Seamus McGranaghan

Director – Commercial, Education, Employment & Licensing

Seamus McGranaghan

Seamus McGranaghan

Director – Commercial, Education, Employment & Licensing

  028 9032 1000 Seamus McGranaghan

Seamus joined the firm in 2001 and is an experienced Commercial Lawyer dealing with employment, commercial, education and licensing cases.

Recognised in leading legal directories as an exemplar lawyer, Seamus has experience in the Industrial Tribunal representing both Claimants and Respondents and regularly provides seminars and podcasts in relation to controversial areas of employment law. Seamus is the only member of the Education and Law Association in Northern Ireland. He specialises in advising schools and colleges on policy matters, employment issues and student welfare. He is also responsible for the Education Law Quarterly Review.

Seamus also has bountiful experience in commercial transactions. Leading on many multi-million-pound transactions, Seamus is an expert in negotiating sale purchase agreements to facilitate seamless mergers and acquisitions of large companies. Seamus takes an in-depth approach to due diligence, ensuring his clients are always satisfied with the entity they are purchasing.

In addition, Seamus is one of the leading licensing lawyers in Northern Ireland. As one of the few lawyers who truly specialises in this area, Seamus is best placed to offer advice on all aspects of liquor licensing, entertainment licensing and betting and gaming as well as the acquisition and disposal of licensed premises and businesses involved in the licensed trade. Seamus has a plethora of reputable clients including some of the UK’s largest bookmakers, leading hotel brands, universities, theatres, drinks suppliers, pub and restaurant chains and independent retailers.

Legal Directories

Chambers and Partners 2024 – Band 1 – Education: Institutions – Seamus McGranaghan regularly assists education sector clients with SEN matters, including admissions and expulsions. He possesses further expertise in employment issues and frequently appears in tribunals on behalf of schools and higher education institutions. “Seamus is a very good solicitor and has a great reputation

Chambers and Partners 2024 – Band 3 – Employment – Seamus McGranaghan of O’Reilly Stewart is noted for education sector employment work. He represents employees and employers in a range of matters.

Practice Areas

Licensing Commercial Employment

Recent Experience

  • 100% Contributory Fault Reduction Applied by Tribunal at Hearing Read
  • A Cautionary Tale – Employees With Less than 52 Weeks Continuous Service Read
  • O’Reilly Stewart Represent Care Home in Whistleblowing Claim Read
  • Success for Nurse at NMC Hearing Read
  • Six Figure Compensation for Failure to Inform and Consult Read

Specialist Expertise

  • Commercial, Education, Employment & Licensing


  • Law Society of Northern Ireland
  • Belfast Solicitors' Association
  • Northern Ireland Young Solicitors' Association
  • Education Law Association