Strategic management of independent contractors and employees
• Contract negotiation and drafting
• Strategic midstream advice on existing employment contracts and how to handle change
• Resolution of disputes
• We favour early resolution of disputes through mediation and conciliation, but also have extensive experience of adjudication, arbitration and litigation.
Recently successfully defended a health and safety challenge in respect of an employer developer client in the Irish Circuit Court. Currently advising developer client in relation to restructuring of workforce to best position the client to address future growth in an efficient and lean manner, with scope for employee growth.
We provide a one stop shop service from the commencement of the employment relationship through to the end of the relationship by drafting contracts, policies and procedures and by providing an on call phone and email service to childcare providers to support them in respect of their compliance queries.
Successfully resolved an injunction dispute on behalf of childcare group involving a senior director and employee.
Experience in advising preschools, montessoris, crèches and child minders in respect of their corporate compliance, regulatory compliance and employment compliance related obligations.
Experience in providing crisis management advices in urgent and acute situations where childcare workers are involved in complaints regarding the health, safety and welfare of preschool children and assisting in advising the board, directors, and owners of childcare services in responding to crisis.
Particular expertise in dispute resolution, mediation, conciliation and where these efforts are unsuccessful, in litigation.
We work with many leading accountants and financial service providers to advise them in relation to their own employment compliance and HR concerns and also to work with them to deliver tailored employment, equality and industrial relations advices to their clients. We partner with many Financial Service Providers to provide excellent top class and strategic employment legal advices to their clients.
We regularly advise financial service providers and accountants on employment, equality, industrial relations and litigation issues affecting their clients or projects that they are involved in.
We provide employment, equality, industrial relations and HR advices to many businesses in the hospitality sector, from large hotels to small boutique guesthouses. Due to the seasonal nature of this sector we work closely with these businesses to assess their requirements and to draft the appropriate contracts, policies and procedures for employees and to advise HR on operational issues as they arise.
We have advised many businesses in the hospitality sector on internal processes such as investigations, disciplinaries and appeals. We routinely advise businesses in this sector on contractual and pay related issues and industrial relations.
A recent survey conducted by Crowley Solicitors amongst ten key wholesale and distributors employers within the Munster area confirms the general trend of an expectation in relation to increased pay in 2015 as well as increased focus on employee engagement and retention. We advise clients in this sector on how to handle change in the employment context, how to deliver positive and difficult news to employees and how to maximise consultations with employees to ensure a fair result which corresponds with business needs.
Our diversity audit tool allows clients to audit their equality and diversity strategies and to ensure that the strategies include not only all of the legislative requirements but also strategies that are proactive regarding equality in the workplace and promote best practice and diversity and inclusion throughout client organisations.
Crowley Solicitors has significant experience in developing and managing change strategies to include restructuring and redundancy strategies.
Crowley Solicitors provides representation at The Labour Relations Commission (“LRC”) (now Adjudication Officers of the Workplace Relations Commission) and in industrial relations environments to consult directly with employee representative bodies and where required on union and engagement.
We have recently advised clients in this sector on HR audit services, optimum contracts of employment which not only reflect legislative requirements and which also provide for clauses that are not strictly required by legislation but will help to ensure smoother employment relationship.