The London lawyer, Michael Kennedy, who represented many leading Irish football players, has died. 

He represented Roy Keane for a long spell of his playing and managerial career, becoming a trusted advisor to the former Republic of Ireland captain.

Kennedy was in his 70s and had been working as a senior partner in a London-based firm up to his death. 

He represented Keane during the highs and lows of his career, including the trophy-laden spell at Manchester United and at the time of the Saipan controversy 20 years ago, as well as his acrimonious exit from Old Trafford. 

He also acted for Niall Quinn, while David O'Leary became one of his first clients in his early days at Arsenal.

Kennedy also worked on behalf of Frank Stapleton, Pat Jennings, Kevin Moran, Denis Irwin, Steve Staunton, David Connolly, Ian Harte and Stephen McPhail among others.

He had family roots in Kerry.