Firm Profile > William Fry > Dublin, Ireland

William Fry
2 GRAND CANAL SQUARE
DUBLIN 2
Ireland

Banking and finance Tier 1

William Fry is known for its significant strength in real estate and development finance, as well as commercial, PRS and social housing matters. Other areas of expertise include corporate finance, project finance, and increasingly, fund finance. Highly experienced in complex domestic and cross-border matters, the firm expanded its national offering in 2019 with the opening of an office in Cork, which is led by new partner Laura Houlihan. Other key members of the team include Elaine Hanly; Siobhan Carlin, who has notable property finance expertise; the 'brilliant' Jason Hollis; and senior associate David O’Shea, who joined from Dillon Eustace in 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Hanly; Siobhan Carlin; Jason Hollis; Padraic Kinsella; Lyn Brennan; Laura Houlihan; David O’Shea

Testimonials

‘Excellent responsiveness, accessibility to partners, consistent high-quality work and advice. Deemed a trusted adviser and partner when completing transactions.’

‘Jason Hollis has a relentless work ethic and willingness to get the job done. He is an excellent adviser, brilliant problem solver and has a natural understanding of business.’

‘Very responsive with very strong capability.’

‘Very pleasant and very responsive. Everything can be resolved and people take ownership.’

‘Siobhan Carlin stands out as an excellent lawyer who delivers for her clients.’

‘Jason Hollis is really strong and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

The European Investment Bank

Allied Irish Banks p.l.c.

National Asset Management Agency

Uniphar plc

Apollo Global Management, Inc.

Kennedy Wilson

Smurfit Kappa Plc

MML Growth Capital Partners

Ardagh Packaging Group plc

Patron Capital Advisors LLC

Silicon Valley Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

Hines

Ulster Bank Ireland Designated Activity Company

Orange Capital Partners

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

U & I (formerly Development Securities)

York Capital Management

AMP Capital

MUFG Bank plc

State Street Bank & Trust Company

Eir Grid plc

ING Bank

Capital markets Tier 1

The 'diligent and personable' team at William Fry has an excellent reputation in the ECM space, with extensive experience of advising Irish public companies on IPOs and capital raisings, as well as in acting for underwriters. Myra Garrett and Mark Talbot are key contacts in the ECM team, which is particularly noted for its expertise in the technology sector. On the DCM side, the firm expanded its practice in May 2020 with the hire of new practice head Matthew Cahill, who has significant experience in securitisation, from gunnercooke LLP in London. David Maughan and Elaine Hanly are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Cahill; Myra Garrett

Other key lawyers:

Mark Talbot; David Maughan; Elaine Hanly; Barbara Kenny

Testimonials

‘Matthew Cahill is a highly experienced capital markets lawyer and will offer a great deal to clients. Matthew has worked on a number of complex matters in London and elsewhere and his experience will be invaluable.’

‘Matthew Cahill is a very strong addition to the firm’s offering. Matthew has a very good reputation for capital markets matters.’

‘Matthew Cahill is an extremely personable and client-focused lawyer. What sets William Fry apart is Matthew’s deep experience in the London and other international markets in securitisation and capital markets and he is able to bring this experience to his role as Irish counsel. This is pretty rare. ’

‘Specific industry knowledge in the technology space and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Myra Garrett has been front and centre on advising us through the various stages of our growth journey and has been a trusted adviser.’

‘Working with the William Fry team, I have found them to be highly professional, diligent and personable. Their approach is commercial, spending time where it is needed and able to delineate what is important and what is not. In a capital markets forum this is key as, in addition to value for time and money, an ability to be nimble and efficient is important.’

‘I have worked with Mark Talbot and Barbara Kenny, both of whom have been a delight to work with. Diligent, thorough, reliable and the team work hard whilst keeping the client and the commercial aspects at the forefront of decision making.’

Key clients

Pollen Street Capital

Irish Residential Properties REIT plc

Finance Ireland

Smurfit Kappa Group

DCC plc

BNP Paribas

Yew Grove REIT

RBC Capital Markets

J & E Davy

Jefferies International

Ardagh Group

Credit Suisse

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Anima Holding S.p.A.

British Airways

Glenveagh Properties plc

FINEOS Corporation Holdings plc

Uniphar plc

Cpl Resources plc

Mincon Group plc

Trinity Biotech plc

Irish Department of Finance

Goodbody

Barclays Bank plc

TD Securities

Investec

Morgan Stanley

BlackRock Advisers (UK) Limited

BBVA Global Markets B.V.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

William Fry's team is 'experienced in the tech M&A space' and acts on some of the most high-profile deals seen in the Irish market. In addition, it has also been highly active in transactions in the life sciences sector. The team counts numerous multinational companies and international private equity funds among its clients. Stephen Keogh, who has particular expertise in private equity, leads the practice following Shane O’Donnell's departure for Dentons Ireland in February 2020. Other notable team members include Myra Garrett and new partner Máire O’Neill, who have significant experience of advising technology and fintech companies. Andrew McIntyre and Mark Quealy are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Keogh

Other key lawyers:

Myra Garrett; Barbara Kenny; Andrew McIntyre; Mark Quealy; Mark Talbot; Máire O’Neill

Testimonials

‘William Fry exhibited an intricate understanding of Ireland’s M&A complexities and cross-border attributes. The team leaves no stone unturned, prioritizing a pragmatic approach to legal advisory. I was impressed with the team’s ability to identify and negotiate effectively on a variety of legal issues of varying levels of magnitude, which positively impacted and assured our client. The team eliminated any potential issues from arising at the eleventh hour and were extremely proactive by identifying and resolving them early in the process.’

‘William Fry’s strengths in M&A are in their young, adaptable M&A team that works seamlessly with lead lawyers in international deals, and takes on board and supports the view of the in-house counsel. They are cost effective, available and always pleasant to work with.’

‘Stephen Keogh is a senior leader who presented to our board capably on corporate governance matters and is a trusted adviser going back many years. Mark Quealy is really impressive, walking away with the respect and admiration of the international deal team and more instructions from the UK lawyers.’

‘William Fry has provided tremendous support to our in-house legal department over the last few years.’

‘Andrew McIntyre stands out as an excellent lawyer who delivers for his clients.’

‘Experienced and knowledgeable in the tech M&A space, particularly for cross-border transactions. Skilfully interacts with the various stakeholders in a transaction to progress the transaction and optimise the position for its clients.’

‘Máire O’Neill’s temperament and business acumen is what makes her the perfect partner for our business. Her advice was flawless and put us in a perfect position to succeed but keep our investors happy. Her approach paid huge dividends – her predictions and legal advice from our earlier engagements had come to pass, and taking her advice saved us heartache and pain.’

‘Large team with professionals covering all disciplines of Irish corporate law. Engaged and knowledgeable partners.’

Key clients

Amarenco Solar

Atlantic Bridge Ventures

Celtic Rugby DAC and Pro Rugby Championship DAC t/a GUINNESS PRO 14

Coca-Cola European Partners

DCC plc

Echelon DC Holdings Limited

Edwards Lifesciences

Elavon Financial Services DAC / US Bank Group

Fenergo Group Limited

Glanbia

Horse Racing Ireland

Irish Government

Irish Rugby Football Union

J&E Davy

LSP (Life Science Partners)

Management of Chill Insurance

MML Capital

National Treasury Management Agency (the manager of Ireland’s sovereign wealth fund)

OCP (Orange Capital Partners)

Phoenix Life plc

Pollen Street Capital

Pomo Search (Pointy)

Qorvo US, Inc

Quad Real

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Société Générale SA

Sublimity Therapeutics

Supply Finance Limited

Sweepr

The Irish Times

Tines Security Services Limited (Tines.io)

Uniphar plc

Vivo Capital

Construction Tier 1

William Fry advises a range of Irish companies, multinationals, and state bodies on the construction of residential, industrial, retail, and office properties. The team is particularly active in advising on large-scale developments encompassing a number of property types. Practice head Liam McCabe is highly regarded by his clients, who praised him as 'pragmatic and commercial' and 'very experienced'. Jarleth Heneghan is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious construction matters, and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and Chartered Builder. Elsewhere, consultant Cassandra Byrne is particularly active in procurement matters as well as construction-related arbitration. Bryanna Ryan is also praised as 'simply excellent to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Other key lawyers:

Bryanna Ryan; Liam McCabe; Jarleth Heneghan; Cassandra Byrne

Testimonials

‘Incredibly well connected, knowledgeable, pragmatic and strong advisors.’

‘They really took the time to understand the clients requirements. For example, they spent time on the site prior to commencing work, and met with senior executives up to and including briefing the board. Once they understood the client’s requirements, they were excellent at planning interactions with the other parties, finding solutions rather than problems with the other party’s legal team. The team I was dealing with had a very strong set of values and a culture that is very aligned to our own. Over time a deep level of trust was built that will absolutely stay with us in future transactions.’

‘Liam McCabe heads the construction team. Liam has the requisite technical skills together with many years of experience as a lawyer operating in property, construction and other areas. He has brought on and continues to develop his team through on the job training and guidance. Most of all, Liam is pragmatic and commercial. He is a trusted adviser.’

‘The William Fry construction team are completely in tune with the construction market. They are flexible and have the ability to translate complex client demands into successful outcomes.’

‘William Fry are ahead of the game in their use of technology.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne deliver their renowned expertise with a standout level of service.’

‘Bryanna Ryan is simply excellent to work with – absolutely committed, a keen negotiator and she invests tremendously in the team around her.’

‘Liam McCabe is a very experienced lawyer, very competent and capable and demands high standards from everyone he deals with, clients, partners, associates and the counter-party. In the specific transaction we were working on he brought all of these skills, and in addition he advised on commercial aspects of the transaction, focusing on what was important and ensuring we reached a satisfactory position. He is a world class counsellor. Bryanna Ryan demands very high standards and has a great manner that is very engaging and builds trust and support.’

Key clients

Diageo

Hines/King Street Capital & Hines/Peterson

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) Receiver

Edwards Life Sciences

Blackrock Real Estate

Kennedy Wilson

Digital Realty Trust

Dublin Airport Authority (daa) plc

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

Blackpitts Development Limited Partnership

Invesco Real Estate

Irish Life Assurance plc

Mountpark

Value Retail

Hammerson plc

U+I Group plc (formerly Development Securities plc)

Fitzwilliam Real Estate Properties Ltd

Arora Hotels

The Governor & Company of the Bank of Ireland

Allied Irish Banks plc

Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

JD Wetherspoons

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA)

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Starwood Capital Group

Tesco

Dublin City Council

Fingal County Council

Veryan Medical Limited

MML Growth Capital Partners Limited

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

William Fry advises clients on the launch of new products, data processing agreements, GDPR compliance, and international transfers of data. The practice is also involved in litigation related to data protection regulation. Clients includes technology companies, manufacturers, and retailers. David Cullen leads the practice, as well as heading up the overall technology team; he is experienced in advising on the contractual arrangements of large-scale IT projects, as well as handling data protection disputes. Leo Moore's practice includes advisory GDPR work and matters related to outsourcing. John O’Connor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor

Testimonials

‘John O’Connor is very responsive, thoughtful and committed to client care. He invests in understanding his clients’ needs deeply and as such provides really well calibrated advice. He’s also very reactive – adapting to developing needs.’

‘Nice to work with, knowledgeable and applies practical lessons to DP issues. I find they are responsive, and easy to work with. They assisted us in an number of tricky DP cases we had to deal with.’

‘Leo and his team make a big effort to get to know the breadth of your business and the nuance of how your company culture works, so that they can help you make the best risk-based decisions quickly. They also have a very strong local network and insight into how EU data protection works in practice as well as in theory.’

‘I continue to be impressed with Leo Moore’s desire to learn about my business, learn with me on related topics and ensure our working relationship remains strong.’

‘Highly skilled and very knowledgeable in the Data Protection area, highly available, and guarantee quick turnarounds’

‘Leo Moore has built great knowledge about our company and internal processes over time, and is able to advise us in such a way that we can take a risk-based approach understanding fully what the law says and how it can be implemented in practice. No simple and often useless black or white answers but more knowledge and context for us to use in our decision making process; they are able to provide us with insights about what the industry is doing in the context of our asks.’

‘The team is very responsive, which is very important in an area such as data protection. We benefit from the team’s wealth of experience from advising clients on data protection matters. They are at the cutting edge of data protection matters in Ireland. ’

‘Leo Moore is commercial and practical. Knows his subject inside out. Associate Rachel Hayes is very responsive. Practical advice with a nice manner and can see issues from the client’s perspective.’

Key clients

BSA | The Software Alliance

Facebook Ireland

Instagram

Tesco Ireland

FREE NOW (formerly MyTaxi)

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

Truata

iCabbi

Horse Racing Ireland

Glanbia

Shop Direct Limited t/a Littlewoods Ireland

Allied Irish Bank plc

FBD Insurance Plc

Dispute resolution Tier 1

William Fry's dispute resolution team handles a varied range of matters including breaches of contracts, professional negligence claims, regulatory issues, and contentious insolvencies. Practice head Owen O’Sullivan is a 'great litigation tactician' while Garrett Breen has represented clients before the Commercial Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Lisa Carty has a focus on disputes in the financial services sector, and Paul Convery's practice includes financial and insurance disputes. Laura Murdock is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Owen O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Garrett Breen; Lisa Carty; Paul Convery; Fergus Doorly; Laura Murdock; Deirdre O’Donovan

Testimonials

‘Owen O’Sullivan  is a great litigation tactician. Lisa Carty and Garrett Breen are also highly effective.’

‘I have retained Lisa Carty, and the legal team she leads, as an advisor for seven years and, at all stages, her performance, diligence and advice have been exemplary. Despite the subjective nature of many commercial issues, Ms Carty’s legal advice has always been very sound and coupled with both commercial awareness and tactical skill has achieved multiple pragmatic solutions. Lisa is an extremely effective communicator, not only in dealing with me as the client but also in successfully communicating a perspective to the other party in a dispute. She is always on top of her cases, she is results focused and extremely tactical, delivering results consistently to the clients benefit. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ms Carty to anyone planning, pursuing or defending litigation – they will find an outstanding legal advisor, an excellent communicator and an individual totally focused on delivering the right result for her client.’

‘The partners in this team are pragmatic, solution-oriented and very hard-working. Compared to other firms, what marks them out is their readiness to put in the hard yards early in a case so that their client has the edge at hearing.’

‘Fergus Doorly is a leader in the field, easy to work with and very knowledgeable. Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman are both up-and-coming stars, pragmatic and technically sound.’

‘One of the top tier practices in Ireland. They really have great coverage in competition law – cartels, mergers, abuse of dominance, regulation, and litigation. I also really like the fact that their partners are relatively young and dynamic.’

‘Laura Scott is a brilliant EU and competition law litigator. She uses her deep commercial experience to great effect in competition law. She has an excellent team with Sarah Lynam and Florence Meagher’

‘Garrett Breen and Laura Murdock are excellent. Laura Scott is detail-oriented.’

‘The team has an excellent understanding of our business and structures, enabling it to craft legal advice specific to our needs. This knowledge has been built over the course of time and very deliberately to ensure a tailored response to all issues raised.’

Key clients

Dr Edmond Harty

Dermosciences Limited

Abercrombie & Fitch

Acer

Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB)

Aughinish Alumina

Aviva Life & Pensions

Axa Ireland

B&Q

Bank of Ireland

Boyne Waste Services Limited

BSA | The Software Alliance

Chartered Land

Cintra Infraestructures Internacional SLU

Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc

Commission for Communication Regulation (ComReg)

Denis O’Brien and related corporate vehicles

Defender

Department of Finance

Dermot Desmond and Family

Duff & Phelps

General Motors

Gordon Brothers

Grunenthal GmbH

Hammerson Plc

ICDL GCC Foundation Ltd

Irish Life

J&E Davy

JD Wetherspoon

Kennedy Wilson

Kilsaran Concrete

Dmitry Mazepin, UCCU, Uralchem, Bolotnikova & Konyaev

Medical Protection Society

Merrion Stockbrokers

Michael Walsh

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

PwC as Statutory Receiver of Carlovent Limited (in Receivership) and Benreef Limited (in Receivership) (part of the Treasury Holdings group)

Royal College of

Employment Tier 1

William Fry advises on the employment and employee benefits aspects of IPOs and M&A transactions, and also represents employers in disputes involving issues such as unfair dismissal and discrimination. Elsewhere, the team has recently advised clients on Covid-19 issues, such as accessing government support, redundancies and immigration issues caused by border restrictions. Catherine O’Flynn leads the team, which also includes Alicia Compton and Jeffrey Greene. Ailbhe Dennehy joined as a partner from A&L Goodbody LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Catherine O’Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Compton; Jeffrey Greene; Ailbhe Dennehy

Testimonials

‘A dynamic partner team with notable sectoral expertise including in retail and commercial matters. ’

‘Catherine O’Flynn is a high profile leader of the team who is easy to work with and is highly respected. The whole team are easy to engage with and with impressive technical expertise but also very user friendly.’

‘The team is very supportive, proactive and experienced across a wide range of topics.’

‘They take time to get to know the organisation and they work in a collaborative and caring manner.’

‘Very responsive and good teamwork when working on cross-border matters’

‘Jeffrey Greene is very reliable and a pleasure to deal with’

‘This practice is extremely approachable and friendly, and provides excellent, commercial legal advice. They are my go to-firm in Ireland.’

‘The team have a huge depth of experience and subject matter expertise. They are also very commercial and excellent negotiators.’

Key clients

JLT Financial Planning Limited

L Brands Fashion Retail Ireland

Pointy

Qorvo

Emirates Airlines

Shoe Zone

Aergo Capital Limited

Aldo

Wetherspoons

Primeline Group

Krispy Kreme

Tesco

B&Q

Premier Lotteries

Diageo

Affiliates Management Company

Signet Jewellers

IDOM

NAOS

The Irish Times

SOLAS, The Further Education and Training Authority

Phoenix Group

Boots Retail (Ireland) Limited

Kilsaran Concrete

Trustee Principles Limited

Axa Life

Glanbia Co-Operative Society Limited

Irish Credit Bureau

Valeo Foods (Ireland)

Sanofi – Aventis

Mayfair Equity Partners

Edwards Lifesciences

Smurfit Kappa plc

Northgate Public Services

Aircraft Purchase Fleet Limited

J&E Davy

Uniphar

Sodexo Limited

Fineos

DCC plc

Mincon plc

Sky plc

Forsa

Lionbridge

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Led by Fergus Devine, William Fry's energy practice has 'in-depth knowledge and understanding of the energy market'. In addition to advising on the financing and development of conventional and renewable energy, the team also handles corporate and commercial transactions in the energy sector. The energy team draws on the firm's planning, corporate, banking, and competition departments to provide a full service offering.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Devine

Testimonials

‘The energy team have an excellent knowledge of their topics and always bring something new to the party when trying to resolve issues – their approach is always try to find a solution.’

‘The team have the ability to understand complex regulatory and commercial changes in the energy market and present their legal views succinctly and in plain language that anyone can understand. Very professional and great team spirit.’

‘Fergus Devine is a very talented and professional individual who not only has expertise in his own field but is very capable in dealing with complex issues relative to his clients. Very approachable and is a team player with true leadership qualities.’

‘Fergus and his team represent a true energy legal practice with lawyers with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the energy market. Fergus has been active in the energy sector for many years and advised on many of the major energy projects. ’

‘Fergus stands out for his in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Irish energy market. Fergus has been active in the energy sector for many years and knows the market inside out.’

‘Deep level of industry knowledge, particularly when it comes to the function and operation of the SEM, the capacity market and the relevant industry frameworks between ESB and EirGrid. Fantastic responsiveness, sound commercial understanding and great connections in the marketplace.’

‘Fergus Devine is a fantastic energy lawyer, very technically astute and has a deep industry understanding and awareness. He’s also very easy to work with on a project, and is able to quickly hone in on any key commercial negotiating points without getting bogged down in detail.’

Key clients

EirGrid plc

Aughinish Alumina (part of Rusal Group)

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Circle K

Glanpower

Davy Stockbrokers

European Investment Bank

RWE AG

BlackRock

Amarenco Group

Green Biofuels Ireland Limited

EU and competition Tier 1

Headed by newly appointed senior counsel Cormac Little SC, William Fry's 'top competition law practice' has advised on merger control relating to some of the most complex, high-profile transactions in the Irish market, as well as investigations and litigation, including prominent state aid and abuse of dominance cases, public procurement and regulatory issues. Other key team members are Claire Waterson and experienced senior associate Sarah Lynam, who stand out for their expertise in sectoral regulation, most notably in telecoms, and the 'excellent' Sheila Tormey, who has particular strength in merger control and private damages actions.

Practice head(s):

Cormac Little SC

Other key lawyers:

Claire Waterson; Sheila Tormey; Sarah Lynam; Eoin Ó Cuilleanáin

Testimonials

‘Cormac Little stands out as the most pragmatic lawyer I have come across. He has an excellent knowledge of the subject and communicates very effectively with clients right up to the boardroom. Put simply, he is one of the standout partners in William Fry.’

‘Cormac Little and Claire Waterson are quietly and thoroughly competent, conscientious yet understated in their impressive work ethic. They are both professional, absolutely reliable, easy to deal with and have a calm and comforting approach in dealing with the client. Neither seek the limelight and are discreet and thoughtful. After many years dealing with them, I feel I can approach them with any problem and they will find a solution that I can work with. For an in-house counsel that is important.’

‘Claire Waterson is a gem. She works hard, is unflappable and works well with everyone.’

‘Sheila Tormey stands out for her domain expertise and client service.’

‘Very knowledgeable and professional team who always provide pragmatic and commercially sound advice.’

‘Cormac Little and Claire Waterson are excellent lawyers who are pragmatic and solutions focused.’

‘William Fry are a top competition law practice. Sheila Tormey is excellent. She really understands distribution – you can tell she’s been through the issues many times – and provides clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘Sarah Lynam is a very senior junior with huge tech expertise, particularly in telecoms.’

Key clients

Kings Laundry

Aughinish Alumina

Carlyle

Department of Finance

Phoenix Group Holdings

Apollo Global Management

FNZ

MML Growth Capital Ireland Limited

ComReg

SOLAS

Tesco Ireland Limited

The Pensions Authority

Uniphar

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Laura Scott, who stands out as a 'real expert in IP matters in the industry', leads the life sciences practice at William Fry, which has been highly active in large-scale patent litigation, IP licensing and commercialisation, e-health and medical technology, and corporate transactions involving pharmaceutical companies. The team was strengthened at senior level by the promotions of Charleen O’Keeffe and Colette Brady, who bring additional expertise in IP and regulatory disputes, in September 2020. Fiona Barry and consultant Margaret Muldowney are key contacts in the healthcare practice, which handles high-profile medical negligence and product liability litigation.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; Fiona Barry

Other key lawyers:

Margaret Muldowney; Charleen O’Keeffe; Colette Brady; Barbara Kenny

Testimonials

‘Personal approach. Real passion on behalf of clients.’

‘Integrity. Practical approach. Innovative problem solving.’

‘No client is too small. They understand the sector well and treat all clients equally so that you feel they are totally committed. The team includes some young and very smart partners with lots of enthusiasm.’

‘Laura Scott is a real expert in IP matters in the industry.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly

Genentech

EirGen Pharma

Edwards Life Sciences

ResMed

Uniphar

Boots Pharmacies

Medical Protection Society (MPS)

Sublimity Therapeutics

Life Sciences Partners

ViiV Healthcare

Information technology Tier 1

William Fry handles technology matters including advising on technology service agreements, regulatory issues surrounding the rollout of new products, and strategic partnerships in this sector. The practice is also highly active in advising on M&A transactions involving technology companies. The team, which is praised by clients as 'very experienced, responsive and commercially savvy', is led by David Cullen, a specialist in technology contracts and data protection work. Leo Moore is 'very experienced and commercially astute' and John O’Connor handles commercial transactions including outsourcing and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; John O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Leo and his team make a big effort to get to know the breadth of your business and the nuance of how your company culture works, so that they can help you make the best risk-based decisions quickly. Leo and his team also have a very strong local network and insight into how EU data protection works in practice as well as in theory.’

‘I continue to be impressed with Leo Moore’s desire to learn about my business, learn with me on related topics and ensure our working relationship remains strong.’

‘Very experienced, responsive and commercially savvy. ’

‘Leo Moore is very experienced and commercially astute. Rachel Hayes is very responsive, smart and practical.’

Key clients

BSA | The Software Alliance

National Treasury Management Agency

Truata

Nintendo

Digicel

Experian

FREE NOW

Smurfit Kappa

Elavon

Pointy

Workday

Afilias

Deliveroo

Facebook

X-Celeprint

Insolvency and corporate restructuring Tier 1

William Fry is active in insolvency and restructuring matters in sectors including aviation, manufacturing, financial services, and retail. The team's clients include international and Irish companies, insolvency practitioners, and creditors. Practice head Fergus Doorly is particularly active in cross-border restructurings and is 'approachable, practical and commercial', while Ruairi Rynn is also 'excellent technically with sound commercial judgement'. Craig Sowman is another key partner in the team who frequently acts for some of the most prominent insolvency practitioners in Ireland. At associate level, Niamh Cacciato, Alice O’Connor, and Rebecca Martyn are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Doorly

Other key lawyers:

Ruairi Rynn; Craig Sowman; Niamh Cacciato; Alice O’Connor; Rebecca Martyn

Testimonials

‘I regularly instruct Craig Sowman because I know regardless of the case, he will ensure I am really well advised. I particularly try to instruct him on difficult cases. The advice is always clear with commercial pragmatism. There are no delays in reverting despite competing assignments. He will always tell you what he thinks which I think is invaluable and he gets to what’s important very quickly. A really safe pair of hands and for an understated guy, one of the most knowledgeable.’

‘We recently dealt with Fergus Doorly as part of a complex assignment. Fergus excels at being able to distil significant volumes of information into clear points for consideration, in order to make decisions on key issues. I found Fergus’ ability to provide concise recommendations underpinned by strong legal rationale to be very useful in determining whether additional legal action would be necessary. As a partner, he always made himself available at short notice when required, and we found his response times to be exemplary.’

‘Fergus Doorly offers clear and contextualised advice to help clients navigate complex matters of Irish law. He is friendly, unflappable and works collaboratively with co-counsel from other jurisdictions.’

‘Fergus Doorly is very capable and proactive with an approachable manner. Ruairi Rynn is excellent technically with sound commercial judgement. Craig Sowman is tenacious and able to engage co-operatively with clients.’

‘The William Fry team are very experienced and have the professional expertise to advise on the most complex insolvency and corporate restructuring projects.’

‘The William Fry team has strength and depth. They are very approachable and provide consistently reliable advice. The stand-out partners are Fergus Doorly, Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman. ’

‘Full suite of legal offering. Matters which traverse into other legal areas property, employment law, data protection, healthcare – not an issue. Really good at ensuring project advancement internally. Really good and collaborative in terms of joined up thinking which is important where competing interests arise. Quality of associates is excellent also. There is no concern if a partner is out as the team has really broad experience from the number of on-going mandates.’

‘Fergus Doorly is approachable, practical and commercial with a wealth of experience to draw on. Craig Sowman is a strong insolvency solicitor with good sector knowledge. Ruairi Rynn is a good operator offering practical commercial advice.

Key clients

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank (Ireland)

Ulster Bank

National Asset Management Agency

KPMG

EY

PwC

Baker Tilly

Grant Thornton

Debenhams

Ballantyne Re Plc

Pointwell Limited

Montrose Global Aircraft Leasing Limited and subsidiaries

Baker Tilly Baker

Insurance Tier 1

William Fry has significant experience in advising key players in the Irish insurance market on complex M&A, intergroup restructurings and portfolio transfers, as well as regulatory investigations and recent issues such as Brexit contingency planning and Covid-19 related matters. The team also handles high-profile disputes, with particular expertise in professional indemnity, product liability, D&O and subrogation claims. The highly experienced John Larkin and Eoin Caulfield jointly lead the team, which was strengthened with the arrival of Ian Murray, who focuses on corporate and regulatory insurance matters, from SCOR Global Life in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Larkin; Eoin Caulfield

Other key lawyers:

Ian Murray; Paul Convery; Owen O’Sullivan; Claire O’Connor; Gráinne Varian

Testimonials

‘A very approachable and supportive team. ’

‘Gráinne Varian and John Larkin are very supportive external legal counsel. Each are a pleasure to deal with and both are reliable.’

‘Very approachable and proactive team. Good personal relationships are vital in order to ensure any questions or doubts are addressed and clarified before embarking on major decisions. Also, trust and confidence are major factors and the team absolutely demonstrate these capabilities in all that they do.’

‘I have worked with Eoin Caulfield and Claire O’Connor and have found them to be most dedicated and willing to assist with whatever queries I have had. They are quick to engage and always make time to discuss things in depth. They are very professional and knowledgeable and most pleasant to deal with.’

‘I mainly worked with John Larkin and Gráinne Varian. What makes them stand out is the personalised approach, excellent knowledge, and ability to look at and understand matters from our angle. Most importantly, their advice was without excessive legal jargon and straight to the point, exactly the type of high-quality output I had expected.’

Key clients

AXA

Phoenix Group

Athora

SCOR Group

Swiss Re

Apollo Global Management LLC

CNP Santander Insurance

Société Générale S.A.

Catalina

Enstar Group

Beazley Group

Chaucer Insurance (part of China Re Group)

Everest Insurance / Everest Reinsurance

Atradius Re

Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland

FCA Capital Re

Chubb Group

ARAG Group

Allianz Ireland

Coverys Group

Intellectual property Tier 1

William Fry handles intellectual property registration, commercialisation, and protection across sectors including technology, food and beverages, life sciences, and fashion. Practice co-head Laura Scott is known for representing clients before the Commercial Court, particularly in patent disputes, while fellow co-head David Cullen handles both commercial agreements involving intellectual property and contentious litigation. Leo Moore also advises on multi-jurisdictional intellectual property licensing deals. Consultant Carol Plunkett is also well regarded for her work on IP disputes. Litigation specialists Colette Brady and Charleen O’Keeffe were promoted to partner in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Laura Scott; David Cullen

Other key lawyers:

Leo Moore; Carol Plunkett; Colette Brady; Charleen O’Keeffe

Testimonials

‘A very dynamic team with profound knowledge and hands-on and to the point advice. Very experienced with the hot IP issues within the digitalizsation and technology area.’

‘Leo Moore is great to work with. He is extremely responsive and turns the work around quickly and always resources the matter well. I get very sharp and practical advice from him.’

‘Leo Moore of William Fry leads a really strong team and ensures that I get the right people at the right time ’

‘Leo Moore stands out not only because of his knowledge of the market, but also his understanding of client needs. He is a pleasure to deal with, and he is smart and fastidious in achieving commercial solutions for us. Like me, my clients equally appreciate his insights and solutions orientated approach to cases and the top notch results they get.’

‘Massive sectoral experience. Excellent international awareness. Innovative approach to disputes. Dedication to best outcomes. Discretion in advice. Commercial and practical focus. Business-mindedness.’

‘The team are responsive, they are very good communicators and help me to explain matters internally. They get to the heart of the problem quickly and are interested in our business generally so they understand the IP issues in context not just as an academic problem to be solved. They are good people and I like working with them. They make it their business to help me. ’

‘Leo Moore is a very knowledgeable IP lawyer. He is responsive and he works with good people there and it shows the team is cohesive and very productive under his leadership. Leo is a people’s person as well as being technically first class, he’s an excellent communicator. ’

‘The team led by David Cullen are personable, available, thorough and insightful. They managed a large transaction in a comprehensive way as if accountable directly to the in-house stakeholders.’

Key clients

Diageo

Eli Lilly

Boehringer Ingelheim

Jazz pharmaceuticals

Expedia, Inc

Bord Gáis Energy

GSK

X-Celeprint

Royal Dublin Society

Facebook

Deliveroo

Nintendo

Investment funds Tier 1

Noted for the 'depth and breadth' of its practice, William Fry has expertise across the full range of investment funds, with particular strength in the ETF space, and has been active in advising leading asset management companies on the establishment of their European ETF platforms. The firm also has a strong funds regulatory solutions practice, led by Patricia Taylor. Senior partner Dan Morrissey heads the team, which also includes James Phelan and Sergey Dolomanov, who have expertise in ETFs and UCITS; Vincent Coyne, who leads the firm's alternative investment funds practice; and John Aherne, who specialises in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Dan Morrissey

Other key lawyers:

James Phelan; Sergey Dolomanov; Vincent Coyne; Patricia Taylor; John Aherne; Lorena Dunne

Testimonials

‘Sergey Dolomanov is an exceptional partner in the funds practice at William Fry who knows how to navigate the regulatory landscape and has strong technical expertise.’

‘Industry experience and the ability to turn around reviews promptly.’

‘As well as providing excellent, timely and commercially intuitive advice, the team at William Fry makes it clear that they are focused on meeting their clients’ needs.’

‘Vincent Coyne is technically excellent but what makes Vincent stand out is that he is always approachable, responsive and interested in listening to your issue. Vincent not only focuses on each transaction but also works proactively to get to know your business, with a view to achieving pragmatic and commercially beneficial outcomes.’

‘The William Fry team is extremely knowledgeable and professional. They provide a clear, detailed advice outlining all options and alternatives.’

‘John Aherne always provides a quick response to any query, giving clear, in-depth and detailed legal and commercial advice that includes analysis of all possible options and their advantages and disadvantages. He has an ability to conduct complex negotiations with multiple parties on a variety of legal topics and achieve the most favourable outcome for the client. He has an excellent knowledge not only of the legal aspects but also the business, commercial, tax and operational aspects of the asset management industry, which allows him to provide his clients with a comprehensive and outstanding service.’

‘The depth and breadth of the William Fry practice really does distinguish them from their competitors. This expertise in servicing funds at both ends of the regulatory spectrum is impressive. You sometimes find that certain firms are strong on individual aspects of investment funds regulation and operation but not so strong on others. William Fry are consistent across the board.’

‘Vincent Coyne has been our primary contact for several years and we’ve watched him deliver a number of complex, demanding projects in an efficient and friendly manner.’

Key clients

BlackRock

Legal and General

AXA

Barclays Bank Plc

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Lazard Asset Management

Natixis Investment Managers

Architas Multi-Managers

Intertrust Alternative Investment Fund Management.

Citi

Carmignac

Comgest

Carne

Davy

Harrington Cooper

NTMA

Poste Vita

SQN Capital Management

Temporis Capital

ASR Levensverzekering N.V.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

William Fry's media and entertainment practice specialises in defamation and privacy law. The team acts for newspapers, news websites and other media organisations in defence of defamation claims, where it also works with litigators from the firm's disputes team. It also advises on novel privacy issues, including the right to erasure introduced in the General Data Protection Regulation. Fiona Barry leads the team and has extensive experience defending prominent clients from defamation charges. Sinéad Keavey is another key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Barry

Other key lawyers:

Sinéad Keavey

Key clients

Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)

BBC

EHM Productions (TMZ)

Irish Rugby Football Union

Smurfit Kappa Group plc

The Irish Times

RTE

Sky

Pensions and employee benefits Tier 1

William Fry's pensions and employee benefits team handles a range of matters in this space for Irish and multinational clients. On the pension side, the practice advises on the winding-up and merger of defined pension benefit schemes while in the area of employee benefits, the team has recently handled share awards following IPOs, as well as the structuring of benefit schemes for high-level employees. The practice also provides input on the pension and employee benefit aspects of corporate transactions. The practice is led by pensions specialist Ian Devlin and consultant Maura Roe, whose expertise lies in employee benefits.

Practice head(s):

Ian Devlin; Maura Roe

Testimonials

‘A very reputable firm who provide very good information and advice on pensions and related matters.’

‘Very knowledgeable and able to communicate in a clear and decisive manner.’

‘A strong pensions team.’

‘Ian Devlin provides helpful advice and attentive service.’

‘Expert, timely and pragmatic.’

‘Ian Devlin has depth of understanding of pensions and is highly responsive and outcome focused.’

Key clients

Pointy

Affiliates Management Company

Qorvo Inc.

OFP GE European Pension Fund

Willis Ireland Staff Pension Scheme

Willis Insurance Services (Irl) Pension Scheme

Premier Lotteries

Tesco

J&E Davy

Uniphar

Irish Credit Bureau

Axa Life

Sodexo Limited

SOLAS, The National Training Authority

Sanofi – Aventis

Aviva Ireland Staff Pension Fund

Marks & Spencer Ireland Pension Scheme

Fineos

Phoenix Group

DCC plc

Smurfit Kappa plc

Mincon plc

Hammerson

Intercom

Planning and environment Tier 1

William Fry's team has 'a deep understanding of all planning and environmental legal matters'. The team acts for property developers on the planning aspects of large-scale, high-value projects. It also advises on projects in both traditional heavy industries and newer sectors such as wind energy and data centres, handling the planning process as well as environmental regulation. Practice head Conor Linehan is an expert in the space and senior associate Michelle Martin is another key figure.

Practice head(s):

Conor Linehan

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Martin

Testimonials

‘They have a deep understanding of all planning and environmental legal matters. They are very attentive to the issue at hand and keep you informed during all parts of engagement.’

‘Their attention to detail and relentless pursuit of solutions to complex matters sets them apart from their competitors.’

‘Great knowledge of environmental aspects.’

‘My previous experience with law firms is that they always focus on the worst case scenario. William Fry on the other hand whilst informing us of the worst case scenario was very much focused on delivering a more positive outcome. Michelle Martin at William Fry did a great job in representing and advising our company.’

Key clients

Green Biofuels Ireland Ltd

SIRO Ltd

Fingal County Council

Aughinish Alumina

Brookfield Renewable Energy

Diageo

Hines / King Street Capital

Tesco Ireland Limited

Biocore Environmental Limited

Poundland Limited t/a Dealz

Digital Realty Trust

Dulux Paints Ireland

U+I Group plc

Value Retail

XL Group / QBE

Projects and PPP Tier 1

The 'results-focusedLiam McCabe leads the versatile team at William Fry, which handles the procurement, financing and development of a wide range of projects. In 2020, the team's work included matters in the power, telecoms, energy, and real estate sectors. Fergus Devine specialises in the power and energy sectors and construction partner Jarleth Heneghan is also active in this area, particularly on IT and PPP projects. Consultant Cassandra Byrne is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Liam McCabe

Other key lawyers:

Fergus Devine; Jarleth Heneghan; Cassandra Byrne; Bryanna Ryan; Jeremy Curran

Testimonials

‘The team leader is Liam McCabe who sets the high standard of service delivery and is always available for a quick chat on a specific issue and always results-focused. Bryanna Ryan has worked alongside Liam for many years and comes from the same sharp minded mould as Liam. Bryanna gives total focus to the projects delivering top of the line expert legal and commercial support. Jeremy Curran has wide-ranging, well-honed skills beyond legal and commercial and would be a most valuable asset to any large complex contract negotiation.’

‘Very insightful and pragmatic advice – not simply formulaic. I have found some other firms simply provide the textbook advice without acknowledging or advising on real world practicalities.’

‘Liam McCabe has an enormous knowledge of the industry and the players and connections. He seems to almost predict what the client is looking for and builds on that with support from his team including Garrett Breen and Patrick Murphy.’

‘Excellent response time and clear concise advice.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne have a great dynamic within the team which allows for open discussions on alternative solutions to issues. Clarity and response time are excellent.’

‘I have worked with William Fry for almost twenty years and believe them to be one of the top legal firms in the country. I have found that the experience that they can bring to bear with the most complex of construction contract requirements put them right at the front industry. The William Fry teams that I have worked with in the past are always available to their clients and design teams with any advice or information required. ’

‘I have found all of the William Fry team to be highly experienced on all relevant construction contract issues. I am always particularly impressed with their commitment and availability around the clock to respond to any requests. Particular mention to the following: Liam McCabe, Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne.’

Key clients

Allied Irish Bank

Bord Gáis

Bord na Móna

Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Circle K (formerly Topaz)

Department of Public Expenditure & Reform

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

Diageo

Dublin Airport Authority

Dublin City Council

Dublin City University

Dublin Institute of Technology

Dublin Port Company

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Eirgrid plc

Electricity Supply Board

European Investment Bank

Fingal County Council

Hammerson plc

Hines

Horse Racing Ireland

Irish Infrastructure Fund

Louth County Council

MML Growth Capital Partners Limited

National Treasury Management Agency

National Asset Management Agency (NAMA)

Offaly County Council

SOLAS

South Dublin County Council

The Governor and Company of the Bank of Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

University College Dublin

Westmeath County Council

Ulster Bank Ireland Limited

Public sector Tier 1

William Fry is particularly experienced in the financing and procurement of major public sector infrastructure projects, as well as advising on state aid, regulatory enforcement and public investigations. The team acts for government departments, local authorities and a number of financial bodies operating in the public sector. The practice is led by Claire Waterson, who specialises in competition, state aid and telecoms regulatory matters. Other key contacts include public sector employment expert Alicia Compton; Garrett Breen, who is experienced in regulatory litigation; and projects and construction head Jarleth Heneghan, who specialises in IT infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Other key lawyers:

Alicia Compton; Garrett Breen; Jarleth Heneghan; Cassandra Byrne; Laura Murdock

Testimonials

‘The William Fry team work very well together. It is clearly evident that they have a good working relationship, and that they know who in their team to call upon for an expert opinion. This is reassuring for us as clients that our lawyers know their own limitations, but that they can call on the expertise of the wider team to provide us as clients with the best advice.’

‘Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne are always available, engaged and diligent in the preparation of their advice.’

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

The Arts Council

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Enterprise Ireland

Real estate Tier 1

With 21 lawyers in the team, William Fry's real estate practice offers clients a range of specialisms across the real estate space. The team counts international and Irish investors, REITs, and developers among its clients, advising on acquisitions, disposals, and leases, in particular pre-lets. Edward Spain leads the practice, and alongside Lisa McCarthy handles work across the real estate sector. Brian O’Callaghan has a particular niche in advising retail and leisure clients entering the Irish market on property acquisitions and leases. Conor Treacy is also well regarded; he handles high-value acquisitions and leases. Andrew Muckian left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Edward Spain

Other key lawyers:

Lisa McCarthy; Brian O’Callaghan; Conor Treacy; Liam McCabe; Emma Egan

Testimonials

‘The Real Estate and Construction team worked as a great partnership led by the two partners Liam McCabe and Brian O’Callaghan. The Real Estate team did a great job protecting the client’s interests in developing leases.’

‘Brian O’Callaghan and Emma Egan are two excellent Real Estate practitioners and helped us navigate building and office leases with ease.’

Key clients

Hammerson plc

Allianz Real Estate

OCP Capital Partners

NAMA & NTMA

Tesco Ireland Limited

Hines

Irish Life Assurance plc

U + I Group plc

Kennedy Wilson

Real I.S. Investment GmbH

GA Developments

Blackrock

Union Investment

Nuveen Management AIFM Limited

Qualcomm

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers

BCP Asset Management

Ballymore Group

Tax Tier 1

The 'practical and business-oriented' tax practice at William Fry has extensive experience in the tax aspects of global M&A transactions, and also has dedicated teams focusing on foreign direct investment, transfer pricing and financial services tax. Representing clients in tax appeal cases is also a particular area of strength. Sonya Manzor, who has notable expertise in the tax structuring of inward investment and corporate transactions, leads the team following Martin Phelan's departure for Simmons & Simmons. Ted McGrath, Brian Duffy, Declan Lavelle and Rachel Fox, who is particularly experienced in M&A tax, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sonya Manzor

Other key lawyers:

Ted McGrath; Brian Duffy; Rachel Fox; Declan Lavelle

Testimonials

‘Declan Lavelle is very detail-oriented, proactive and responsive. He has very strong technical skills and the ability to effectively communicate complex tax matters in a straightforward manner, which is beneficial when discussing matters with non-tax personnel.’

‘The William Fry tax team work wonderfully as a team. They genuinely seek to form a partnership with their clients, working hand-in-hand with legal counsel and management to achieve the desired business goals. The tax team are very practical and business oriented, seeking solutions that of course meet the highest legal technical standard, but doing so in a way that clients can understand and implement over the long term. Having worked with the WF tax team primarily in resolving international tax and investment matters, I have seen the careful attention to detail in working through solutions that will not only meet Irish legal requirements, but those in other operating jurisdictions.’

‘Having worked extensively with Sonya Manzor, Declan Lavelle and Rachel Fox, I can say that each of them fully embody the William Fry values. Each of these individuals deliver practical legal advice, provided in a timely fashion and with the highest attention to quality. They are quick to respond and go above and beyond in delivering for their clients, tending to complex matters at all times of the day and the year.’

‘The William Fry tax team is uniquely qualified in advising with respect to Irish tax issues in the cross-border context, both inbound and outbound. The team has broad experience across a number of sectors. Their client service and responsiveness is impressive. Sonya Manzor and Rachel Fox are excellent, both substantively and from a client service perspective.’

‘What makes this team unique is that, in addition to their strong tax technical knowledge, the William Fry tax team are very commercial and practical in their approach.

‘Sonya Manzor leads a very strong team at William Fry. I have worked with Sonya for several years and have always found her and the members of the wider William Fry team to be excellent. Sonya and her team provide superb client service to us. I would want Sonya to be on my side in negotiations of an M&A transaction.’

‘I worked closely with Rachel Fox on a transaction earlier this year. Rachel was very knowledgeable about the relevant tax technical issues, but also able to give very practical advice on the related structuring and legal matters. She was available to deal with queries at short notice and provided excellent client service throughout the transaction process. Rachel was able to communicate technical tax and legal matters to the commercial teams easily, and also worked well with the other legal teams involved to get the deal done.’

‘Ted McGrath is the best in the industry. He is practical and pragmatic and makes the complex simple. His unique skills and professionalism differentiate William Fry in the marketplace.’

Key clients

DCC PLC

Smurfit Kappa

Afilias

Inditex SA

Linde AG

Silicon & Software Systems Limited

State Street Corporation

U+I Plc

WisdomTree Investments

Ardagh Packaging Group

Smartbox

Accenture

Paine Schwartz Partners

Clanwilliam

Phillips 66

Telecoms Tier 1

William Fry's telecoms work spans the full spectrum of matters in this sector, with recent work including acting for both ComReg and private telecoms companies in litigation, advising companies on commercial agreements for telecoms infrastructure, and handling M&A transactions in the sector. Claire Waterson leads the team. 'Canny litigator' Garrett Breen handles telecoms disputes and senior associate Sarah Lynam stands out for her work on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Claire Waterson

Other key lawyers:

Laura Scott; Laura Murdock; Sarah Lynam; Garrett Breen

Testimonials

‘The William Fry team has talent from top to bottom. Strengths in advisory and also in telecoms litigation both on Irish and EU issues. Top of the latter compared to other firms.’

‘Garrett Breen is a pragmatic decision-maker, a canny litigator and calms troubled waters. Laura Scott has technical know-how and is an excellent drafter. Claire Waterson is clever and pays keen attention to detail; she makes complex ideas appear simple. Laura Murdock is efficient and effective, and Paddy Murphy is up and coming.’

Key clients

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Horse Racing Ireland

Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg)

Digicel

Accuris Networks Limited

Tesco Mobile Ireland

White-collar crime Tier 1

William Fry acts for clients facing challenging allegations of white-collar crime including fraud, insider dealing, data breaches and money laundering. The team is a popular choice for clients from the the financial services industry. The practice is led by Owen O’Sullivan, who also leads the firm's dispute resolution practice. Other key partners in the team include Lisa Carty, whose experience in advising financial sector clients includes assisting companies involved in a parliamentary banking inquiry. Garrett Breen is currently involved in a number of cross-border issues and Paul Convery is 'innovative and practical'. Laura Murdock was promoted to partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Owen O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Carty; Garrett Breen; Paul Convery; Laura Murdock

Testimonials

‘An extremely professional team providing expert advice’

‘Paul Convery is a talented lawyer who is very hands on, innovative and practical. He is exceptionally responsive to clients providing clear, expert advice.’

Asset finance Tier 2

William Fry's strong client base includes a number of international banks, and the team is particularly well versed in advising lenders on the provision of loan facilities for the financing and refinancing of aircraft portfolios. Other key clients include aircraft leasing companies and the team has experience advising Chinese lessors on the refinancing of their portfolios. David Maughan, who heads the practice, and Mary Ward also advise on the establishment of Irish aircraft leasing platforms and sale and leaseback transactions, and regularly handle cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Ward

Key clients

Bank of Communications Co., Ltd.

China Development Bank

Credit Agricole CIB

DVB Bank

Goldman Sachs

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Hines Ireland

HSBC

Investec Bank plc

ING Bank

KfW Bank

Natixis

Clover Aircraft Leasing Company Limited (formerly Ping An International Financial Leasing)

Societe Generale

Santander

The Korea Development Bank

Development Bank of Japan

CMB Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale

Agricultural Bank of China (Hong Kong Branch)

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

MUFG Ltd Hong Kong Branch

MUFG Ltd Singapore Branch

Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch

Transport Tier 2

William Fry demonstrates particularly strong capabilities advising innovative transport service platform providers on regulatory, commercial and data protection issues. Its team is also experienced in aviation finance transactions and is sought after by international banks and aircraft leasing companies for advice on the financing of aircraft portfolios and leasing transactions. In the infrastructure space, the team is active in road and rail projects. David Maughan and Mary Ward focus on aviation finance, Jarleth Heneghan is a key contact for transport projects, and Leo Moore has expertise in technology and IP issues in the transport sector.

Practice head(s):

David Maughan

Other key lawyers:

Mary Ward; Leo Moore; Jarleth Heneghan; Cassandra Byrne

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

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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

Porsche

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale

Agricultural Bank of China

Bank of China

As one of Ireland’s largest law firms, William Fry offers unrivaled legal and tax expertise across the full breadth of the business sector.

The firm: William Fry advises leading Irish and international companies, covering both the public and private sector. It operates a large international practice and regularly acts in cases involving other jurisdictions, including the UK, the US, Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe.

Strong client relationships and high-quality advice are the hallmark of the business. William Fry is acknowledged by clients and market commentators alike as being a leader in its main areas of work: corporate / M&A, banking and finance, litigation and dispute resolution, asset management and investment funds, real estate, corporate tax, technology, insurance, employment and benefits, EU and competition and projects and construction.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner 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
Projects & 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
Projects & Construction 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
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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Mr Jarleth Heneghan  photo Mr Jarleth Heneghan Jarleth Heneghan is a Partner in Projects & Construction and Alternative Dispute…
Mr Jason Hollis  photo Mr Jason Hollis Jason is a Partner in William Fry’s Banking & Financial Services Department.  He advises…
Mr Shane Kelleher  photo Mr Shane Kelleher Shane Kelleher is a Partner in William Fry’s Financial Regulation Group and…
Ms Barbara Kenny  photo Ms Barbara Kenny Barbara is a Partner in William Fry’s Corporate Department. She specialises in…
Mr Stephen Keogh  photo Mr Stephen Keogh Stephen is a Partner and Head of the Corporate department and specialises…
Mr Padraic Kinsella photo Mr Padraic Kinsella Padraic is a Partner in William Fry’s Banking & Finance Department.  Padraic has…
Mr John Larkin  photo Mr John Larkin John is Co-Head of William Fry’s Insurance Department. He advises insurance and…
Mr Declan Lavelle  photo Mr Declan Lavelle Declan is a Partner with William Fry Tax Advisors. Declan has 10 years’…
Mr Conor Linehan  photo Mr Conor Linehan Conor Linehan is Head of William Fry’s Environment & Planning Group. His…
Mr Cormac Little  photo Mr Cormac Little Cormac is a Partner and head of William Fry’s Competition & Regulation…
Ms Sarah Lynam  photo Ms Sarah Lynam Sarah Lynam is a Senior Associate in our Competition & Regulation Department…
Ms Sonya Manzor  photo Ms Sonya Manzor Sonya is a Partner and Head of William Fry Tax Advisors. She…
Mr David Maughan  photo Mr David Maughan David is a Partner and Head of the Banking & Finance Department…
Mr Liam McCabe  photo Mr Liam McCabe Liam McCabe is Head of William Fry’s Projects & Construction Department and…
Ms Lisa McCarthy  photo Ms Lisa McCarthy Lisa McCarthy is a Partner in William Fry’s Commercial Property Department. Lisa…
Mr Ted McGrath  photo Mr Ted McGrath Ted is a partner with William Fry Tax Advisors and head of…
Mr Andrew McIntyre  photo Mr Andrew McIntyre Andrew is Head of William Fry’s US offices. He is a Corporate…
Mr Leo Moore  photo Mr Leo Moore Leo is a Partner in the William Fry Technology Group, specialising in…
Mr Dan Morrissey  photo Mr Dan Morrissey Dan Morrissey is Head of William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment Funds…
Ms Margaret Muldowney  photo Ms Margaret Muldowney Margaret Muldowney is a Consultant to the Clinical Advisory team within our…
Mr Paul Murray  photo Mr Paul Murray Paul Murray is a Partner in William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment…
Mr Brian O'Callaghan photo Mr Brian O'Callaghan Brian O’Callaghan is a Partner specialising in contentious and non-contentious Property. He…
Mr John O'Connor photo Mr John O'Connor John is a Partner in William Fry’s Technology Group, the most experienced technology…
Ms Catherine O'Flynn photo Ms Catherine O'Flynn Catherine is Head of William Fry’s Employment & Benefits Department. She advises on…
Mr Owen O'Sullivan photo Mr Owen O'Sullivan Owen O’Sullivan is the Managing Partner of William Fry. He is a…
Mr James Phelan photo Mr James Phelan James Phelan is a Partner in William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment Funds Department,…
Mr Mark Quealy  photo Mr Mark Quealy Mark is a Partner in William Fry’s Corporate Department. His practice consists…
Ms Maura Roe  photo Ms Maura Roe Maura Roe is a Consultant in William Fry’s Employment & Pensions Department,…
Ms Bryanna Ryan  photo Ms Bryanna Ryan Bryanna is a Partner in William Fry’s Projects & Construction Department. Bryanna…
Mr Ruairi Rynn photo Mr Ruairi Rynn Ruairi is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and Corporate Restructuring…
Ms Laura Scott  photo Ms Laura Scott Laura Scott is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution…
Mr Craig Sowman photo Mr Craig Sowman Craig is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution department, specialising in corporate…
Mr Edward Spain  photo Mr Edward Spain Edward is Head of William Fry’s Real Estate Department, specialising in all…
Mr Adam Synnott  photo Mr Adam Synnott Adam Synnott is a Partner in William Fry’s Corporate Department, and has…
Mr Mark Talbot  photo Mr Mark Talbot Mark is a Partner in William Fry’s Corporate department specialising in public…
Ms Patricia Taylor  photo Ms Patricia Taylor Patricia Taylor is a Partner in William Fry’s Asset Management & Investment…
Ms Sheila Tormey  photo Ms Sheila Tormey Sheila is a Partner in William Fry’s Competition & Regulation Department. She…
Mr Conor Treacy  photo Mr Conor Treacy Conor is a Partner in ourReal Estate Department with 10 years’ experience in the…
Ms Mary Ward photo Ms Mary Ward Mary is a Partner in William Fry’s Banking & Finance department with a particular emphasis…
Ms Claire Waterson  photo Ms Claire Waterson Claire Waterson is a Partner in William Fry’s Competition & Regulation Department…
Mr Paul White  photo Mr Paul White Paul White is Head of the William Fry US offices and Partner…
Number of lawyers : 320
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Contact : Owen O'Sullivan (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.