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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 5


Kennedys is particularly well-known for its expertise in insurance-related disputes and is increasingly handling instructions involving fraud, often with a cross-border element. Recent highlights include defending Allied Irish Bank (AIB) in interest rate hedging product claims, and is acting for a claimant in a high-value fraud case. Consultant Anne Kershaw is ‘very highly regarded’.

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North West: Insurance

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

Kennedys (Manchester)

Kennedys has ‘one of the pre-eminent teams in the region’, which is praised for its ‘clear understanding of the most complex cases’. Head of department Richard McKeown has ‘great commercial vision and is tactically astute’. He is ably assisted by senior associates Ian Ford, who is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ and is praised for his ‘very clear advice’; and Katherine Totty, who is ‘hugely experienced’. The practice recruited Gordon Davidson, who specialises in liability claims and is described as a ‘legal colossus who adds considerably to the team’. It also recruited Paula Garvey, who is experienced in claims in the transport, manufacturing, hospitality and care sectors. Both Davidson and Garvey joined from Hill Dickinson LLP. It has an impressive roster of clients such as Hilton Hotels, JD Weatherspoon and Merseyrail in addition to acting for a number of market leading insurers.

Leading individuals

Richard McKeown - Kennedys

Next generation lawyers

Ian Ford - Kennedys

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Kennedys (Manchester)

Kennedys provides ‘solid, reliable and swift advice, and is very good when a dispute involves an overseas element or proceedings in another jurisdiction as it can call upon its extensive office network’. Jeremy Riley, who heads the professional liability and financial institutions group, is ‘extremely knowledgeable and also exceptionally client-focused’. The ‘bright, astute and very reassuring’ Claire Bushen has a particular focus on accountants, auditors, insurance brokers, estate agents and solicitors and is ‘totally committed to a case’. Tom Pelham ‘really understands our business and works with us to deliver a favourable outcome’; he is recommended for his work in defending solicitors and accountants in high-value professional negligence claims. The team is also active in defending claims relating to directors and officers insurance, with an enviable client base including many of the market’s leading insurers. It also has extensive links with both the Northern and London broking and underwriting community.

Leading individuals

Claire Bushen - Kennedys

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