Claire Lenny | Partner
Always more inclined towards literary subjects than maths or science, Claire studied law at Queen’s University Belfast and finished off her professional training at the College of Law in Chester.
'I trained with Clifford Chance in London and when I was four years qualified I moved to an American firm called Shearman & Sterling. After I'd been with them for about two years, I decided to come back to Ireland and I wanted to work with a firm where I could progress to become a partner. I interviewed with A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox and McCann FitzGerald and got offers from all three, but ultimately I felt I was more suited to the culture at McCann FitzGerald and so I joined the firm in 1999.' Claire specialised in banking and finance law and today she focuses primarily on the areas of public private partnership (PPP) projects and project finance.
'What I like about my practice area is that we are working on landmark projects that will be part of the footprint of Dublin.'
What it's like to work for the firm
'What I like about my practice area is that we are working on landmark projects that will be part of the footprint of Dublin. The Conference Centre, the Criminal Courts of Justice - it’s great to see a building that you’ve worked towards coming out of the ground and entering the landscape. Our clients know their businesses inside out and share that knowledge with us and they are also very appreciative of the work that we’re doing for them. It really is a team effort.' She says that McCann FitzGerald emphasises excellence and rather than focusing on what’s best for the firm, it focuses on what’s best for the client. 'We work hard to understand and address the client’s needs and our collegial culture informs that. We're a people business and without solicitors and clients who are satisfied and who feel supported, we're nothing at all. So it's very important to us that our people feel that they’re valued, that they have something to contribute and that we will work with them and support them in developing their skills.'
Looking ahead, she says that there is an infrastructure deficit which needs to be addressed in order for Ireland Inc. to rise to the challenges that are coming down the line, including Brexit and all that it will bring. 'My ambition for the firm is that we continue to grow and attract really good work and really good people. There are very exciting and challenging opportunities out there for bright solicitors, so we want to ensure that we continue to nurture and retain the best and the brightest.'