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About Us

We are Employment Law & HR Support Professionals

Our team of dedicated and highly experienced professionals support our members in all aspects of the employment relationship and provide a full range of employment advice and legal representation services.

Our Clients

SME’s and large organisations who trust us to provide them with Employment Law & HR Support

Our Team


Peter Bloch

Managing Director

A qualified barrister who practiced at the Northern Ireland Bar before joining Employers Federation, Peter is an experienced advocate before the tribunals. He has served on a number of private and public boards and has acted as a Social Security Tribunal Chairperson.


Lorraine Toolan

Head of Employment Training Services

Lorraine works with members to assess their training and developmental requirements. She helps ensure employment law compliance and the understanding of fair and consistent application of organisational policies and procedures. Experience in employment relations and tribunal advocacy helps her to design and deliver more effective, relevant and practical training courses across a wide range of subjects.


Michelle McGinley

Director of Legal and Policy

Michelle is the Director of Legal and Policy and also is on the Board for the Labour Relations Agency as a Employer Representative. She qualified as solicitor in private practice in Birmingham before returning to practice in Northern Ireland. Michelle is also qualified in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Michelle sits as a Solicitor Member on the Solicitor Disciplinary Tribunal.

Michelle regularly posts on Linked in and writes practical updates for members.


Karen Moore

Senior Employment Lawyer & Head of Training (NI & ROI)

Since qualifying in 2005 Karen has practised exclusively in the field of employment law on behalf of employers. Karen is dual qualified and advises employers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

As an accredited solicitor advocate Karen has a proven track record of successfully defending employers before the Employment Tribunal.

Karen’s experience also includes advising organisations on the application of the transfer of undertakings legislation and the employment aspects of business transactions.


Kathryn O’Lone

Senior Employment Lawyer & Head of ROI and Business Improvement

Kathryn is a dual qualified Employment Lawyer, practising in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Kathryn is also an accredited solicitor advocate who tutors at the Institute of Professional legal Studies in both Employment Law and Professional skills and development.

Kathryn specialises in the application of the family related employment rights as well as contentious litigation.

Kathryn is responsible for the development of IT and Web based services within the Employers Federation


Sara Plower

Employment Lawyer

Sara is a qualified solicitor who joined EEF in March 2022. Sara previously worked in private practice and has a range of experience in different sector areas. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Sara managed her own business and also worked as a Managing Director in the Derry News which gives her a unique understanding of the workplace challenges experienced by employers in running a business and managing employees. Sara uses this first-hand knowledge to provide practical advice to Members.

Sara advises Members on all aspects of employment law, with a particular interest in dealing with disciplinary issues.

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