Firm Profile > William Fry > Dublin, Ireland

William Fry
2 GRAND CANAL SQUARE
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Banking and finance Tier 1

'Always accessible and willing to find solutions to issues', William Fry is particularly strong in property and development finance, advising a number of  international investors on high-profile projects in Ireland. The team also handles leveraged acquisition and corporate finance, regularly acting for leading domestic lenders. Other areas of expertise include fund finance and project finance. David Maughan leads the team; Elaine Hanly and Siobhan Carlin are highly active in project and real estate finance, among other areas; Padraic Kinsella specialises in corporate banking and Jason Hollis in lending to regulated financial services providers. Lyn Brennan joined the team from Milbank in New York. Rachel Stanton is now with Simmons & Simmons. Senior associate David O’Shea was a new arrival from Dillon Eustace in 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Testimonials

There is always someone available to deal with clients’ queries.

Extremely commercial, understand the implications of a transaction and how they will impact on the client. Excellent attention to detail. Massively respected by the team on the other side of the transaction.

Always accessible and willing to find solutions to issues. I feel my company is protected when I work with William Fry – the advice is always clear and I never feel like I can’t ask questions.

Jason Hollis is one of the best partners in Dublin: extremely hardworking, commercially astute, excellent legal advice, proactive and solutions focused. I fully trust him.

Lyn Brennan, who practised for many years in New York, is well versed in cross-border transactions.

The team is very professional and always provides sound and commercially minded advice.

User-friendly, able to focus on key points.

Elaine Hanly and associate Ciarán Herlihy are well-qualified professionals, who are technically competent and commercial.

The team is excellent to deal with. Their level of market knowledge is very high, and they are proactive at finding solutions to problems and good at pushing the transaction to close.

Jason Hollis has a very professional manner and is extremely knowledgeable on the property market. He provided excellent service on two transactions which were not straightforward and I would be delighted to use his services again.

Very well-resourced team, providing excellent turnaround times and always ensuring partner availability.

Padraic Kinsella stands out for his excellent responsiveness and dedication to transactions. He has a very commercial approach in dealing with issues as they arise, will always seek to find a path through to consensus with all parties, is very proactive in keeping a transaction moving, and shows strong attention to detail.

Very proactive and knowledgable in the Irish real estate finance sphere.

The team are very knowledgable and have the capability to manage large and complex transactions seamlessly.

Key clients

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

Kennedy Wilson

Smurfit Kappa

Allied Irish Banks

Silicon Valley Bank

Ardagh Packaging Group

Ulster Bank

Barclays Bank

Deutsche Bank

The European Investment Bank

EirGrid

National Asset Management Agency

Uniphar

Hines

State Street Bank and Trust Company

The Dutch Infrastructure Fund

U & I (formerly Development Securities)

York Capital Management

MML Capital Partners

Patron Capital Advisors

Goldman Sachs Bank USA

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation

Debenhams Retail (Ireland)

BNP Paribas UK

Capital markets Tier 1

William Fry's ECM team has experience advising on significant domestic and international IPOs, secondary issuances, and takeovers. The team counts high-profile Irish and overseas companies, banks and brokers among its clients, as well as a number of venture capital funds based in Ireland. Myra Garrett, who is noted for her expertise in advising technology companies on fundraising, exit strategy and sales, leads the team, which also includes the 'very commercial and highly professional' Mark Talbot. On the DCM side, the team has been active in corporate and property-backed note and bond issuances and repackagings. Practice head David Maughan has expertise in distressed asset funding, particularly for aircraft, while Elaine Hanly's extensive experience includes securitisations and derivatives, and Mary Ward's recent experience includes advising on a major debt repackaging programme.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan; Myra Garrett

Testimonials

William Fry’s capital markets practice is a strong team, commercially minded, pragmatic and focused on the commercial outcomes. Always well prepped, on top of the detail and with a longer-term view of what is required and on key objectives.

Very personable as well as providing first-class advice.

Mark Talbot is very diligent in identifying and understanding the key issues, highlighting the important points within the detail and then moving processes forward. Very commercial and highly professional.

Mark Talbot has been particularly proactive about our business and quick to respond with considered opinions.

Key clients

PSC Eaglewood

Smurfit Kappa Group

DCC

BNP Paribas

Department of Finance

Yew Grove REIT

Smurfit Kappa

RBC Capital Markets

J & E Davy

Jefferies International

Ardagh Group

RBC Capital Markets

Credit Suisse

Uniphar

Fineos

Linde

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

The team at William Fry is noted for its 'pragmatic approach'. It has been active in a range of high-profile domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, particularly public M&A, private equity deals, and venture capital matters (especially in the fintech sector). The team also has expertise in the financial services, technology, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and hospitality sectors. New practice head Stephen Keogh has a particular focus on private equity transactions; the 'very strong' Shane O’Donnell specialises in corporate finance and counts numerous investment and private equity firms among his clients; the 'excellent' Myra Garrett has extensive expertise in M&A and public takeovers; and newly promoted partner Carol Eager has experience in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. The team saw the departures of David Carthy to DLA Piper, David Fitzgibbon to Matheson, and Eavan Saunders to Dentons.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Keogh

Testimonials

Excellent turnaround times and very good at explaining issues in layman’s terms. Very pragmatic approach which worked well.

Shane O’Donnell is very strong and senior associate Lucy McCurry was very proficient at turning around documents. Solicitor Caitríona McNiff was persistently good at working the detail.

Carol Eager “partners” with my in-house legal team and really understands trying to get negotiations over the line in a commercial and risk-sensible way. Always reliable and always sensible.

Key clients

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Tesco

DCC plc

IIU/Dermot Desmond

J&E Davy

Premier Lotteries / Camelot

Linde AG

The Irish Times

York Capital Management

Uniphar Group plc

Coca-Cola European Partners

Phoenix Life plc

Irish Government

Amaris Hospital/Lonestar

Glanbia

Edward Lifesciences plc

Mayfair Equity Partners

Circet Groupe

Goshawk Aviation

Construction Tier 1

William Fry acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients from the real estate, transport, technology, logistics, retail and public sectors, including many major developers. It has expertise in advising on large-scale construction projects, particularly student accommodation, residential, commercial and retail developments, and also handles contentious matters. Practice head Liam McCabe is highly experienced in complex development projects, while Jarleth Heneghan, who is singled out for his 'knowledge of the market, responsiveness, and clear, sound advice', handles both construction transactions and disputes. Other key contacts include Bryanna Ryan, who has a particular focus on contractual matters, and 'pragmatic and efficient' consultant Cassandra Byrne.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Testimonials

‘I worked closely with Jarleth Heneghan. His attention to detail, responsiveness and ability to change strategy due to the issues thrown at us  was remarkable. He doesn’t quit or take the easy route, but he continues to fight for what’s right for the client.’

‘Very pleasant to work with and extremely conscientious.’

‘Their key strengths were their detailed knowledge of not only the contract documentation, legislation and regulations, but also of the industry and the commercial market, coupled with clear, sound advice on the legal implications of the commercial arrangement to be agreed and implemented.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan stands out for his knowledge of the market, responsiveness, and clear, sound advice on the legal implications of commercial discussions.’

‘Cassandra Byrne demonstrated detailed and careful drafting, responsiveness, and recognition of the commercial reality and the requirement to put this into a legal framework.’

‘Very professional, very commercial, great depth in the team, quick to respond to matters and good broad experience’

‘The standouts are Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne, who are professional and dedicated, with good commercial experience.’

‘William Fry are an excellent legal practice, with in-house experts across every market. We have used William Fry for a variety of purposes over the years and have always found them approachable, understanding of our requirements, and keen to advise and develop a solution. We would strongly recommend William Fry to our colleagues.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan is our key construction partner, with an in-depth knowledge of construction law, contracts and the market. Jarleth’s depth of knowledge, commercial outlook and ability to look round corners have been invaluable to us over the years and will continue to be so into to the future.’

‘The construction team that we work with in William Fry are a trusted partner and have an intimate knowledge of construction on every level. They understand our requirements as a client extremely well and adopt a commercial and practical approach to all matters, whether complex or not.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan is our principal point of contact on construction and a trusted adviser, providing complex technical advice in a straightforward manner. His attention to detail combined with a strong market understanding and commercial nous has ensured that he has delivered on highly complex projects in an expedient manner. His level of service delivery is top class.’

‘Cassandra Byrne has a pragmatic and efficient approach.’

Liam McCabe:- Probably the standout RE transaction legal expert in Ireland. A man on top of his game professionally but also a great coach and mentor to his team and also clients.

Key clients

Allied World Insurance

Bank of Ireland

Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc

Blackpitts Development Limited Partnership

Blackrock Real Estate

Bord Gáis Eireann

Chartered Land

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

Citibank

Diageo

Digital Realty Trust

Dublin Airport Authority (daa)

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

Edwards Lifesciences

Eirgen

Eirgrid

Electricity Supply Board

Hammerson plc

Hines UK

Hines Ireland

IKEA

Irish Infrastructure Fund

Irish Life

Intercom

Jaguar Landrover

Jepview Developments

Kennedy Wilson

Liberty Mutual

Local authorities including Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Louth County Council

MML Growth Partners Limited

Mountpark

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

QBE/XL

Respond! Housing Association

Smurfit Kappa

Sodexo Limited

Solas

Starwood Capital Group

Tesco

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

University College Dublin

U&I Group plc

UCB Manufacturing Ireland Limited

Value Retail

Wasdell

Workday Limited

Yahoo!

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

William Fry advises on GDPR compliance, international data transfers, data subject access requests, the data protection aspects of cloud computing, and the management of data breaches and statutory investigations. On the contentious side, the team is involved in significant data privacy litigation. Clients include a number of multinationals and are drawn from the financial services, retail, transport, sports and life sciences sectors, as well as the technology industry. Practice head David Cullen specialises in handling data compliance projects and large-scale data breaches; Leo Moore acts for clients across the  technology, financial services, sport, and food and beverages sectors; and John O’Connor has longstanding experience advising on GDPR compliance and cyber security.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Key clients

BSA / The Software Alliance

Irish Rugby Football Union

AIB

Survey Monkey

Irish Life

FBD Insurance plc

Athora

Intercom

Tesco & Tesco Mobile

CRH Group

Smurfit Kappa Group

Workday Inc.

Merck

Dispute resolution Tier 1

William Fry's 'strategic and results-oriented' team counts major domestic and international corporates, financial institutions and state bodies among its clients. The team has been involved in high-profile recent litigation across a broad range of areas, including the technology, financial services, pharmaceuticals and regulatory sectors, and has experience in cross-border matters. Other areas of expertise include defamation actions and contentious IP, property and insolvency. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan has a strong reputation for shareholder and investment disputes; Garrett Breen - who has 'unrivalled experience and excellent judgement' - has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional matters; the 'responsive and exceptionally focused' Paul Convery has expertise in financial litigation; and Lisa Carty, an 'excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills', acts in high-profile commercial and financial services cases. Senior associate Deirdre O’Donovan, who has particular experience in shareholder and contractual disputes, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Owen O’Sullivan

Testimonials

The team is very client-oriented and works collaboratively to help clients attain the best results. They are practical and focused on progressing matters.

Paul Convery is very responsive to clients and exceptionally focused. He analyses matters very clearly and comprehensively.

Extremely strategic and results oriented. They keep their eye on the business result the client seeks, and don’t get caught up in litigation for the sake of litigation.

Owen O’Sullivan is a great tactical thinker.

Lisa Carty and her team are exceptional. The overall level of service is excellent. They have in-depth knowledge and experience of the relevant sectors and provide very balanced advice in frequently fraught circumstances. They have a particular emphasis on regulatory bodies where their experience is unrivalled.

Lisa Carty is an excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills. She is very strategic in her approach and I would regard her as a very trusted adviser who really understands our business. Her expertise and the service she delivers is unrivalled in the Irish market.

Senior associates Hilary Rogers and Deirdre O’Donovan have an amazing insight and depth of experience coupled with an exceptional focus on results for the client.

Depth of knowledge and expertise

Garrett Breen has unrivalled experience and excellent judgement. He and his team also work extremely hard and I have never been involved in a case where a deadline has been missed or where better trial preparation could have been achieved.

The dispute resolution team at William Fry are very impressive. They are responsive, technically strong and the team that you want on your side for any particularly thorny disputes.

Derek Hegarty and Shane Kelleher are an excellent team. Their technical expertise, attention to detail, ability to read into the complexities of long-running cases and to distil advice and assistance in a calm and confident manner is really impressive.

Excellent junior staff provide first-class back-up to the front-line litigators.

A long tradition of conducting complex litigation in every Superior Court in Ireland.

Paul Convery has good nerve, relates easily to international clients, and has an excellent eye for what really are the key issues in complex cases.

Garrett Breen has tons of experience in handling the heaviest litigation and first-class tactical sense. He relates really well to clients, counsel and opposing teams, a real advantage when negotiation is called for.’

Senior associate Sarah Twohig has a superb grasp of the issues and first-class organisational capacity in complex litigation. Entirely reliable execution of complex instructions in preparing complex trials.’

Key clients

BSA | The Software Alliance

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Defender

Eli Lilly

Leinster Rugby

Pöttinger Landtechnik

Dmitry Mazepin

 

Employment Tier 1

William Fry's 'very commercial' employment team handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, with the majority of its work being stand-alone cases. It also advises on cross-border matters, including acting for the French company Circet on its merger with Irish telecoms provider KN Group. Practice head Catherine O’Flynn is a 'stand-out employment lawyer', while Alicia Compton's work included a significant case in the Labour Court regarding the Organisation of Working Time Act. The team has significantly expanded in the past year, with Ailbhe Dennehy joining in January 2020 from A&L Goodbody. Louise Harrison and Jeffrey Greene are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Catherine O’Flynn

Testimonials

‘The team is resourced with top quality individuals who are on top of their game in terms of legal skills and knowledge. They understand the needs of the client and work hard to ensure that the client experience in sometimes difficult matters is as good as it can be. They interact with the client in a way that makes it easy for the client to understand the pertinent issues and come to decisions based on the best advice.’

‘William Fry’s employment team are very commercial in their outlook – and focused on helping clients achieve their preferred objectives. I have found them very approachable and straightforward in their advice.’

‘They have technical expertise, excellent availability and their advice is totally practical, not academic or theoretical. Good value for money.’

‘Practice head, Catherine O’Flynn, is a stand-out employment lawyer. In contentious matters she identifies and efficiently resolves the core issues. In advisory issues she is known for her commercial approach. She has the full range of expertise and maintains a high profile with indigenous and international corporates.’

‘William Fry represents major corporates and has an expanding team of senior lawyers and experts in the field and now recently under the stewardship of Catherine O’Flynn. Its reputation and profile has grown and they are one of Ireland’s leading employment teams.’

‘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.’

‘Catherine O’Flynn is an excellent and experienced advisor, providing pragmatic guidance on issues of Irish employment law. She would always be my first port of call as trusted counsel in Ireland, on anything complex or strategic.’

‘The individuals I have worked with include Alicia Compton, Nuala Clayton and Boyce Shubotham. 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. Nuala is her excellent associate and is definitely one to watch for the future. They are always client focused and nothing it seems is too much to ask. They are available to help and guide at all times. They are more like one of your team than your lawyers.’

Key clients

The Irish Times

Pheonix Group

Boots Retail (Ireland)

Kilsaran Concrete

Axa

Glanbia Co-Operative Society

Irish Credit Bureau

Valeo Foods

Tesco

B&Q

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

The team at  William Fry has 'in-depth legal and commercial understanding' of the Irish energy market and is a popular choice for state and semi-state bodies, energy and utilities companies, contractors and financial investors. The practice works on a range of renewable matters, including assisting EirGrid with the high-profile Celtic Interconnector project and advising Brookfield Renewable Energy on the development of a wind farm. The department also handles regulatory matters for Aughinish Alumina. Practice head Fergus Devine has 'extensive legal knowledge' and provides 'timely, pragmatic and commercial' advice.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Devine

Testimonials

‘William Fry have been our-go to lawyers for over 20 years and are an integral part of our team. We demand a lot from our legal advisers and the team at William Fry consistently deliver. They really understand the complexities of our business and have an in-depth legal and commercial understanding of the Irish energy sector. They are always available when we need them and their legal advice is succinct and to the point. We see no value in going to any other firm in Ireland and William Fry are as good as any international law firm we’ve dealt with. The William Fry team’s commitment to us and its ability to advise on complex international legal matters (against an ever-changing geo-political landscape) was very apparent during the past year. William Fry’s advice and assistance throughout this period was stellar and was a critical component in ensuring that we sustained our commercial relationships. We work with Fergus Devine on a daily basis. He is our go-to lawyer for all our important transactions and projects. We leverage his extensive legal knowledge of the energy and natural resources market to drive real value for our business.  He continues to provide the best legal advice when we need it and is not afraid to give a view.  He has a real affinity for this sector.’

‘Fergus Devine is excellent and has an in-depth knowledge of the area.’

‘William Fry has represented the largest global energy players active in the Irish market. We have worked with them for some time on a significant number of the pivotal energy and natural resources developments/transactions in Ireland with a cross-border element. They have experience advising all players in the market including renewable and conventional generators, shippers and suppliers, traders, project developers, funders, end users and other energy service providers, but have developed particular expertise on matters such as the development of the Celtic Interconnector. I think they compare favourably to other market players. Fergus Devine has a particularly in-depth level of knowledge on the workings of the transmission and distribution network and the complex regulatory framework that comprises that SEM in Ireland. We found his advice to be timely, pragmatic and commercial. James Downey works closely with Fergus at an associate level and is very level headed and commercial.’

Key clients

EirGrid plc

Aughinish Alumina (part of Rusal Group)

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Circle K

Glanpower

Davy Stockbrokers

European Investment Bank

EU and competition Tier 1

William Fry has a strong reputation for advising on merger control, particularly the negotiation of remedies with the CCPC, and is active in state aid and public procurement matters. The practice also handles competition litigation and investigations by the EU Commission and the Irish competition authority. 'Outstanding competition lawyer' Cormac Little leads the practice and is experienced in merger control, competition investigations and procurement. The 'excellent' Claire Waterson has expertise in sectoral regulation, particularly telecoms, and state aid; Sheila Tormey specialises in merger control, behavioural issues and private damages actions; and senior associate Sarah Lynam's experience includes advising on merger control and abuse of dominance.

Practice head(s):

Cormac Little

Testimonials

Cormac Little is an outstanding competition lawyer. He gives excellent advice and is able to effectively communicate in a way that overcomes the complexities of the law.

Frys have an excellent, easy to interact with and responsive competition team.

Cormac Little and Claire Waterson are both excellent lawyers and both have a calm approach and provide efficient and well-reasoned responses.

Key clients

Aughinish Alumina Limited

Carlyle

Hammerson

Diageo

Irish Times

Pensions Authority

Department of Finance

Uniphar

Solas

ComReg

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

William Fry has a strong reputation for large-scale litigation in the life sciences and healthcare sector, particularly handling patent litigation and product liability claims for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies. The team also advises on corporate and commercial matters in the sector. On the healthcare side, the team represents healthcare providers, insurers and professionals in litigation and regulatory investigations. The practice is jointly led by Laura Scott, who specialises in IP and regulatory law, with particular expertise in patent disputes, and Fiona Barry, who handles contentious healthcare matters. Margaret Muldowney and Sinéad Keavey are also noted for handling medical negligence and product liability claims and fitness to practise inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; Fiona Barry

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly

Genentech

EirGen Pharma

BioMarin

ResMed

Uniphar

Merck Sharpe Dohme (MSD)

Boots

Medical Protection Society (MPS)

The Adelaide Hospital Society

Information technology Tier 1

Noted for its 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the law', William Fry has been highly active in M&A deals in the technology sector, as well as advising major technology, financial services, retail and public sector clients on technology-related transactions, outsourcing and GDPR compliance. The practice is led by David Cullen, who has extensive experience advising on contractual arrangements for large-scale IT projects and cloud-computing matters; Leo Moore specialises in outsourcing, e-commerce and systems integration, as well as the commercialisation of new technologies; and John O’Connor has particular expertise in fintech. John Magee moved to DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor

Testimonials

The team understands our risk acceptability levels and works to provide strategic advice accordingly.

Encyclopaedic knowledge of the law combined with a business-friendly approach to advice.

Key clients

BSA | The Software Alliance

mytaxi

Digicel

X-Celeprint

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

Irish Rugby Football Union

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

Led by the 'brilliantFergus DoorlyWilliam Fry handled a wide range of insolvency and restructuring matters in 2019. Ruairi Rynn, an 'excellent insolvency solicitor', acted for Ballantyne Re on its restructuring, and the 'top-notch' Craig Sowman handled cross-border work including acting for French company Naval Energies on the liquidation of the OpenHydro Group. The firm is also active in the retail space, advising Debenhams on its refinancing and restructuring and acting for Deloitte as liquidators of Karen Millen Ireland. Senior associate Niamh Cacciato is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Doorly

Testimonials

‘Top expertise and outstanding service in complex insolvency and corporate restructuring worldwide.’

‘A very strong insolvency and corporate restructuring team – with a full service firm to drawn on as the needs of the case dictates. Extensive credentials across all formal insolvency types and in a number of sectors.’

‘Our experience of William Fry is very positive. They are engaged on all our big mandates unless conflicted. The go-to big 5 firm for contentious matters. Team strengths are the depth in resources, excellent advice coupled with practical application – you really get a sense of reassurance particularly in contentious matters. They can pull in advice from non-insolvency areas and the one-stop-shop approach works really well where time constraints exist. You know that the mandate matters to them and they will work unashamedly to get the desired outcome. Market leading big 5 firm.’

‘I found the team very knowledgeable on all aspects of the transaction which given the ground breaking nature of the deal was very reassuring to me as a client. The team were responsive to all requests, kept us informed of all major developments and worked well with all of the other professionals involved in the transaction. They covered well for each other and gave a real sense of working as a team.’

‘Fergus Doorly is a very experienced insolvency and litigation solicitor. Highly regarded in the sector. Strong communication skills with a straightforward manner. A trusted advisor with extensive knowledge of pertinent case law. Craig Sowman is technical and efficient yet very approachable. He provides clear concise advice always focusing on the key issues and with excellent attention to detail. He is proactive and pragmatic. Ruairi Rynn is an excellent insolvency solicitor. Very commercial, focuses on the key issues quickly and very responsive. He has the ability to explain and deal with complex issues and to develop innovative solutions.’

‘Fergus Doorly is a brilliant lawyer. Fergus thinks carefully about cases, the pitfalls and the strategy. He sees the big picture while not missing any of the detail. You won’t go wrong with Fergus in your team.’

‘Fergus Doorly is a really astute insolvency lawyer. Well respected among his peers and contentious issues arising do not faze him. He is always highly responsive with advice, not just highly responsive for the sake of it. From a client perspective, even though he is instructed on a large number of mandates, you get the service as if you were the sole client. Craig Sowman is a top notch, relatively newly appointed partner. He has excellent insolvency knowledge and a real, no-nonsense approach to issues arising. You always feel you are in good hands when he is instructed on an assignment. Really good at resolving key issues. He can see the issues from the outset. He is always available and highly responsive.’

‘The key members of the team with whom we worked were Ruairi Rynn, the partner who led the engagement, Paul Murray, the partner who had set up the original structure, Niamh Cacciato and Simona Mulligan who were the supporting associates. Each member of the team acted as consummate professionals in their roles, exhibiting skill, diligence and client awareness and contributed to the success of the transaction.’

Key clients

Debenhams

Ballantyne Re

Naval Energies/Naval Group

Deloitte

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

EY

Quinn International Property Management

Baker Tilly

Insurance Tier 1

William Fry's insurance practice works with both insurers and reinsurers on complex, cross-border matters. In 2019, the firm handled matters ranging from advising on acquisitions in the insurance space, assisting quasi-statutory organisations with legislative changes, and acting for insurers on restructuring their obligations. The firm's workload also includes contentious cases as well as advisory work related to the changes in the insurance market as a result of Brexit. The practice is led by John Larkin, who has 'industry leading knowledge and a wealth of practical experience in Irish and European insurance matters', while Eoin Caulfield advises on transactions and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

John Larkin

Testimonials

‘Industry leading knowledge in the insurance practice.’

‘John Larkin has industry leading knowledge and a wealth of practical experience in Irish and European insurance matters. John’s calm demeanour, understanding of how theory relates to practice and ability to understand and translate clients’ issues are particularly valuable.’

‘They have enough capacity across a range of disciplines to support the wider business context.’

‘My main interactions have been with John Larkin, Catherine Carrigy, and Ted McGrath. All excellent.’

‘We have worked with multiple attorneys and departments within William Fry and have found that all of those attorneys possess in-depth knowledge of the Irish regulatory market and provide advice from a practical point of view.’

‘They respond in a timely and thorough manner and provide valuable insights. They also raise considerations that we may not have thought of. John Larkin has been exceptional in helping us navigate through complex Brexit-related issues. He always finds time to make himself available to us. His associates are also very knowledgeable. John O’Connor has also helped us with GDPR compliance issues, as well as his associate Nicole Fitzpatrick.’

Key clients

Athora Group

Phoenix Group

AXA

SCOR Group

Apollo Global Management

FBD Insurance

CNP Santander Insurance

Société Générale

Catalina

Enstar Group

Beazley Group

Intellectual property Tier 1

William Fry's sizeable IP team handles work across the full gamut of IP matters, including contentious and non-contentious work. David Cullen heads the non-contentious IP team; his work includes advising multinationals including Diageo and Valeo Foods Group on their brand portfolios. Head of contentious IP Laura Scott is 'highly experienced' and very active in contentious IP litigation. Other team members include Colette Brady, who has extensive experience in trade mark litigation, and Leo Moore, who 'always finds practical and commercially oriented solutions to solve the client's issues'. Additionally, consultant Carol Plunkett handles a number of contentious matters, including working alongside Scott and Moore to represent GlaxoSmithKline in a trade mark invalidity and passing off action.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; David Cullen

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong in technology, food & beverage and pharma but is a full service team. The team is very responsive, cost efficient and always finds practical and commercially oriented solutions to solve even the most complex cases in favour of the client.’

‘I have worked with William Fry for many years. Laura Scott has now taken up the role as lead and is highly experienced and expert in all areas of IP. Colette Brady also works on that team and is excellent. Aside from her subject expertise she works extremely hard and ensures that all issues are thoroughly prepared. I have worked with Carol Plunkett, Laura and Colette on a number of cases in the last 12 months ranging from SPC validity proceedings to copyright. We are awaiting judgment in one case where I expected we would lose at the proofs stage but now believe that we will likely win because of the work put in by the team. On the IP side I would rate Fry as the leading firm in Ireland.’

‘I work closely with Leo Moore. Leo is a well known/leading practitioner in the Irish market and someone whom I met on the IP conference circuit. I like to work with people I know and in the case of international work, those that are highly regarded in their own country. Leo is very personable and as a lawyer, he is very responsive, cost efficient and always finds practical and commercially oriented solutions to solve the client’s issues.’

‘I rate both Laura Scott and Carol Plunkett highly in terms of competence, experience, knowledge and judgement.’

‘William Fry is the standout firm in Ireland for intellectual property litigation and patent litigation in particular.

Key clients

Diageo

Eli Lilly

Boehringer Ingelheim

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Victoria’s Secret

Expedia

Bord Gáis Energy

GlaxoSmithKline

X-Celeprint

Royal Dublin Society

Investment funds Tier 1

William Fry is 'an acknowledged leader in advising ETFs', assisting with the establishment of European ETF platforms and handling major acquisitions in that space. The team's strong client base includes leading global promoters of Irish-domiciled funds and fund service providers. As well as the establishment and regulation of UCITS and alternative funds, the practice has experience advising on the authorisation of UCITS management companies and AIFMs. The highly experienced Dan Morrissey leads the practice, while other key contacts include James Phelan, who is recommended for his 'exceptional understanding of the regulatory landscape' surrounding various types of investment funds; Vincent Coyne, who has particular expertise in alternative funds;  Patricia Taylor and John Aherne, who specialise in regulatory matters; and the 'knowledgeable' Sergey Dolomanov, who is noted for his strength in the ETF space.

Practice head(s):

Dan Morrissey

Testimonials

William Fry have one of the pre-eminent funds legal practices in Dublin and are an acknowledged leader in advising ETFs. One of the unique benefits of working with William Fry is the depth of ETF-specific knowledge and awareness down through all adviser levels.

The team is invariably responsive and friendly to work with. The partners have a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory regime within which we carry out business and can be relied upon to represent our best interests with the regulator.

We can be confident that James will push the boat out for us when called on to do so. He has an excellent understanding of the regulatory environment in which our business operates.

One of the advantages of working with William Fry as our external counsel is that they ensure we are provided with two-partner support.

Sergey Dolomanov is very knowledgeable and has particular expertise in ETFs. He understands our business and provides clear, well-informed and practical advice. His deep technical knowledge is complemented well by his clear communication style.

Associates Clodagh Ruigrok and Emma Hendrick both provide invaluable support. Clodagh is professional, has strong technical expertise and is always responsive and friendly. Emma is a much-valued member of the team.

Their historical understanding of the development of our product and business in Ireland cannot be matched elsewhere. They are always exceptionally responsive and friendly to deal with and, most importantly, always get the job done properly and on time. They are very successful at making me feel that they are just an extension of my own in-house team.

James Phelan is a vital resource. He can provide a commercial perspective, combined with a deep understanding of the rules.

I would not hesitate in highly recommending them.

James Phelan is an invaluable source of support. He is always willing to go the extra mile for us and his advice is always sensible and on point. He has an exceptional understanding of the regulatory landscape and an ability to convey legal knowledge in a genuinely useful way. James is a personable, friendly guy, as are all of his team. He is highly thought of across the board.

Lorena Dunne demonstrates attention to detail and deep knowledge of the history of our funds in Ireland. She is very personable to deal with and her analytical and technical abilities are invaluable, coupled, as they are, with a strong commercial focus. She is a longstanding and dedicated adviser to our Irish fund range.

Associates Hannah Cooney and Emma Perry never let us down and are at all times extremely personable to deal with and responsive.

Lorena Dunne and Paul Murray offer a very thorough and comprehensive cover of fund matters. They offer a great level of support and their experience with the use and operation of the Icav structure has been invaluable.

I have been impressed by William Fry’s expertise in the legal aspects of particular fund structures, such as UCITS. Their key strengths are knowledge and responsiveness.

Frys is a firm that continues to set the benchmark for funds advice in the industry.

Key clients

Architas Multi-Managers

ASR Levensverzekering N.V.

AXA

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Bank Plc

BlackRock

BNY Mellon

Carmignac

Carne

City of London

Comgest

Davy

Harrington Cooper

Lazard Asset Management

Legal and General

Natixis Investment Managers

NTMA

Poste Vita

Sands Capital

SQN Capital Management

Temporis Capital

Media and entertainment Tier 1

With domestic and international newspapers, broadcasters and sports bodies among its clients, William Fry has expertise across a wide range of areas, including defamation proceedings, pre-publication advice, media rights and sponsorship agreements. The practice is led by Fiona Barry, who has extensive experience in defamation, privacy, social media and reputation management, and Craig Sowman, who heads the firm's sports group. Sinéad Keavey is noted for her expertise in social media law.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Barry; Craig Sowman

Key clients

BBC

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

Irish Rugby Football Union

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

The Irish Times

RTE

Sky

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

The pensions and employee benefits team at William Fry has 'a wealth of experience' in the space and handles a range of matters. In 2019 the firm hired Ian Devlin from Eversheds Sutherland, who has 'an excellent knowledge of the law' and now leads the pensions side of the practice, while the employee benefits side is led by the 'hugely experienced' Maura Roe. It has been particularly active in IPO-related matters recently, handling the pensions and employee benefit aspects of Uniphar's Irish IPO as well as acting for Fineos, an Irish-based company which launched on the Australian stock exchange. Consultant Michael Wolfe is also noted. Louise Harrison is now with Flynn O'Driscoll.

Practice head(s):

Ian Devlin; Maura Roe

Testimonials

‘The employee benefits team in William Fry has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex employee share schemes and are pragmatic and solutions focused in navigating challenges. The team also have good contacts with other service providers in this area and their recommendations are very helpful.’

‘Their strengths are their knowledge of the industry and their expertise in the field. They keep up to date with emerging topics/issues, are quick to advise on them and proactive in bringing important issues to the table. They have good engagement with the company and the trustees, responsive, professional, pragmatic in approach.’

‘Great depth in the team and great commitment to finding sustainable solutions.’

‘Ian Devlin has an excellent knowledge of the law and is very commercially minded and responsive.’

‘Maura Roe is hugely experienced in employee share option schemes and is always pragmatic and solutions focused.’

‘Ian Devlin has a fantastic commercial mindset and his experience enables him to move very quickly to the best outcome for all parties.’

Key clients

Premier Lotteries

Tesco

J&E Davy

The Irish Times

Uniphar

Irish Credit Bureau

Trustees of the Marks and Spencer Ireland Pension Scheme

Axa Life

Planning and environment Tier 1

Led by Conor Linehan, the planning and environment practice at William Fry works closely alongside the real estate, projects and corporate team to provide the greatest possible service to its clients. Key clients include Linde AG, whose recent merger with Praxair Inc created the world's largest supplier of industrial gases. The team also represented Biocore in the planning and environmental consenting processes for a large bioenergy park at Castlerea. Other clients include Fingal Council, Hines, Edwards Lifesciences and EirGrid. Construction specialist Liam McCabe is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Conor Linehan

Public sector Tier 1

William Fry's public sector client base includes government departments, state agencies, regulatory bodies, utilities and local government authorities, and it has recently been increasingly active in the university sector. The team has expertise in statutory investigations, regulatory enforcement and significant energy and transport infrastructure projects, including the proposed development of the Celtic Interconnector between France and Ireland. The practice is led by EU and regulatory law specialist Claire Waterson, whose recent work includes a high-profile state aid case. Alicia Compton specialises in public sector employment matters and Garrett Breen has extensive experience in regulatory litigation.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Key clients

European Investment Bank

Department of Finance

Central Bank of Ireland

ComReg

National Asset Management Agency (Nama)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

Revenue Commissioners

State Claims Agency

Irish Stock Exchange

National Dairy Council

SOLAS

UCD

Horse Racing Ireland

DCU

DIT

ESB

Bord Gáis

Eirgrid

The Special Liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (formerly Anglo Irish Bank)

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Dublin City Council

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

South Dublin County Council

Laois County Council

Offaly Council

Westmeath County Council

Louth County Council

The Pensions Authority

Real estate Tier 1

The real estate practice at William Fry has particular expertise in acquisitions, sales and financing, and is active for public and local authorities as well as institutional and private equity investors. The team, which is led by Edward Spain, acts for clients including large institutional investors, international private equity funds, receivers, public and local authorities, developers and major Irish, UK and US retailers. Andrew Muckian specialises in transactions for institutional investors. Karen Sheil and Lisa McCarthy are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Edward Spain

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Good team, responsive, professional advice.

We find William Fry excellent to deal with. They have a strong team in all sectors. They are hard working and provide really good advice.

Great set of values. Good positive culture.

Committed, hard working, commercial, responsive.

Karen Shiel – extremely hard working and provides well thought out advice.

Brian O’Callaghan:-A great RE lawyer. Has a very modern perspective on how a legal team should work. Works really well in a team environment, a very good negotiator.

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Allianz Real Estate

OCP Capital Partners

NAMA & NTMA

Tesco Ireland Limited

Hines

Irish Life Assurance plc

Kennedy Wilson

U + I Group plc

Real I.S. Investment Gmbh

Tax Tier 1

In addition to advising on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, William Fry has a particular focus on foreign direct investment, transfer pricing, financial services transactions, mutual agreement procedure, tax depreciation and tax appeal cases. Noted for its 'excellent range of tax knowledge both locally and internationally', the team frequently advises on international tax matters. Practice head Martin Phelan is recommended for his 'massive knowledge and experience'. Other key contacts in the team include Sonya Manzor, who has expertise in inward investment, corporate reorganisations and M&A; Ted McGrath, who specialises in advising clients in the financial services sector; the 'technically strong and practical' Shane Wallace; and Brian Duffy, who has particular expertise in tax controversy. The 'top-drawer' Declan Lavelle and 'highly responsive' Rachel Fox, who has experience in capital markets transactions, were promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Martin Phelan

Testimonials

The team is professional, well informed and forward thinking.

Martin Phelan is the top tax adviser in Ireland. Martin’s straight-talking, honest approach ensures that he is a go-to individual for any advice. Martin is an incredible resource.

Declan Lavelle is top drawer, maintaining a friendly approach coupled with advice of the highest quality.

Responsive, partner-led tax practice issuing practical advice.

Shane Wallace is responsive, user-friendly, technically strong and practical.

Martin Phelan has massive knowledge and experience.

William Fry’s tax team are responsive and helpful, and we fully trust the advice that we receive.

Rachel Fox is enormously helpful. She provides detailed, thorough advice and is happy to talk through tax issues on the phone. She is highly responsive and gives enough context to allow us to anticipate future tax issues before they arise.

We turn first to Martin Phelan and Ted McGrath at William Fry.

Knowledge, experience, professionalism and the ability to apply lateral thinking and multi solutions.

Very responsive, with an excellent range of tax knowledge both locally and internationally.

Declan Lavelle and Martin Phelan are the standout partners and both have a very detailed grasp of our business operations. Their advice transcends tax and law and helps us make better and more informed business decisions. They are our most valued business partners.

Good international network.

Martin Phelan and Brian Duffy are commercial and responsive.

Key clients

DCC PLC

Smurfit Kappa

Afilias

Inditex SA

Linde AG

Silicon & Software Systems Limited

State Street Corporation

U+I Plc

WisdomTree Investments

Mercer Global Investments Europe

Smartbox

Telecoms Tier 1

William Fry has been particularly active in telecoms-related litigation, including regulatory enforcement actions. The team also advises on the interface between telecoms and new technologies, regulatory compliance, and corporate matters, including investments into Irish telecoms companies. Practice head Claire Waterson, who stands out for her 'keen attention to detail', specialises in regulatory and competition matters in the sector, including state aid, merger control and restrictive practices, while 'pragmatic decision maker' Garrett Breen and Laura Scott, who is noted for her 'technical know-how', handle telecoms litigation. Senior associate Sarah Lynam advises on regulatory and competition law issues and enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Testimonials

The team’s breadth and depth of technical, practical and litigation experience makes it unique. It has strength in advising both private clients and the Commission for Communications Regulation. It is in the top tier for telecoms advice and litigation.

Garrett Breen is pragmatic decision-maker and canny litigator who can calm troubled waters.

Laura Scott stands out for her technical know-how and is an excellent drafter.

Claire Waterson is clever and shows keen attention to detail – she makes complex ideas appear simple.

Key clients

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Digicel

White-collar crime Tier 1

William Fry has 'in-depth and extensive expertise' in regulatory investigations involving corporate, financial, environmental, data protection and competition matters. The team also has significant experience of cross-border litigation involving allegations of fraud and other criminal offences. Clients include multinationals, financial institutions, public bodies and high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan's experience includes shareholder and investment disputes and claims for fraud and mis-selling; Lisa Carty has particular expertise in financial services inquiries, investigations and litigation; Garrett Breen specialises in regulatory litigation; and Paul Convery, who 'analyses matters clearly and comprehensively', handles domestic and cross-jurisdictional disputes, including fraud proceedings. 'Efficient and effective' consultant Laura Murdock is noted for her experience representing clients before tribunals and statutory inquiries.

Practice head(s):

Owen O’Sullivan

Testimonials

The team have an in-depth and extensive expertise in the area, providing expert advice to clients.

Paul Convery analyses matters clearly and comprehensively.

Asset finance Tier 2

William Fry's 'experienced' team regularly advises on portfolio securitisations, syndicated financing, portfolio sales and acquisitions, establishing aircraft leasing platforms, leasing structures and aviation sector joint ventures, with strength in cross-border asset financing. Clients include international and domestic aircraft leasing companies and banks, and 'extremely knowledgeable' practice head David Maughan has extensive experience advising financial institutions in the aviation sector on the refinancing of Chinese lessor portfolios. The 'excellent' Mary Ward is also a key contact. In addition, the firm offers corporate administration services to aircraft leasing operations in Ireland.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Testimonials

The team (in particular, Mary Ward) is very helpful and ready to assist. It is very experienced and has the drive and eagerness to help which is always appreciated.

Mary Ward is an excellent partner and knows her points well. She is able to give legal yet commercially sound advice.

Very responsive with up-to-date knowledge of their practice area. William Fry go the extra mile to get the deal across the line.

David Maughan is extremely knowledgeable and always has a practical solution to problems encountered.

Mary Ward provides helpful and timely responses around the clock.

Very experienced personnel, who pay close attention to the details of transactions. Personal service and extremely quick response times. Always willing to go above and beyond.’

Mary Ward is a delight to work with. She is dedicated, knowledgeable and accessible even during ASEAN time zones.

Strong commercial advice’

David Maughan provides excellent commercial advice.

Mary Ward is very knowledgeable and has great attention to detail.

Key clients

Avation PLC

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

CMB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

DVB Bank SE Singapore Branch

European Central Bank

Ferrovial

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Hines Ireland

HSBC

International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A.

Investec Bank plc

ING Bank

Kennedy Wilson

KfW Bank

Natixis

Ping An International Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Santander Corporate & Investment Banking

Société Générale

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank Limited

The Development Bank of Japan

The Korea Development Bank

Projects and PPP Tier 2

William Fry assists with contracting and bidding for PPPs, as well as handling all aspects of projects including litigation, regulatory, and procurement issues. Highlights included advising Diageo on the regeneration of St. James’ Gate Guinness Brewery, one of Dublin’s largest tourist attractions, as well as acting for EirGrid on a power cable between Ireland and France. The team is led by Liam McCabe and includes the ‘excellentFergus Devine, as well as Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne, who are ‘always clear, concise and straight to the point’.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Testimonials

‘Exceptional level of service and professionalism- very clear that the team had tons of experience in this area, and they were excellent at imparting that knowledge. Problems were overcome with a minimum of fuss, and I always had huge confidence in their advice.’

‘The team has strength in depth, and we have built strong relationships with more than one individual, both at partner and associate level. The quality of service has not been defined by the individuals we are working with.’

‘I find William Fry as a practice very professional, committed and knowledgeable around all circumstances that arise with building contracts. Having worked with William Fry for many years my experience is that they have successfully delivered on all projects on which they have been involved.’

‘Great technical knowledge and excellent tracking of issues requiring close-out. The pairing of Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne makes them a real pleasure to work with.’

‘I work predominately with Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne within William Fry. They are very committed and turn around any requests very efficiently and accurately. They always seem to be available when contacted or return calls within very short periods of time. They are always clear, concise and straight to the point which is not always the case on building contracts I find.’

‘All my interactions with William Fry have been proactive and knowledgeable on the development of building/appointment contracts and their particulars. My interaction with other practices has been minimal but William Fry have always been extremely easy to deal with.’

‘Fergus Devine and Jarleth Heneghan made themselves available round the clock during the transaction, response times to emails were excellent and phone calls were always returned without delay. Both were excellent at minimising the stress that accompanies a large scale PPP transaction working to a tight timeline.’

‘Legal and technical ability is taken as a given. The individuals we work with develop a broader relationship with us than simply dealing with the legal issue at hand. There is a personal connection too, which makes dealing with challenging legal situations much easier as the familiarity between us benefits open idea swapping and mutual support and respect. They are also adept at dealing with challenging/new situations, and how these can be addressed effectively through the provisions of the contract. Their advice in preparing correspondence to protect the client is very good, ensuring the client is well positioned for whatever eventuality arises. We have also found that they can adopt a strong strategic position to suit a long-play situation, and have done so very successfully in protecting a client and optimising the outcome of high-risk scenarios.’

Bryanna Ryan:- Fabulously personable really competent young RE lawyer. Very intuitive and a great way of working with people.

Key clients

Bord Gáis

Circle K

Department of Public Expenditure

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin City Council

Dublin City University

Eirgrid plc

Transport Tier 2

William Fry is particularly noted for its strong aviation finance practice, and has advised high-profile clients including daa, Volkswagen and Airbus. In one highlight, Mary Ward and David Maughan, acted for Goshawk Aviation Limited in providing legal and tax advice on the lease of aircraft to a North America-based airline.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Key clients

Aer Lingus

Aer Dragon Aviation

Aergo

Airbus

Asia Aviation Capital

BNP Paribas

British Airways

China Development Bank

CityJet

Credit Agricole CIB

Deutsche Bank

Dublin Airport Authority

DVB Bank

Goldman Sachs

Goshawk Aviation Limited

HSBC

Hamden Aviation

IAG

Investec Bank plc

KDB Ireland

Lloyds

Natixis

Ping An Leasing

PK AirFinance

Cathay United Bank

Volkswagen

Department Name Email Telephone
Alternative dispute resolution Owen O'Sullivan
Asset management and investment funds Dan Morrissey
Banking and financial services Elaine Hanly
Capital markets David Maughan
Commercial David Cullen
Commercial Leo Moore
Competition and regulation Cormac Little
Competition and regulation Claire Waterson
Construction Liam McCabe
Construction Jarleth Heneghan
Corporate and M&A Shane O'Donnell
Corporate and M&A Bryan Bourke
Cyber security David Cullen
Debt recovery Fergus Doorly
Employment and benefits Catherine O'flynn
Employment and benefits Alicia Compton
Energy and natural resources Fergus Devine
Energy and natural resources Bryan Bourke
Environment and planning Conor Linehan
Environment and planning Liam McCabe
Food and agribusiness Shane O'Donnell
Green economy Ivor Banim
Health and safety
Healthcare Laura Scott
Healthcare Fiona Barry
Insolvency and corporate recovery Fergus Doorly
Insurance and reinsurance John Larkin
Insurance and reinsurance Eoin Caulfield
Intellectual property David Cullen
Intellectual property Laura Scott
Life sciences David Cullen
Litigation and dispute resolution Owen O'Sullivan
Litigation and dispute resolution Garrett Breen
Media Fiona Barry
Pensions Ian Devlin
Pensions Michael Wolfe
Projects Liam McCabe
Projects Jarleth Heneghan
Property Edward Spain
Property Andrew Muckian
Public sector Shane Kelleher
Public sector Alicia Compton
Regulatory enforcement John Larkin
Regulatory enforcement Shane Kelleher
Retail and leisure Edward Spain
Retail and leisure Andrew Muckian
Sports Craig Sowman
Tax Martin Phelan
Tax Sonya Manzor
Technology David Cullen
Technology Leo Moore
Telecoms Claire Waterson
Transport and aviation David Maughan
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Ms Carol Eager  photo Ms Carol Eager
Ms Rachel Fox  photo Ms Rachel Fox
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Mr Jason Hollis  photo Mr Jason Hollis
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Ms Maura Roe  photo Ms Maura Roe
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Mr Paul White  photo Mr Paul White
Mr Michael Wolfe  photo Mr Michael Wolfe
Number of lawyers : 320
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Contact : Bryan Bourke (managing partner)
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : Silicon Valley

International Reach

William Fry, founded in 1847, is a full service commercial law and tax firm with over 310 legal and tax professionals and over 460 staff and offices in Dublin, Cork, London, New York, San Francisco and Silicon Valley, enhancing our international reach. We have many years’ experience in high-profile cross-border mandates, and regularly act on complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions and commercial disputes.

William Fry and its employees are members of many organisations both in Ireland and internationally. We have a large network of international firms and are the Irish member firm of the global tax advisory network, Taxand. With more than 400 tax partners and over 2000 advisors in nearly 50 countries, Taxand is the world’s largest organisation of tax advisors to multinational businesses.

We also have an alliance with Tughans, Northern Ireland’s largest commercial law firm. This allows us to provide our clients with a full legal service throughout the island of Ireland.

Inward Investment

We have a proven track record in Inward Investment. We have worked with numerous international clients from a wide variety of sectors, including ICT, pharma and financial services, on cross-border mandates and also on their set up in Ireland, and can offer unrivalled advice on not only the legal and tax aspects of global jurisdictions but also key insights into the Irish marketplace. Our experience enables us to identify the critical issues which may affect our clients’ businesses and allows us to anticipate difficulties encountered by businesses seeking to set up in Ireland.

We maintain strong links with regulators such as the Data Protection Commission, with corporate financiers, the IDA and other relevant Government agencies. This enables us to streamline the process of gathering information to provide clear, pragmatic advice to our clients.


Diversity at William Fry
We believe that talent comes in many forms. Fostering a diverse workforce enables us to attract and retain the best, brightest and broadest range of talent. Creating an inclusive environment where people are encouraged to reach their full potential enables us to harness the unique perspectives and experiences of our staff to provide innovative solutions to our clients.

As part of William Fry’s commitment to diversity & inclusion, we have appointed Owen O’Sullivan, Catherine O’Flynn and Rachel Fox as D&I Partners.

We have a staff support network that aims to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion across the firm.

We are members of The 30% Club, a collaborative business-led effort to make real change in Ireland, aiming towards 30% female representation in senior management by 2020. We are also proud members of PWN, a global network of people accelerating gender balanced leadership in business and
society.

We also offer a series of supports aimed at working parents – maternity and paternity coaching, flexible working, etc, to support all working parents – both women and men – which is crucial to achieving gender equity in the workplace.

We are founding members of the OutLaw Network, a group whose mission is to promote and drive the inclusion of LGBT+ people across the Irish legal community.

We are proud to support, and actively recruit from, the Trinity Access Programme and the DCU Access Programme. These programmes work to widen access and participation of under-represented groups at third-level education.

CSR/Pro Bono at William Fry
We aim to make the area in which we work a better place to live and do business. We have a strong history of giving back to the local community through fundraising, donating and volunteering. Our volunteers from across the firm provide support for, and collaboration with, our designated charity partners, pro bono work, skills-based volunteering, fundraising and donations to staff and client-nominated causes.

Through our Social Impact+ pro bono programme, our staff provide legal and non-legal pro bono support to local social enterprises. Through workshops and 1:1 mentorship we help these organisations grow and develop as they aim to impact critical issues like gender equality, neurodiversity, homelessness and sustainability.