Dermot graduated from Trinity College, Dublin with a law degree and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. After qualification, he worked at two large London City law firms (Rowe & Maw/Mayer Brown and Watson, Farley & Williams) before moving to London law firm Harbottle & Lewis. He became a partner at Harbottle & Lewis in 1997 and was Head of the Employment Group. Dermot established Scully Twiss in 2007.
Dermot has many years’ experience of representing employers in all areas of employment law, including executive severances, redundancy programmes, reorganisations and outsourcings. Dermot has been recognised as a leading employment lawyer by a variety of legal guides, including Chambers and The Legal 500.
Notable cases in which he has been involved include successfully representing Virgin Net in the Court of Appeal case Virgin Net v Harper, which clarified the law in relation to the service needed for an unfair dismissal claim.
Dermot has extensive experience of training groups of HR professionals, managers and senior executives on a range of HR and employment law issues and has been involved in the design of our training courses.
Dermot has extensive management and business experience which informs his client advice. He has been a Director and Trustee and sat on the Finance Committee of the Brighton Dome and The Brighton Festival (the largest arts festival in England).