Julie Austin

Partner, McDowell Purcell

As an employment law specialist, Julie advises employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship. With significant experience in all forms of employment disputes, including unfair / wrongful dismissal, applications to restrain dismissals, discrimination, redundancies (both individual and collective) and industrial relations, Julie provides pragmatic and commercial advice to her clients.

A large part of Julie’s work includes providing advice to HR functions on day to day matters including issues arising from stress in the workplace, bullying and harassment and carrying out disciplinary and grievance procedures. She also has extensive experience in the drafting and review of employment contracts, handbooks and HR policies and procedures.

Working closely with the firm’s Commercial Department, Julie also provides support in corporate acquisitions and disposals.

An experienced public speaker, Julie is a frequent speaker at employment law events. Most recently, she has spoken at the Legal Island Annual Employment Review. She also lectures on the Professional Practice Course in the Law Society of Ireland.

Julie is also a member of the firm’s Data Protection & Freedom of Information Team. She provides advice to both public and private clients on all aspects of data protection and FOI.


Chambers Europe 2017
Clients agree that Julie Austin "is a very diligent lawyer" who is "technically strong." She garners market recognition for her growing employment expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Of late, she has worked on redundancies, outsourcing and TUPE matters. Chambers Europe 2016
Clients praise Julie Austin for having "very good response times and knowledge of the business in which we operate." Chambers Europe 2015
Clients say Julie Austin is “technical, methodical, able to work around the issues, and not shy to tell us the best solution.”