Cassandra Byrne

Consultant

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Cassandra is a Consultant in our ProjectsConstruction Department. She has a broad practice with over seventeen years' experience advising public sector, utility and private entities on all aspects of projects and construction, with particular expertise and specialisation in construction procurement. She advises on bespoke and standard form contracts including those of RIAI, IEI, JCT, FIDIC, NEC, CWMF and OGP.

Cassandra also specialises in projects and construction dispute resolution and dispute avoidance under all construction and engineering contract forms, including the public works contracts. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, arbitrator and Accredited Mediator and advises on related litigation, adjudication, conciliation, expert determination, domestic and international arbitration, and construction insolvency.  

Recent significant experience includes advising:

  • Hammerson plc on development of its portfolio of prime retail assets including Dundrum Town Centre and Dublin Central;
  • Institutional investor Irish Life on its waterfront development 1 Georges Quay including fit-outs for tenants WeWorks and Pepsico; on a new build office development at 70 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2 using innovative green technology; and on development of the Irish Life campus;
  • Private equity company Kennedy Wilson on various development projects and their financing/refinancing across its portfolio  including Clancy Quay, Islandbridge, Dublin 8 (Ireland's largest private rented sector (PRS) scheme); 
  • Edwards Life Sciences on development of its largest European med-tech facility in South West Ireland and other clients on facilities in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors; 
  • Digital Realty Trust on construction matters across its Irish data centre portfolio; and
  • Circle K on the design, build, finance and operation and maintenance of the Motorway Service Area Centres PPP Project.

Clients describe Cassandra as "standout" in the Construction practice area, with "a pragmatic and efficient approach." She has demonstrated "detailed and careful drafting, responsiveness, and recognition of the commercial reality and the requirement to put this into a legal framework." Legal 500 2020

Cassandra has "great technical knowledge and excellent tracking of issues requiring close-out." Says one client, who also mentions they "work predominately with Jarleth Heneghan and Cassandra Byrne within William Fry. They are very committed and turn around any requests very efficiently and accurately. They are always clear, concise and straight to the point which is not always the case on building contracts I find, a real pleasure to work with." Legal 500 2020

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