Awards & Recommendations

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.

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

Awards

2017

  • Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2017
  • Irish (Contentious) IP Firm of the Year - Managing IP Global Awards 2017
  • Nora Lillis awarded 'Irish Private Client Lawyer of the Year’ at the Client Choice Awards 
  • Law Firm of the Year: Insurance & Reinsurance, Ireland - The Legal 100 2017 Awards 
  • Best Investment Fund Tax & Law Firm, Ireland - Wealth & Finance Fund Awards 2017 
  • Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - Global Law Experts International Estate Administration 
  • Advisory Firm of the Year, Ireland - Finance Monthly M&A Awards 2017 Inheritance Tax
  • Innovation & Excellence - Corporate LiveWire 2017
  • Law Firm of the Year, International Trade, Ireland - M&A Today - Global Awards 2017
  • Game Changers Awards 2017 - Finance Monthly 
  • Best International Tax Law Firm, Ireland - Acquisition International 2017
  • Ones to Watch in Intellectual Property 2017 -Acquisition International 2017
  • Best Investment Funds Law Firm - Ireland - Acquisition International 2017
  • Award for Excellence in Banking & Finance Services - Acquisition International 2017
  • Data Protection Law - Lawyer of the Year in Ireland -2017 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards
  • Corporate Law Award 2017 - International Advisory Experts Award
  • Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Law Awards 2017
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Law Awards 2017
  • Insurance Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Law Awards 2017
  • Eoin Caulfield: Insurance & Reinsurance - Lawyer of the Year, Ireland - Finance Monthly Fintech Award 2017 
  • Laura Scott in recognition of outstanding legal expertise and contribution within the practice area of Patents - Women in Law Awards 2017
  • Best Commercial Litigation Practice, Ireland - Legal Awards 2017
  • Best International IP Law Firm 2017, Ireland - AI 2017 IP Excellence Awards
  • Best Contractual Dispute Law Firm, Ireland -AI 2017 Dispute Resolution Awards
  • Law Firm of the Year, Insolvency & Restructuring, Ireland - Lawyer International Global Awards 2017
  • Most Outstanding International Tax Law Firm - Global Excellence Awards 2017
  • Sonya Manzor, Lawyer Monthly - Women in Law Awards 2017

2016

  • William Fry received a Standout ranking in the highly coveted ‘Innovation in Legal Expertise’ category of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Report 2016
  • International Corporate Law Practice of the Year, Ireland - 2016 Business Law Awards 
  • Best Commercial Disputes Firm, Ireland - 2016 Business Law Awards
  • Law Firm of the Year: Insurance & Reinsurance, Ireland -  The Lawyer International
  • Nora Lillis named in IFC Powerwomen Top 200 
  • Best Boutique Excellence in Foreign Direct Investments 2016 - The European Business Awards
  • Best Full-Service Business Law Firm, Ireland & Capital - Acquisition International 2016
  • Markets Attorny of the Year, Ireland - Acquisition International 2016
  • AI Top 50 Legal Elite - Acquisition International 2016 
  • Technology Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Management & Investment Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Telecoms & E-Commerce Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Litigation Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Life Science Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • Trusts & Estates Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Global Awards 2016
  • 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.
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - Corporate LiveWire Awards 2016
  • Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Ireland – Global Law Experts Awards 2016
  • Media Law - Law Firm of the Year in Ireland – Global Law Experts Awards 2016
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year in Ireland – Global Law Experts Awards 2016
  • Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016, Ireland - Wealth & Finance INTL 2016 
  • Competition & Anti-Trust Law Firm of the Year Ireland - Global Fund Awards 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
  • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring, Ireland -  M&A Today Global Awards 2016
  • Cormac Little awarded ‘Irish Competition & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year’ - Client Choice Awards 2016 
  • Best Public Building (St Mel's Cathedral) - The Local Authority Members Association Awards 2016
  • Best Civil Engineering project (St Mel's Cathedral) - The Local Authority Members Association Awards 2016
  • Energy Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Law Awards 2016 
  • Pensions Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Law Awards 2016 
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - ACQ5 Law Awards 2016 
  • Media Law - Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards 2016 
  • Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards 2016 
  • Business Insolvency Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards 2016
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards 2016
  • Asset Management Law Firm of the Year - Finance Monthly Law Awards 2016

2015

  • 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   
  • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring - Ireland - Global 100 2015
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - Lawyers Worldwide Awards 2015 
  • Myra Garrett awarded the ‘Best in Corporate Governance’ Award at the 2015 Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards. 
  • Corporate, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - DealMakers Country Awards 2015
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Reverse Merger and Redomiciliation Deal of the Year - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2015
  • Equity Capital Markets: Initial Public Offering Deal of the Year - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2015
  • Debt Capital Markets Deal of the Year - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2015
  • Debt Capital Markets: Private Placement Deal of the Year - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2015
  • Loans & Financing: Mid Market Deal of the Year - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2015
  • Loans & Financing: MBO Deal of the Year - Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2015
  • Best Graduate Training & Development Programme (Silver) - gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards 2015
  • Most Outstanding Corporate Law Firm - Ireland - M&A Awards 2015 Corporate LiveWire
  • Project Finance & Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - InterContinental Finance Magazine Global Awards 2015
  • Corporate Finance Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - 2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Awards
  • Business Insolvency Lawyer of the Year in Ireland - Barry Cahir - 2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Awards
  • Media Law - Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - 2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Awards
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - 2015 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Awards 
  • Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015    
  • Customer Service Law Firm of the Year- Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Leading Client Care Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Employment Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Energy Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Insolvency & Restructuring Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Pensions Law Firm of the Year - Ireland - ACQ Global Awards 2015
  • Structured Finance & Securitization Law Firm Of The Year 2015 - Ireland - Lawyers World
  • Asia Pacific Deal of the Year 2014 – Airfinance Journal 
  • Alvin Price - Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year 2015
  • Best Conservation/Restoration (St Mel's Cathedral) - RIAI Awards 2015 (The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland)
  • Best Universal Design Award (St Mel's Cathedral) - RIAI Awards 2015 (The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland)
  • Highly Commended in the ‘Best Research Project (St Mel's Cathedral) - RIAI Awards 2015 (The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland)

2014

  • IP Law Firm of the Year in Ireland 2014 (2014 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award)
  • Irish Law Awards – Law Firm of the Year 2014
  • Irish Law Awards – Employment Team of the Year 2014
  • Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year Ireland (Finance Monthly Global Awards 2014)
  • Sonya Manzor - Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2014 award in recognition of your work in the Tax sector
  • 2014 LegalComprehensive Law Award – Legal Comprehensive
  • Dispute Resolution Law Firm Of The Year - Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine 2014
  • Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year - Initial Public Offering – (Finance Dublin Deals of the Year)
  • Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year – Refinancing/Restructuring (Finance Dublin Deals of the Year)
  • Loans & Financing (Ireland) – Large Corporate (Finance Dublin Deals of the Year)
  • Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year – Ireland (Acquisition International)
  • Tax Law Firm of the Year – Ireland (Acquisition International)
  • John Larkin - International Law Office Client Choice Award – Insurance (ILO)

2013

  • Insurance & Reinsurance – Most Respected Law Firm of the Year 2013 (ACQ Global Awards)
  • Litigation Lawyer/Team of the Year 2013 (Irish Law Awards)
  • Securities Law Firm of the Year 2013 – Ireland (Acquisition International M&A Awards)
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year in Ireland 2013 (Global Law Experts)
  • Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in Ireland 2013 (Global Law Experts)


2012

  • Law Firm of the Year 2012 (Irish Law Awards)
  • Best Irish Firm for Women in Business Law 2012 (European Women in Business Law Awards)
  • European Private Equity Tax Team of the Year 2012 (International Tax Review)
  • Shortlisted for the award of Irish Law Firm of the Year 2012 (Chambers Europe)

2011

  • European Legal Services Provider of the Year 2011 (International Custody and Fund Administration)
  • 2011 Award of Excellence to the Public Sector (Public Sector Journal)
  • Irish IP Law Firm of the Year 2011 (Managing Intellectual Property)
  • National Tax Firm of 2011 and Transfer Pricing Firm of 2011 (International Tax Review)


2010

  • No. 1 Irish law firm for M&A activity, year end 2010 (mergermarket, Thomson Financial, Bloomberg, CorpFin)

Directories

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.

Please click on a year below to see a selection of directory endorsements which are garnered from client feedback and serve as testament to the quality of the Firm's practice.

Chambers Europe 2017

  • "They were very commercial on complex deals, extracted the important parts, were very proactive and made sure that nothing slipped away."
    Clients also point out that "they have a nice house style: professional, friendly and courteous." Banking & Finance
  • Clients are impressed by the firm's "levels of service, attention and response, as well as the breadth of service."
  • Clients regard the firm as "very practical and easy to deal with; the lawyers have a good knowledge of the issues and cover the ground without going into too much detail." Capital Markets
  • Clients appreciate the firm's "practical, business-focused advice," with other sources adding that "they put themselves in your shoes" and "are quick to grasp problems and are solution-oriented."
    Other sources appreciate that the team "understands the competition market, has good contacts and a very good understanding of the processes." Competition / European Law
  • One source states: "I think the service is excellent. The team is proactive, knowledgeable, capable and attentive." Construction
  • Clients appreciate that the lawyers "made an effort to get to know us, were practical, commercial, strong in negotiations and could explain Irish law in a clear way to US buyers."
  • "It has always been a pleasure to work with them", say clients. "The drafting is first class, they are good negotiators and their manner is conducive to getting the deal done." Corporate / M&A
  • An interviewee states: "They have excellent litigation instincts and analytical abilities," adding: "They are very effective at taking complex issues and boiling them down to essential elements, and because of that, they are good at developing an overall litigation strategy. It really has been a pleasure because they are very smart and produce a first-class work product; they are first-rate."
    One client appreciates the fact that they "always get a proactive, practical and commercial viewpoint." Another source agrees: "I am impressed with the practical, commercial focus of the department and the understanding of the commercial realities facing its clients."
    Another commentator enthuses: "We find the litigation team at William Fry excellent. In addition to the quality of their legal advice, we continue to be impressed by their client focus. They know the type and level of information and input that we require and tailor their advice accordingly." Dispute Resolution
  • Interviewees say the group is "very capable, pragmatic and customer-focused. They bring a wealth of experience to employment and pensions law issues and provide responsive, practical and effective solutions to critical issues."
    Clients refer to a "top-class service" from the department, advising: "It is a very collegial team that is very careful and considered about its advice and always on point. It is particularly good in complex or sensitive scenarios."
    Sources explain that the "partners are receptive, responsive, experienced and provide added value, as well as very good legal advice. There is a good breadth and depth in terms of back-up resources, and all cross-border work is handled expertly." Employment & Benefits
  • The firm's "depth and versatility to provide the entire range of legal requirements" is often praised, with clients saying: "It is invaluable to have it all under one roof."
    Sources also remark that the team is "very responsive and knows the sector well." Energy & Natural Resources
  • Clients agree that the lawyers are "excellent: they provide a quick turnaround and are very pragmatic." Another source praises the team's "good knowledge and service," adding: "They are well known for insurance matters."
    One client is "very happy with the service," explaining that "their availability is something that is always appreciated." Insurance
  • One source lauds the department as one of "the leading practices in heavy IP matters," with another explaining that they are "technically very good, strategic and also nice people to work with."
    One interviewee states: "We have been consistently pleased with the advice and the quality of the work," describing the team's recommendations as "practical" and "reliable." Intellectual Property
  • "William Fry are very approachable, respond very quickly to queries and turn documents around promptly, often outside normal hours and at weekends. The depth and breadth of knowledge in the team is high, but the lawyers also have a good commercial sense and understanding."
    Sources advise that "the lawyers are very personable to work with and provide clear and prompt advice."
    Clients identify "many positives in the team's commercial positioning; they have a strong brand and market influence." Investment Funds
  • One client admires the "width and depth of expertise within the firm" and lauds the department as a "strong practice that understands the minutiae of the life sciences sector."
    Sources appreciate the "first-rate access and availability" of the team and describe its advice as "considered, pragmatic and clear." Life Sciences
  • Clients enthuse that the team is "extremely commercial, practical, good at identifying the pitfalls and extremely responsive."
    Interviewees comment that the lawyers "fight hard for the client and do everything for the best interest of the client." Real Estate
  • Clients appreciate the depth of the practice, with one client praising its ability to "offer a wide range of service capabilities," with another commending "the extent to which the firm could draw on a variety of different specialisms as the need arises."
    Clients value the level of partner contact they have experienced, noting: "Their availability is something that is always appreciated." Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Sources assert that "from a technical perspective they are clear and direct."
    Interviewees also value the team's "responsiveness to client needs and commercial awareness." Tax
  • Clients praise the client-oriented nature of the advice: "They offer a cogent, practical explanation of the law."
    Other interviewees value "the quality of the staff and the ability to recommend legal experts in other jurisdictions." TMT

Legal 500 2017

  • William Fry has an ‘efficient and very professional team’. Capital Markets - Debt
  • The team work with ‘speed and precision’ on behalf of issuers, financial institutions, investors and brokers. Capital Markets - Equity
  • William Fry have an extremely ‘professional and personable’ team. Construction
  • William Fry’s ‘proactive and resourceful team’ was busy across sectors such as private equity, technology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Corporate & Commercial
  • William Fry excels at electricity and gas work, where its advice is ‘always focused on the key issues’. Energy & Natural Resources
  • David Cullen heads the ‘vibrant’ practice at William Fry. Information Technology
  • William Fry’s team provides ‘excellent partner access and practical advice’. Insurance
  • William Fry has ‘a broad range of expertise’. Investment Funds
  • William Fry’s ‘outstanding’ team handled various corporate transactions. Pensions & Employee Benefits
  • William Fry is often first choice for ‘high-value, time-critical projects’. Planning & Environment
  • William Fry provides ‘exemplary’ service to public sector clients across a range of areas, including finance, utilities and education. Public Sector

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"
  • I think the strong point of this outfit is the depth of resources. I have worked with a lot of firms and often, once you go beyond a partner, the quality reduces. This never happens with this department, due to the great depth of quality within the team."
    "Very prompt, responsive and commercially minded." - Capital Markets
  • "The firm was incredibly responsive and committed, taking calls on weekends to hit deadlines. The team took away all the stress and uncertainty from me, and was quickly able to address issues that went outside competition law. We benefited from the wider depth of expertise and experience the firm offers."
    "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 lawyers at this firm really know what they are talking about and always seem to have solutions. The complicated project we were working on only came together due to their expertise and ability to be commercial. They demonstrated a huge amount of knowledge - they know all the obscure details."
    "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."
    "Provides constructive and focused solutions. A strong firm that I'd happily work with again. "- 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".
    "The advice is commercial as well as purely legal, and the lawyers are accessible and always in a position to respond as quickly as we require. We have a real sense that we get value for money. - 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."
    "A leading firm in the area of insurance and corporate transactions, matching up against anyone else I could recommend." - Insurance
  • "This firm is absolutely the best I've dealt with, holding its own on an international level."
    "I would not look past this team for any IP work - the firm delivers a top-notch service." - Intellectual Property"
  • The firm looks for solutions and takes a commercial approach. The advice always puts the law into practical terms and helps us to overcome hurdles, or find another route to what we want to achieve. The client service is top drawer."
    "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 team's level of attention to detail is second to none, and the commercial acumen is really impressive."
    "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
  • "A long-established and well-respected firm, with experienced solicitors who have in-depth knowledge of legislation. Not only are the lawyers technically proficient, but they are also commercially minded in arriving at possible solutions."
  • "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."
    "The team has a wide range of experience that it brings to bear on specific issues, and provides timely and concise advice." - 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

Chambers Europe 2015

  • “What is most impressive is the quick turnaround time and the ability to offer well thought out solutions that allow the transactions to proceed and the financings to be completed in the timeframe required." "The team is very proactive in finding solutions and gives very attentive partner time." - Banking & Finance
  • "Working with the team is very positive; I have a good relationship with the people there and I can trust them to get the job done in the time set." - Capital Markets
  • "The turnaround speed of this team is impressive, especially when put to a tight deadline. The lawyers are very responsive and can manage a huge amount of paperwork." - Competition
  • "The team is great, with nice people who are easy to work with and stick to their timetables." - Construction
  • "The legal advice is always given in a digestible, user-friendly format, and the team understands market practices well, not just in Ireland but internationally. It is sophisticated in what it does." "The team is good at cutting through to the key issues and comprehensive in terms of identifying risks  “The team is responsive, the level of care and attention is strong and the advice is clear to understand.” - Corporate & Commercial
  • "The team understands the process and issues, and can simplify any complexities. The lawyers are extremely responsive and go above and beyond what is expected of them. " "This firm offers individuals with expertise and determination, who are easy to work with." - Dispute Resolution
  • “This team asks the right questions to get to the heart of the issue. The lawyers are technically excellent and bring pragmatic solutions to our clients." The team have a "Great breadth of experience, and a high level of responsiveness." - Employment
  • "Behind everything that this firm does is common sense and legal sensibility. The work is very good, and clearly well thought-through." "With William Fry you get the professionalism of a large firm but the personal feeling of a small business relationship." - Energy & Natural Resources
  • "The lawyers are by our side in a fast and evolving regulatory landscape; it doesn't feel like working with an anonymous corporate law firm. They are very solution-oriented and pragmatic in their approach. Their depth of knowledge and willingness to turn things around in a tight timeframe are fabulous."  "The team provides comprehensive and effective advice on complex transactions, which are completed on time and within budget." - Insurance
  • The team are "Very responsive and aware of the business aspects of a deal."  "Even though we are a small company, the firm gives us its full attention." - Intellectual Property
    "The team is responsive and the quality of advice is good, backed up by knowledge of the industry as well as the law." - Investment Funds
  • The team are "very good at assessing the risks in cases, telling you about pitfalls and weak points early on to flag them up. The client service is also very good, particularly the turnaround times and proactive approach." - Restructuring & Insolvency
  • "This team is dedicated and solution driven, really going the extra mile to get what the client wants. The lawyers are also approachable and humble. I think the firm is a fantastic service provider." - Real Estate
  • "The team's breadth and depth of expertise is second to none. The lawyers exhibit a genuine desire to amicably achieve results, rather than acting in an adversarial fashion - this is a trait that many recognise and appreciate." "The advice from this team is accurate and timely, and very good." - Project & PPP
  • "The lawyers are technically and commercially the best I have dealt with. I have always been very impressed with their well-thought-out and thorough advice. You can always get through to the partners and their brilliant associates." "This team is fantastic – always available and really responsive." - Tax
  •  "This firm is very available and responsive, and good at tailoring advice for non-lawyers." "We have a good degree of trust in this team's advice. The lawyers have a flexible approach, and are clearly high quality." - TMT 

Legal 500 2015

  • William Fry provides "proactive service" and "sensible advice that gets to the heart of the commercial issues". -  Banking & Finance
  • William Fry has "deep business knowledge" and "its expertise instils confidence". - Capital Markets
  • William Fry’s team has "tremendous industry knowledge and experience". - Corporate & Commercial
  • William Fry’s "client-oriented" team is "very committed and works well under pressure". - Construction
  • William Fry stands out for its "peerless dedication" and "strength across the board". - EU & Competition
  • William Fry’s team is "at the top of its game". - Energy & Natural Resources
  • William Fry is "a known centre of insurance expertise". - Insurance
  • William Fry has a "go-to team of experts". - Intellectual Property
  • William Fry "balances legal guidance with commercial requirements". - Investment Funds
  • William Fry has "unmatched knowledge in the planning and environment field". - Planning & Environment
  • William Fry’s service levels "are second to none". - Public Sector
  • William Fry has a "proactive and practical" team. - Real Estate
  • William Fry has a "hands-on, straight-talking and practical approach". - Tax

Chambers 2014  

  • "The lawyers have real strength in managing and driving the process and can see the wood for the trees and negotiate the key clauses very hard." "The team does the really complex work with both speed and efficiency." - Banking & Finance
  • "The lawyers are excellent negotiators. They always get me where I want to be and we never end at an impasse." - Capital Markets
  • "The team is very knowledgeable, not just about the law, but about how to handle cases in an efficient way." "The team is brilliant: I cannot think of any flaws in the lawyers' attitude or grasp of the subject matter, whether Irish, UK or international law." - Competition
  • "They are very good lawyers, I like their style. They all provide a different range of skills, although the quality is consistently high." - Construction     
    "We use William Fry because it has such a broad base. When you are doing a deal and it spans a number of sectors you get someone co-ordinating matters." "It is very much solution-oriented and presents us with a spectrum of outcomes which really helps with the decision-making process." - Corporate & Commercial
  • "The lawyers can pull in all the firm's resources, and are commercially minded and responsive." - Dispute Resolution
  • "The team explained the process at each stage in layman's terms. I was impressed with the lawyers' advice; they gave me their opinion and asked whether I wanted to pursue something. I wasn't being pushed." "The team has a very in-depth knowledge of the law and a clear understanding of our agenda - I have never had occasion to regret our choice" - Employment
  • "The team is impressive. It is in tune with what I want, responsive and gets great results." "The lawyers are incredibly knowledgeable, but not at all arrogant. It is an authority in our industry." - Insurance
  • "The service has been second to none. The team consistently delivers and turns around in-depth, thorough and accurate advice with speed and cost-effectiveness." "The team's outlook is always innovative and modern. The team is always very responsive and keeps us in the loop so we know where they are and what they are doing." - Intellectual Property
  • "We really appreciate the breadth of this practice." "The team has great connections with the regulators and was excellent to work with." - Investment Funds
  • "This firm has great depth and experience." - Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring
  • "The team has the legal knowledge, but doesn't focus on being academic; rather they look at what the client requires and advise accordingly." "The lawyers are very commercial, they will explain legal matters and the implications they have in our situation; we have confidence in the advice they give us." - Real Estate
  • "This team brings a wide range of skills to the table and the quality is consistently high across all of the lawyers." - Project & PPP
  • "One of the most conscientious firms I have dealt with." "The team is knowledgeable and integrates well with other departments, which is very helpful." - Tax
  • "A proactive team that goes beyond expectations. If you give the lawyers an instruction, they will bring their own expertise and a holistic understanding of the technology environment." "The team is very responsive; the lawyers know what they are talking about, if not they will find an expert. They give appropriate advice and answer the questions I ask - I can't rate them highly enough." - TMT

Legal 500 2014

  • William Fry ‘provides an excellent service’. - Banking & Finance 
  • William Fry has ‘a very strong and experienced construction department’. - Construction
  • William Fry is ‘a very professional firm with a great breadth of legal and business acumen’. - Corporate & Commercial
  • William Fry remains a popular choice with clients; ‘the strength of the team is of the highest order’. - Dispute Resolution
  • William Fry’s ‘service cannot be faulted’. - Employment
  • William Fry is ‘in the premier league when it comes to firms which specialise in energy and natural resources’. - Energy & Natural Resources
  • William Fry has ‘the most dynamic competition team in Ireland’. - EU & Competition
  • William Fry ‘consistently delivers in-depth and accurate legal advice with speed and cost-effectiveness’. - Intellectual Property
  • William Fry ‘offers clear and concise advice on very complex matters’. - Pensions & Employee Benefits 
  • William Fry’s ‘advice is always practical and its response times are second to none’. - Public Sector

Legal 500 EMEA, 2013

  • "Each lawyer has an absolute command of their speciality" and is "a pleasure to work with". Capital Markets
  • William Fry will "stay at the table for as long as it takes to close the deal" and its lawyers are "very strong negotiators". Corporate & Commercial
  • William Fry has "high industry knowledge and interaction" and is the firm of choice for many transactions. Insurance
  • William Fry provides the "highest quality of service" under pensions head Michael Wolfe. Pensions & Employee Benefits
  • William Fry’s team is "excellent and helpful at all times", and has "superb business acumen". Information Technology

Chambers Europe, 2013

  • “The advice is practical and comprehensive, and the team includes tough negotiators. The lawyers are among the best in their field.” - Competition & European Law
  • “Extremely diligent, flexible and pragmatic.” - Restructuring/Insolvency
  • “The advice we get is always grounded in our business interests.” “The team's outstanding knowledge of IP is second to none.” - Intellectual Property

Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 

  • William Fry’s ten-partner group constitutes "a very experienced team" of "good negotiators"that "goes well beyond normal client service expectations". - Banking & Finance
  • Cormac Little leads William Fry’s competition team, which some clients regard as "the best in Ireland". - EU & Competition
  • William Fry’s "first-class" team is capable of "devising and delivering a solution" that clients are happy with. - Corporate & Commercial
  • William Fry is an "expert in its field". - Insurance
  • William Fry is "at the top of its game". - Investment Funds
  • William Fry provides "a practical yet innovative approach". - Dispute Resolution
  • William Fry’s team is at "a different level to other firms". - Real Estate
  • William Fry’s experienced team is "affable and insightful". - TMT

Chambers Global, 2011 

  • "Accurate and timely advice".  "Strategic and pragmatic approach is invaluable".  "Dynamic approach which, crucially, gets the deal done". - Corporate/M&A
  • "Give excellent industry-specific solutions".  "Thorough and very responsive approach". - Tax

Legal 500 EMEA, 2011

  • "Strong market reputation, excellent long-established working relationships and proven track record." - Banking & Finance
  • "Unrivalled range of skills" and has a "commerciality and pragmatism that is invaluable." - Corporate
  • "Top class" and having "excellent depth." - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • "Immense technical strength" and "a pragmatic and commercial approach." - Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring
  • "Head and shoulders above the rest." - Intellectual Property
  • "Immensely strong technically", but "also has a pragmatism and commerciality that is valuable." - Real Estate

Chambers Global, 2010

  • "Top-quality individuals who focus entirely on achieving their clients' goals.” - Corporate/M&A
  • A dedicated team with great depth – and things are run by a solid partner at the top.” - Capital Markets
  • "Strong international pedigree, having developed close relationships with top London law firms and US outfits." - Corporate/M&A
  • “We get a more personal service than you might at the big accounting firms. Its approach is to get a truly deep understanding of our business, and focus on solutions.” - Tax

Legal 500 EMEA, 2010

  • "Unmatched ability to understand business objectives". Corporate & Commercial
  • "Effective, responsive and absolutely top shelf to work with". Investment Funds
  • "More rounded service than many other firms". Dispute Resolution
  • "Lawyers hit the ground running, providing valuable input from the outset". EU & Competition
  • "Holds a diverse team and can bring in relevant experience as required" and response times are considered "considerably better than the rest". Projects, Energy & Natural Resources

Tax Directors Handbook, 2010

  • "Excellent understanding of reinsurance law, business structure, regulation and market activity".