Orlagh O'Neill - Partner

Orlagh O'Neill

Key Practice Areas

Charity Law, COVID-19 , Employment Law

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Orlagh graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 1995 with an honours degree in Law. She completed her professional training as a solicitor with Carson McDowell in 1998. Since qualification, Orlagh has specialised in employment law and has advised some of Northern Ireland’s largest and best known employers.

Orlagh heads up the six strong Employment team at Carson McDowell which represents clients including Royal Mail Group, Translink, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, and the Wright Group.

She is a committee member and vice chair of the Employment Lawyers Group of Northern Ireland, a member of both the UK and Irish Employment Law Groups (ELA and ELAI) and a regular speaker at annual employment law update conferences.

Orlagh is ranked Band 1 in the Chambers UK Guide 2021, where she is described as an "exceptionally good lawyer" who is "pragmatic, sensible and very good technically." Orlagh is noted for her ability in various contentious matters, including discrimination claims and disputes involving the discipline of students. Sources say: "She has a depth and breadth of legal knowledge, her advice is timely and pragmatic, and she understands the needs of the client."

Orlagh is recognised in the "hall of fame" by The Legal 500, noting her strength at handling grievance and whistleblowing investigations. One client commented: "All good – all very knowledgeable, Orlagh O’Neill – very personable efficient and hard working."

Another source added: "Orlagh O’Neill – strong, consistent, pragmatic and commercial, Orlagh is the first port of call for all Human Resource related matters. Advice is clear and sensible and with strong commercial focus, allowing us to deal with issues early and, often, once only."