Sheila Tormey


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Sheila is a Partner in William Fry’s Competition & Regulation Department. She advises on the full range of EU and Irish competition law issues. Her merger control practice includes EU and Irish merger control, including the Irish media merger regime. She also has extensive experience in cartel investigations, distribution agreements, conduct by dominant firms and competition law damages actions. In addition, she advises on State aid, telecoms regulation and public procurement law. She has particular experience of working with clients in the private equity and financial services sectors. 

Significant matters include advising:

  • An Irish motor insurer on the CCPC's long running competition law investigation into alleged concerted practices in Irish motor insurance sector
  • J&E Davy on the Irish merger control clearance of the agreed sale of its wealth management, capital markets and associated businesses to Bank of Ireland
  • a truck manufacturer on the defence of competition law damages actions in Ireland following the European Commission's 2016 infringement decision
  • Phoenix Group on the Irish merger control clearances of its acquisitions of Standard Life Assurance and ReAssure Group and its sale of Ark Life
  • FMCG, life sciences and other clients on a range of distribution and pricing issues

Clients say "Sheila stands out for her excellent knowledge of CCPC decisional practice in the area of financial services, for her availability, and for being very pragmatic. The work product is always flawless." Others state "we have found Sheila to be extremely professional and diligent in her role. Her knowledge of EU competition matters is excellent, thus her advice is very clear, well considered and thoughtful. Sheila’s responsiveness to our requirements is excellent, she can take complex situations and process them into practical working solutions." Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Clients highlight Sheila's ability to "provide great insights on a complex area and deliver a very high level of client service." Chambers Europe 2021

"Sheila is excellent. She really understands distribution – you can tell she’s been through the issues many times – and provides clear and pragmatic advice...she stands out for her domain expertise and client service." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Clients have described Sheila as "impressive" and "a professional, slick operator. She’s a stickler for detail. Great on transactions and mergers.” Another client adds that she "provides practical and sensible advice on complex work, is responsive and makes life easy for us. She combines technical expertise with a commercial approach. There is nothing to improve.” Chambers Europe 2020

Sheila offers expertise across a range of competition instructions, including merger control, behavioural competition and competition disputes. Sources highlight her client care, with one explaining: "She is pleasant and responsive and has a thoroughly commercial approach at all times." Chambers Europe 2019

Sheila "handles matters with great efficiency and provides concise and pragmatic advice," according to sources. She is especially noted for her expertise in the telecommunications and financial services sectors. Interviewees report that "she has impressed with her ability to manage a large case and in anticipating and meeting client needs." Chambers Europe 2018

Sheila is "excellent".  Legal 500 EMEA 2018