Maura Connolly

Maura is Partner and Head of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Law Department. She also leads the Firm’s Employment & Employee Benefits Law Group.

Maura’s practice includes advice on regulatory matters, including professional conduct investigations and decision making, administrative law and legal proceedings. She has advised on statutory investigations and directors’ liability for statutory offences. Maura has experience of the management of large scale litigation and currently acts as lead partner on a large Commercial Court case relating to professional negligence. This has included management of a large e-discovery process. In addition to representing clients in the Courts, particularly the High Court and Commercial Court, Maura has advised extensively on alternative dispute resolution procedures including mediation.

Having practised extensively for many years in the area of employment law, Maura is recognised as being a highly experienced and pragmatic advisor. She advises employers and employees on all aspects of employment law including contentious and non-contentious matters. She has represented clients in employment law tribunals and before industrial relations bodies.

She has been involved in many commercial transactions and has considerable experience of employment law issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions.

Admitted as a solicitor in 1993
Honorable Society of King’s Inns (2015), Advanced Diploma in Corporate, White-Collar and Regulatory Crime
LL.B. (1990), The University of Dublin, Trinity College

Maura is a former Chair of the Law Society’s Employment and Equality Law Committee (2012 to 2015). She is also a member of the European Employment Lawyers Association, the Employment Law Association of Ireland, the Association of Pension Lawyers Ireland and the Health & Safety Lawyers Association of Ireland.

Achievements and Endorsements
Maura has made presentations to a number of bodies including Public Affairs Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland and to clients. She has published articles and commentary in the National media and has contributed articles to many publications relating to employment law. Maura also lectures to the Law Society’s Diploma in Employment law and has been appointed to act as mentor on the Law Society’s Masters programme for Employment Law.

“Maura stands above every practitioner in the country…she is the stand-out partner. Her expertise is beyond doubt and her communications skills are widely acknowledged by her colleagues. She is measured, meticulous and always delivers beyond expectation.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

“Maura is perfectly in tune with market developments and always displays an ability to think laterally.”
Chambers Europe, 2022

“I can confidently say that over 30 years experience in different industries she is the best I have encountered. She has a strong team with her and their qualities are about understanding our business and being expert on employment legislation, people problems and resolving disputes.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“Maura is at the top of her profession and is a hands on person, who exudes efficiency and capability. She is the person you want on your side in a difficult situation.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“Maura is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced employment lawyers in the country. Her preparation levels are meticulous and all decisions are weighed empirically. Maura maintains an in depth knowledge of all her cases, while also sustaining high responsiveness. I would recommend Maura to any client.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“…the other party will be in no doubt that you are extremely well advised. Maura grasps complex commercial detail immediately and gives a very unambiguous appraisal of the situation.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“She is able to decipher the other parties posturing with remarkable accuracy. She is also excellent in communicating and brokering with the other party that invariably results in a mutually beneficial agreement. Overall working with Maura and Eugene F Collins instils huge confidence and reassurance you are in safe hands.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

“Maura provides incisive, expert advice as well as pragmatic guidance in negotiations…her attention to detail is absolutely flawless.” 
Chambers Europe, 2021

“Headed by the ‘extremely effective’ Maura Connolly…she is always on top of the brief and ensures a high standard of service level is maintained across the team.”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Her knowledge, advice and communication skills are excellent…she understands our needs and supports us with empathy and professionalism on a very timely basis.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

“Efficient and self-assured Maura Connolly”
Legal 500 EMEA, 2019

“She is an extremely impressive lawyer and has excellent knowledge of all employment matters.”
Chambers Europe, 2019

First-rate Maura Connolly…
Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

Maura Connolly is a respected practitioner…working with her has been a very smooth and supportive process.
Chambers Europe, 2018

Maura Connolly gives very clear and precise advice.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

Maura Connolly is knowledgeable, capable and responsive…she is incredibly effective and her advice is always very practical.
Chambers Europe 2017

Maura Connolly is ranked as a Leading Individual in Chambers Europe, 2022

Maura Connolly is recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500 EMEA, 2022

Maura Connolly

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