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We Are Hiring

Fitzsimons Redmond LLP is currently seeking to recruit a Trainee Solicitor to join the firm.

About us:

Fitzsimons Redmond LLP provides a full range of services to our wide and varied client base. We believe in client satisfaction as a core value. We ask our colleagues for help when needed, and we always provide help to each other. We are a team.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our relationships with our employees, our clients, our business contacts and the community. We believe in equal access for those who need to utilise the law and those who wish to work in the legal profession. Inclusion is at the core of our culture, and we live these values in our workplace.

We are committed to the Law Society’s charter on Workplace Wellness. We believe in empowering our team to achieve their best. We are a flexible; with a belief that everyone is entitled to a healthy work-life balance. We are one of Ireland’s only law firms to offer a four-day working week while paying a salary for five days.

About you:

  • Hold a law degree or legal executive qualification;
  • 2 years + legal office experience;
  • Some practical experience in conveyancing and litigation is an advantage
  • Familiarity with LEAP case management will be an advantage;
  • Excellent communication skills, and a team-player;
  • Strong attention to detail and organisational skills;
  • The ability to contribute positively and to work on your own initiative;
  • Desire to work in and learn about all aspects of a general practice, and a particular interest in conveyancing.

About the Role:

  • Greeting visitors, taking incoming phone-calls, while dealing with queries from clients and colleagues promptly and in a polite and professional manner;
  • Collecting and taking post to the DX;
  • Opening correspondence, scanning it and uploading it to LEAP;
  • Supporting the partners in their work as requested;
  • Drafting correspondence, pleadings and other documentation;
  • Preparing court booklets and briefs for counsel;
  • Writing legal articles and social media posts;
  • Running your own files, depending on experience;
  • Other secretarial, administrative and ad hoc tasks as requested, such as attending on counsel, lodging papers at the Four Courts or sending registered post;
  • We expect that your role will grow to meet your experience, skills and interests, and we will work with you to ensure your work challenges and excites you.

If you wish to apply for this role please email a CV and cover letter to: lisa@fitzsimonsredmond.ie.

Public Holidays 2024

There are ten public holidays in 2024. When a public holiday arises every employee is entitled to a paid day off on the day of the holiday, unless the employer decides to treat it as a normal working day. If the employer decides not to allow the public holiday or if the holiday falls on a day that is not a normal working day (such as a weekend), the employer may elect to give the employee either:

  • A day off within a month of the public holiday, with full pay
  • An additional day of annual leave
  • No additional day off, but an additional day’s pay.

All full-time employees are entitled to benefit from the above provisions, and part-time employees will be entitled if they have worked a total of 40 hours in the 5 weeks prior to the holiday. An employee who is not normally scheduled to work on the bank holiday is entitled to an additional one fifth of their normal weekly wage.

Employees who have been laid off are entitled to benefit from a public holiday that occurs within the first 13 weeks of lay off. Employees on maternity or other protected leave are entitled to the benefit from public holidays that arise during their leave.

The above is provided for information purposes and is not intended as legal advice. If you have questions about public holidays or any aspect of employment law we, at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP, would be happy to advise you on your next steps. Please contact us on 01-676 3257.

By Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty

Partner at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP

Merry Christmas 2023

The whole team at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! We are incredibly thankful to have worked with such wonderful clients, colleagues and others in 2023. Our office will close on 22nd December 2023, and will re-open on 3rd January 2024.

Fitzsimons Redmond LLP at the CJEU

Lisa at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg

Fitzsimons Redmond LLP partner, Lisa Quinn O’Flaherty recently had the opportunity to visit and spend time at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. While in Luxembourg she took part in an EIPA conference with judges and lawyers from other member states on the topic of procedural guarantees. She describes the experience as being wonderful and said that it was really inspiring to collaborate with colleagues from all around the EU on matters of European harmony.

Employment Law Update: Paid Sick Leave

Under the Sick Leave Act 2022 all employees with at least thirteen week service are entitled to paid sick leave from their employer. In 2024 the number of paid days increases from 3 to 5. An employer must pay the employee for work missed due to illness for up to 5 days in a year.

Employers may pay sick employees for a longer period, should they wish. And if there is a more favourable contractual provision in place, the employer must comply with that provision.

The leave may be taken on consecutive or non-consecutive days. They employer may request medical certificates for each day of paid leave. The rate of pay is 70% of the employees normal daily pay, to a maximum of €110 per day.

Employers are advised to update sick leave policies in their employment handbooks or contracts, to reflect the legislation, and in particular to require a medical certificate from the first day of paid illness.

The number of days is expected to increase in 2025 to seven days and to ten days in 2026.

After an employee has exhausted their right to paid sick leave, they may apply for supports from the Department of Social Protection.

The above is provided for information purposes and is not intended as legal advice. We, at Fitzsimons Redmond LLP, act for both employers and employees. We would be happy to talk to you about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Please contact us on 01-676 3257.

Association of European Attorneys

Fitzsimons Redmond LLP is delighted to have been invited to join the Association of European Attorneys (Asociación Europea de Abogados). The AEA is the largest lawyer network in the world with offices in 151 countries. We are one of only four Irish members, who have access to some of the best lawyers globally, so that we might collaborate with these professionals, and make referrals for our international clients.

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