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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2


The 'very professional and competent' team at Kennedys is recognised for its regulatory defence work and is frequently instructed by individuals and organisations under investigation. It has particular expertise across numerous sectors, including the construction, manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, waste, and leisure industries, and also acts for fire and rescue clients and public authorities. London-based Daniel McShee heads up the practice, which includes senior associate Anna Naylor in Sheffield; she defends a range of clients in proceedings brought by the HSE and local authorities.

Practice head(s):Daniel McShee

Other key lawyers:Anna Naylor


'Kennedys' Sheffield-based team has extensive experience in the health and safety field and covers a huge area in dealing with contentious and advisory safety and environmental work.'

'Kennedys completely understands the complexity of the unique specialist field of health and safety.'

'Senior associate Anna Naylor and solicitor Rebecca Connell are approachable and seem to completely understand the anxiety and confusion one experiences when faced with a health and safety crisis.'

'Anna Naylor has great experience and is tireless in her determination to achieve a result for her client.'

'Anna Naylor is very well prepared and gives the client full confidence in her ability to find a way forward; she is patient, industrious and very hardworking.'

'Rebecca Connell is incredibly good at the details of a case and is a big plus to Kennedys' team.'

Key Clients

Mitie Group (Care and Custody Health)


2 Sisters Food Group Limited

Champneys Springs Limited

NFU Mutual

JD Wetherspoons


Cleveland Potash Limited

NFUM Risk Management Services

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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


Kennedys' Sheffield-based practice comprises of a variety of teams with specific competences. Disease, motor, child abuse and neglect and emergency services are a few of the practice areas covered for an ever-increasing client base of local authorities, public bodies and retailers, among others. The firm also has a strong focus on innovation and technology, with members of the personal injury department involved in innovative projects such as the development of an online litigation management system, KLAiM, and an incident investigation tool, @Scene. The hugely experienced Suzanne Liversidge  heads up the Sheffield office.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Liversidge

Other key lawyers:Niall Edwards; Cameron Clark


'Work is always done in an efficient and timely manner. Advice is clear and knowledge of the appropriate law is very good.'

'The strong core team is reliable and have a great deal of expertise in their subject areas. They are friendly but professional and believe in building relationships with clients so it becomes a real team effort.'

'The team has excellent strength in depth. There is always someone available who can assist. They take the time to get to know you and have the personal touch when investigating claims. They give sound commercial advice. They are very supportive with witnesses.'

'Angela Merad has considerable experience - she is very thorough in her investigations; she is very efficient and her advice is clear and concise.'

'Louise Bedford is very competent and I entirely trust her judgement.'

'Dan Couldrey has developed so much over the last couple of years and is real partner material. He is enthusiastic, extremely helpful and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients


Endsleigh Insurance Services

Mitie Group Plc

Veolia Environmental Services Ltd

Arcadia Group Ltd

Cleveland Potash Limited

Gallagher Bassett


Arla Foods

Riverstone Management Ltd

Nottinghamshire Tramlink

West Midlands Combined Authority


Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim against an independent body for assault and battery, loss of liberty, loss of business and psychiatric damage. At court, the claimant failed to beat Kennedy’s low Part 36 offer and was awarded only £6,000. The claimant was ordered to pay our costs.
  • The claimant made a claim for £850,000, claiming she had developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a result of having to lift heavy boxes of folders. Kennedys pleaded fundamental dishonesty.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Construction - ranked: tier 3


Sarah Maylor heads up the department at Kennedys, which has seen continued growth in its non-contentious offering -which advises both domestic and international developers and investors - alongside its traditional strength in construction disputes, which it regularly handles for contractor clients. Senior associate Helen Johnson is a key name for non-contentious work.

Practice head(s):Sarah Maylor

Other key lawyers:Helen Johnson


'Kennedys provides a first-class service, is hardworking, efficient, professional and always on the ball, and gives swift and accurate advice'.

'Helen Johnson is a pleasure to work with. She is very personable yet at the same time professional. She is very intelligent and competent, can think on her feet and provides on-the-spot advice. At the same time, she is thorough and always takes the time to make sure the client understands the legal jargon and its implications'.

'Helen Birchall is definitely one to watch. She is a dedicated lawyer who gives her clients 110%, no matter the time of day'.

Key Clients

Metrojet Limited

Paul Hastings LLP

Airport City Limited Partnership

Cruden Construction Limited


William Hare Limited

The Ambassador Theatre Group Limited (ATG)

Bolton County Council

LPC Living

Scarborough Group Limited


Owen Architects

Ashe Construction


Cringle Corporation

Cruden Property Services Ltd

Geraghty Taylor Architects

MDesign Limited

MJP Architects

Niall McLaughlin Architects

Sheppard Piling

Mascot Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Airport City Limited Partnership on all construction issues relating to Airport City including the documentation for two offices and a car park and handling issues arising from the insolvency of Carillion.
  • Assisting Bolton County Council with the purchase of Crompton Place Shopping Centre as part of the council's regeneration project.
  • Acting for Metrojet Limited on the design and construction of a new aircraft hanger facility at Clark International Airport in the Philippines.
  • Assisting WASPS Holdings Ltd with the development of a new training ground for Wasps rugby team in Coventry.
  • Acting for three separate offshore development companies in a series of adjudications relating to the discolouration of joinery items at the properties and the scope of remedial works required.

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