Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law

Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2021


This is a time of unprecedented change and growing complexity in the area of employment law. Understanding these developments is of critical importance to those seeking to negotiate a surefooted pathway through the workplace environment. King’s Inns is delighted to bring together a team of leading experts, including some of the most prominent legal practitioners in the area, to deliver a course which will provide a thorough grounding in the key components and latest developments in this important and heavily regulated area.

Non–compliance with employment law or lack of harmony in a workplace can have very serious consequences for those directly involved as well as for society and the economy as a whole. This cutting–edge Diploma addresses both the procedural and the substantive law that applies to the employment relationship.

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

This Diploma provides participants with a comprehensive practical knowledge of employment law so that participants will be equipped to deal with the main employment law issues arising in a workplace. Participants will acquire a practical in–depth knowledge of the issues affecting the employment relationship from recruitment to termination.


The Diploma will appeal to those in both the public and private sectors: legal practitioners, employers, company directors, regulatory bodies, operation and business managers, team leaders, HR and IR professionals.

Course Designer and Lead Lecturer

The coordinator of the course is Niamh McGowan BL.

Course Content and Delivery 2021–2022

This course will take place in a fully online format only, by way of a combination of pre–recorded lectures and live, unrecorded sessions.

Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures and seminars, presented by leading experts in the area. The course will take place over 20 weeks with lectures on Thursdays from 8.30 am to 10.00 am during the academic term.

Course Start Date: Thursday, 21 October 2021

Classes are recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. The vast majority of lectures will be recorded so that students who are unable to attend can view the material by streaming their class at any time. Some sessions will not be recorded, i.e. some live online sessions with the coordinator, the judicial lecture, and a mock Labour Court hearing. 

All class notes are available online before lectures take place. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our Library and legal resource databases.

Please note the course content is subject to change. 

Course Content 

  • Live online course launch
  • The contract of employment
  • Atypical employment
  • Other statutory provisions to include protective leave, pay and pensions
  • Regulated, Civil Service & Public Sector Employment
  • Data Protection and Employment Law
  • Health and Safety Law
  • Equality 1
  • Equality 2
  • Grievance and Disciplinary Investigations
  • Litigating Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace
  • Privacy, Technology & Social Media
  • Trade Union Law and Essentials for non–unionised Companies
  • Termination of Employment – Unfair Dismissal/Redundancy
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Injunctions
  • Whistleblowing
  • Transfer of Undertaking Regulations & Insolvency
  • Restraint of Trade and Confidentiality Clauses
  • Workplace Relations Commission Practice and Procedure and Statutory Appeals
  • Judicial Review and the Employment Contract
  • A View from the Bench (judicial lecture)
  • Mock Labour Court hearing 

Previous Speakers

  • Alex White SC
  • Brendan Kirwan BL
  • Cathy Maguire BL
  • Claire Bruton BL
  • Clíona Kimber SC 
  • Feichín McDonagh SC
  • Lorna Lynch BL
  • Maireád McKenna BL
  • Marguerite Bolger SC
  • Mark Connaughton SC
  • Niamh McGowan BL
  • Oisín Quinn SC
  • Peter Ward SC
  • Roderick Maguire BL 
  • Rosemary Mallon BL 
  • Stephen O’Sullivan BL
  • Tom Mallon BL

Assessment and Accreditation 

This is a professional development course. It is awarded independently by The Honorable Society of King’s Inns and delivered by seasoned, highly experienced practitioners. To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant is required to successfully complete one written assignment.

Provisional assessment schedules: This assignment is released close to the end of term 2. 

Course Fee 2021–2022

Course fee: €2,550. View fee structure and other charges here.

Barrister–at–Law graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. View more information here.

How Do I Apply?

There are no admission requirements for this course. 

Application Deadline: Sunday, 10 October 2021

In order to verify your personal details, you must first create an account on the Application Portal through the ‘apply here’ button below. Once you verify your email address in the Portal, you can then proceed with your application. 

The process is very short and your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit or debit card. An automated payment receipt will be generated confirming your place on the course.

If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal. 

Register and apply here

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Nicola O’Leary

“I really enjoyed the course and being a student at somewhere steeped in such history. As a very mature student I was not sure how difficult I would find the course. However the course notes and the lectures are easy to follow. It was a privilege to hear some of the barristers and Senior Counsel argue the strengths and weaknesses of the law during a lecture. It was also interesting to meet some of the other students who were from quite varied employment backgrounds.” (Class of 2019–2020)

Nicola O’Leary, Health and Safety Manager

John Flannery

“I found the Advanced Diploma a very rewarding experience. The experience and calibre of lectures were second to none. It gives you a renewed sense of confidence in your abilities. The knowledge I learned continues to help me during my daily roles and responsibilities.” (Class of 2019–2020)

John Flannery. Operations & Supply Chain Manager at Tecomet