Barry Reynolds leads DAC Beachcroft Dublin's employment team. He advises on all aspects of employment and industrial relations issues from recruitment to termination. He defends employers at the Workplace Relations Commission and in the High Court. He has particular expertise in guiding employers through internal investigations and other processes so as to deliver robust and timely solutions.
His most recent experience includes:
Advising on complex severance and long term incentive disputes;
Strategic and collective issues in large TUPE transfers, to include drafting innovative contractual clauses to assist in managing risk and employee and union engagement;
Barry has lectured in many areas of employment law to both the public sector and private sector: including at the Law Society of Ireland; Dublin Solicitors Bar Association; Public Affairs Ireland; and various initiatives with leading training organisations. He has also designed and run workshops for businesses, including updates on Irish employment and comparative law; discrimination in recruitment; performance management; transfer of undertakings; redundancies; corporate bullying; and, protected disclosures.
He has written briefings and articles on a variety of employment law issues.
'Barry Reynolds "is always very accessible and provides concise advice," adding: "He takes a pragmatic approach to employment issues and advises clearly on the pros and cons of each action." He is praised for his handling of disputes and litigation and also assists with investigations. His recent work has involved TUPE transfers.' Chambers Europe 2017 (Employment)
'One client describes the lawyers as "extremely proactive and accessible," adding: "They are very up-to-date, knowledgeable, detailed and commercially aware."' Chambers Europe 2017 (Employment)
'Other sources agree that the team is "very commercial" and also go on to advise that "the quality of work is brilliant."' Chambers Europe 2017 (Employment)
Barry is recommended in Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015 for his "single-minded perseverance".
Chambers Europe 2015 guide includes recommendations from Barry's clients: ""We were very comfortable that we could leave matters in his hands and not need to influence or keep an eye on things. We knew that whatever he concluded, it would be robust, fair on both parties and immune to challenge." He has recently acted on TUPE cases, senior management issues and disciplinary matters." The team was described as being, "Known for increasingly established as a preferred partner for Irish employers on numerous labour law issues. Particularly strong in the discreet resolution of sensitive disputes through internal investigations and internal risk management. Combines with the firm's UK offices on large, cross-border commercial projects." The team's strengths in quotes mainly from clients were described as, "Strong legal representatives with an efficient response rate. The service feels personal, with the lawyers taking time to get to know the client."
'The team's service impressed clients, with one noting: "Their service was excellent and commercially focused," while another says the team is "user-friendly, offers sound advice and is supportive."' 'Barry Reynolds is praised by a source who says he "genuinely cares about his client and attempts to support them in the most efficient way. His knowledge is immense and we really appreciate that he always takes the time to explain." He is known for his experience in issues such as business transfers and restructurings, TUPE, disputes and litigation.' Chambers Europe 2018 (Employment)