The William Fry Healthcare team works on a cross departmental basis, enabling us to provide specialist advices on a wide variety of issues to our diverse client base.  Our clients include  healthcare providers, health insurers, pharmacies, professionals, government agencies, venture capital investors and finance providers. 

We advise our clients in relation to:

  • Intellectual Property protection, exploitation and IP disputes
  • Regulatory issues around the research, manufacture, labelling, advertising, marketing and distribution of pharmaceuticals, biotech and related products
  • Tax and VAT advice on set-up, expansions and re-organisations
  • Fundraisings and IPOs
  • Planning, environmental and construction considerations for new facilities, re-fitting of old facilities, etc
  • Health and safety, and product liability and product recall issues
  • Judicial review of regulatory authorities



Our experience includes advising:

  • BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc on its agreement to buy a bulk biologics manufacturing plant from Pfizer for US$48.5m
  • The Sodexo Group on the purchase of a majority interest in Zehnacker Ireland Holdings Limited which will trade as Sodexo Zehnecker Healthcare
  • Helix Health Group Limited on the €5m investment by the Diageo Ulster Bank Equity Fund Limited Partnership, and in relation to on-going commercial and intellectual property issues
  • BiancaMed on its sale to ResMed, and on an on-going basis,  in the commercial exploitation of its patents with strategic partners including negotiating agreements with Omron Healthcare, a Japanese leader in healthcare solutions, Dorel Inc., one of the leading providers of healthcare solutions in the United States and iRhythm a leading international player in the cardiac rhythm monitoring sector
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC) in relation to its investment in the Beacon Hospital which involved a complex corporate restructuring, liaising with Goodbody Stockbrokers to obtain the consent of tax investors to various aspects of the transaction, tax advices, renegotiation of the Group’s banking facilities, rebranding of the hospital and property and construction advices
  • The Medical Protection Society on medical negligence claims, regulatory and medical ethics issues, attendances at Inquests in the Coroner’s Court and in relation to complaints against MPS Members to the Medical Council
  • UPMC in relation to its acquisition of a minority shareholding in various entities that have contracted with the HSE and the Board of Beaumont Hospital in relation to potential co-location hospitals at Cork, Limerick and Beaumont
  • UPMC in respect of its investment in and operation of the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford and its day to day operations at the Beacon Hospital
  • The State Claims Agency, the Health Insurance Authority and the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board
  • Barchester Healthcare on the recently opened Knightsbrook Village retirement community and primary care centre in Trim, County Meath, Stewarts Hospital and other private healthcare providers
  • International Investment and Underwriting (IIU) and Hibernian Health (formerly VIVAS)Management on the recent sale of their majority stake in the health insurer VIVAS to Hibernian Group
  • Pharmacies in the Irish pharmacy sector including Boots Retails (Ireland) Limited andUniphar plc, on protection of their trade mark portfolios and other matters

Periodic Payment Orders: Update

Legislation to provide for periodic payments in catastrophic injuries claims expected in coming months

Agreement Reached on New Medical Devices and IVD Regulations in the EU

The EU has finally agreed new rules on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices

Healthcare: Legislation Programme Autumn/Winter 2015

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published

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"William Fry was instrumental in guiding us through all aspects of the complex transaction and due diligence. The expertise include Irish law, government contracting, tax, property, bank restructurings, real estate/leasing as well as general advice on the Irish business culture….Overall, the service provided by William Fry was excellent. At all times they approached matters with professionalism and with UPMC’s best interest……Our business objective was successfully completed. It would have been impossible without the counsel of William Fry. It was well worth the investment spend…..Excellent advisor to contracting matters with the Irish government.”

David Farner, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, UPMC


  • One client describes the lawyers as "incredibly responsive" and "very easy to deal with" adding that they provide "succinct and well-delivered advice". Chambers Europe 2019
  • One client admires the "width and depth of expertise within the firm" and lauds the department as a "strong practice that understands the minutiae of the life sciences sector." Sources appreciate the "first-rate access and availability" of the team and describe its advice as "considered, pragmatic and clear." Chambers Europe, 2017
  • William Fry is a 'top-class' group. The multidisciplinary team performs strongly in M&A, medical negligence, IP and regulatory work, acting for clients such as Boston Scientific, Forest Laboratories and the Medical Protection Society. Legal 500, 2015
  • "The team's outlook is always innovative and modern. The team is always very responsive and keeps us in the loop so we know where they are and what they are doing." Chambers Europe, 2014
  • William Fry ‘consistently delivers in-depth and accurate legal advice with speed and cost-effectiveness’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2014
  • William Fry is ‘top class’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2013


  • Carol Plunkett
    • Carol enjoys strong feedback for her expertise and prowess in contentious IP cases, as well as litigious proceedings involving the technology sector. One interviewee calls her "a real heavyweight" and "one of the most senior litigators in Ireland," adding: "Nothing fazes her, so that is reassuring for the client." Chambers Europe 2017
    • Carol  has ‘an amazing IP knowledge base’Legal 500 EMEA 2017
    • Carol, who heads the firm's contentious IP practice, is highlighted by market commentators as an "extremely accomplished lawyer" and "a leader in IP litigation."  Chambers Europe 2016
    • Carol  is unanimously regarded as a "powerhouse of IP" with "a wealth of experience" in the field. Chambers Europe, 2015
    • Carol Plunkett has ‘great instincts’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
    • Clients feel Carol "has a very good grasp of the brief and the workings of our business. She gives practical, straightforward advice."  Chambers Europe, 2014
    • You can’t mention patent litigation in Ireland without mentioning Carol Plunkett”, regarded by many as the country’s top IP lawyer.  IAM Patent 1000, 2014  
  • Laura Scott
    • Laura Scott receives plaudits for her trade mark and patent litigation practice, with particular knowledge of the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. Clients say: "She is very hard-working, responsive and dedicated to leaving no stone unturned in considering and communicating all available options. She is also extremely pleasant to work with." Chambers Europe 2017 
    • "Her commitment to clients, astute strategy, technical strength and attention to detail are second to none." Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
    • Clients describe Laura Scott as "absolutely superb. She is very thorough; her work underpins our company." Chambers Europe, 2014
    • Laura Scott has the ‘Midas touch with clients’Legal 500 EMEA 2017
  • Fiona Barry
    • Clients praise her as being "responsive, knowledgeable and pleasant."Chambers Global 2017
    • Fiona Barry is ‘responsive, calm and considered’. Legal 500 EMEA 2016
    • Fiona Barry is 'excellent’. Legal 500 EMEA 2015
    • Fiona Barry's practice encompasses commercial litigation, medical negligence and defamation. Clients value her input, praising her as being “receptive to our needs. She supports and assists our clients.” Chambers Europe 2013

Key Contacts

Shane O'Donnell Partner

Eavan Saunders Partner

Barbara Kenny Partner