• Michelle Ryan




    +353 21 2332883

    Practice Areas

    Cyber and Data Protection, Employment Law


    Michelle is a Partner within the Firm’s employment department and has wide ranging experience advising on all aspects of employment law. Michelle also has built specialist expertise in Data Protection and Privacy issues and is a member of the Firm’s Cyber and Data Protection Team.

    Michelle's daily work involves providing strategic HR and employment law advice and support to her clients in the technology, pharmaceutical, charity/not for profit, healthcare and hospitality sectors, on issues including drafting contracts and policies and procedures; termination of employment, including redundancies; the conduct of internal investigations; performance management; transfer of undertakings; equality; work permits and intra-company transfers; issues associated with contingent workers; whistleblowing issues; organisation of working time; industrial relations; protective leave; severance agreements; sexual harassment and bullying and harassment. 

    Michelle provides ongoing advice to multi-national and indigenous companies on their Data Protection obligations under the current legislative framework (including codes of practice and guidance from the Data Protection Commissioner) and identifying gaps against the new General Data Protection Regulation.  Michelle is working with many clients to put in place remediation plans to achieve GDPR compliance, including reviewing existing privacy notices, data privacy policies and data transfer agreements.   Michelle also provides commercially focused advices to her clients on data privacy matters such as data breaches, liaising with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, trans-border data flows, subject access requests and pre-employment screening and litigation arising from data privacy issues.

    Michelle also is recognised for having considerable experience in contentious matters and regularly represents clients before the courts, Workplace Relations Commission and Labour Court. She also provides in-house training and information sessions for clients on areas such as grievance and disciplinary procedures, performance management, whistleblowing and GDPR.

    Michelle tutors in employment law for the Law Society and is a regular contributor to the Industrial Relations News and to Legal Island’s email service.


    University College Cork (BA Hons) 
    Dublin Institute of Technology (Post Graduate Diploma in Law)
    Trinity College Dublin (LLM) 
    Law Society of Ireland (Diploma in Employment Law)


    Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland
    Qualified Data Protection Practitioner (PDP - Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection)

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