Irish Employment Law and Taxation Conference

Event Date: 
05 December 2017
Event Time: 
10:00 to 14:30


10:00-10:30 | REGISTRATION


12:00-13:00 | LUNCH



John Eardly John Eardly is Programme Director of the LLB (Hons) in Irish Law and BA in Law and Business in the Faculty of Law of Griffith College Ireland. He is a barrister whose experience in general practice includes employment and industrial relations law, chancery/injunctions, immigration/refugee law, judicial reviews, tort and contract. He is also a widely published author and guest speaker at many Professional Practice Conferences. John was educated at the University of Limerick, University College, Dublin and the Honourable Society of the King's Inns.

The need for restrictive covenants in employment contracts is more vital than ever for professional practices of every kind in Ireland. The recent case of P v D [2016] EWCA Civ 87 confirms this. Often, without legal protection, a practice is powerless to prevent the loss of confidential information, staff or clients when an employee leaves the practice. To make matters worse, many practitioners are sleep walking into this problem because they have failed to review and update their contracts. This issue has become even more important in recent times by the growing importance of online and social media causing particular difficulties for many practitioners.  The pitfalls involved can be serious causing significant financial and reputational damage to practitioners and their practices. In this presentation, John Eardly will set out a number of significant legal developments in relation to the use and application of restrictive covenants in Ireland and, in light of recent developments, how their use can now be maximised. This presentation will also deal with potential new legal rights for employers and professional practices who decide to enforce restrictive covenants in their businesses.


Michael Collins Dr Micheál Collins is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at University College Dublin. Previously he was a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). His research interests and publications are in the areas of income distribution, taxation, economic evaluation and public policy. 

He was a member of the Commission on Taxation (2008-2009) and the Government’s Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2014). He is a former chair of the Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) of Ireland. He is currently a member of the National Competitiveness Council, the TCD Pensions Policy Research Group and the Living Wage Technical Group. 

This session will examine recent reforms in the Irish taxation system including the policies announced in Budget 2018, the impact on individuals and firms of these reforms and the evolving international taxation context. The session will also look toward some like future development in Ireland’s taxation regime.



On the day AIA team members will be on-site to ensure the day runs smoothly, so you can relax and enjoy what promises to be a thought provoking set of presentations. Our team will be happy to assist throughout the day.


 Clare Armstrong - Event Coordinator

As Event Coordinator, Clare will be on-site ensuring the conference day runs smoothly from a logistical point of view. Any queries relating to speakers, venue, catering etc. please contact Clare on +44 191 493 0283.




 £85.00 AIA members (CPD653)

£95.00 Non-members (CPD654)

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