Hammonds property ace bags top City role

Hammonds has plumped for a property partner as its new London office head in a bid to refocus its struggling City operation.

As exclusively revealed on The Lawyer News Weekly email last Wednesday (15 June), Paul Groobey stood uncontested for the role in elections that concluded last Tuesday (14 June). He replaces Jane Marshall, who is standing down to concentrate on her pensions practice. Groobey will hold the position of office head in London for three years, effective immediately.

Hammonds also reconfirmed Ian Greenfield and Liam Buckley as office heads for Leeds and Manchester respectively.

Groobey joined the firm from Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard) in 2002. His election coincides with an intensive strategy review, led by partnership board member Bern-hard Gilbey, and signals a push in the property sector for Hammonds’ London office.

“My primary objective is to look at ways in which we can enhance the development of our business on an office basis,” Groobey said.

The new head faces the tough task of turning around the underperforming office, hitting budget being key. London income dropped each year from 2002-04, and management has in the past admitted that the office is the firm’s least profitable.

“One of my jobs is to make sure that we have an environment so that people can deliver,” Groobey explained. “I’m quite excited by the role and the prospects ahead, and I’m positive about the firm’s prospects going forward.”