“Ireland has become an increasingly key player in the European and global economies, which is why Niall’s understanding of the country and his impressive reputation in the market make him a strong addition that fits well into our global expansion strategy,” said managing director Erin Webber.
Qualified to practise in Ireland, England & Wales and New York, Pelly’s practice has an emphasis on complex, high-value disputes including whistleblowing claims and High Court injunctions. He works with a variety of large national and multinational clients across the technology, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors.
“We are excited to welcome Niall to the firm and about the connections and experience he has amassed working out of Dublin and London for nearly two decades,” said Jon Gilligan, founder and managing partner for UK-based GQ|Littler.
“His addition will further enhance what we can offer to clients in Ireland, the UK, and globally. Opening a new office in Dublin will also bolster Littler’s market-leading ability to provide international businesses with customised counsel on the most complex labour and employment matters, complemented by innovative tools and technology resources.”
Commenting on his move, Pelly said: “Ireland is home to many of Europe’s most innovative and well-respected companies and is a leading destination for corporations looking to expand their international operations.
“I was drawn by the opportunity to work with a talented team, both in the UK and globally, and for my clients to benefit from Littler’s innovative technology and global resources that are uniquely focused on the resolution of employment and workplace issues.”
Littler’s move into Ireland follows its 2020 expansions into Spain, Poland, and Austria, as well as Brazil through a correspondent counsel relationship. The firm now boasts more than 1,600 attorneys across 25 countries on four continents.
“Ireland is one of the world’s most robust economies,” said Stephan Swinkels, a Littler shareholder who helps lead the development and integration of the firm’s global practice. “And as the Dublin-London relationship, and Ireland’s connection to the United States, remain in lockstep, our expansion in Ireland will strengthen our service to clients.”
In other firm news, Littler has elected seven new members to its board of directors: Kelley Edwards (Houston), Philip Gordon (Denver), Michael Lotito (San Francisco), Nina Markey (Philadelphia), Constance Norton (San Francisco), Lisa (Lee) Schreter (Atlanta) and Michael Wilder (Chicago). Two-thirds of the 2021 board includes attorneys who identify as women, of colour, or LGBTQ+.
The election of Denver’s Erin A Webber as president and managing director, and the reappointment of Minneapolis-based Kate Mrkonich Wilson as chair, means Littler’s top two leadership roles are now held by women.
The firm has also elevated 23 attorneys to shareholders and three to principals. Nearly half of those promoted identify as of colour and more than 60% identify as women.