Construction & Engineering

The Construction & Engineering Group at William Fry is the leading construction practice in Ireland.  We combine unrivalled legal expertise with extensive commercial experience of the projects and construction sector both in the domestic market and overseas.

Our legal expertise, in-depth industry knowledge and commercial approach gives our clients the confidence that the legal and contractual risks relevant to their project will be identified, evaluated and managed in a timely and cost effective manner.

Our experience, acting for both public and private clients, extends across all sectors, including:

  • National/Local Government
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Utilities -Energy/Water/Communications
  • Infrastructure -Rail/Ports/Roads
  • Prison/Accommodation
  • Education
  • Waste Management
  • Retail
  • Hotel/Leisure/Sports
  • Commercial Office
  • Industry & Refining

We have significant experience in advising and working with procuring authorities, sponsors, developers, operators and funders where projects are structured as Public Private Partnerships (PPP). 

Our construction expertise and experience covers both construction (non-contentious) and dispute resolution (contentious construction) activities.

Our experience includes advising / acting for:

  • St Mel’s Cathedral Trust on the restoration of St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford. This project won key awards from LAMA: 'Best Public Building' and 'Best Civil Engineering project', and was chosen by the public as Ireland’s favourite building of 2015 at the RIAI awards in June 2015. The project was also awarded:
    • Best Conservation/Restoration
    • Best Universal Design Award
    • Highly Commended in the ‘Best Research Project
  • A landlord in a high value industrial lease termination dispute
  • The employer in a complex engineering processing facility
  • A local authority on a dispute on the terms of a development agreement
  • Chartered Land on Dublin Central Development, mixed use commercial property regeneration, anticipated capital development cost €1 billion – one of Europe’s largest developments.
  • A multi-national commercial client in a final account/quantum construction dispute under the IEI Works Contract.
  • Public Sector Client on procurement of state of the art new build public facilities
  • Ramford on development of Daniel Libeskind designed office led development and theatre at Grand Canal Square - ‘Development of the Year 2008’
  • A contractor in a series of arbitrations with employer and sub-contractors for a hotel, retail and leisure centre under the RIAI Building Agreement
  • University College Dublin on Gateway development – largest single capital project in higher education sector - international star-architect design competition and construction procurement using a PPP concession model.
  • Tesco Ireland on construction aspects of its Irish portfolio.

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Department - Projects

"The team is great, with nice people who are easy to work with and stick to their timetables."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Construction


William Fry’s ‘client-oriented’ team is ‘very committed and works well under pressure’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Construction


Sources Say: "The team is very knowledgeable, not just about the law, but about how to handle cases in an efficient way." "The team is brilliant: I cannot think of any flaws in the lawyers' attitude or grasp of the subject matter, whether Irish, UK or international law."
Chambers & Partners, 2014 - Construction


Sources say: “The lawyers are extremely customer-oriented and show a willingness to listen and ask pertinent questions.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Construction


William Fry's Liam McCabe and Jarleth Heneghan are ‘excellent in all aspects of their work: in particular, seeking out solutions which are agreeable to all parties’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Construction


Sources say: 'The team's knowledge of the construction sector is first class. It has a great cross-section of expertise and I value the strategic advice we get.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Construction


William Fry’s 'solutions-focused' team provides 'excellent service'.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Construction


William Fry has 'in-depth knowledge' in the project space.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources



Liam McCabe
Clients appreciate his "customer-focused legal advice."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Construction


Practice head Liam McCabe gives ‘excellent advice’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Construction


Department head Liam McCabe draws wide recognition for his non-contentious construction practice, offering domestic and international clients "a fantastic overview of a broad range of matters, be they commercial, legal or technical."
Chambers & Partners, 2014 - Construction

Liam McCabe is praised for his “willingness to get involved and help resolve situations before they become full-scale disputes."
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Construction


Sources regard Liam McCabe as having 'a real grasp of our situation; his advice is incisive and responsive to our needs.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Construction


Liam McCabe 'provides first-class service'.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Construction


Fergus Devine
Department head Fergus Devine offers clients extensive experience across all aspects of energy. He recently acted for Glanpower on a number of projects for the development of HE-CHP pyrolysis plants, utilising municipal waste, biomass and biogas for energy production.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Energy & Natural Resources

“His knowledge of the energy sector and the markets that are involved is second to none. His commercial and technical expertise is very impressive,” comment clients.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources


Jarleth Heneghan
Jarleth is "highly efficient, because he has been trained in the construction industry, so he understands it really well. He is not only clear on the big picture, but also on the nuts and bolts of construction. It is great to deal with someone who understands the process."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Construction


Jarleth Heneghan is ‘a go-to lawyer for construction issues’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Construction  


Jarleth Heneghan "provides an efficient and thorough service" on construction projects. He is assisting the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and Department of Health with the ongoing construction of the EUR650 million New Children's Hospital of Ireland. He also offers dispute resolution expertise, notably on cases using ADR methods
Chambers & Partners, 2014 - Construction


Jarleth Heneghan "is prompt and responsive, and has a great understanding of the business issues". 
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Construction


Jarleth Heneghan earns excellent feedback from clients, who say 'he is efficient, prompt, dedicated and commercially aware.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Construction


Jarleth Heneghan is "efficient in dealing with complex contracts".
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Construction


Jarleth Heneghan has "a good grasp of complex contractual situations".
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Projects, Energy & Natural Resources

Key Contacts

Liam McCabe Partner

Fergus Devine Partner

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