Geraldine is a senior associate in the Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group, currently on secondment to Matheson’s offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. She advises and counsels clients across various industries on all aspects of the employment relationship from recruitment to termination of employment, both contentious and non-contentious. The majority of her work involves representing international companies doing business in and from Ireland and as a result, Geraldine has a deep understanding of the key distinctions between employment law in Ireland as compared with other jurisdictions.
Geraldine has extensive experience advising in relation to the management of employees on a day to day basis, including the drafting and implementation of contractual documentation and employment policies and procedures, as well as guiding employers through crisis management issues in the context of workplace investigations, misconduct allegations, grievance, disciplinary, bullying, harassment, and performance management procedures. Geraldine regularly advises clients on senior executive appointments and terminations. She provides strategic and practical advice in relation to employment issues arising in the context of individual and collective redundancy situations, outsourcings and corporate restructurings, including advising on applicable business transfer laws and employee integration issues.
Geraldine has represented clients in all of the employment fora in Ireland, in addition to successfully defending cases in both the Circuit Court and the High Court.
Geraldine is a committee member of the Law Society’s Employment and Equality Law Committee and of the Employment Law Association of Ireland. She is also a tutor on Employment Law on the Law Society Professional Practice Course for trainee solicitors. She frequently provides bespoke employment law workshops to HR practitioners and is a frequent speaker and author on employment law matters. Topics on which she has recently written and spoken on include: “Fair Procedures and the Right to Cross Examination during Workplace Investigations”, “US Employers in Ireland: Key Distinctions Between the Employment Law Landscape in the US and Ireland”, “Recent Developments in Employment Injunctions”, “Common Pitfalls and Developing Trends in Employment Law in Ireland’, “The Key Provisions of the Paternity Leave and Benefit Act “, and various articles on Ireland Workplace Relations System.