Fiona Barry

Partner

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Fiona is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and Defamation and Media Group. She oversees both the defence of clinical negligence claims and also regulatory matters involving medial practitioners on behalf of the Medical Protection Society. She also advises on defamation and general commercial litigation.

Fiona has vast experience of defamation, privacy, social media and reputation management. In the area of defamation she has unparalleled experience of both pre and post publication for the print and TV sectors. She acted for Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited in what is regarded as the seminal decision on the law of privacy in Ireland Herrity v Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited [2008] IEHC249. Fiona has secured work from larger media organisations for whom she continues to act including RTÉ, Sky and the BBC.  

She also holds a qualification in arbitration and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Recent significant work includes:

  • Acting for Medical Protection Society in the defence of medical negligence actions, mediation of claims, attending Inquests, advising on regulatory and ethical issues and on complaints to the Medical Council, Ombudsman and the HSE
  • Acting for the Veterinary Defence Society in the defence of veterinary negligence actions
  • Advising Associated Newspapers on pre-publication and post-publication issues, including the first case on the law of privacy in this jurisdiction
  • Acting for a pharmaceutical company in the defence of a claim in relation to clinical negligence and product liability and reputation management 
  • Advising UTV Ireland and the BBC on various matters

Fiona is a member of the IBA, the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association and the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland.

 

Fiona is particularly noted for her work on matters related to medical negligence and for acting for insurance companies on personal injury claims and is well regarded by market commentators for her media expertise. Chambers Europe 2018 

Fiona Barry is "straightforward and clear". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

According to Chambers Global 2017, Fiona holds a commanding position in the medical negligence and healthcare litigation sphere, including regulatory and insurance matters where clients praise her as being "responsive, knowledgeable and pleasant.

Fiona Barry is listed in Best Lawyers 2019 under 'The Best Lawyers in Ireland' for work in Media Law and Health Care & Life Sciences Practice.

Legal 500 2016 describe Fiona as being "responsive, calm and considered". 

Media Law International 2016 say Fiona is described by clients as "thoughtful, responsive and provides pragmatic advice."

Fiona Barry is praised by Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 as being "excellent" and is highlighted by sources of Chambers & Partners 2014 for her expertise in medical negligence, defamation and general commercial litigation.  

According to Chambers Europe, 2013 clients value Fiona Barry's input, praising her as being “receptive to our needs. She supports and assists our clients.

 

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