We at Fitzsimons Redmond, would like to welcome Caroline Gill to the firm. Caroline has been working with us since June as she converts her barrister qualification to that of a solicitor. We are honoured to benefit from Caroline’s vast and diverse experience.
A qualified barrister (with a wide practice), mediator and arbitrator, Caroline is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and the Employment Bar Association of Ireland.
Caroline’s impressive career has included roles such as Financial Services Ombudsman in the UK, the Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland, and the Deputy Financial Services Ombudsman of Ireland. She was CEO of the Consumer Association of Ireland, and sat on the boards of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme, the Housing Agency, Luas, the Irish Stock Exchange, the Mater Dei Institute at DCU and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. She currently sits on the board of ICCL, St. Patrick’s Hospital, the CPD Board, the PTSB Mortgage Products Tribunal, and the Lloyd’s Bank of Scotland Tracker Mortgage Tribunal.
We are absolutely delighted to work with Caroline and to welcome her numerous skills, talents and expertise to Fitzsimons Redmond.
Fitzsimons Redmond is proud to become a signatory to the Law Society of Ireland’s Professional Wellbeing Charter. We consider ourselves to be a happy, high performing team. We embody principles of kindness, respect and flexibility. Now, while some of our team are working from home, we would like to declare our commitment to wellbeing in the workplace and respectful business practices. Continue reading
The pandemic has required many businesses to make changes to their relationships with their employees. The pressures of business closures and restrictions have made it impossible for many businesses to fulfil their employment contracts. Continue reading
We are very proud to receive our Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion Charter Certificate today from the Law Society of Ireland, and to be included among the first signatories of this important statement about fairness and equality in the legal profession.
Signing up to the charter demonstrates a commitment to treating all individuals and groups of individuals fairly and equally and no less favourably, specific to their needs, in areas of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, class, disability or membership of the Traveller Community. As such, signatories will:
- Recognise the individual needs of those they employ and support them to develop to their full potential.
- Ensure equal access to opportunities for those they employ.
- Ensure their policies, procedures and processes promote gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Carry out their work without bias, in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner.
- Build awareness and understanding of the benefits of promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Assign responsibility for meeting the Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter commitments to a named senior partner or member of staff. Signatories are encouraged to publish details of the senior leader who is accountable for the Charter commitments on your website or intranet.
A fixed- term or temporary worker is employed under a contract of services, which is characterised as having a defined end point. The contract may be one of a fixed duration for example one year, or one that will end when a specific event occurs such as the completion of a project. These contracts can be beneficial to both employee and employer. There is no legal limit to the duration of a fixed term contract. Continue reading
As we celebrate this years World Breastfeeding week, I am conscious of the inequalities of opportunity for breastfeeding mothers in the workplace and their babies. I am lucky enough to have recently returned after maternity leave to a workplace that is wholly supportive of breastfeeding. I have a nice private office where I can comfortably express milk as I work away, and colleagues who are unfazed by the whir of my double electric pump, as they pop in to my office for chats, and even bring documents from the printer so that I don’t have to unlatch the pump to do it myself. It feels uncomfortable to me that this is not a universal experience, given that breastfeeding up the age of two and beyond is both biologically normal and recommended by the World Health Organisation and most health experts. Continue reading
We are all too aware that COVID-19 has had catastrophic financial effects on many Irish Businesses. The first place companies should look to is their specific insurance policy to ascertain if they actually have cover for the financial losses incurred as a result of the COVID-19 disruption/interruption. Continue reading
A Data Protection Impact Assessment is a risk assessment in respect of the effects of data collection and processing on the data subject. Continue reading
What is Data Protection and GDPR?
Data protection and the governing regulation, GDPR are the rules surrounding personal data. Personal data is any information from which an individual may be identified. The rules require that you have a valid reason for holding personal data and that you treat personal data with due care. GDPR explains in detail the valid reasons and the way data should be treated.
Fitzsimons Redmond is delighted to become a signatory to the Law Society of Ireland’s Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Charter. We are committed to being a leader in respect of fairness, equality of opportunity and inclusion. Continue reading