Projects

We have a dedicated multi-disciplinary Projects Group including infrastructure and utilities specialists who work on the most significant, innovative and complex projects in Ireland.  We have been to the fore in the development of public private partnerships (PPPs) in Ireland and have in-depth knowledge and broad experience in advising both the private and public sector on projects across a range of sectors, including energy, education, health, leisure, accommodation, prison and transport.

We have advised funders, contractors, local and international corporations, developers, consultants, and consortia on funding and delivering large scale projects, as well as public sector clients on the promotion, procurement, funding and development of PPPs across numerous sectors.

We adopt a hands-on approach, becoming an integrated member of our client’s team and employ our expertise and knowledge to anticipate, manage and overcome the challenges and risks facing the project to ensure that our clients get the optimum results every time.

As a full service law firm we can draw on the expertise of colleagues as required in Property, Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental, Planning, Competition, Banking, Tax, Insurance, Employment, Pensions, and Litigation.

Our services include advising, drafting and negotiating on:

  • Project Structuring
  • EU/Irish Procurement Rules on tender processes
  • Preparing and evaluating contract documents
  • Drivers and expectations of Contracting Authorities and other bidding parties
  • Understanding key awarding criteria - timely delivery and value for money
  • Statutory Consents
  • Sponsor consortia and shareholder arrangements
  • Project Financing, including all forms of credit support
  • Design Development
  • Construction Issues
  • Operation and Maintenance arrangements
  • Legal risk management and strategy development
  • Ongoing Projects lifecycle issues
  • Key project risks - delay, relief, force majeure and compensation on termination/borrower default
  • St Mel’s Cathedral Trust on the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford. This project won key awards from LAMA: 'Best Public Building' and 'Best Civil Engineering project', and was chosen by the public as Ireland’s favourite building of 2015 at the RIAI awards in June 2015. The project was also awarded:
    • Best Conservation/Restoration
    • Best Universal Design Award
    • Highly Commended in the ‘Best Research Project
  • University College Dublin, the procuring authority, on its Gateway development - the largest single capital project in the higher education sector - international star-architect design competition and construction procurement using a PPP concession mode
  • Dublin City Council on Fatima Mansions Regeneration PPP Project and developing legal model for such projects, the first pilot urban regeneration project in Ireland
  • Public Sector Client on procurement of state of the art new build public facilities
  • University Pittsburgh Medical Center advising key stakeholder and named operator on three of the HSE Co-Location Hospitals Projects
  • Leargas Consortium on their successful tender application to design, build and operate the Thornton Hall Prison PPP
  • Dublin City Council on the O’Devaney Gardens Regeneration PPP
  • Fingal County Council on the design, build and financing of several major infrastructural projects in North Dublin
  • Shortlisted Bidder on the Decentralisation PPP
  • Macon Consortium a shortlisted bidder, for the design, construction, development and operation of the Motorway Service Areas PPP Project
  • Swimworld (Waterford) on all aspects of the design, build, financing and operation of the Waterford Regional Sports and Leisure Complex PPP
  • Board of the Railway Procurement Agency on various aspects of the LUAS, Dublin Light Rail projec
  • A syndicate of lending institutions in relation to the N4/N6 Kinnegad to Kilcock Motorway PPP Project
  • European Investment Bank on various aspects of the Five Group School PPP Project
  • Bank of Ireland as senior lender to E-net which was awarded the MSE contract by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

Long Awaited Mediation Bill Finally Published (13 February 2017)

The Mediation Bill 2017 obliges parties to a dispute to consider seriously mediation as a route to resolution


Public Works Contracts Update

Amended requirements for procuring public works projects now effective


Aviation & Transport: Legislation Programme Spring/Summer 2017

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published


Court of Justice of the European Union Ruling on Pyrite Case

CJEU largely follows opinion of the Advocate General in its ruling in response to the questions raised by the Irish Supreme Court in "pyrite heave" case.


Aviation & Transport: Legislation Programme Autumn 2016

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published


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Department

At William Fry, practice head Liam McCabe and Fergus Devine ‘both fit seamlessly into the decision-making structure of projects’, while Jarleth Heneghan is ‘proactive and efficient’.
The firm advised the lenders on the Arklow-to-Rathnew Road PPP.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 - Project & PPP

 

"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."
Chambers Europe 2015 - Project & PPP

 

At William Fry, head of projects and construction Liam McCabe ‘can find workable solutions at short notice’, and Jarleth Heneghan is also recommended. The firm is advising Dublin City Council on a €200m PPP accommodation project at Herberton, Rialto.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 - Project & PPP

 

Notable experience advising foreign direct investors and public and private domestic clients on the financing aspects of a wide range of projects. Also well versed in the development and construction aspects of mandates from the healthcare, water and IT sectors.
"This team brings a wide range of skills to the table and the quality is consistently high across all of the lawyers."
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Project & PPP

  

Sources say: “Great depth of service across the board. The team has a strong reputation and delivers on it.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Projects 

  

Sources say: 'I rate the team's strategic advice – it is just super.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Projects

 

William Fry provides ‘great business knowledge and access to expertise'.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources  

 

Team

Fergus Devine  

Fergus Devine attracts hugely impressive feedback from all quarters. “His knowledge of the energy sector and the markets that are involved is second to none. His commercial and technical expertise is very impressive,” comment clients.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

Fergus Devine 'plays a starring role in many of the firm's leading energy mandates and is held in high regard by market observers'.
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Energy & Natural Resources

  

 Liam McCabe
"If we need anything done, we turn to him. He makes sure that we are provided with the expertise we need in the field."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Project & PPP

 

Liam McCabe ‘can find workable solutions at short notice’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 - Project & PPP

 

Liam McCabe has particular expertise of the construction aspects of projects mandates. He recently acted for Dublin City Council on the PPP accommodation project at Herberton, Rialto PPP.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Project & PPP

 

Experienced practitioner Liam McCabe leads the projects team, and is particularly recommended for his construction expertise. "He really protects us and makes sure we get what we need,” states a source.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Projects

 

Jarleth Heneghan
Jarleth Heneghan is ‘proactive and efficient’.
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 - Project & PPP



Jarleth Heneghan advises a variety of clients on construction projects. He recently assisted Chartered Land with a significant fitting-out project within the Grand Canal Square office development in Dublin.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Project and PPP



Jarleth Heneghan is described by interviewees as “extremely diligent with a fantastic mind: he is timely and creative.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Projects



The ‘insightful’ and ‘extremely diligent’ Jarleth Heneghan.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Projects & PPP



Jarleth Heneghan 'has a good eye for detail and is always dedicated to the work in hand and focused on our needs,' clients say.
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Projects



Jarleth Heneghan has ‘a good grasp of complex contractual situations’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources

Key Contacts

Liam McCabe Partner

Fergus Devine Partner

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