Mr Fergus Doorly > William Fry > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

William Fry

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Insolvency & Corporate Recovery.


Fergus Doorly is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in commercial litigation and insolvency. He has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on shareholder disputes, contractual disputes and financial services disputes. His insolvency expertise is advising liquidators, receivers, and examiners of companies, as well as creditors, directors and shareholders of insolvent companies.


Fergus lectures on the Law Society of Ireland’s professional training courses. He is a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and an overseas member of the UK Insolvency Lawyers Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Insolvency and corporate restructuring

(Leading individuals)

Fergus DoorlyWilliam Fry

William Fry has made a further impression in international restructurings and continues to represent an array of stakeholders in big-ticket restructurings and insolvencies, including those in the aviation, manufacturing and retail sectors. It has gathered further experience in Irish law scheme of arrangement processes, US Chapter 11 filings, and examinerships. Department head Fergus Doorly has advised on some of the largest cross-border restructurings and examinerships of recent times. Similarly, Ruairi Rynn and Craig Sowman are highly rated practitioners. The firm also has an impressive bench of senior associates in this field.

Ireland > Transport

William Fry‘s transport practice continues to be prominent in the aviation sector, handling some of the largest and most complex matters in the Irish market. David Maughan and Mary Ward are well known for their work on the financing of aircraft, while Fergus Doorly and Craig Sowman advise on matters in this sector involving distressed companies, including restructurings. Elsewhere, the firm’s well-established projects and construction teams are frequently engaged on transport projects in the aviation, road and rail sectors; they also handle large projects which include transport infrastructure, such as residential developments. Jarleth Heneghan and Liam McCabe are the key figures in this area. In addition, the practice acts for a number of ride-hailing apps, providing advice on data protection and other regulatory issues.

Ireland > Asset finance

William Fry remains a force in aviation finance with a growing team and a particularly strong record in lender-side engagements. It continues to be active in aircraft portfolio financings and securitisations and has handled key mandates in major insolvency situations, including being engaged as counsel to the examiner of Norwegian Air. The team is also at the forefront of ESG-compliant loans and debt financings. David Maughan has some 20-years experience in aircraft financings and is especially known for representing financial institutions in refinancing Chinese lessor portfolios. Mary Ward is becoming an established name in the aviation finance field, representing lessors, lessees and lenders on aircraft transactions. Fergus Doorly provides additional restructuring and insolvency expertise in this area.