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Our People


William J. Brennan
Joint Managing Partner - BComm, DLS, Solicitor
William J. Brennan (BComm, DLS, Solicitor) – Principal

William qualified as a solicitor in 2001 in Binchys Solicitors (later to merge with Maples and Calder) and worked there until 2007 before setting up his own firm in September 2007. William has excellent experience in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and property law. On qualifying, William spent the beginning of his legal career concentrating on commercial litigation matters, property and probate orientated litigation, personal injury and injunctive remedies.

William then spent a year working in Sydney, Australia in the legal department of National Australia Bank where he concentrated on Investment Intermediaries Contracts, Trusts, Commercial Law, Internal Re-Organisation and general operations.

On his return from Australia, William returned to Binchy’s Property department, where he combined general litigation work with all aspects of commercial property, including acting for developers in both residential, office and retail development. While William is concentrating his work now in other areas he continues to advise his clients on acquisitions, finance and disposals of commercial and residential property in addition to negotiating both commercial and residential leases and advising in all matters of planning and development law and related tax issues.

William now focuses mainly on Dispute Resolution, Commercial litigation and Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency while at the same time actively managing the business’s day to day operations. Having studied Commerce originally in UCD, William finds that he is now spending a portion of his day tapping into that original grounding and works hard at adapting and enhancing his business model as the market dictates with an emphasis on Business Development and Marketing.



Hugh McGroddy
Hugh McGroddy
Joint Managing Partner, Solicitor (admitted: 1989)
University College, Dublin (BCL)

Hugh is joint managing partner. He was formerly a partner in Binchys and Maples and Calder Solicitors where he was head of the property department.

Hugh has extensive experience in all areas of commercial property including acquisitions and disposals, property investment transactions, joint ventures, development agreements, property tax, planning and all aspects of property finance.

Hugh has acted for financial institutions, property developers, corporate and private clients.







Marie-Clare Morrissey
Solicitor
Marie-Clare Morrissey- Solicitor

Marie-Clare was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors at Easter 2007. In 2009, she received a Diploma in Commercial Litigation administered by the Law Society.

Marie-Clare joined the Litigation Department of William J. Brennan & Company in April 2011 and has brought with her an excellent range of specialties. Her Commercial Litigation experience includes the prosecution and defence of various claims on foot of construction agreements (to include building agreements, collateral warranties and guarantees) on behalf of a number of Landlords and Property Developers either through the Courts System or by Arbitration.

She also has comprehensive experience in the area of Debt Recovery which extends to the defence and prosecution of complex High Court Claims. Her experience in this field also incorporates advice on Insolvency and the Realisation of Assets.

Marie-Clare has also been responsible for the successful recovery arrears of rent and service charge on behalf of a number of Landlords and Management Companies on foot of Commercial Leases and Guarantees.

Along with the above, Marie-Clare has been responsible for the defence and prosecution of Personal Injury Claims (to include Road Traffic Accidents, Employers Liability and Occupiers Liability), Professional Indemnity Claims, Medical Negligence and Risk Management Claims. Infringement and Enforcement of Property Rights to include Adverse Possession together with Infringement and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights to Include Copyright and Information Technology.

Marie-Clare’s also specialises in the area of Family Law to include advising on Clients on entering into a Separation by way of Separation Agreement, Judicial Separation, Divorce, Maintenance, Enforcement of Rights by Civil Partners and Co-Habitants, Rights of Natural Fathers and Guardianship.



Janet Lanigan
Solicitor-Conveyancing and General Litigation
Janet Lanigan

Janet initially began working with the firm as a Legal Executive some many years ago.  She studied and trained with the firm resulting in her being admitted to the Roll of Solicitors early 2014.
Janet has a vast amount of experience in general practice, ranging from Landlord and Tenant disputes and general Conveyancing to acting also in relation to Family Law disputes and Probate matters.

She focuses now mainly on Commercial Conveyancing to include acquisitions, sales and leasing.  Janet has a great understanding of financial instructions, property developers as well as corporate and private client’s practices.

Janet also has extensive experience in litigating matters, specialising in the understanding the operations of management companies within managed developments.  This experience is of great assistance in her Commercial Conveyancing work.


Daniel McLaughlin
Solicitor- Commercial Property and Employment

Daniel qualified as Solicitor in 2002 and has acquired a broad range of experience in personal injuries matters, employment law and all property related law in medium sized firms in Dublin and the North East prior to joining William J. Brennan & Co. in August 2014. He assists William in managing the Ashbourne branch of the practice.

Daniel acts for corporate clients in both commercial leasing and employment law and private clients in personal injuries and property related matters.



Gerry O’Hanlon
Solicitor- Commercial Property

Gerard is an experienced and focused solicitor with over 20 years in private practice specializing in residential and commercial property, banking, construction, wind energy and corporate transactional support.

A former partner in both Binchy’s and LK Shields, Gerard has a proven track record in the delivery of legal excellence across a diverse range of practice areas in a timely and commercial manner.


Linda Currie
Legal Executive- Debt and General Litigation
Linda Kavanagh

Linda joined our firm in May 2011. She has many years’ experience in the areas of Conveyancing, Litigation and Debt Collection. Linda now works as a Legal Executive in our Litigation department while also assisting with property transactions in our Property Department.

Linda is familiar with the entire process of debt collection from the issue of proceedings to enforcement of Judgement and deals with this process in a timely and cost effective manner.

Linda also deals with residential conveyancing, probate and general litigation matters.



Sabrina Meehan
Legal Executive - Conveyancing
Sabrina Meehan

Sabrina has been employed with William J Brennan since March 2009. She joined our firm as a Legal Secretary dealing mainly with Litigation including Debt Recovery and Personal Injuries Claims. She worked in our Dublin office for her first two years with our Firm.

She then has moved on to be a Legal Executive in our Ashbourne office since 2012 working primarily in the Conveyancing and Debt Collection department. She advises on residential conveyancing, dealing with the purchasing and selling of residential properties, mortgages and refinancing.

Sabrina will always meet with clients requirements and works in a good professional personal style and manner.


Margaret Zdun
Margaret Zdun
Macquarie University, Sydney (MA), Elms College , USA (BA), Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin (BA in Legal Studies), member of the ACCA and of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland.

Margaret has been employed as the Accounts and Office Manager of William J. Brennan & Co. since joining in January 2009. Previously Margaret was working in the well established international law firm of Maples and Calder. In addition to acting as the Office Manager for William J. Brennan & Co., Margaret provides the support for the firm’s marketing projects and activities.

Before coming to Ireland in 2005 Margaret studied and worked in both the United States of America and Australia.