Michael Farrelly – Employment Lawyer

Specialist in Employment

Michael is a versatile employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience; 11 years at partner level in City and West End Firms and he joins us from the leading employment team at Simons Muirhead & Burton.  Michael represents a wide range of employer clients across a number of sectors (including technology, shipping, property, construction, financial services, healthcare and retail) and also represents claimants (mainly professionals and executives) in all types of claims.  He is an experienced advocate at Tribunal and EAT level.

Michael also provides advice on non-contentious matters; contracts, policies and mergers and acquisitions.  He has guided many clients through tricky restructuring exercises, insolvencies, outsourcing programmes and collective consultations; often with an international angle. Michael can also handle investigations and disciplinary and grievance hearings and provide employment/HR training.

Michael prides himself on solution driven advice aimed to add value to his clients’ businesses or helping individuals to enforce their rights sensibly.


  1. Day to day Employment/HR advisory work for several employers of varying sizes including – Cushman & Wakefield, Sweet Group and Hapag –Lloyd UK Ltd.
  2. A number of age discrimination cases relating to retirement, promotions and PHI issues.
  3. A vital whistleblowing case for the leading ticketless travel technology company.
  4. Grievance investigations for a) a large NHS Trust involving allegations of institutional racism and b) for a firm of solicitors involving sex discrimination, harassment and assault.
  5. Seeking injunctive relief for a construction recruitment company.

External Roles

Employment Lawyers Association

Irish International Business Network


Michael is married with two boys and, when he’s not “keeping young” by running after them, he likes to relax by paying golf or tear his hair out following QPR.  Michael enjoys skiing and escaping to his bolt home in Donegal in North West Ireland when he can.

Contact Details Michael Farrelly
  • Email [email protected]
  • Office 0845 257 9449
  • Phone 020 3657 9669
  • Mobile 07833 258 757
  • Skype
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Latest Blog Posts

Gig economy workers should not be criticised for defending their rights

Posted in Excello Law Blogs on 11 Dec 2017

The gig economy and workers’ rights are among the most prominent themes of our age. In the future of employment – in particular, what it means to be employed or self-employed – they are critical. Catapulted to the heart of this debate is Uber, which has deployed its ride-hailing platform app in nearly 500 cities […]

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A victory for workers: Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees illegal

Posted in Excello Law Blogs on 4 Aug 2017

The government has been forced into a humiliating and costly overhaul of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled that they were “inconsistent with access to justice” and breached both EU and UK law. The Ministry of Justice will now have to repay approximately £27m to thousands of individuals in what has been called […]

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I have worked with Michael for over 10 years and followed him as his career progressed. Can honestly say he's the most pragmatic, commercial and astute employment lawyer I have worked with. He knows what I know, so does not tell me what I already know and charge for it, like so many others. He is also fun to work with, which given the nature of the issues that give rise to seek external advice, is often a very welcome attribute.

I have no hesitation in recommending Michael, both to represent corporate entities as well as individuals about the widest range of UK employment law matters.

Group Human Resources Manager, Sweett Group Plc

Over the twelve years I've worked with Michael, he has always provided me with a high standard of commercial advice when it comes to dealing with the wide variety of challenges that employment law presents. I would have no hesitation in recommending his service to fellow HR professionals

Director, Human Resources UK, Cushman & Wakefield

I have personally worked with Michael Farrelly for approximately 10 years whereby he has provided us with employment law advice. Michael is a consummate professional and has the rare skill of offering sound technical advice but in the context of a wider understanding of business implications. This is a fantastic and valuable quality for our firm. I cannot recommend Michael highly enough and have done so to other HR professionals in the past

Director of HR - Europe, ME & Asia, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP