Lisa Carty


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Lisa is a Partner in William Fry’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in commercial litigation. Lisa acts and advises in a wide range of commercial cases with particular expertise in contractual disputes, financial services disputes, investment disputes, professional negligence and judicial reviews against public bodies.  Lisa also regularly advises on regulatory matters.

Recent significant work includes advising:

  • Former non-executive director of a credit institution in the first ever Central Bank Inquiry conducted pursuant to its Administrative Sanctions Procedure.
  • Conroy Gold and Natural Resources plc in the successful defence of an application by a shareholder under Section 212 of the Companies Act 2014.
  • Poettinger Ireland Limited in the successful defence of an injunction application alleging breach of contract.
  • Alternative Advantage plc in Commercial Court proceedings for the return of over €100m sub-custodied to Bernard Madoff.
  • J&E Davy on its successful, Commercial Court and Supreme Court challenge to a decision by the Financial Services Ombudsman.
  • Regulated financial services providers in relation to investigations by the Central Bank pursuant to its Administrative Sanctions Procedures.

Lisa regularly lectures and tutors to the Law School at the Law Society of Ireland on discovery and  injunctions and authored a chapter on injunctions in a book entitled “Civil Litigation” published by Blackstone Press in association with The Law Society of Ireland.  Lisa is Chairperson of the Litigation Committee of the Law Society of Ireland and a member of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. 

Clients highlight "her ability to gain an element of trust with the people on the opposite side and to steer the parties towards a fair compromise that works for everyone." Chambers Global 2021

"Lisa is an extremely effective communicator, not only in dealing with me as the client but also in successfully communicating a perspective to the other party in a dispute... She is results focused and extremely tactical, delivering results consistently to the clients benefit. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ms Carty to anyone planning, pursuing or defending litigation – they will find an outstanding legal advisor, an excellent communicator and an individual totally focused on delivering the right result for her client." Legal 500 EMEA 2021


Lisa is recognised as the only Irish lawyer in the Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards 2020 for her influence in the wider legal profession for her work in Dispute Resolution.

Lisa was awarded the exclusive 2020 Client Choice winner for Litigation - Ireland.

Interviewees say that Lisa "achieves outcomes that significantly exceed expectations." Chambers Global 2020

“Lisa is a very capable lawyer with a fantastic understanding of her areas of expertise. She has a unique ability to provide sensible practical advice in a cost effect manner.” IFLR1000 2020

"Lisa is an excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills. She and her team provide very balanced advice in frequently fraught circumstances." IFLR1000 2020

According to Legal 500 2020, Lisa and her team are regarded as "exceptional" and have an "in-depth knowledge and experience of the relevant sectors. They have a particular emphasis on regulatory bodies where their experience is unrivalled."

Lisa has been ranked as a 'Leading Individual' in Legal 500 2020, where one source noted she "is an excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills. Her expertise and the service she delivers is unrivalled in the Irish market."

Clients describe Lisa as "a very calm person who is practical in trying to find a resolution." Chambers Europe 2019

Client feedback: "work has been led by Lisa Carty and has been outstanding." "She is an excellent lawyer with outstanding negotiation skills. She and her team provide very balanced advice in frequently fraught circumstances." IFLR 1000 2019

Market commentators say Lisa is "very approachable, strong in litigation and very practical. She's always very well prepared and her advice is well able to tailor specific needs of the client." Chambers Global 2018

Lisa is described as "knowledgeable and insightful" Lisa Carty. Legal 500 EMEA 2018

According to clients in Chambers Global 2017, Lisa "is a very commercially aware lawyer: her advice is not just legally sound but also mindful of the practical impact for her client's business. She is insightful, knowledgeable, accessible, decisive and a pleasure to deal with."

Client Choice 2020