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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 4


Having merged with Berg, Kennedys provides ‘high level of service’ to SMEs, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in claims against banks and other financial institutions. The team recently acted for the claimants in a £30m financial and regulatory claim against RBS. Key figures include Andrew Davidson, who heads the team, Christopher McDuff, who is noted for insolvency matters, and the ‘highly regarded’ John Colvin. Also recommended are Alison Loveday, who has specialist expertise in financial regulation and mis-selling, and director Ian Mendelsohn. Daniel Brumpton joined Nelsons Solicitors Limited in 2017.

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 4


Bolstered by its 2017 merger with Berg, Kennedys delivers ‘exceptional service' and is rated for its ability to 'assess the merits of a case and drive matters forward to a conclusion’. Solutions SK, Cruden Construction, Chartrange and C&M Floor & Wall Tiling are clients. Key figures include ‘smart and resilient’ consultant Anne Kershaw and Andrew Davidson, who jointly head the team; Reuben Berg, who is ‘super commercial and practical’; and ‘brilliant’ senior associate John Colvin, who has a focus on banking litigation and complex contractual disputes in the IT and manufacturing sectors. Alison Loveday and senior associate Ian Mendelsohn are also recommended.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 5


Kennedys regularly advises insolvency practitioners, businesses, creditors and individuals on highly complex banking and finance disputes involving restructuring and insolvency. It also handles directors’ disqualifications, IVAs and bankruptcies for high-net-worth individuals. The team advised the insolvency practitioner ahead of placing a company, with £54m annual turnover, into administration and was instructed by an international property developer in a case relating to a disputed personal guarantee. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Laura Smith from Mills & Reeve LLP; she regularly advises on contentious and transactional mandates as well as personal insolvency, and is experienced in advising on insolvent deceased estates. Senior associate Chris McDuff heads the team and is experienced in cross-border insolvencies and restructurings.

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3


Kennedys merged with Berg in 2017. Principal contact Alison Loveday advises on the full range of employment issues from restructuring businesses and introducing gender pay gap reporting provisions to dealing with discrimination and harassment claims in the workplace. Senior associate Michelle Gray  acts for SMEs and senior executives (with a particular focus on negotiating exits). Clients include JD Sports Fashion and ITC Luxury Travel. DBL Asset Management, Aerial Platforms and Packaging Automation are also clients.

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Employment: employee/union firms
Employment: employee/union firms - ranked: tier 1


Kennedys merged with Berg in September 2017. The team advises on the full range of employment matters with a particular focus on advising high-net-worth individuals on their exit strategy. Alison Loveday is well regarded for her work on incentive arrangements for senior executives. Loveday is also adept at negotiating severance packages and at advising on the conduct of employment tribunal claims. Senior associate Michelle Gray  led the advice to Georgina O’Brien who was assaulted in a school by a pupil. After an initial period of sickness absence the client was dismissed from her employment. Ms. O’Brien succeeded in her employment tribunal claim on the basis that the academy had discriminated against her on the grounds of her disability and harassment in the work place. The matter ultimately went to the Court of Appeal which significantly upheld the employment tribunal’s original decision.

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North West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1


Kennedys  fields a ‘very thorough team that is robust but fair and is always looking for the right outcome for its clients’. Key individuals include the ‘client-focused, pragmatic’ Richard McKeown and the ‘strategic’ Christopher Oldfield  who ‘never loses sight of the bigger picture and has a calm and reassuring manner with his clients’. Oldfield has wide-ranging experience of handling EL/PL claims for insurer and corporate clients with a particular emphasis on construction, leisure and sporting bodies. Martin Stockdale  who heads the cross-sector fraud offering is also recommended for his skill on ‘large-scale matters’. At a more junior level ‘strong’ senior associate Scott Nightingale, who joined the team from Keoghs LLP, has a ‘good eye for detail’ and the ‘technically gifted’ solicitor Ian Ford is ‘very methodical on every point’. It has an impressive roster of clients including Hilton Hotels, JD Wetherspoon, Martson’s, British Cycling, UK Athletics as well as Merseyrail.

Leading individuals

Christopher Oldfield - Kennedys

Richard McKeown - Kennedys

Next generation lawyers

Ian Ford - Kennedys

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1


Kennedys   has a ‘strong and well-established team that has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally’. Key individuals include the ‘approachable’ Claire Bushen who provides ‘proactive yet succinct advice’ and the ‘commercial’ Jeremy Riley, who is described as ‘one of the most highly experienced professional liability lawyers in the UK’. Tom Pelham  is also ‘highly regarded’. The ‘commercial and knowledgeable’ Hannah Williams  joined from Hill Dickinson LLP . Thomas Handley  is ‘very impressive, very hardworking and has carved out quite a niche in the field of architects’. Both are senior associates. The ‘very responsive’ team is also active in defending claims relating to directors and officers insurance with an enviable client base including most of the market’s leading insurers. It also has extensive links with both the Northern and London based broking and underwriting community.

Leading individuals

Claire Bushen - Kennedys

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5


Kennedys, which merged with Berg in 2017, is instructed on a range of commercial real estate projects and is also active on for real estate finance, landlord and tenant and development work. It is advising Airport City Limited Partnership on a range of real estate, construction and development matters relating to the Airport City development at Manchester Airport, and is advising an international development company on the redevelopment of Bolton town centre. It is also advising an international development company on the site assembly and development agreements to facilitate the £60m construction and pre-sale of a hotel in Liverpool city centre. Bury Council also instructed the team on the procurement, and negotiation, of a development agreement for a 13-acre business park. Senior associate Darren Ashworth is recommended. Ruth McCarthy  recently joined JMW Solicitors LLP.

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