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Kennedys

5TH FLOOR, 35 NEWHALL STREET, BIRMINGHAM, B3 3PU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 214 8000
Fax:
Fax 0121 214 8001
DX:
13043 BIRMINGHAM
Web:
www.kennedyslaw.com
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West Midlands: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Kennedys

Kennedys' team advises defendants facing HSE and local authority prosecutions, and it is also known for conducting its own advocacy at inquests. It receives a steady flow of instructions in the aftermath of serious accidents (including those involving fatalities), under the leadership of practice head James Shrimpton. Another area of strength involves advising clients and their insurers on any associated civil claims for damages in the aftermath of accidents.

Practice head(s):James Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Naomi North

Testimonials

'The team in Birmingham is part of the Kennedys national power house health and safety team and attracts major clients and cases '.

'James Shrimpton is a mini magnet for the best cases'.

'James Shrimpton is a very good strategist, manages cases well and is good at  moving the case in the right direction'.

Work highlights

  • The team advised an insurance company when a professional driver struck and killed a 7-year-old girl crossing the road in front of his skip lorry during the course of his employment.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Kennedys

Kennedys' clients include global brands and leading insurance companies. It has a notable specialism in leisure industry claims, and is also strong in asbestos-related litigation, as well as catastrophic and fatal accident claims. The team's wide-ranging areas of sector expertise include construction, manufacturing, engineering and recruitment. Ian Davies is the firm’s product head of motor claims. Mark Walsh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Davies

Other key lawyers:Mark Walsh; James Shrimpton; Philippa Craven

Testimonials

'Provides clear non-formulaic advice with each case dealt with on its individual merits'.

'They are thought leaders in the field of disease litigation'.

'Is thorough, fair, transparent and pragmatic'.

'Ian Davies and Mark Walsh are a formidable team. Their knowledge and calm authority stands alone. They lead the team by example and are never afraid to pick up the phone to discuss more difficult issues'.

'Mark Walsh is a straight talking solicitor who constantly delivers excellent results on cases of the highest technicality and cost'.

'With Mark Walsh his knowledge and experience of large loss/catastrophic personal injury provides a level of security and trust when he is nominated to act on our claims knowing that we are robustly represented in the market'.

'James Shrimptonhas established a very competent team'.

' Philippa Craven gets people and what they require'.

'Philippa Craven has a wealth of experience, a good practical approach to cases and the skill to know when to negotiate and when to be firm'.

Key Clients

EON

Zenith Marque Insurance (formerly Chaucer)

Gallagher Bassett

ERS

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Alton Towers to manage the ongoing civil claims arising from a crash on the Smiler ride in June 2015, whereby 16 passengers suffered injury, including two who required amputation of lower limbs.
Next Generation Partners

Mark Walsh - Kennedys

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Kennedys

Kennedys has an impressive client roster, which includes many of the leading professional indemnity insurers. The group is adept at handling the full range of professional indemnity matters. It routinely handles complex and high-value claims for a variety of professions. The head of the team is Eamon Mooney, who has a particular focus on construction professionals’ claims, and also handles a significant number of claims against accountants and solicitors.

Practice head(s):Eamon Mooney

Other key lawyers:Patric Rouendaal

Testimonials

'Eamon Mooney is highly regarded'.

'Eamon Mooney is excellent and has a strong team supporting him'.

'Patric Rouendaal has developed particular skill and expertise in D&O work'.

Key Clients

Liberty

RSA

Channel Syndicate

AXA XL

Pen Underwriting

Sompo

W.R. Berley

Work highlights

  • Advising on an application by a high-profile individual in bankruptcy, against a number of parties, including the insured (a firm of solicitors that was previously instructed by the individual).
  • Acting on the defence of a number of multimillion-pound professional negligence claims against a firm of accountants, in a group action, arising from advice given to investors in the ‘Ingenious’ tax avoidance schemes.
  • Following the liquidation of a major UK construction company and the recent service of Part 20 proceedings, the team was instructed by that company’s professional indemnity insurers to take, prepare and lodge a holding defence, to advise upon coverage and to negotiate a path out of the ongoing litigation.
  • Acted for a company that managed terminal leasing contracts for financial institutions.
  • Advising on the ongoing handling of multi-million pound and multi-party litigation after the demerger of a family group of businesses - including allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and negligence against the accountants.
Leading individuals

Eamon Mooney - Kennedys

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