Grennan at helm of Goodbodys in City

IRISH firm A & L Goodbody has appointed a new managing partner in its London office.

James Grennan takes over from Eithne Fitzgerald who has returned to Dublin after a three-year stint fronting the London office.

Grennan has worked for the firm for the past 10 years and has been involved in a number of high profile cases including the Larry Goodman case.

Although a commercial lawyer, he has latterly specialised in financial services work as a result of Dublin's International Financial Services Centre. His clients include Rothschild, the first life assurance company in the IFSC.

He has worked on the Irish Distillers contested takeover and the conversion of the Irish Permanent Building Society to a public limited company.

He is currently advising Irish Continental Group (Irish Ferries) which is taking action against the French Government because it is being blocked out of French ports. He also worked on the company's rights issue last March.

Grennan says he will be “consolidating the London practice as well as drumming up more business in the financial services market”.

He believes that there is a lot of untapped business in this area of work, particularly in the insurance area.

The firm does not practice English law in the London office and has no interest in doing so, Grennan says.

A & L Goodbody opened its London office in 1988 and is one of four top Irish firms to set up in the City. It has three fee-earners in the office.