Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law

Course available through blended / online distance learning.

Since Covid–19 restrictions came into force on March 12, this course was delivered 100% online through our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Read about the recent changes here.

King’s Inns will continue to offer this course online for 2020/2021 until it is safe to deliver in person as well on campus. Attending classes in person will be optional. 

We know social interaction with fellow students, lecturers and visiting speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience and once a safe opportunity presents, we will invite students back on campus.


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, HR and IR professionals. 

Lead Lecturer / Course Director

The coordinator of the course is Niamh McGowan BL.

Course Content and Delivery

Delivery is in part–time early morning mode through lectures presented by leading experts in various aspects of employment law. The course will take place over 20 weeks on Thursday mornings 8.30 – 9.45 am.

Course Start Date: Thursday 22 October 2020 (provisional) 

Application Deadline: Friday 2 October 2020 

This course is available via blended online learning, with classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class in person, all sessions except the last lecture (Mock Labour Court hearing) is recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can view the material by streaming their class at any time. 

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.

Complimentary parking and refreshments will be provided to participants attending in person.

Please note that the schedule below is provisional. 

Week No.






The contract of employment

Marguerite Bolger SC



Atypical employment

Stephen O’Sullivan BL



Other statutory provisions to include protective leave, pay and pensions

Rosemary Mallon BL



Regulated, Civil Service & Public Sector Employment

Alex White SC



Data Protection and Employment Law

Cliona Kimber SC



Health and Safety Law

Niamh McGowan BL



Equality 1

Maireád McKenna BL



Equality 2

Oisín Quinn SC



ASSIGNMENT 1 to be handed out – for completion by 




Grievance and Disciplinary Investigations

Peter Ward SC



Litigating Bullying & Harassment in the Workplace

Marguerite Bolger SC



Privacy, Technology & Social Media

Clíona Kimber SC



Trade Union Law and Essentials for non–unionised Companies

Cathy Maguire BL



Termination of Employment – Unfair Dismissal/Redundancy

Roderick Maguire BL



Wrongful Dismissal and Injunctions

Brendan Kirwan BL




Tom Mallon BL



Transfer of Undertaking Regulations & Insolvency

Lorna Lynch BL



Restraint of Trade and Confidentiality Clauses

Mark Connaughton SC



Workplace Relations Commission Practice and Procedure and Statutory Appeals

Niamh McGowan BL



Judicial Review and the Employment Contract

Feichín McDonagh SC



ASSIGNMENT 2 to be handed out–for completion by 2




Mock Labour Court hearing 




To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assignments.

Course Fee

Total cost of course: €2,350. 

Fee structure can be viewed here

BL graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. Click here for more information. 

How do I Apply?

We are now taking applications for this course. 

apply here 

There is no admission requirements for this course. 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 / debit card.

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.

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Siobhán Mellamphy

“This was one of the best courses I have attended. I met some lovely people on the course. The venue, materials and lectures was excellent. I highly recommend this course to all human resource professionals interested in advancing their employment law knowledge.” (Class 2017–2018)

Siobhán Mellamphy, Human Resources Manager

Emma Fahey

“My knowledge of employment law has developed significantly following the completion of this advanced diploma course. The lecturers are practicing employment law Barristers and are all excellent in their own right. Morning lectures make it easy to incorporate class time while working full time.” (Class of 2017–2018)

Emma Fahey, HR Consultant