Fergus Doorly


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Fergus is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in commercial litigation and insolvency. He has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, financial services and tax litigation. His insolvency expertise is advising examiners, liquidators and receivers of companies, as well as creditors, directors and shareholders of insolvent companies. 

Recent significant work includes advising:

  • the Karen Millen Group in its acquisition of certain Coast assets from the provisional liquidator of the Irish entity following administration of the parent; 
  • EY as the Joint Administrators of Nortel Networks (Ireland) Limited;
  • Neil Hughes of Baker Tilly Hughes Blake as Examiner of Regan Development Limited (The Regency Hotel);
  • the directors of Quinn International Property Group (under new management) on the retrieval of its international property portfolio including significant assets in Ireland, England, The Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine and India;
  • the directors of a company that operated a retail store in disqualification / restriction proceedings;
  • a number of retailers through successful examinership processes, including:
    • Mothercare Ireland Limited;
    • Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Limited;
    • B&Q Ireland Limited;
  • stakeholders in numerous retail insolvencies and restructurings, including:
    • Bradley Pharmacy Group;
    • Monsoon Accessorize Ireland Limited;
    • H.M.V. Ireland Limited;
    • House of Fraser;
    • Carpetright plc;
  • the Respondents in a shareholder dispute heard by the Commercial Court and the Court of Appeal where the Petitioner issued proceedings pursuant to section 205 of the Companies Act 1963 alleging minority oppression;
  • ICDL GCC Foundation FZ-LLC in the Commercial Court and the Supreme Court in its successful claim against the European Computer Driving Licence Foundation Limited;
  • a leading Irish Bank in Commercial Court proceedings where judgment was obtained against a debtor for sums in excess of €48m; and
  • Cintra Infraestructuras Internacional SLU  -v-  The Revenue Commissioners in Commercial Court judicial review proceedings.

Fergus lectures on the Law Society of Ireland’s professional training courses. He is a member of the Commercial Law Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and a member of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners. 

Fergus Doorly is highlighted by one source as "an experienced insolvency solicitor with a proven track record over many years working on high-profile cases," also describing him as "very approachable and responsive." Chambers Europe 2019 

"Precise and excellent industry knowledge with very strong strategic sense."..."A very experienced restructuring advisor. Technically strong, responsive with a calm and methodical approach." IFLR 1000 2019

Fergus Doorly is deeply respected by market commentators, who consider him to be a highly experienced practitioner in this field.  Chambers Europe 2018

In Chamber Europe 2017, clients consider Fergus to be "strategically and tactically very good" in corporate litigation. 

IFLR 1000 2017 say "Fergus Doorly is a superb lawyer. His advice is reasoned, considered and delivered in a calm reassuring way. He knows the court system and can anticipate problems well in advance."

Chambers Europe 2016 state that Fergus "is really good at identifying pitfalls for the client and will suggest innovative, unprecedented and adventurous techniques. He gives strategic input by taking an objective viewpoint."

Chambers Europe, 2015 praised Fergus for his "sensible and down-to-earth approach".


Fergus Doorly - Chambers Europe 19Legal 500 Leading Individual 2019

IFLR Leading Lawyer - Highly Regarded 2019