Business Irish

Monday 19 March 2018

William Fry poaching partners from rivals

New William Fry managing partner Bryan Bourke has got his cheque book out. Fry, which has acted for some of the biggest names in town, is bulking up.

Over the last year, it has hired tax partner Ted McGrath from KPMG, with Shane Wallace joining from Deloitte. Senior corporate partner Eavan Saunders was also lured back to Ireland from leading international law firm Ashurst. William Fry also nabbed aircraft financing partner David Maughan from Maples and Calder as it noses more into the lucrative aviation leasing space.

"We are delighted with the growth seen across the firm over the last 12 months and we're confident we have attracted some of the most talented professionals to William Fry," Bourke said last week.

"The firm is in growth for 2015 and we will continue to seek out those individuals whose expertise matches our business needs."

High-level movement between the major legal and accountancy firms is rare, especially among partners.

Last year, Arthur Cox partner Conor O'Dwyer moved to rival group McCann Fitzgerald, where he joined the corporate practice.

This latest hiring round may lead to the start of some more musical chairs at the principal firms as gaps get filled.

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