ABP appoints First Choice GC

Former First Choice Holidays general counsel Andrew Garner has jumped ship to take the helm of Associated British Ports’ legal functions.

Garner had been with First Choice for four years, and will join ABP from November 1. Garner succeeds Stephen Walsh, who served as the group’s general counsel for three-and-a-half years.

Walsh, who joined ABP from British Airways, is leaving to join Global Aerospace Underwriting Managers as global general counsel.

Garner, 37, qualified at Linklaters before moving in-house to Unigate before joining First Choice in 2001.

At First Choice, he led a review in 2002 of the company’s retail property advisers, dumping Dechert in favour of TLT Solicitors and Eversheds.

ABP group chief executive Bo Lerenius said: “Andrew comes to us with an excellent reputation and considerable experience within his field.”