Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 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, HR and IR professionals.

Lead Lecturer and 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 and lecture recordings will become available on Thursday each week from 8.30 am to 10 am during the academic term.

Course Start Date: October 2021 – date to be confirmed

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. The vast majority of lectures will be 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. 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.

Course Content – 2021–2022 schedule not confirmed

  • 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 

Past speakers on the course have included:

  • 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


To be awarded the Advanced Diploma in Applied Employment Law a participant will be 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: 

Applications open on Thursday, 29 April 2021

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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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