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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:

  • Public procurement and projects
  • Public private partnerships
  • Employment and pensions
  • Corporate governance
  • Regulatory issues
  • Judicial review
  • Data protection
    Freedom of information
  • EU/Competition law
  • State aid