Barry Walsh is described by client’s as "a pleasure to deal with - he is commercially astute and will look to provide solutions".

CHAMBERS LEGAL DIRECTORY 2018

Barry Walsh

Partner

bwalsh@mcdowellpurcell.ie

Barry Walsh is Head of the firm’s Employment Department. He has considerable employment law experience, having previously served as a partner with a large Dublin law firm for a number of years. Barry has advised a wide range of Irish and multinational corporate, public and institutional clients on all aspects of Irish employment law from recruitment to retirement including contentious, advisory and transactional work. In addition to advising on employment law, he has also advises on industrial relations issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and redundancy situations.

Barry is regularly recommended in established legal publications and directories, including Legal 500 and Chambers Europe. He has lectured and presented widely on employment law issues with such bodies as the Law Society of Ireland, International Bar Association, Employment Law Alliance, Legal Island and CIPD and has published various articles on HR law issues in the general media and specialist publications. He is a member of the Law Society’s Employment & Equality Law Committee.

Experience

Barry’s experience includes:

  • Advising a wide range of Irish and multinational corporate, public, commercial semi-state and institutional clients, partnerships and senior executives on all aspects of Irish employment law from recruitment to retirement including contentious, advisory and transactional work.
  • Acting for clients with respect to contractual and termination issues with senior executives.
  • Advising on industrial relations issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing and redundancy situations.
  • Significant litigation experience directly representing clients before the European Court of Justice, the Irish civil courts, the WRC and the Labour Court.
  • Chambers Europe 2019
    Clients admire his “pragmatism” and “good advice,” adding that “everything was dealt with on a timely basis and he was always available.”

  • Chambers Europe 2018
    Barry Walsh is described by a client as “a pleasure to deal with,” further explaining: “He is commercially astute and will look to provide solutions.” Another client appreciates his “superb ability to explain and simplify complex issues.”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2018
    McDowell Purcell “punches well above its weight”, with “superb” practice head Barry Walsh able to “explain the salient issues succinctly and accurately”.

  • Chambers Europe 2017
    Barry Walsh receives considerable plaudits for his knowledge of employment law, with sources also describing him as “very impressive in tribunals.” He recently acted on constructive and unfair dismissal claims, disciplinary processes and TUPE issues. Clients consider him to be “deeply knowledgeable, very outcome-focused and calm in tough situations.”

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2017
    McDowell Purcell’s work in 2016 included tribunal cases, as well as advice on TUPE and corporate restructuring. Barry Walsh heads the team.

  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1997
  • LLM (Kent) 1993
  • BCL, University College Dublin, 1992
  • Law Society of Ireland

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