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.
“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 a “sophisticated negotiator” and “Her speed of response is exceptional, she has great pragmatism from her experience of thorny issues.”
Chambers Europe, 2016
Maura Connolly and her team are ‘particularly responsive to clients’ needs.’
Legal 500 EMEA, 2016