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Howard Kennedy is an approachable, commercial, responsive and professional law firm that offers excellent value. Based at No 1 London Bridge, it is ideally placed to support clients both nationally and internationally.

The firm: The firm provides a wide range of services targeting five main areas: real estate, retail and leisure, media and technology, HK Sports, and HK One (HNW). It provides legal services combined with detailed sector knowledge to an international, corporate and personal client base. These range from national and global organisations, SMEs and owner-managed businesses through to family offices, entrepreneurs and their funders, and high-net-worth individuals.

Types of work undertaken: Howard Kennedy comprises five departments: corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, private client and family, and real estate.

Corporate and commercial: the department’s services include: M&A, capital markets with a particular focus on venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes, AIM, corporate real estate, intellectual property, commercial contracts, business advisory and tax, business recovery and reconstruction, financial regulation, and international banking and finance.

Dispute resolution: the department’s services include: general commercial litigation, real estate dispute resolution, media litigation, arbitration and mediation, defamation and human rights, business crime and regulatory, and personal injury.

Employment: the department’s services include: board-level advice, discrimination and harassment, confidentiality and business protection, disciplinary and grievance issues, international workforce issues, TUPE, tribunal and High Court claims, redundancy and reorganisation programmes, employment contract preparation, and policy guidance.

Private client and family: the department’s services include: contentious trusts and probate, tax planning, estate planning, establishment of trusts both in the UK and offshore, Court of Protection work, marriage and partnerships, divorce and break-up work, and issues involving children.

Real estate: the department’s services include: planning, construction, development, commercial investment, finance, real estate disputes, business occupation, plot sales and residential property acquisition and disposals, and leasehold enfranchisement.

Sector groups: the firm operates five cross-departmental sector groups: real estate, retail and leisure, media and technology, HK Sports and HK One. These draw on expertise from across all the legal disciplines within the firm. The combined knowledge of the lawyers within these sector teams offers deep insight into the industries in which the firm’s clients operate. This enables it to provide timely, relevant and commercial advice to meet their specific needs.

International: Howard Kennedy is a UK member of the two global networks Meritas and Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW). The firm has built up close working relationships with the firms in these networks but is not limited by them. Outside these networks the firm maintains relationships with a wide range of firms that have relevant skills that are useful to its client base. Howard Kennedy works with these firms globally, and offers a central hub for inward investment into the UK for their clients. Around 25% of the firm’s work is for international clients.

Breakdown of work %Real estate 48
Dispute resolution 25
Corporate and commercial 17
Private client and family 6
Employment 4

Number of UK partners 54

Number of other UK fee-earners 179

Above material supplied by Howard Kennedy LLP.

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