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Dublin-headquarted firm A&L Goodbody has opened a new office in Belfast today (Tuesday, 20 March).
The firm has launched its new Northern Ireland outpost with the three partners who left Dublin rival Arthur Cox last year (The Lawyer, 20 March).
The three - Peter Stafford, Mark Thompson and Patricia Johnston - formed corporate and commercial boutique STJ Legal last March. Their exit was seen as a reflection of growing confidence in the Belfast legal market.
A&L managing partner Paul Carroll echoed this when he outlined the firm’s rationale for its Belfast launch.
“The move reflects a growing trend in the marketplace in which businesses and clients are effectively ignoring the border and increasingly need an integrated service for what is becoming an all-island business market,” said Carroll.
“For many years we have worked with existing relationships in Belfast but we felt it was not going to be the future and so wanted to set up ourselves.”
The office will focus primarily on corporate, construction and infrastructure matters.