Alicia Compton


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Alicia is a Partner in William Fry’s Employment & Benefits Department. She advises on employment matters with particular experience in advising on the employment aspects of corporate restructuring, the termination of employment and in relation to employment issues in the public sector.

Recent significant matters include advising:

  • Advising Boots Ireland on the successful defence against a compliance notice issued in respect of alleged breaches of the Organisation of Working Time legislation.
  • Drafting several pieces of secondary legislation (now enacted) and Heads of Bill for a significant piece of proposed primary legislation.
  • Successfully representing SOLAS, Further Education & Training Authority, in a high Court challenge of aspects of  the statutory framework regulating  the construction industry in Ireland.

Alicia is the Practice and Procedure contributor to and a member of the editorial board of the Irish Employment Law Journal.

In Chambers Global 2021 cients say that Alicia "balances the commercial elements and risk brilliantly," adding: "She gets to know her clients so that she walks in the shoes of the company and feels the impact of the decisions she’s advising on." 

Alicia is listed in Legal 500 EMEA 2021 in their Hall of Fame.

In Chambers Europe 2020, one source highlights Alicia as "an asset to any client for her practical style and expert advice."  Another impressed client reports: "She figures out the best possible outcome for her client and works relentlessly to accomplish it. She thinks and acts with complete clarity and can express the most complicated and convoluted problems in an understandable manner."

According to Legal 500 EMEA 2020, one client said "I work principally with Alicia Compton. She is outstanding. Her key attributes are that she is outcome focused, pragmatic, crystal clear in her thinking and advice, exudes calm, and will tackle any problem. She also leads a strong team very well." Another client noted that "Alicia is one of Ireland’s top employment lawyers. She is always on top of her brief and her down to earth practical approach to problem solving is worth gold."

Alicia was listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Labour and Employment Law.  

One impressed client states: "She has extensive experience and knowledge of our business and can provide advice in a most practical and efficient way. She has an uncanny knack of being able to see through the mire and understand where the real problem lies."  Chambers Europe 2019

Legal 500 EMEA 2019 list Alicia as the "most trusted adviser".

A client notes: "She is outstanding: a lawyer you want to have on your side. She is extremely innovative with a sharp commercial mind," while another reports: "Her advice is always practical and to the point." Chambers Europe 2018

Alicia is  ‘extremely innovative’. Legal 500 EMEA 2018

According to Chambers Europe 2017 clients say: "She is very thoughtful, strategic and good at finding solutions to issues that are particularly complex." Legal 500 EMEA 2017 describe Alicia is ‘one of Ireland’s leading practitioners’.



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