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William Fry

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Fiona Barry

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William Fry

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution.


Fiona is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and head of our Clinical Advisory Group and Defamation and Media Group. She has special expertise in the defence of medical negligence actions and the representation of medical practitioners in regulatory matters. Fiona also has vast experience of defamation, privacy, social media, product safety and reputation management. In the area of defamation she has unparalleled experience of both pre and post publication for the print and TV sectors. She also holds a qualification in arbitration and is a CEDR accredited mediator.


Fiona is a member of the IBA, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland.


Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

William Fry represents a number of leading global pharmaceutical companies and is noted for its strength in large-scale litigation in the life sciences sector, particularly patent litigation. Laura Scott leads the life sciences side of the practice; she recently acted for a global pharmaceutical company in Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings. On the healthcare side, Fiona Barry and Sinead Keavey represented a medical professionals' organisation in a series of clinical negligence cases, in addition to acting for medical practitioners in fitness to practise inquiries.

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Within: Insurance

William Fry has an ever-expanding client list in the non-contentious regulatory sphere, with practice head John Larkin, Naoise Harnett and Eoin Caulfield acting for new client Phoenix on the acquisition of Standard Life Aberdeen’s insurance arm, handling the dialogue with the Central Bank of Ireland. Larkin and Harnett also assisted Beazley, Chaucer, Volkswagen and Sodexo with new Irish authorisations, as well as advising Beazley and Chaucer on Brexit contingency planning. The Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection and the Veterinary Defence Society are key clients when it comes to contentious work, where Fiona Barry is the name to note. Associate Niall Campbell is also recommended.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

William Fry acts for a number of key media players. Practice head Fiona Barry, who specialises in defamation and privacy matters, represented a financial adviser in defamation proceedings against his former employer and advised ComReg on an internal report on defamation and fair procedures. Leo Moore advised Bord Gáis Energy on the naming rights and distribution agreement for a well-known building and the sponsorship of the GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Sinead Keavey, who has particular expertise in defamation law relating to social media, is also noted.

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