Emma-Jane Flannery

Flannery, Emma-Jane

Expertise

Emma-Jane has twelve years’ experience dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters and has particular expertise dealing with disciplinary and grievance matters and tribunal claims involving unfair dismissals, constructive dismissals and discrimination matters.

Emma-Jane regularly speaks at seminars and a variety of employment law topics and also provides training for clients in this area.

Experience

  • Representing a major Local Council on the management and defence of an Industrial Tribunal claim for Unlawful Deductions from Wages. This case had wide ramifications for the Council in respect of outstanding claims and payments in respect of phased returns to work in the future.
  • Representing a major education institution in the defence of claims for whistleblowing, disability and sex discrimination, and unfair dismissal. Advice included drafting pleadings, dealing with discovery, proofing witnesses, conducting CMDs and attending Tribunal;
  • Advising the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on the employment aspects of the procurement of the NIFAIS Project, from initial project inception, through the competitive dialogue procedure. Drafting and negotiating the contract terms with 3 bidders as part of the dialogue procedure;
  • Advising a major food manufacturer on the full spectrum of employment and equality law matters including full contract review, advising on recruitment, disciplinary and grievance matters, holiday pay and entitlement, restructuring (including redundancy and TUPE), termination of employment and defending multiple tribunal claims throughout the UK;
  • Advising major multinationals with Northern Ireland operations in the defence of claims for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal, race, religion, sex, part-time worker and fixed-term employee discrimination and breach of contract. Advice included drafting pleadings, dealing with discovery, proofing witnesses, attending consultations, conducting CMDs, PHRs and hearings at Tribunal;
  • Advising a large higher and further educational institution with over 1,000 employees on TUPE consequences of outsourcing its catering and security functions across six campuses. Advice on consultation arrangements and potential redundancy issues as a consequence of service provision change;
  • Representing a major Insurance Broker in the defence of a test case in Northern Ireland lodged against it for claims for unlawful deductions from wages and breach of the Working Time Regulations as a consequence of the high profile European Court of Justice decision in Stringer and others v HM Revenue & Customs;
  • Undertaking full contract and policy review for a multinational food manufacturer that employs approximately 6,500 employees. This included a detailed review of the client’s whistleblowing, retirement, sickness absence, disciplinary and dismissal and redundancy procedures to ensure compliance with best practice guidance. Included advice on equality considerations in Northern Ireland and advice on management equality and bullying and harassment training. Delivering training to senior management on the new policies and procedures;
  • Advising client companies of Invest NI on the full spectrum of employment issues ranging from disciplinary and grievance issues to defending tribunal claims.
  • Advising a major plc on the termination of employment of senior executives and on drafting appropriate settlement terms.

Practice Areas

EmploymentPublic Law
Education
  • Diplôme D’études Juridiques Français, 2000, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, LL.B Common & Civil Law with French, 2001.
Professional
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, 2006
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, 2004
Memberships
  • Employment Lawyers Group (NI), Employment Lawyers Association (GB).
  • Joint author of Legal Island’s ‘First Tuesday’ email service