Derek Hegarty


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Derek is a Partner in William Fry's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department. He is also a member of our Financial Regulation Unit and Head of our FS Regulation: Investigations and Enforcement practice area. He co-Chairs our Financial Services Cross Sectoral Group. He advises on a broad range of matters relating to financial disputes and compliance with financial regulations. These include the origination, transfer, restructure and enforcement of loan agreements as well as the investigation of suspected non-compliance with financial regulations and the assertion of legal professional privilege over communications relevant to those investigations. He advises both regulated financial services providers and non-regulated parties. He has also advised the financial services regulator, the Central Bank of Ireland. An area of focus for Derek is the current drive for cultural change in the financial services industry and specifically, the imminent change to the regulations concerning individual accountability for senior executives of regulated financial services providers. 

Derek is admitted as a solicitor in Ireland and England and Wales (non-practising in England and Wales).

“Derek is very practical, has a very calm and sensible approach, even to the most contentious issues.” IFLR1000 2020 

According to Legal 500 2020, one client said that "Derek Hegarty and Shane Kelleher are an excellent team. Their technical expertise, attention to detail, ability to read into the complexities of long-running cases and to distil advice and assistance in a calm and confident manner is really impressive.‘

Derek is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Litigation. 

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