Our Construction Group is the leading construction practice in Ireland.

Our lawyers fully understand the unique issues which affect construction across different sectors and jurisdictions. A number of us are also qualified in different construction disciplines giving us unique commercial and legal insight.

Our lawyers use their knowledge and experience from working across various sectors to provide added value and practical advice to help our clients succeed.

Our practice provides a full range of construction and engineering legal services including Construction Procurement, Contract Documents, Risk Management & Contract Administration and Facilities Agreements.

Our services include:

Construction Procurement

We advise on both the strategy and process of construction procurement including:

  • Project structure
  • Project finance, re-finance, compliance, NAMA
  • Real-estate/commercial transactions

Construction/Engineering Contract Documents

We advise, draft and negotiate on an extensive range of contracts, appointments, warranties, security agreements and international contracts including:

  • Standard Forms: RIAI, IEI, GCCC, FIDIC, JCT, NEC/ECC, EPC, IChem
  • Bespoke Contract Forms/Amendments to Standard Forms
  • Partnering/Framework Agreements (including PPP/PFI)
  • Bonds/Guarantees

Risk Management/Contract Administration

We have expertise dealing with day-to day construction issues such as:

  • Health & Safety
  • Insurance
  • Corporate/Banking Compliance
  • Suspension/Termination/Notices
  • Construction Insolvency/Project Rescue
  • Re-Financing
  • Operation/Maintenance/Facilities Management Agreements

Chartered Land on Dublin Central Development, mixed use commercial property regeneration, anticipated capital development cost €1 billion – one of Europe’s largest developments.

Point Village Development Limited on Point Village including 02 theatre, hotel, offices, retail, civic attractions and Luas infrastructure – one of the largest developments in Ireland.

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.

Ramford on development of Daniel Libeskind designed office led development and theatre at Grand Canal Square - ‘Development of the Year 2008’

Tesco Ireland on construction aspects of its Irish portfolio

Ikea on construction procurement of its flagship Irish store

Pratt & Whitney Power Systems Inc. on turnkey contract for two oil fired peaking plant at existing power generation site

Irish Life and Joseph O’Reilly on redevelopment of the ILAC retail centre

Shaw & Sons on construction aspects of its Irish retail stores portfolio

Fingal County Council on construction and financing of major Dublin infrastructural projects

Louth County Council on major Louth infrastructure project for mixed use scheme

Dublin City Council on Fatima Mansions Regeneration PPP Project and developing legal model for such projects

Public Sector Client on procurement of state of the art new build public facilities

University Pittsburgh Medical Center advising key stakeholder and named operator on three of the HSE Co-Location Hospitals Projects

Pharmaceutical Client on redevelopment of pharmaceutical plant in South West Ireland

Atlantic Fuel Supply Company on construction and financing of major oil storage and processing facility at Foynes Port

Smurfit Kappa News Press on state of the art news print facility

Aughinish Alumina Limited on major storage facility extension at its alumina refinery - Europe’s largest alumina refiner

Board of Railway Procurement Agency on various aspects of LUAS, Dublin Light Rail

Aughinish Alumina Limited on all aspects of the procurement, construction and delivery of its 160MW gas fired combined heat and power plant adjacent to its alumina refinery

Esat Telecom on all aspects of the development of its national and international telecoms network


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  • Clients say: "They have a really strong ability to look around corners and get the right answers." ..."They are very plugged in to the market", remarks another source, who says: "They really add value to the deal." Chambers Europe, 2018
  • One source states: "I think the service is excellent. The team is proactive, knowledgeable, capable and attentive." Chambers Europe, 2017
  • "The lawyers at this firm really know what they are talking about and always seem to have solutions. The complicated project we were working on only came together due to their expertise and ability to be commercial. They demonstrated a huge amount of knowledge - they know all the obscure details." Chambers Europe, 2016
  • "The team is very knowledgeable of the construction industry and takes a practical and pragmatic approach to negotiating terms, which is important when nearing deadlines." Chambers Europe, 2016
  • "The team is very responsive and provides good, commercially focused advice which is prompt, efficient and succinct." Chambers Europe, 2016
  • "The team is great, with nice people who are easy to work with and stick to their timetables."  Chambers Europe, 2015
  • William Fry’s ‘client-oriented’ team is ‘very committed and works well under pressure’.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 
  • 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 Europe, 2014 


  • Liam McCabe
    • One source describes him as "very commercial and thorough," and goes on to explain: "As a client I feel protected and well prepared in complex negotiations, and he has the ability to build consensus among parties and get a reasonable solution." Chambers Europe 2019 
    • Market sources say he is "technically brilliant, an excellent negotiator and always available." McCabe advised Kennedy Wilson on the development and financing of a 5.6-hectare site at Clancy Quay in Dublin. Chambers Europe 2018 
    • Practice head Liam McCabe is "a superb negotiator when it comes to fine detail". Legal 500 2018 
    • Liam is described as ‘professional and personable’ and ‘excellent’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2017
    • Impressed clients say he is an "excellent practitioner who knows something about everything - he understands banking, finance, property, probate and so many areas of law that he brings an amazing mind to the table and pierces through any issues to find an easy solution." Chambers Europe, 2016
    • Clients appreciate his "customer-focused legal advice." Chambers Europe, 2015
    • Practice head Liam McCabe gives ‘excellent advice’.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
    • 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
  • Fergus Devine
    • Fergus Devine is praised for his "huge depth of knowledge and dynamism."Chambers Europe 2017
    • Fergus Devine ‘does not shirk the difficult messages’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2017
    • Fergus Devine leads the group and is highly focused on energy regulatory advice, drawing plaudits from interviewees for being "able to understand complex, technical issues" and "grasping the mechanics of the energy markets."Chambers Europe, 2016
    • Fergus Devine ‘really understands the energy business’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 
  • Jarleth Heneghan
    • Jarleth "Acts on commercial and non-contentious construction mandates. He assists with a variety of developments, including office, retail and residential properties, as well as data centre, healthcare and infrastructure projects".Chambers Europe 2019 
    • Described by clients as "attentive and knowledgeable." He advised daa on the development of a 70-acre business park at Dublin airport. Chambers Europe 2018
    • The "meticulous" Jarleth Heneghan provides "very practical advice on the public procurement process". Legal 500 2018
    • Jarleth is described as ‘professional and personable’ and ‘excellent’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2017
    • 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
    • Jarleth Heneghan is ‘a go-to lawyer for construction issues’Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
    • Jarleth "provides an efficient and thorough service" on construction projects. Chambers Europe, 2014
  • Bryanna Ryan 
    • Bryanna Ryan has "expert knowledge". Legal 500 2018

Key Contacts

Liam McCabe Partner

Bryanna Ryan Partner

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