William fry and Chartered Land announce new head office move

William Fry, one of Ireland’s top five law firms and leading commercial property company Chartered Land have announced that William Fry will relocate its headquarters to Chartered Land’s state-of-the-art office development at Grand Canal Square in Dublin’s south docklands.

William Fry will occupy 121,000 sq ft of space at 4, Grand Canal Square moving from Fitzwilton House, Dublin 2, as part of the law firm’s long-term strategic growth plan.

William Fry’s recently appointed Managing Partner, Myra Garrett, welcomed the finalisation of the deal and said that the new offices are on schedule to be ready by March 2010 and would afford the firm excellent modern space for staff and client facilities.

“We are a firm of young dynamic lawyers and tax professionals. We have outgrown our offices in Fitzwilton House and need to plan for the future. William Fry has been in existence for over 160 years and, notwithstanding the downturn, we have confidence in the future growth and success of our firm and are looking forward to the move to 4 Grand Canal Square and to the next chapter in the history of William Fry.”

“New business opportunities in legal and taxation services are emerging for us in Ireland and increasingly we are working on international opportunities through our global network. This move will allow us to continue to grow and evolve as one of Ireland’s leading business law firms and it will also help us to continue to attract the best legal talent available.”

Grand Canal Square contains three office buildings, totalling 380,000 sq. ft. in addition to the 2000-seat Grand Canal Theatre. Each building has its own distinct identity with strong architectural features including striking glass facades and sculptured shapes. Chartered Land was recently awarded the title “Developer of the Year” by Property Week and remains committed to developing landmark schemes that redefine cities and towns and create innovative social, cultural and commercial environments. Property advisers to the transaction were Bannon for Chartered Land while Jones Lang LaSalle acted for William Fry.