We have a strong record of acting for government departments, state and semi-state bodies and local authorities.
We understand the particular challenges and demands placed on the public sector, and that its actions are subject to a level of scrutiny (and sometimes, challenge) that does not apply to the private sector.
Our recent experience of advising the public sector includes:
NAMA, the National Asset Management Agency established to deal with aspects of the banking crisis in Ireland – we have secured a significant and innovative role including in relation to the structuring of NAMA.
ESB, the Irish Electricity Supply Board, on its Stg £1bn acquisition of Northern Ireland Electricity plc.
Department of Finance and Department of Health & Children on competition law and state aid and other issues concerning VHI.
Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government on tenant purchase and incremental purchase schemes for local authority apartments and houses.
ComReg, the Irish Communications Regulator, on regulatory enforcement matters.
Commission for Aviation Regulation on the successful defence of claims by Ryanair.
Railway Procurement Agency on a multi-year agreement with IBM for the build, support and maintenance of Ireland’s new integrated ticketing system.
An Bord Gáis, the Irish Gas Board, on the procurement and financing of a serviced site in County Cork.
Bord na Móna plc, the Irish Peat Board, on the establishment of an employee share ownership plan.
FÁS, the Irish state agency for national training and employment, on employment and pensions law, and trade mark protection and enforcement matters.
The William Fry Public Sector Group is multi-disciplinary in nature, ensuring that we provide the public sector with practical advice and expertise on a broad range of issues including: