National law firm Shoosmiths has advised Murray Hennessy on his appointment as non-executive chairman of TGI Friday’s UK and his investment in the group.

Hennessy brings to the TGI Friday”s Group a wealth of board-level experience and a track record of delivering growth in consumer-facing industries. He was chief executive of online train ticket retailer from 2008 to 2014.

Prior to this he was the CEO of Avis Europe from 2004 to 2008 and CEO of UK, an online retailer of technology products, from 2000 to 2001. was acquired by the John Lewis Partnership in 2001 and Hennessy became head of the newly created John Lewis Direct.

At John Lewis Direct, Hennessy launched and grew into one of the UK’s leading online retailers winning numerous website awards in the process. He later became commercial director for John Lewis Department Stores.

TGI Friday’s UK is an American casual restaurant chain with 67 UK restaurants in a range of locations, including city centres, shopping centres and leisure parks.

Hennessy’s appointment supports the company’s ambitious growth plans and strategy to take advantage of new technologies and increase their digital engagement with customers.

Shoosmiths corporate partner Alison Gilson and solicitor Jen Paton advised Hennessy on his appointment and his investment in the group.

Shoosmiths’ corporate team has a track record of advising public and private companies, management teams, investors and debt providers through the business life cycle. The national corporate team has been placed second by deal volume in Experian’s UK Deal Review and Advisor League Table and have recently won Law Firm of the Year at the M&A Awards 2015.