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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Labour & Employment 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Colleen Cleary is "a genuine expert" according to impressed peers in the field. She runs a top-drawer practice that features deep expertise on employment litigation.


Colleen Cleary is the principal of CC Solicitors, a market leading specialist employment law firm based in Dublin. Colleen leads a team of solicitors who provide commercial-focused advice to a broad range of clients, including businesses, insurance companies, charities, PLCs, health service providers, trade unions and private individual clients. Colleen is a founder and the Ireland member of Innangard, an international network of law firms that was set up in 2015 and is experienced in providing cross-border advice and support to clients.

Colleen is also qualified in England and Wales and has previously practised in the City of London. Colleen is an experienced litigator and conducts her own advocacy and most recently was awarded a certificate in advanced advocacy with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy with the Law Society for Northern Ireland. 

CC Solicitors is also ranked in The Legal 500 and Chambers (2018) and is noted for its “adept and savvy litigators”. The team has a broad and in-depth knowledge of employment and partnership law; advising on workplace disputes; whistleblowing; terminations; shareholder, director and partnership disputes and exits; corporate reorganisations and TUPE issues; data protection; industrial relations; bullying and harassment; business immigration; equality; gender pay issues; discrimination; and sexual harassment claims. A key strength of the firm is their strategic advice on internal investigations at a senior level. Colleen has acted in the High Court and the Court of Appeal in precedent-setting cases on the payment of wages and injunctions proceedings preventing the termination of employment. Colleen was previously chair of the Employment Law Association of Ireland and an accredited mediator with CEDR. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the European Employment Lawyers Association, Professional Practices Alliance and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA). She is also on the ELA standing committee on sexual harassment. She has spoken most recently on investigations, restrictive covenants and on whistleblowing at the Integrity at Work conference.

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