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Fergal Dowling



Fergal is the national head of the Employment & Pensions Group.

He has considerable experience across all aspects of employment law and human resources, but has a particular focus on contentious matters.  He also advises on non-contentious matters, including advising on TUPE, re-organisations, contracts of employment, directors’ service agreement agreements. His forte is delivering strategic advice at board level.

He also heads the 'Centre of Excellence' for volume employment tribunal work, based in Birmingham. His team handles over 1,000 Tribunal instructions annually, delivering volume based contentious employment advice to agreed Service Level Agreements, using case management processes to drive efficiency, whilst maintaining high standards of quality service.

Recent highlights:

  • Leading product development for the national employment group and being responsible for driving relationships with affinity partners to include insurers, brokers and other professional service organisations.
  • The lead relationship Partner for a number of the firm’s key employment clients.
  • Helping to manage the firm’s innovative employment law retainer service, IMhrplus.
  • Speaking regularly at seminars as a key note speaker and covers a variety of employment law and HR topics.

Market view:

"Fergal Dowling of Irwin Mitchell demonstrates experience across the full range of employment law matters." - Chambers & Partners 2016

"A good operator." - Chambers & Partners, 2014

"Particularly recommended for contentious matters." - Legal 500, 2013

Fergal qualified as a solicitor in 1994.

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  • 26/07/2019
    Irwin Mitchell Shortlisted For Employment Law Firm Of The Year Award

    “I am delighted that we’ve been shortlisted and extremely proud of the team. “Our employment group is one of the most innovative and best resourced in the UK and this shortlisting reflects our vision to offer practical solutions for our clients as their needs and demands change. “We are one of few employment practices offering clients the benefit of a full-service law firm. “Employment law advice doesn’t just sit in a neat box and I believe one of the things that differentiates us in the market is our approach to clients. We ensure clients can access IP, data protection, tax, pensions, business immigration and regulatory services should a situation require advice that strays out of the employment law arena.”

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  • 09/04/2019
    Irwin Mitchell Employment Lawyer Wins Legal Influencer Award

    “Lexology is a superb resource and we’re delighted that it has recognised Jo’s expertise, insight and ability to engage readers on often complex workplace issues. This award also highlights the strength of our national employment team and reflects Jo’s hard work in ensuring all our clients are always kept abreast of the latest legal developments.”

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  • 14/05/2018
    Irwin Mitchell Hires Three Partners To London Employment Team

    “We’re delighted to announce the appointment of three new employment partners to our London office. “These latest additions demonstrate once again our commitment to investing in our employment team and ensuring that we continue to provide the very best advice and services to our clients. “Shah, Shazia and Emilie are all extremely well-regarded employment lawyers, with formidable track-records. They will complement our existing team perfectly. Their extensive professional discipline expertise builds on our range of employment services, and offers further growth opportunities for the firm both in London and further afield.”

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  • 27/07/2017
    AoC Appoints Irwin Mitchell To Deliver Employment Helpline To Members

    "Irwin Mitchell has considerable education sector knowledge and expertise and we are delighted to have this opportunity to extend our partnership with the AoC, whilst also being able to build closer relationships with member colleges."

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