Sheila Spokes

About Sheila


Sheila is a solicitor with our Employment team. Prior to joining Leman Solicitors, Sheila trained with a leading Irish law firm, and qualified into the education/employment law department. As a result, Sheila has particular experience advising public, statutory and quasi-judicial bodies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law issues.

In particular, Sheila has experience in advising employers on internal HR disputes, data protection, disciplinary/grievance matters and regulatory/legislative compliance. She has advised on a variety of claims to the WRC/Labour Court, including claims under the Unfair Dismissals Act, Employment Equality Acts, Organisation of Working Time Act, Protection of Fixed Term Workers Act, Payment of Wages Act, Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Act. She has also advised in relation to several judicial review proceedings arising in the education sector and appeals to the Department of Education under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998.

In relation to non-contentious matters, Sheila regularly drafts contracts of employment, employment law policies and/or handbooks, as well as advising on data protection policies, child safeguarding statements and advising on employment law issues arising from the implementation of new legislation.


  • National University of Galway, LLM
  • National University of Galway, BCL Civil Law
  • Law Society of Ireland, Data Protection Diploma

About Sheila Spokes

Sheila made her way down to Dublin from Galway city in 2014 and can be persuaded to leave Ranelagh only with a winch and crane. She enjoys keeping active with the gym and with yoga. If she’s in downward-facing dog, please only approach with caution and some form of caffeine.

She enjoys hanging out with friends and is a perfect example of why avocado on toast will undermine one’s ability to save for a home. She enjoys cooking and has picked up a few recipes from her travels to Asia and Italy of late. She has also recently developed a penchant for crosswords, so give her a hand with this clue:

Determined to help you with employment law queries (6) – Hmmm…

Practice Areas

  • Advisory

  • Commercial

  • Contentious

  • Children’s Rights

  • Data Protection

Contact Sheila Spokes

TEL: +353 1 639 3000