Employment lawyer and TikTok sensation Richard Grogan has passed away
Ireland's most famous employment lawyer, Richard Grogan, has sadly passed away. The news was confirmed by Lawyers Against Homelessness on Wednesday (23 November).
"Remembering our esteemed and most generous colleague Richard Grogan who gave selflessly of his time, talent and genius to the homeless. Rest in peace Richard," the group wrote.
Remembering our esteemed and most generous colleague Richard Grogan who gave selflessly of his time, talent and genius to the homeless. Rest in peace Richard.@GroganRichard
— Lawyers Against Homelessness (@LawyersAgainstH) November 23, 2022
Grogan attended Blackrock College, before attending UCD to study Law, where he obtained an Honours BCL. He qualified as a solicitor in 1979, and went on to set up his own firm in Dublin, Richard Grogan and & Associates.
In 2021, Grogan set up a TikTok account, where he shared employment law tips and answered questions from viewers.
The videos quickly exploded in popularity, amassing nearly 300,000 followers on TikTok, and over two million likes.
Viewers loved Grogan's no-nonsense approach to questions surrounding employment law, finishing each of his videos with his signature, "Now that's the law, and that's a fact!"
The Law Society is deeply saddened to learn of Council member Richard Grogan's passing.
Richard was a tireless advocate, both in proceedings and in the public arena. We will miss his energy, humour, and deep commitment to the profession. pic.twitter.com/VW3Ew02iYZ
— Law Society Ireland (@LawSocIreland) November 23, 2022
In an interview with JOE last December, Grogan said he was "surprised" at the speed at which the TikTok account grew.
"I think it's probably the content we're giving, you know, real information about employment law and injury matters," Richard said.
"So it's one of those matters that I think people find it difficult to get information. I think that's why it has taken off."
The final video posted to his TikTok account was to announce he had won Lawyer of the Year at the 2022 Irish Law Awards.
@richardgrogansolicitors #irishhairandbeautyawards2022 #lawyeroftheyear2022 #thatsthelawandthatsafact ♬ original sound - richardgrogansolicitors
Grogan regularly made television and radio appearances in the past year, discussing employment law on RTÉ, Virgin Media, and local stations around the country such as Cork 96FM and KFM.
Irish TikTok fans will be sure to miss seeing Grogan appear on For You Pages, answering questions and supporting workers' rights.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h'anam dílis.
"What do you really know about your rights?"
We spoke to Employment Lawyer/TikTok enthusiast Richard Grogan about what you need to know when it comes to your annual leave and employment rights? pic.twitter.com/Calc1TqCGE
— JOE.ie (@JOEdotie) December 23, 2021