Séamus Given

Séamus Given | Employment and Industrial Relations Lawyer | Arthur Cox
  • Séamus Given
  • +353 1 920 1210
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Séamus has more than 30 years’ experience in advising employers, in the private, public and voluntary sectors, on all employment law and industrial relations issues arising in the employer/employee and employer/trade union relationship and in representing employers in disputes with employees, ex employees, applicants for employment and trade unions in Courts and Tribunals including the Workplace Relations Commission, the Labour Court, the Circuit Court, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Séamus has considerable experience of advising on crisis management issues which have an employment or industrial relations law angle.

Séamus was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award at the Chambers Europe Awards 2016. The citation said:  ‘Séamus Given of Arthur Cox is a clear star in the field of employment law….he is praised for his deep experience and knowledge of all aspects of Ireland’s employment law and issues surrounding industrial relations.  His clients have described him as ‘the best in the business due to his level of expertise, practical insights, speed of response and outstanding professionalism.”’


Séamus has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of the termination of employment including redundancy and collective redundancy, unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal. He provides expert support to the firm’s corporate clients on the various employment law issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions. This includes in depth due diligence exercises, compliance reviews, negotiating employee-related indemnities and warranties and advising on the applicability of the European Communities (Protection of Employees on Transfer of Undertakings) Regulations 2003 (the “TUPE Regulations”).

Practice Areas

EmploymentSports Law


  • Dip EL, 1987, University College, Dublin
  • LL.M, 1985, University College, Cork
  • BCL, 1981, University College, Cork
  • Admitted as a solicitor, 1984
  • CEDR accredited mediator