Niall Pelly



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Niall is a partner in the Employment, Pensions and Benefits Group. Niall has substantial litigation experience and corporate expertise, focusing on employment law. Niall works with a variety of large national and multinational clients in many different sectors including technology, pharmaceuticals, financial services and manufacturing, providing pragmatic, commercially focused advice in relation to both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Niall advises clients in relation to all matters arising out of the employer-employee relationship from appointment to termination, while advising on complex internal investigations, disciplinary, change management and redundancy processes. Niall works proactively with clients on a day-to-day basis, in order to deliver practical, commercial and concise advice within tight deadlines.

Niall has amassed substantial High Court and employment tribunal experience, with particular expertise in whistleblowing claims and employment injunctions. Niall has successfully handled a variety of claims up to, and beyond, the hearing stage. He also regularly advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing projects and disposals (whether by share sale or asset transfer), including structuring, drafting and negotiating employment warranties and indemnities in commercial agreements, and assessing the applicability and / or impact of the TUPE Regulations. Niall advises on all aspects of equality law including more recently gender pay gap reporting and analysis. Niall also advises on corporate immigration queries and assists clients in identifying and securing the most appropriate work permit for non-EEA employees.

In addition to his expertise in Irish law, Niall has significant international experience. Prior to joining Matheson, Niall worked for a number of years in London, with globally recognised US-firm McDermott Will & Emery, and latterly with Herbert Smith Freehills.

Niall is actively involved in the Employment Lawyers Association and the European Employment Lawyers Association.  He has written articles on a variety of topics and regularly delivers presentations and training, both internally and externally.

Experience Highlights

Recent examples of the type of the work that Niall has been involved with include:

  • Advising a high profile Irish company in relation to a highly-sensitive restructuring of its workforce, including its senior management team
  • Carrying out a detailed review regarding the use of atypical working arrangements in the (unionised) Irish manufacturing operations of one of the world’s leading technology companies, and providing detailed advice regarding alternative employment models
  • Advising a number of financial services firms on employment law issues arising from the application and implementation of CRD IV remuneration policy requirements
  • Representing an Irish company in relation to a High Court claim for injunctive relief restraining a proposed TUPE transfer from proceeding
  • Advising on the employment law issues arising from the acquisition of one of Ireland’s largest telecommunications providers, including complex post-completion implementation and TUPE issues
  • Successfully representing an internationally renowned technology company in relation to an unfair dismissal claim before the Employment Appeals Tribunal
  • Advising a leading financial institution on a commercially-sensitive outsourcing project, which involved carrying out a tender process and the negotiation of detailed employment indemnities, warranties and TUPE provisions.

Niall Pelly is recommended.
European Legal 500 2020

Niall Pelly is an "absolute standout adviser".
European Legal 500 2019

Niall Pelly is recommended.
European Legal 500 2019

Niall Pelly “really understands our company and provides extremely practical advice for our unique needs".
Chambers Europe 2019

Niall Pelly "counsels on the law, but he also helps us find the best path forward".
Chambers Europe 2019

Niall Pelly is a "strong listener, patient, calm, and able to provide appropriate advice and suggestions on a timely basis".
Chambers Europe 2019

"Niall Pelly has been professional, accessible, pragmatic and great to work with."
Chambers Europe 2018

Niall Pelly is "highly intelligent".
European Legal 500 2018

Niall Pelly is recommended.
European Legal 500 2017

Niall Pelly has "significant substantive knowledge".
European Legal 500 2017

"The personal approach Niall delivers is great. His calmness is unbelievably reassuring."
Chambers Europe 2016

Niall Pelly is recommended.
European Legal 500 2016


Trinity College Dublin, Bachelor in Laws (LLB)
University College Dublin, Diploma in Employment Law
Law Society of Ireland, Admitted as a Solicitor
New York State Bar Association, Admitted as an Attorney (non-practising)
Law Society of England and Wales, Admitted as a Solicitor (non-practising)

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