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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Kevin Kennedy

Work 0117 307 6934
Burges Salmon LLP

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Dispute resolution – food, farming and land and contentious trust and probate sectors.


Partner advising on private client/trust and agricultural disputes.  Recent cases include Sofer v Swiss Independent Trustees (breach of trust claim), James v James (proprietary estoppel, will capacity), Owen v Harris (nature of tenancy), McDonald v Rose (proprietary estoppel and family company share allotment), Earl of Plymouth v Rees (agricultural tenancy interpretation and injunction) and Abberley v Abberley (binding nature of a settlement agreement),  Other cases involve partnerships, trusts and agricultural property.  Joint head of the firm’s Contentious Trusts and Probate Practice.


Trained at Burges Salmon, qualified 1998, solicitor 1998-2005; partner Clarke Willmott 2005-11; partner Burges Salmon 2011 onwards.


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists, Agricultural Law Association


Attended Southend High School for Boys; Nottingham University (Politics); Nottingham Law School.


Sports and music.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP has one of the largest private wealth teams in the South West region and provides a high level of support to its very wealthy clients. It has a strong client base of British landed estates, many of whom have been with the firm for generations. It is increasingly acting for the international super-rich and for clients who have made their fortunes in the City and have invested in landed estates. It has also witnessed increased instructions from Asia, the Middle East, Australia and a number of European countries. Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs head the team.

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South West: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Kevin Kennedy - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Burges Salmon LLP combines expertise in trusts and personal tax litigation with experience in pensions litigation. The practice advises on private wealth disputes with pension-related aspects, contentious estoppel arrangements, disputes between trustees and contentious questions concerning inheritance and succession planning. The client base of joint practice heads Kevin Kennedy and Justin Briggs includes high-net-worth individuals and owners of landed estates, including traditional farming families as well as members of the aristocracy and the landed gentry.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

    - Burges Salmon LLP

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