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 2020

  • Finance Dublin's Deals of the Year 2020:
    • M&A - Acquisition, Public Markets: Avenue Capital’s Investment in Castlehaven Finance
    • M&A - Domestic FS: AIB & First Data’s Acquisition of Payzone
    • M&A - Private - Deal of the Year: Fane Valley Co-Operative Society Acquisition of Silver Hill Foods
    • M&A - Mid-Market: Carlyle Cardinal Ireland Investment in The City Bin Co
    • M&A - Acquisition Financing - Deal of the Year: ATA Group Acquisition of Karnasch Professional Tools GmbH
    • Equity Capital Markets Deal of the Year: Uniphar IPO
    • Debt Capital Markets - Securitisation: Ardagh Group Securitisation, (Ardagh/Trivium ABS Trade Receivables)
    • Development Financing: Dublin Port Company
    • Loans & Financing - Residential Property: Home for Life Limited Partnership
    • Loans & Financing - Innovative Financing: Twenty20 Beef Club
    • Financial Services- Insurance Regulatory Capital & Restructuring, (IFS): Ballantyne Re plc Restructuring
  • 2020 Corporate Intl Global Awards
    • Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - 2020
    • Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - 2020
  • 2020 Global Advisory Experts Annual Awards
    • Ted McGrath - Financial Services Tax Advisory Expert of the Year in Ireland 2020
    • David Maughan - Aviation & Asset Finance Expert of the Year in Ireland 2020
    • Fergus Doorly - Tax Litigation Expert of the Year in Ireland 2020
  • Corporate America Today Annual Awards 2020
    • Insurance & Reinsurance - Most Respected Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Ireland
  • Finance Monthly Awards 2020 Tax, Ireland
  • Global 100 - 2020
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency and Restructuring - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insurance & Reinsurance - Ireland
    • Insurance & Reinsurance - Most Respected Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
  • Global Law Experts Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year in Ireland - 2020
  • Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide 2020 - Confirmed Expert in 2020 Insurance and Reinsurance in Ireland by Euromoney's Expert Guides 
  • International Specialist Business Awards for 2020 Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Ireland
  • Lawyer International, Legal 100 2020 Insurance & Reinsurance - Most Respected Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
  • Lawyer Monthly
    • Lisa Carty - Women in Law Award 2020 for Dispute Resolution in Ireland
    • Dispute Resolution - Ireland
  • Legal Awards Acquistion International Insurance & Reinsurance Advisor of the Year 2020 (ROI): John Larkin
  • M&A Today Global Awards 2020
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency and Restructuring, Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade, Ireland
  • The Legal 100 – 2020 - Awards
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency and Restructuring - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insurance & Reinsurance - Ireland

Awards 2019

  • William Fry Receives Highest Ranking for Innovation in Legal Expertise in Ireland by the 2019 FT Innovative Lawyers Report
  • Ireland Trademark Firm of the Year: Global IP Awards 2019
  • International Tax Review European Tax Awards 2019:
    •  Irish Tax Firm of the Year
    • Impact Deal of the Year
  • Finance Dublin Deal of the Year 2019:
    • M&A Deal of the Year: NJJ acquisition of 66% of eir 
    • Private Equity: Funding & Acquisition of Netwatch 
    • Funded Acquisition: Uniphar Acquisition of Sisk Healthcare
    • Property Finance: Urbeo Residential Fund ICAV
    • Regulatory capital: FBD Insurance plc 
    • Administration: The Administration of Alitalia 
  • Corporate Excellence Awards: 2019's Leading Expert in Corporate Law, Ireland 
  • GHP Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Awards 2019: Best Healthcare & Life Sciences Law Firm 2019
  • Corporate LiveWire 2019 Global Awards: Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year
  • Global Business Insights Awards 2019: Leading Insurance & Reinsurance Law Firm of the Year, Ireland
  • M&A Today Global Awards 2019:
    • Insurance & Reinsurance - Most Respected Law Firm of the Year, Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency and Restructuring - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Ireland
  • The Legal 100 - 2019:
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade, Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring, Ireland
  • CV Magazine 2019 Corporate Excellence Awards: 2019's Leading Expert in Corporate Law, Ireland
  • Global Venture Annual Awards 2019: Law Firm of the Year - International Trade, Ireland 
  • Irish Enterprise Awards 2019:  Best Insurance & Reinsurance Law Team 2019
  • Corporate America Today Annual Awards 2019: Insurance & Reinsurance - Most Respected Law Firm of the Year, Ireland 
     

2018

  • Lawyer International’s Legal 100 – 2018
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade - Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency and Restructuring - Ireland
    • Insurance & Reinsurance - Most Respected Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
  • Lawyer International Global Awards 2018
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insurance & Reinsurance, Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - International Trade, Ireland
    • Law Firm of the Year - Insolvency & Restructuring, Ireland
  • ACQ5 Law Awards 2018 - Ireland
    • Litigation Law Firm of the Year
    • Life Science Law Firm of the Year
    • Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year
    • Trusts & Estates Law Firm of the Year
    • Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
    • Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
  • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Super Lawyer 2018: Property & Construction Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
  • EU Business News Irish Enterprise Awards 2018
    • Best International Corporate Law Firm
    • Recognised Leaders in Litigation & Dispute Resolution

2017

  • William Fry named as the Most Diverse Law Firm in Ireland for the second consecutive year, and 5th Most Diverse Law Firm in Europe by 'The Lawyer European 100, 2017'
  • Finance Dublin Deals of the Year 2017
  • Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year, Ireland - Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards 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 
  • Experts Guides: Women in Business Law 2017:
    • Myra Garrett ranked as one of the leading Corporate governance and Capital markets practitioners worldwide
    • Elaine Hanly ranked as one of the leading Banking & finance practitioners worldwide 
    • Nora Lillis ranked as one of the leading Trusts and estates practitioners worldwide 
    • Carol Plunkett ranked as one of the leading Litigation practitioners worldwide 
    • Claire Waterson ranked as one of the leading Competition and antitrust practitioners worldwide
    • Sonya Manzor ranked as one of the leading Tax practitioners worldwide 
  • 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 
  • ACQ5 Global Awards 2017
    • Competition & Antitrust Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
    • Corporate Governance Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
    • Employment Advisory Firm of the Year -Ireland 
    • Insurance/Resinsurance Advisory Firm of the Year - Ireland 
    • Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
    • Life Science Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
    • Litigation Law Firm of the Year - Ireland
    • Real Estate Advisory Firm of the Year, Ireland
    • Telecommunications Advisory Firm of the Year - Ireland 
    • Trusts & Estates Law Firm of the Year - Ireland 
  • 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)