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Harry Fehily

Managing Partner

T: +353 61 445512
M: +353 87 243 1805
E: [email protected]

Harry Fehily is the Managing Partner and practises in the litigation department.

Having joined the firm in 1986, he has extensive experience of advising clients across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters with an emphasis on commercial litigation and financial lines claims, including professional negligence litigation, cyber claims and claims against directors and officers. He also has extensive experience of resolving property related disputes and shareholders’ disputes. Since 2004 he has practiced extensively in the Commercial Court (a commercial division of the High Court) and is vastly experienced in dealing with cases in this venue.

Much of his work involves dealing with high profile contentious disputes concerning public and private bodies. He frequently advises regulatory bodies on investigations, due process and fair procedures. He also advises frequently on public procurement issues. Harry advises on public administrative law as it relates to state bodies, disputes and investigations concerning public bodies, judicial review, employment law disputes particularly as they impact on the board and chief executives of companies, contentious issues as they impact on environmental law, planning law and health and safety law.

He has developed considerable experience in the area of construction law representing construction companies in respect of prosecutions against the companies arising alleged breaches of Health and Safety matters including indictable prosecutions following fatalities on their construction sites. In addition, he has recently represented a pharmaceutical company in respect of health and safety prosecutions brought by the Health and Safety Authority and environmental prosecutions brought by the Environmental Protection Agency arising from breach/alleged breaches at its plant.

On the advisory side he provides advice to local and multinational companies with a particular focus on high level contentious and board related disputes. Harry is also an experienced employment lawyer dealing principally with high level contentious issues. He works closely with the Boards and CEOs of state and private companies to find effective management solutions to critical employment situations.

Harry has extensive experience in insolvency and corporate recovery and represents liquidators, receivers and examiners. Harry has been involved in high profile examinerships. He has developed a particular expertise in assisting both the company itself entering into the examinership process as well as providing advice to creditors of the company entering into examinership.

Harry practises in the area of dispute resolution and has been involved in many mediations. He is an accredited mediator through CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) in London.

  • Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA).
  • Member of the Law Society of Ireland’s Guidance and Ethics Committee’s Panel to assist solicitors in difficulty with the Law Society.
  • Member of International Lawyer’s Network.
  • Member of Atlantic Way.
  • Past President of Limerick Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of Limerick City Business Association.
  • Director of Limerick Social Service Centre.
  • Director of Mid West Hospital Trust.
  • Member of International Board of Kemmy Business School.
  • Chairman of University of Limerick Foundation.
  • Board Member of University of Limerick Foundation.
  • Former chairman of University of Limerick Concert Hall.
  • Member of Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) Thought Leadership Group and Board of LIT Foundation.
  • Founding Member of Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners.
  • National University of Ireland Galway, BA.
  • Law Society of Ireland, Certificate in Judicial Review.
  • CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), Accredited Mediator.
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ireland.
Harry Fehily maintains a solid reputation in the dispute resolution market. He advises on wide-ranging topics including insurance claims, commercial disputes over the early termination of contracts and the defence of regulatory enforcement actions. Clients appreciate his availability and insight, one of them stating: “He is a person in whom we have great trust.” “He is an effective and measured litigator who is very experienced,” say market commentators.
Dispute Resolution – Chambers Global 2020
Notable practitioner: Harry Fehily is highlighted for his expertise in professional negligence cases. One client praises his “clear, concise advice,” adding: “He possesses excellent interpersonal skills and communicates effectively with all stakeholders.”
Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Chambers Europe 2020
The team enters the rankings following market plaudits for its insurance defence practice. Particularly noted for its expertise in professional indemnity and negligence cases, frequently pertaining to the construction, accounting and legal sectors. Also experienced in personal injury claims, often relating to road traffic accidents. Strengths Interviewees say: “They are good at analysing the issues, negotiating and acting in court.”
Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Chambers Europe 2020
‘They have the scale required so that the team do not disappear just when you need them to work on another client. Sandra Egan has been very thorough in chasing down at times difficult issues and counterparts. George Kennedy has always been available to talk about stuff when required and help on broader commercial advice. I also see a firm, especially managing partner Harry Fehily, committed to supporting pro bono work and not-for-profit organisations and the broader Limerick environment.’
Legal 500 EMEA 2020
‘An outstanding practice of long standing. The practice does not interact with clients as solely customers of a solution, process or transaction but as partners with whom the firm participates in mutual long-term benefit and pride. Harry Fehily is totally committed to the best interest of his client. Pat McInerney is a generalist of no limit because his good sense knows no boundaries. Sandra Egan makes complex aggressive transactions in acquisition and business transfer look simple. Caitriona Leahy is always well ahead of the client’s responses and delivery is her strong focus.’
Real Estate – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Holmes O'Malley Sexton has particular expertise in the education sector, where the team represents a number of universities, but also acts for a range of state and semi-state bodies and statutory corporations. The practice has advised on judicial review proceedings, disputes in the public sector, complaints and investigations, and public procurement issues. Based in the firm's Limerick and Dublin offices, managing partner Harry Fehily has extensive experience of judicial reviews and regulatory investigations, while Pat McInerney regularly acts for public bodies in litigation, including professional negligence, defamation, breach of contract and property-related cases.
Public Sector – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Holmes O'Malley Sexton's insurance practice, which is based in the firm's Limerick office, is led by Robert Kennedy. The firm has substantial experience of defending clients against insurance claims, having acted for a number of prominent insurers. Other key contacts include Donal Creaton, Michael Murphy, Anna Owens and Pat McInerney.
Insurance – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Insurance litigation, defamation and environmental disputes are key areas of strength at Holmes O'Malley Sexton, which is also increasingly active in contentious construction matters. The team, which is based across the firm's offices in Dublin and Limerick, also regularly handles litigation in the public sector, including judicial review proceedings and regulatory matters for healthcare and education entities. Managing partner Harry Fehily is active in a range of commercial disputes and also strong for mediation. Other key contacts include new partners Michael Murphy, who specialises in financial services and insurance litigation, with additional expertise in data protection matters, and Pat McInerney, who regularly acts for public sector bodies.
Dispute Resolution – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
‘Excellent client service and a professional and experienced team.‘ ‘George Kennedy and associates Shane Costelloe and Neil O’Gorman are professional, flexible and show a passion for the ultimate success of their client’s business.‘ ‘Managing partner Harry Fehily has an innate talent for client service.’
Corporate, Commercial and M&A – Legal 500 EMEA 2020
Harry Fehily - Ranked Lawyer
Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global 2019

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