Liam McCabe


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Liam is Head of William Fry’s Projects & Construction Department.  He specialises in the negotiation of contracts based on Irish and international standard industry forms and on special purpose contracts in construction and engineering. He also advises clients on liability and insurance in the context of construction projects, and on statutory process issues, particularly planning.

Recent significant transactions include advising:

  • University College Dublin, on its Gateway development, conducted using a PPP concession model
  • Leargas Consortium on the Thornton Hall Prison project, the first Irish PPP prison project
  • Chartered Land on the Dublin Central Development, the largest mixed use commercial property development ever undertaken in Ireland

According to sources in Chambers Europe 2016, impressed clients say Liam is an "excellent practitioner who knows something about everything - he understands banking, finance, property, probate and so many areas of law that he brings an amazing mind to the table and pierces through any issues to find an easy solution."
Market commentators say: "He is knowledgeable and hard-working, and has the ability to pull in the experts required for each aspect of the project, co-ordinating things well."

Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 stated that Liam "fits seamlessly into the decision-making structure of projects". While sources informed Chambers Europe, 2015 that "if we need anything done, we turn to him. He makes sure that we are provided with the expertise we need in the field."

In Chambers Europe, 2014, department head Liam McCabe draws wide recognition for his non-contentious construction practice, offering domestic and international clients "a fantastic overview of a broad range of matters, be they commercial, legal or technical." 

In Chambers Europe, 2013, Liam is praised for his 'willingness to get involved and help resolve situations before they become full-scale disputes.'

Liam is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.