Employment Law Briefing with a Twist

On Thursday, 9th March 2017 as part of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Local Enterprise Week, Amorys Solicitors in association with JCI Dublin Southside hosted a mock Workplace Relations Commission tribunal in the Beacon Hotel, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

The glamourous world of fashion was revealed when a high-flying PR executive was dismissed after a fashion show fell flat amid suspicions that she was planning to start her own company with a prized client. The question, hotly contested on the night, was: did the company follow proper procedures, and was the employee a victim of bullying, harassment and unrealistic expectations?

At the mock hearing business leaders and HR professionals experienced the theatre of the Workplace Relations Commission, learned how the process works and are now fully equipped to minimise the risk of claims, prepare for tribunals and successfully defend a claim for unfair dismissal.

The tribunal was presided over by Davnet O’Driscoll, WRC Adjudicator designate and solicitor with Amorys Solicitors. Stephen Fitzpatrick BL, barrister, and Deirdre Farrell, solicitor also with Amorys represented the parties.

Deirdre Farrell, solicitor with Amorys Solicitors, commented: “Up-to-date information about recent developments in employment law isn’t always easy to find, understand and then translate for your business. This event provided an excellent opportunity for employers and HR professionals to work together to understand what is involved in, and how to effectively manage, an employment tribunal.”

Amorys Solicitors would like to thank JCI Dublin Southside and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Local Enterprise Office for the support and  sponsorship provided to them.


Left to right Deirdre Farrell, Solicitor, Amorys Dublin, playing the solicitor for Nigella Dawson.
Ben Stafford, Community Officer, Junior Chamber Ireland – Dublin Southside, playing Nigella Dawson, the ex-employee and claimant.
Davnet O’Driscoll, Workplace Relations Commission Adjudicator, playing herself.
Theresa Cahill, President, Junior Chamber Ireland, playing Edwina Monsoon, CEO of Saving Face Ltd., the employer.
Stephen Fitzpatrick BL, Co-President, Junior Chamber Ireland – Dublin Southside, playing the barrister for Saving Face Ltd.
© Photo by Peter Cavanagh