William Fry

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2 Grand Canal Square
D02 A342
Dublin 2

Phone: +353 1 639 5000
Fax: +353 1 639 5333
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Nature of Business


As one of Ireland's largest law firms, William Fry offers unrivalled legal and tax expertise across the full breadth of the business sector. We advise a substantial number of leading Irish and international companies, covering both the public and private sector.

With a staff of over 450, the Firm operates a large international practice and regularly acts in cases involving other jurisdictions, including: the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Eastern Europe.

One of the key factors of the service provided by the Firm is the depth of experience and level of expertise it can bring to bear for the benefit of clients. The affairs of every client are assigned to a Partner who will be responsible for guiding our legal team in creating effective working relationships and developing solutions to problems.

The Firm's priorities are focused on the need to achieve results for clients. Continued investment in people, technology and research maintain the Firm's ability to provide practical and prompt solutions, while devoting exacting attention to detail.

We pride ourselves on the outstanding service we provide to our clients and the resulting longevity of our client relationships. We are never complacent and strive for excellence at all levels of the Firm.  We are equally proud of the recognition we have garnered for this ethos, in the form of awards, rankings and recommendations.

We are an acknowledged leader in our core departmental areas - Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Real Estate, Banking & Finance, Projects & Construction, Asset Management & Investment Funds, Insurance, Technology, Tax, and Employment & Pensions - and we augment this with a wide range of specialist practice areas many of which are specific to industry sectors.

Below are details of some recent awards and recommendations received by the Firm.

Recent Awards

  • Life Sciences & Healthcare Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - Legal Awards 2016
  • 'The Most Diverse Firm' in Ireland by gender diversity in 'The Lawyer European 100 2016'
  • Carol Plunkett was awarded the Best in Litigation Lawyer in Europe at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016
  • Nora Lillis was awarded the Best in Trusts and Estates Lawyer in Europe at the Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2016
  • Carol Plunket is listed as one of the Top 250 Women in IP globally by Managing Intellectual Property 2016.
  • Loans & Financing - SME Sector: Ding - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2016
  • M&A Deal of the Year - IAG's acquisition of Aer Lingus - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2016
  • Financial Services (Ireland) - Banking: AIB Capital Reorganisation Programme - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2016
  • The Best Funds Lawyer 2015 - EFT.com Awards
  • European Corporate Deal of the Year (IAG acquisition of Aer Lingus) – The Lawyer European Awards 2016
  • Most Innovative Law Firm of 2016, Ireland -  Acquisition International Magazine 2016
  • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade, Ireland -  M&A Today Global Awards 2016
  • Cormac Little awarded ‘Irish Competition & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year’ - Client Choice Awards 2016
  • Asset Management Law Firm of the Year - Finance Monthly Law Awards 2016
  • Ireland’s Most Innovative Law Firm - FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015
  • Standout Ranking in Finance - FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015
  • Commended Ranking in Litigation & Dispute Resolution - FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015
  • Commended Ranking in Competition - FT Innovative Lawyers Report 2015
  • Irish Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Europe Awards 2015

Year on year, we are ranked by the leading international legal directories, including the Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, Who's Who Legal and PLC Which lawyer?,  as one of Ireland's top corporate law firms.

Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The lawyers took a personal interest in the work and the overall objective was always in their minds. There was a big team offering a lot of strength throughout."
  • "This firm had the size and skills to handle a particularly complex transaction, and the commitment to throw the necessary resources at the job." -  Banking & Finance
  • "Very prompt, responsive and commercially minded." - Capital Markets
  • "From the moment we made contact the team was extremely responsive and knowledgeable. Any correspondence put forward on our behalf contained great arguments that were straight to the point and made the right statement. The firm really stands out by taking a more reassuring and friendly approach towards its clients." - Competition / European Law
  • "The team is very knowledgeable of the construction industry and takes a practical and pragmatic approach to negotiating terms, which is important when nearing deadlines." - Construction
  • "All the people there are exceptional - whoever you work with can take you through the whole process and you will be in excellent hands. There is remarkable strength and depth throughout the team." - Corporate / M&A
  • "The firm is extremely responsive, really works with us well and gets to know us. The team is completely reliable and has lots of experts to deal with everything you need". - Dispute Resolution
  • "The firm's advice is of the highest quality and based on solid research and case studies. It is also highly tailored and relevant. Working with this firm is an educational experience."
  • "I would rate William Fry's performance very highly. Apart from mastery of the technical aspects of the work, I find the firm pragmatic and commercial when it comes to pension-related matters and it acts as a partner to us in delivering optimal solutions." - Employment
  • "Very impressive, covering lots of different areas." - Energy & Natural Resources
  • "This firm has been a great cultural fit for us. There is no pomp and circumstance - the lawyers are very knowledgeable and hard-working but don't have the arrogance you can sometimes experience elsewhere." - Insurance
  • "I would not look past this team for any IP work - the firm delivers a top-notch service." - Intellectual Property
  • "The firm puts the interests of its clients first, providing pragmatic, solution-driven advice in a refreshing way, which is clear, commercial and free from the legal jargon often associated with law firms." - Investment Funds
  • "The team is very responsive and provides good, commercially focused advice which is prompt, efficient and succinct." - Projects
  • "The lawyers really know what they are talking about. These complicated deals only came together due to their expertise and ability to be commercial." - Real Estate
  • "The firm provides an excellent service, offering quality advice and strong leadership. The team is one of the most responsive of all the big firms." - Restructuring / Insolvency
  • "The firm is very responsive and has great resources, including access to a global network of tax advisers, which benefits us internationally and is a fantastic asset. The firm's ability to provide both legal and tax advice really ensures everything fits together." - Tax
  • "This firm's passion and interest in the technology sector is outstanding - we have been tremendously impressed." - TMT

Legal 500 2016

  • William Fry is an "excellent practice". - Banking & Finance
  • William Fry is "excellent on all fronts" - Construciton
  • William Fry is "an exceptional Firm". - Corporate M&A
  • William Fry has a "first-class and proactive" team. - Dispute Resolution
  • The team at William Fry takes "a highly professional, informed and engaging approach" - Employment
  • William Fry is a "top competition firm", with a "technically excellent team". - EU & Competition
  • The team is noted for its "in-depth industry knowledge". - Information Technology
  • The "proactive" team at William Fry is "preeminent" in the technology and pharmaceuticals sphere. - Intellectual Property
  • William Fry is "unrivalled in value for money, and always thorough in its analyses". - Public Sector
  • The team is "simply excellent". - Transport


M&A Activity in Ireland Valued at €70.9bn in First Half of 2018
Ireland's M&A Activity Remained Robust in 2016 Despite Global Uncertainty
Budget 2016

Press Releases

William Fry Wins 'Best Creative Staff Engagement' at Allianz Business to Arts Awards
William Fry's Investment Funds Practice Continues to Grow
Michael Quinn Appointed High Court Judge
William Fry Ranked 5th Most Diverse Law Firm in Europe
Award Winning Legal Advice: Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2018
William Fry Awarded International Law Firm of the Year