Our Team

EEFNI Team

With over 100 years combined experience, our team of dedicated and highly experienced professionals support our Members in all aspects of the employment relationship and provide a full range of employment advice and legal representation services.

Peter Bloch
Director
Peter has held the position of Director of EEF Northern Ireland since 1990. He is a qualified Barrister and practiced at the Northern Ireland Bar before joining EEF. Peter is an experienced advocate before the Tribunals. He has served on a number of private and public boards and has acted as a Social Security Tribunal Chairperson.
Ian Carroll
Deputy Director
Ian has been with EEF since 1988, and throughout this time he has advised and guided Members on a comprehensive range of issues involving HR practice and employment law, as well as representing them at the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals and the Industrial Court. He has extensive experience in the collective dimension of employment, advising Members and participating in collective bargaining and industrial relations procedures involving Trade Unions. Ian also sits as a panel member on Tribunals.
Lorraine Toolan
Legal Adviser and Head of Employment Training Services
Lorraine has been with EEF since 2001.  Lorraine has primary responsibility for training which includes working with Members to assess their training and developmental requirements, to help ensure employment law compliance and the understanding of fair and consistent application of Organisational policies and procedures.  Lorraine’s experience in employment relations and Tribunal advocacy helps her to design and deliver more effective, relevant and practical training courses across a wide range of subjects.
Karen Moore
Employment Lawyer and Solicitor Advocate
Karen is a qualified solicitor who advises Member Organisations on all aspects of employment law, in particular in relation to business transfers and service provision changes.  Since joining the EEF in January 2010 Karen has represented Member Companies in all types of claims before the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunal.  Over recent years Karen has also lectured in employment law at the University of Ulster Graduate School.
Michelle McGinley
Employment Lawyer
Michelle is a qualified solicitor who, prior to joining EEF in 2003 worked in private practice in both GB and NI specialising in defence employment litigation.  Michelle taught at a London Law School before returning to Northern Ireland to work in private practice.  Michelle advises and represents Member Companies before the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals and has completed the Solicitor Advanced Advocacy Course.  Michelle leads and responds to public consultations affecting NI employment law to ensure that our Members’ views are adequately represented.  Michelle trained as a Mediator with the Law Society and is now a Board Member for the Labour Relations Agency.
Kathryn O’Lone
Employment Lawyer
Kathryn is a qualified solicitor and an accredited Solicitor Advocate who joined the EEF in November 2009.  Kathryn advises Members on all aspects of employment law as well as representing Member Companies before the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals in all types of litigation.  Kathryn also carries out a range of bespoke training services for Members in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland.