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Understanding our clients’ needs and culture allows me to provide holistic and strategic solutions for their businesses in an ever-evolving global employment environment.

Deirdre Malone

Partner, Head of Employment Law, EY Law Ireland

Employment lawyer. Strategic thinker. Workplace wellbeing leader. Diversity and inclusion advocate. Proud mum of two brilliant children.

Deirdre leads EY Law Ireland’s employment law team, bringing a wealth of experience from over 20 years advising clients. She advises global multinationals and SMEs on day-to-day people issues, workforce planning, restructuring and transactions.


Deirdre collaborates with EY’s People Advisory Service to advise on legal issues such as the use of AI in the workplace.


Combining employment law expertise with a commercial and solution-driven focus, Deirdre is highly regarded by clients.


Ranked by Chambers and Partners (Europe Edition), Deirdre “provides thorough guidance and explains it clearly”. She “always goes the extra mile and gives sound, accurate advice in a timely manner”. Deirdre is also recognised by Legal 500 and is regarded as a “stand-out partner” and someone who is “tough when required – high emotional intelligence”.


She is a member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Employment & Equality Committee and an active mentor on its Women in Leadership mentoring programme.


How Deirdre is building a better working world

“I am passionate about talent management and retention in a diverse and inclusive workplace. Living in a world where location is no longer significant, clients compete in a tough market for the best people to grow their businesses and brands. It is imperative that our clients manage their people in a thoughtful and considerate way, while complying with local employment laws. I contribute to a better working world by partnering with clients to strategically guide them through the challenges their businesses face, and adding real value as they create and drive a sustainable culture to grow and retain the best people.”

Deirdre's latest thinking

How will the new Transparent & Predictable Working Conditions Regulations increase employee protection

Deirdre Malone, Head of Employment Law, reviews the EU (Transparent & Predictable Working Conditions) Regulations 2022 and its employee impact.

20 Jan 2023 |Deirdre Malone

How organisations can prepare for the practical implications of Gender Pay Gap reporting

Head of Employment Law with EY Law Ireland, Deirdre Malone, explains some of the practical aspects of the Gender Pay Gap Information Act (the Act) as organisations across Ireland prepare to publish their reports.

15 Sep 2022 |Deirdre Malone

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