Julie Austin, Partner, Employment, Pensions and Incentives & Data Protection

Julie Austin, Partner, Employment, Pensions and Incentives & Data Protection, Fieldfisher

As an employment law specialist, I advise employers and employees on all aspects of the employment relationship. I have significant experience in all forms of employment disputes, including unfair / wrongful dismissal, applications to restrain dismissals, discrimination, redundancies (both individual and collective) and industrial relations. I am also a member of the firm’s Data Protection & Freedom of Information Team and provides advice to both public and private clients on all aspects of data protection and FOI.

A large part of my work includes providing advice to HR functions on day to day matters including issues arising from stress in the workplace, bullying and harassment and carrying out disciplinary and grievance procedures. I have extensive experience in the drafting and review of employment contracts, handbooks and HR policies and procedures.

I also have a practice in Data Protection advising clients on a range of data protection issues including data breaches, data access requests, international data transfers and data protection related litigation.

I advise a wide range of Irish and multinational corporate, public, commercial semi-state and institutional clients, partnerships and senior executives on all aspects of Irish employment law from recruitment to retirement including contentious, advisory and transactional work.

I have advised a number of public authorities in Ireland on data protection compliance.  Most recently I have carried out GDPR implementation projects for the Irish Competition Authority and GSOC (the Irish Police Ombudsman).

In my free time I enjoy cycling, cooking and the outdoors.