James Grennan


A&L Goodbody
IFSC North Wall Quay
Dublin 1

Tel: +353 1 649 2318
Fax: +353 1 649 2649

Email: jgrennan@algoodbody.com
Web: www.algoodbody.ie

James Grennan is a Partner in the Corporate Department and Head of A&L Goodbody’s Insurance Group. From 1995 to 1999 James managed A&L Goodbody’s London office.

His area of particular expertise is the insurance industry. His practice embraces all aspects of insurance law and regulation including the set up and authorisation of insurers, ongoing regulation, the provision of cross-border services, sale and purchase of insurance companies and insurance businesses, captive insurance, authorisation and regulation of insurance intermediaries and statutory compensation schemes. He advises life and non-life insurers, reinsurers, captives and intermediaries.

He played a major role in the A&L Goodbody legal team that advised the Irish Government’s Department of Finance on the drafting of heads of the Bill for the establishment of the Irish Financial Regulator. He was also instrumental in having Irish law amended to facilitate the operations of life assurers in the International Financial Services Centre.

James is included in the Euromoney guide to the world’s leading insurance and reinsurance lawyers and in the “Best of the Best” top 25 insurance lawyers in the world.

James is also recognised by leading directories such as The Legal 500 and Chambers Europe. Clients comment: “James is one of the star names in Ireland’s insurance market…he is hugely experienced and has an incredibly impressive reputation. Every time we go to him we get strong and pragmatic advice. He is the guy to go to for complex issues”; “James has vast knowledge of all aspects of insurance law. Clients enthusiastically praise him as being exceptional at looking at the big picture – he is a great discussion partner when dealing with the larger issues we face”; “Creative, pragmatic and knowledgeable”; “Absolutely excellent, particularly on the regulatory side”, “A top-flight insurance expert….and an affable guy and a great communicator who can explain complex things in the simplest language”, has a “superb reputation” and is “pre-eminent”.

James is identified as “One of Ireland’s best-known insurance lawyers, with a masterful knowledge of his subject” and “Has an enquiring mind and in a parochial market he is a rare commodity: a lawyer with an international outlook”. He is “An accomplished practitioner” and “Singled out for his attention to detail”.

The international Who’s Who of insurance lawyers has ranked him as Ireland’s leading insurance lawyer. He is also recommended by Best Lawyers 2013 and 2014 and Who’s Who Legal 2012 and 2013.

Our Insurance group is recognised as a pre-eminent insurance practice. Its expertise spans all aspects of insurance law and regulation, both contentious and non-contentious.

The insurance industry in Ireland is going through significant changes. The international financial crisis and changing regulatory environment are encouraging consolidation in the industry and streamlining of insurance groups into fewer operating platforms. We are also seeing a reconfiguration of the captive insurance industry and strategic reviews of the future operations of smaller insurers. Changes to domestic regulatory frameworks, increased focus on governance and the international trend towards more intrusive regulation are posing new compliance challenges for insurers, even without the added challenges, in Europe, of Solvency II.

We are at the forefront of these developments, offering our clients the support and assistance they need to deal with new challenges and the opportunities the changing environment brings.

We are recognised globally as a leading legal and regulatory adviser to the domestic and international insurance industry in Ireland. Our insurance group is the largest and longest established in Ireland and has been market leader since its foundation in the 1980s. Our strength lies in the breadth and depth of our technical ability and innovation. We have been at the cutting edge of insurance developments and transactions in Ireland for decades. We have a large team of experienced professionals at all levels: partner, senior associate and associate. This allows us to provide a fast, efficient and cost effective service. In addition to our non-contention practice, over many decades we have been regarded as a leader in dispute resolution for insurance companies. We are particularly recognised for our expertise in large or complex litigation but also for resolution of smaller disputes with potentially serious consequences, such as financial ombudsman cases that affect a large number of potential claimants.

A&L Goodbody has a reputation for providing legal advice of the highest quality available in Ireland, and internationally.

Our primary office is in Dublin. Together with our office in Belfast, we advise clients on an “all Ireland” basis. We advise on the most challenging and complex assignments, for national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and Government.

Our approach combines excellence of legal advice with commercial thinking. We consistently invest in and develop our business for the benefit of our clients.

We regard our people as our greatest asset and the embodiment of the Firm’s culture & values.

Founded in 1901 by Alfred and Lewis Goodbody, we are proud of our history and continue to maintain the values, principles and passion that have been the hallmarks of our Firm for more than 100 years.

Our ambition is to be consistently recognised by each of our clients as their best advisors. This is supported by the collaborative approach to our work, which we believe sets us apart.


Department head James Grennan maintains his outstanding reputation in the Irish insurance market, with knowledge of regulatory matters and transactional work. Sources describe him as “excellent – extremely knowledgeable, completely available and very practical”
Chambers Europe, 2015