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Joanne Hyde, Partner

Joanne Hyde


Head of Employment Law and Head of Commercial

Practice areas

  • Employment law
  • Food and drink
  • Retail

Practice notes

Joanne is a Partner and Head of Employment Law. She is also Head of our Commerical department.

Joanne Hyde is "absolutely outstanding, her advice is fantastic and she is extremely efficient" - Chambers Europe

Joanne Hyde has "an outstanding track record for assisting clients with a diverse range of contentious and non-contentious employment mandates." - Chambers Europe

She is commended by market commentators and lauded by her clients, one of whom reports: "She is a font of wisdom and has the perfect temperament for her role. You feel comfortable in her hands" - Chambers Europe

Joanne Hyde is "outstanding" - Legal 500

A client admires that she "always gets back to us as soon as possible and breaks down the issues," adding that this enables her to give "very pragmatic and practical advice."

"She steers a good line of managing the risk and getting a good outcome." - Chambers Europe

"Her practical application is superb. She has our best interests at heart, you feel she is emotionally invested and she never makes us feel there are clients who are more important than us." - Chambers Europe

“She is excellent from a strategic and tactical perspective. She really helps us to resolve complex issues, and makes it look easy,” - Chambers Europe

"She really knows her stuff, is practical and understands the objective.” - Chambers Europe

Joanne is a pragmatic and business focused employment lawyer. Her experience as in-house employment lawyer for Intel Corporation, one of Ireland’s leading multi-national employers has given her a strong insight into the HR concerns and complexities facing clients. In addition, Joanne has many years’ experience advising both international and indigenous clients on a wide range of employment and industrial relations issues. Her comprehensive experience includes advising on employment law challenges arising from commercial transactions, employment disputes and litigation as well as providing strategic and proactive advice on HR issues.

Joanne’s recent experience includes:

  • Advising HR professionals and senior management (both in Ireland and across Europe) on contentious and non-contentious employment issues, including recruitment, dismissals, redundancies, transfers of business, industrial relations, contingent workers, privacy, equality, contractual issues, performance and absentee management and terms and conditions of employment.
  • Developing HR policies, procedures and guidelines, devising redundancy strategies and managing large scale redundancies across Europe. 
  • Defending employment litigation actions, including equality claims, stress at work actions and unfair dismissal claims.
  • Devising and conducting audits into stress at work issues and implementing risk mitigating actions.
  • Developing and implementing proactive procedures, in co-operation with HR and Occupational Health for managing long-term absenteeism.
  • Developing legal policies to mitigate risk associated with engaging non-traditional classes of workers, conducting risk assessments of independent contractors and agency workers and implementing risk mitigation actions.
  • Developing and delivering training to Human Resources professionals, managers and procurement professionals.
Joanne was nominated as a stand-out lawyer in the Acritas Stars Sharplegal study.