William Fry Announces Two New Partners and 2nd Term For Managing Partner
New Partner

William Fry has announced the appointment of two new Partners: Mary Ward and Naoise Harnett. These appointments are in two key areas of growth for the Firm:  Banking & Finance and Insurance & Reinsurance.

Mary Ward is a Partner in William Fry’s Banking & Finance Department. Mary advises on a broad range of banking and asset finance transactions, with a particular focus on aviation finance and structured finance. She also advises banks, funders, and corporates on investment and acquisition finance. 

A member of William Fry's Insurance & Reinsurance Department, Naoise Harnett has specialised in insurance and reinsurance law and regulation both non-life and life. He advises  clients such as Banco Santander, AXA Life Europe, AXIS, and Beazley. 

The Firm also announced the continuation of Bryan Bourke's role as Managing Partner for a further three year term.  Bryan, who previously was Head of Corporate / M&A in the Firm, has been Managing Partner since 2014.

Seven new Associate appointments have also being made: Kate Harnett and Lucy McCurry in the Corporate / M&A Department, whilst Zara West and Orla Shevlin are promoted in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department. In addition, Lisa Griffin takes up an Associate position specialising in Real Estate; Laura Houlihan makes Associate in the Banking & Finance Department, as does Paul Buchanan in the Firm’s Employment & Benefits Department.

Commenting on today’s announcement, John Larkin, Chairman at William Fry, said, “Following a busy 2016 and with growing demand from our domestic and international clients for quality legal advice, we are delighted to welcome Mary and Naoise to the William Fry partnership. Expansion through internal promotion is essential to our growth strategy. I wish Mary, Naoise and all our new Associates the very best in their new roles across the Firm.

I also look forward to continuing to work with Bryan in his role as Managing Partner.  We are privileged to lead an ambitious and talented partnership focused on delivering the highest quality legal and tax advice to our clients"