Fiona Barry


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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 medical 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 a US laboratory in the defence of a significant number of claims arising from the CervicalCheck controversy
  • 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
  • Advising the BBC in the defence of High Court claims and on pre-publication matters.

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

Fiona is described by clients as “thoughtful, responsive and provides pragmatic advice”.  Media Law International 2021

According to Chambers Europe 2020, clients appreciate that Fiona Barry is "very careful and thorough," while market commentators highlight her ability to "efficiently find her way to the core of the case." Another clients add that Fiona is "very timely and clear in her advice."

Sources say Fiona Barry is "knowledgeable, practical, clear, concise and not afraid to express an opinion." She is widely esteemed for her contentious experience, including acting on defamation suits. One source says: "She is excellent: confident, careful and easy to get on with."  Chambers Europe 2019

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.