We have a dedicated multi-disciplinary Projects Group including infrastructure and utilities specialists who work on the most significant, innovative and complex projects in Ireland.  We have been to the fore in the development of public private partnerships (PPPs) in Ireland and have in-depth knowledge and broad experience in advising both the private and public sector on projects across a range of sectors, including energy, education, health, leisure, accommodation, prison and transport.

We have advised funders, contractors, local and international corporations, developers, consultants, and consortia on funding and delivering large scale projects, as well as public sector clients on the promotion, procurement, funding and development of PPPs across numerous sectors.

We adopt a hands-on approach, becoming an integrated member of our client’s team and employ our expertise and knowledge to anticipate, manage and overcome the challenges and risks facing the project to ensure that our clients get the optimum results every time.

As a full service law firm we can draw on the expertise of colleagues as required in Property, Energy and Natural Resources, Environmental, Planning, Competition, Banking, Tax, Insurance, Employment, Pensions, and Litigation.

Our services include advising, drafting and negotiating on:

  • Project Structuring
  • EU/Irish Procurement Rules on tender processes
  • Preparing and evaluating contract documents
  • Drivers and expectations of Contracting Authorities and other bidding parties
  • Understanding key awarding criteria - timely delivery and value for money
  • Statutory Consents
  • Sponsor consortia and shareholder arrangements
  • Project Financing, including all forms of credit support
  • Design Development
  • Construction Issues
  • Operation and Maintenance arrangements
  • Legal risk management and strategy development
  • Ongoing Projects lifecycle issues
  • Key project risks - delay, relief, force majeure and compensation on termination/borrower default
  • 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
  • University College Dublin, the procuring authority, on its Gateway development - the largest single capital project in the higher education sector - international star-architect design competition and construction procurement using a PPP concession mode
  • Dublin City Council on Fatima Mansions Regeneration PPP Project and developing legal model for such projects, the first pilot urban regeneration project in Ireland
  • 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
  • Leargas Consortium on their successful tender application to design, build and operate the Thornton Hall Prison PPP
  • Dublin City Council on the O’Devaney Gardens Regeneration PPP
  • Fingal County Council on the design, build and financing of several major infrastructural projects in North Dublin
  • Shortlisted Bidder on the Decentralisation PPP
  • Macon Consortium a shortlisted bidder, for the design, construction, development and operation of the Motorway Service Areas PPP Project
  • Swimworld (Waterford) on all aspects of the design, build, financing and operation of the Waterford Regional Sports and Leisure Complex PPP
  • Board of the Railway Procurement Agency on various aspects of the LUAS, Dublin Light Rail projec
  • A syndicate of lending institutions in relation to the N4/N6 Kinnegad to Kilcock Motorway PPP Project
  • European Investment Bank on various aspects of the Five Group School PPP Project
  • Bank of Ireland as senior lender to E-net which was awarded the MSE contract by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

COVID-19: Time Limits Paused Across the Planning and Development System

An emergency proposal to mitigate COVID-19 disruption to planning and development – a freeze on time limits across the system - has been expedited and is now in force. How will it work?

COVID-19: Adapting the Planning and Building Control Systems

The Government's second Covid-19-related Bill, published on 24 March 2020, is the Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (COVID-19) Bill 2020 (Bill). In it, the Planning and Development system is listed as one of several 'vital public service functions' deemed to have real potential to be seriously compromised by the impacts of COVID-19.

Emergency Measures to Halt the Spread of Covid-19

Emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. Government seeks to pass emergency COVID-19 Bill by end of week.

Update: New Construction Industry Sectoral Employment Order Formalised by Minister

Pat Breen TD formally made a sectoral employment order regarding the construction industry entitled the Sectoral Employment Order (Construction Sector) 2019 on 28 May 2019 (the Order).

Update: Sectoral Employment Order in Construction Industry Includes Pay Rises and Will Increase Costs

Construction and electrical workers to receive pay increases after Minister backs Labour Court recommendations

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  • "Our experience has been very positive in terms of depth of resources and responsiveness," says one client, who adds that the team is "very knowledgeable." Chambers Europe, 2018
  • At William Fry, practice head Liam McCabe and Fergus Devine ‘both fit seamlessly into the decision-making structure of projects’, while Jarleth Heneghan is ‘proactive and efficient’.  Legal 500 EMEA 2015
  • "The team's breadth and depth of expertise is second to none. The lawyers exhibit a genuine desire to amicably achieve results, rather than acting in an adversarial fashion - this is a trait that many recognise and appreciate." ..."The advice from this team is accurate and timely, and very good."  Chambers Europe 2016
  • At William Fry, head of projects and construction Liam McCabe ‘can find workable solutions at short notice’, and Jarleth Heneghan is also recommended.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 
  • "This team brings a wide range of skills to the table and the quality is consistently high across all of the lawyers."  Chambers Europe, 2014
  • Sources say: “Great depth of service across the board. The team has a strong reputation and delivers on it.”  Chambers Europe, 2013 


Fergus Devine  
  • Fergus Devine attracts hugely impressive feedback from all quarters. “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
  • Fergus Devine 'plays a starring role in many of the firm's leading energy mandates and is held in high regard by market observers'.  Chambers Europe, 2012 

Liam McCabe

  • "If we need anything done, we turn to him. He makes sure that we are provided with the expertise we need in the field."  Chambers Europe, 2015
  • Liam McCabe ‘can find workable solutions at short notice’.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 
  • Experienced practitioner Liam McCabe leads the projects team, and is particularly recommended for his construction expertise. "He really protects us and makes sure we get what we need,” states a source.  Chambers Europe, 2013 

Jarleth Heneghan 

  • Jarleth Heneghan is ‘proactive and efficient’.  Legal 500 EMEA 2015
  • Jarleth Heneghan is described by interviewees as “extremely diligent with a fantastic mind: he is timely and creative.”  Chambers Europe, 2013
  • The ‘insightful’ and ‘extremely diligent’ Jarleth Heneghan.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 


Key Contacts

Liam McCabe Partner

Fergus Devine Partner

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