Associates

Mary Gavin - Associate

Mary Gavin is an associate in the Employment Law team at Hayes Solicitors.  She has extensive expertise in all areas of employment law, providing advice to both employees and employers.

Mary has significant experience in dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters within the workplace and regularly deals with claims involving unfair dismissals and equality issues.  She advises individuals, trade union officials and commercial clients on contentious and non-contentious matters which impact upon the employment relationship.  She also has significant experience of dealing with large scale claims for multiple employees.

Expertise

Mary Gavin is an associate in the Employment Law team at Hayes Solicitors.  She has extensive expertise in all areas of employment law, providing advice to both employees and employers.

Mary has significant experience in dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters within the workplace and regularly deals with claims involving unfair dismissals and equality issues.  She advises individuals, trade union officials and commercial clients on contentious and non-contentious matters which impact upon the employment relationship.  She also has significant experience of dealing with large scale claims for multiple employees.

Experience

  • Tribunal experience – Prior to joining Hayes Mary worked in Northern Ireland and dealt with numerous cases before the Industrial Tribunal providing advice on the prospects of success of a case, drafting pleadings, dealing with discovery, proofing witnesses and presenting the cases before the Tribunal

  • Trade Union experience – Since qualification as a solicitor in 2007 Mary has worked with a number of trade unions within the financial, transport, general and education sectors on a variety of issues affecting individual members and the membership in general. She recently represented a trade union within the third level education sector in relation to a failure to consult the union when implementing large scale redundancies

  • Disciplinary and Grievance procedures - Mary has significant experience in assisting both employees and employers in relation to disciplinary and grievance matters, specifically advising when it is appropriate to utilise such procedures

  • Discrimination and Equality – Mary has dealt with numerous claims in which matters of equality pertaining to race, religion, age, gender, and disability for example, have been raised. She has successfully negotiated settlements to the satisfaction of her clients in respect of these claims

  • Employment contracts and policy reviews – She has also conducted detailed reviews of contracts and policies for commercial clients and frequently advises in relation to the day to day impact the contract terms and policy documents have on the employment relationship

Qualifications/Education 

  • Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies, University College Dublin 2002 
  • Masters in Social Science, Queens University Belfast, 2003
  • Professional qualification as a solicitor, Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Northern Ireland, 2007
  • Admission as a solicitor, Law Society of Ireland, 2013
  • Diploma in Employment Law, Law Society of Ireland, 2014

Memberships

  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland
  • Member of Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association