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Howard Kennedy LLP

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford; Eric Gummers; Julian Hindmarsh; Nicky Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Aspinal of London


Blue Inc



David Clulow‎




Honey Birdette

La Perla


Morphe Cosmetics


NARS Cosmetics

Oliver Peoples

Orla Kiely





Sunglass Hut

Sushi Shop

The Kooples

The Row

Vacheron Constantin

WE Fashion

Art and cultural property Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP’s expertise covers all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from drafting and negotiating agreements, to litigation and the resolution of disputes. Clients include museums and public collections, galleries and dealers as well as public art organisations, charities/foundations and collectors. It also receives a steady flow of instructions from artists and their estates, photographers, photo libraries and ultra-net-worth individuals. In addition the skilled team is adept at advising on looted art and cultural property as well as all aspects of intellectual property rights. It frequently provides legal opinions to national entities and their trustees on matters as diverse as outraging public decency, to obscenity and indecency. Mark Stephens and Daniel McClean are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens; Daniel McClean


‘There is a synergy between all members of the team. Everyone knows what is going on and that means that in the absence of the first line of contact there are others who can pick up when needed’.

Key clients

The Tate

Design Artists Copyright Society

Contemporary Arts Society

Sir Peter Blake

Mark Wallinger

Pilar Corrias Gallery

Gavin Turk

Lisson Gallery

Sprueth Magers Gallery

Art Basel

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP undertakes a wide scope of precedent-setting international human rights work, concentrating on large and often high-profile matters pertaining to women's rights and sexual misconduct, and freedom of expression and privacy, and on representing victims of torture. Mark Stephens CBE specialises in complex litigation and has experience in media law. Elizabeth Morley is recommended for her blend of expertise in media and human rights matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Morley; Antonia Torr; John Martyn; Julia Wookey; David Hooper

Key clients

Human Rights Watch

Global Witness

Index on Censorship

Media Legal Defence Initiative

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Human Dignity Trust

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford; Eric Gummers; Julian Hindmarsh; Ed John

Key clients

Action Stadium UK



JKS Restaurants

The Institute of Competitive Socialising




Granger & Co


Liberty Cheesesteak Company Limited (trading as Passyunk Avenue)


Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on matters including regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, Bribery Act audits, the preparation of bribery policies and corporate governance, internal investigations, proceeds of crime, whistleblowing and self-reporting. Other areas of expertise include criminal cartel activity and market abuse. The firm represents clients caught up in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS, NCA, DOJ and FBI. Head of team Ian Ryan is experienced in financial crime, regulatory work and general crime. Ben Ticehurst joined as senior associate from Rahman Ravelli. Senior associate Kyle Phillips left the firm for Fieldfisher.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Ben Ticehurst; John Martyn; Kevin Robinson

Key clients

Achim Kraemer

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP has longstanding sector specific strengths in hotels, leisure, restaurants and retail, and continues to count some of its biggest clients within these spaces. Given the calibre of clients represented, large proportions of its work are cross-border, with the team coordinating activities from its sole office in London. Across its key sectors, clients include owner-managed businesses, large portfolios and established high street brands, with increasingly prevalent private equity components. Ashley Reeback heads the corporate department, while Gillian White leads the M&A team. New hire James Wilson, from HFW, leads the dedicated AIM team.

Practice head(s):

Gillian White; Ashley Reeback

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pandora Jewellery UK Limited

Alan Yau (Wagamama)

Base Childrenswear Limited

Galliard Homes

Shareholders of Aston Barclay

Cain International


Mirada plc

Panther Securities Limited

Automated Systems Group Limited

Old Truman Brewery


Capital on Tap



Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

The media and entertainment practice at Howard Kennedy LLP is instructed by individuals and corporate clients on publishing, theatre, film, TV, music, advertising, PR, marketing, gaming and social media instructions. It offers contentious and non-contentious expertise in these areas and is adept at providing advice across corporate, financing, IP, regulatory compliance, employment, international broadcasting, online content and global rights protection matters. The team's core strength is in publishing work, where it handles a range of issues such as negotiating and preparing contracts, freedom of information, copyright and dispute resolution matters for magazines, newspapers, book publishers and literary agents. Theatre instructions are also a key focus, where it handles corporate, commercial, employment, real estate and charity issues for theatre clients. Elsewhere, major broadcasters instruct the team on regulatory and licensing issues. Mark Stephens CBE is an expert in international comparative media law and regulation, and he acts for corporates and individuals in high-profile domestic and international disputes. Senior associate Elizabeth Morley handles disputes involving defamation, reputation management, privacy, data protection and freedom of speech.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE; Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

David Hooper


The team has in-depth knowledge of the sector.

Key clients

Media outlets in the North America including: Washington Post, CNN, Thomson Reuters, New York Times, Associated Press, BuzzFeed, Condé Nast, CBS, Simon & Schuster, Christian Science, New Yorker and HBO Daily Beast

Media outlets in the UK including Express Newspapers

Publishers including: Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

Ingenious (the largest independent investor in the UK creative economy)

Greene Light Stage

Gate Ventures


Oneworld Publications


Residential property Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP's residential property team has particular strength advising high-profile high-net-worth clients on property transactions in and around central London, covering their full range of legal needs. Outside of this core area the group also advises developers on extremely high value matters, specifically in relation to facility arrangements and joint ventures. Practice head Pervaze Ahmed is notable for his relationships with investors in the Middle East and South East Asia and his wealth of expertise acting for buyers or sellers of prime and super-prime properties in London, work which often necessitates working with offshore lending structures.

Practice head(s):

Pervaze Ahmed

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

The private wealth disputes practice at Howard Kennedy LLP focuses primarily on trust and estate disputes such as breach of trust claims and trustee/beneficiary disputes. The team works extensively with high-net-worth, entrepreneurial and creative sector clients. A growing proportion of the team’s work relates to cross-border disputes. Head of team Emily Mailer regularly handles claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, Public Trustee v Cooper applications as well as bringing and defending will validity actions and claims by or against beneficiaries, executors and trustees. Naomi O’Higgins  also has significant experience of acting in disputes relating to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and high value Court of Protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Emily Mailer

Other key lawyers:

Naomi O’Higgins


Emily Mailer is excellent’.

Naomi O’Higgins is a very safe pair of hands‘.

Crime: general Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP represents high-profile clients, high-net-worth individuals, media clients, and other professionals in cases of historic sexual offences, harassment, fraud and blackmail, among other areas. Ian Ryan leads the practice. Senior associate John Martyn is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Partnership Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP's practice spans partnerships and LLPs, with expertise in formation, employment matters, financial regulation, business recovery and reconstruction. The group also handles disputes for LLPs and partnerships, as well as their individual members and partners. The team is jointly headed by partnership formation and structure specialist Robert Craig and Jane Amphlett, whose main focuses are strategic partner appointments, departures, remuneration structures and the enforcement and defence of restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):

Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

Key clients

TCI Management Services LLP (The Children’s Investment Fund)

TCI Advisory Services LLP

TCI Fund Services LLP

Triplepoint LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP advises wealthy clients, their families and advisers on their tax and estate planning matters. Clients include entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, authors as well as musicians and members of foreign royalty. Other clients include charities and sport professionals in the UK and overseas. The team also benefits from its wider private wealth offering, as it is well-placed to advise its clients on other matters such as family, immigration and issues affecting cultural property, in addition to reputational management issues. Head of team Liz PalmerJohn Annetts and Simon Malkiel are all dual-qualified solicitors and chartered tax advisers.

Practice head(s):

Liz Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Property litigation Tier 3

Working in close co-operation with the firm's real estate practice, Howard Kennedy LLP's 'very good' property litigation team is well equipped to guide clients through various contentious commercial and residential property matters, including insolvency and development-related issues, leasehold enfranchisement, disputes over service charges and vacant possession actions. Clients include landlords, tenants, developers and investors. The team is led by Amanda McNeil and includes 'highly experienced' consultant and leasehold dispute expert Michele Freyne as well as hotel and leisure sector specialist Ed John, who joined the firm from Shoosmiths LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Michele Freyne; Ed John; Simon Taylor

Key clients

Ballymore Properties

Smith & Williamson




Scotch & Soda

Prime Estate Investments

Pitney Bowes


Battersea Power Station Development Company

Reputation management Tier 3

Defamation and privacy issues are central to the internationally-focused media reputation management team at Howard Kennedy LLP. The firm has a particular strength in new media, advising on matters related to imposter accounts, defamatory content and publication of confidential information on social media. Practice head Mark Stephens CBE regularly handles cases for corporations and consults over libel reform both by policy makers and media companies. Associate to watch Elizabeth Morley predominantly acts for defendants and also provides media and publishing agents with pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:


Elizabeth Morley provides incredible client service.

Key clients

Democratic Press S.A.

Vernon Unsworth

Jasvinder Sanghera

Family Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP works with a variety of high-net-worth clients including entrepreneurs, City workers and sports and media personalities. Under the leadership of Lois Langton the team is adept at providing the full range of family services with particular strength in nuptial agreements. The team has advised on a number of high-level pre- and post-nuptial agreements where there have been assets of up to £100m and complex multi-jurisdictional issues. In addition Langton has considerable expertise in surrogacy matters and alternative family structures. Alan Kaufman is a collaborative lawyer and mediator who specialises in heavyweight family law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton

Other key lawyers:

Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP has a great reputation for advising clients in the entertainment and healthcare sectors who suffer serious injuries. Complex workplace stress cases are a key strength of the practice, which is led by Elizabeth Smith, whose expertise also covers upper limb disorder claims. Joel Leigh has a track record of assisting with a number of fatal accident cases at work, as well as sports injuries and claims arising from severe road traffic accidents and public liability issues. The team is particularly noted for its ability to handle complex quantum matters revolving around loss of earnings.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Royal College of Nursing

Society of Radiographers

Planning Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP’s planning and environment team advises a modest roster of private sector clients on complex redevelopment projects, handling all relevant issues including CPO applications, highway orders, section 106 agreements, affordable housing considerations, and environmental planning compliance. Assisting with the planning considerations of commercial real estate is another field of expertise, which includes complex due diligence instructions and strategic risk mitigation advice. Recent contentious work involved planning permission refusal objections and handling breach of planning enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):

Anita Kasseean

Key clients


Galliard Homes Limited


McGrath Bros Waste Control (Hackney) Limited

Dar Plus

City and Docklands Property Group

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP's energy team regularly represents clients including utilities, project developers, large industrial consumers, property developers, funders, venture capital trusts, sponsors and energy services companies on transactions both within the UK and internationally. The group has a special focus on distributed energy transactions and property and energy projects. Anita Kasseean recently joined the firm as head of planning and environment from Heathrow Airport, while international arbitration and litigation expert Duncan Bagshaw joined from Stephenson Harwood .

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cohen

Key clients

Eggborough PowerLimited

National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited

Galliard Homes

Gresham House New Energy (previously Hazel Capital)


Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Berkeley Homes

City & Docklands


Swan Housing Association

F3 Group

Coronation Power Ltd

Battersea Power Station Development Company Limited

Professional discipline Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP is best known for advising solicitors and solicitor firms on SRA investigations and prosecutions, and it is a go-to firm for partners from Magic Circle firms, senior accountants and experienced barristers who are threatened with disciplinary proceedings. Ian Ryan is a business crime and regulatory specialist and Joel Leigh is particularly noted for defence work involving accountants, barristers, doctors, solicitors and surveyors; John Martyn is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP provides national and international expertise in the media, entertainment, technology, retail, leisure and real estate sectors. Robert Lands leads the team and has substantial experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, with a particular focus on the technology and creative industries.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Key clients


The Tate

Everyman Cinema

Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe Limited)

Pandora Jewellery

Bissel Homecare Inc

Pizza Hut  (Yum! III (UK) Ltd trading as Pizza Hut)

Antler Limited

Luxottica Retail UK Ltd (Sunglass Hut)


15 Gifts


Commercial litigation Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP advises sovereign governments, members of royal families, corporations, owner-managed businesses and wealthy individuals on international contractual and commodities disputes, financial services matters, civil fraud, professional negligence, IP and insolvency disputes. Simon Taylor is dispute resolution head. Duncan Bagshaw, who has particular disputes experience involving the energy sector and Africa, joined from Stephenson Harwood, while Dominic Offord, who has acted in large-scale cross-border insolvency and fraud cases, was hired from Browne Jacobson LLP, taking over as commercial litigation head from Louise Bennett. Also key to the team are Fiona Hinds and legal director Ayesha Salim.

Practice head(s):

Simon Taylor; Dominic Offord

Key clients

HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

Shorts International

Peterhouse Corporate Finance

Opus Art

Firstwood (UK)

Jeeves Group Liechtenstein

MySale Group

Brighton Investments


Commercial property: development Tier 5

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Julian Hindmarsh; Kate Woodgate; Mark Johnstone

Other key lawyers:

Charles Maxwell; Graham Kaye; Jenny Farrington

Key clients

Aldermore Bank plc


CJ O’Shea and Company

Galliard Homes

Hermes Alternative Investments


London Green

LRC Group

Metro Bank plc

Octopus Property

Redington Capital

The Club Company

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on various civil fraud matters including multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Areas of expertise include offshore trusts, business crime, regulatory issues, bribery, corruption, and freezing injunctions and search orders. The team also acts in cases of contentious insolvency, defence of directors' disqualification proceedings, and misfeasance and breach of duties claims. Client come from a range of sectors, including financial services and property. Louise Bennett heads the team and focuses on civil fraud, asset recovery and corporate litigation. Dominic Offord joined the firm from Browne Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Louise Bennett

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Offord; Joel Leigh; Tim Bignell; Craig Emden; Fiona Hinds; Julia Wookey; James Wingfield

Key clients

Mulugeta Guadie Mengiste

CJ Murfitt Ltd

Richard (Ritchie) Blackmore

Opus Art Limited

David Rubin and Partners

Ed Overbeck

Sport Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP's sports team specialises in representing HNW clients in the sector in complex disputes, spanning employment, fraud, divorce proceedings, contractual law and licensing. The team also advises clients on their commercial and financial endeavours, ranging from image rights contracts to personal business matters such as property investments. Lois Langton handles relationship management and financial remedy work. Litigation partner Fiona Hinds represents athletes and sports businesses in disputes of a regulatory or commercial nature.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton; Fiona Hinds

Employment: employers Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including director and shareholder disputes, sensitive governance issues, workforce reorganisations, collective bargaining as well as employment tribunal proceedings. The department is also adept at assisting clients with grievance and disciplinary matters, offering advice on discrimination prevention, as well as investigations into harassment and whistle-blowing allegations. Jane Amphlett heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:

Sam Murray-Hinde

Intellectual property Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP's department, which is recognised for its representation of clients in the media and entertainment and creative arts industries, handles a range of trade mark and copyright matters including brand management work, disputes and licensing issues. Robert Lands heads up the practice and assists clients in the technology and creative industries. Other names to note include Mark Stephens for media and regulatory work, defamation, privacy and data protection advice; Jonathan Sellors for IT, software and media regulatory work, and Daniel McClean, who frequently assists artists and photographers with IP agreements and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Key clients

Pandora Jewellery

Strada Italian Restaurants

Condé Nast International Limited

Yolana and AYU London Limited

Association of Illustrators


The Tate

ePlus Technology Inc. (Nasdaq listed IT company)

Micad Systems (UK) Limited

Royal Geographical Society

Property finance Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP is known for the strength of its lender-side practice, although the team also acts for major developers and real estate investors on the borrower side. It is particularly strong in development finance, across both the residential and commercial sectors, but also handles senior and mezzanine lending and bridge finance. Practice head Daniel Fireman regularly advises new entrants to the secured lending market, while the 'brilliant' Steve Clinning is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Fireman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


Octopus Property

Aldermore Bank

Rothschild & Co

United Trust Bank

Ballymore Group

Octane Capital

Metro Bank

Iron Bridge Finance


Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Limited


Howard Kennedy is a London based law firm specialising in providing straightforward advice to businesses and individuals on domestic and international matters. Many of their clients are entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises who are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. It is one of only a few London based firms with a large private wealth offering alongside significant business law capability. The firm also advises major corporates on particular specialist legal matters who find their straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.


Corporate & Commercial: M&A, capital markets with a particular focus on venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes, AIM, corporate real estate, intellectual property, commercial contracts, business advisory and tax, business recovery and reconstruction, financial regulation and international banking and finance.

Dispute Resolution: General commercial litigation, real estate dispute resolution, media litigation, international arbitration and mediation, defamation and human rights, business crime and regulatory and personal injury.

Employment and Immigration: Board level advice, discrimination and harassment, confidentiality and business protection, disciplinary and grievance issues, international workforce issues, TUPE, Tribunal and High Court claims, redundancy and reorganisation programmes, employment contract preparation, whistleblowing and policy guidance. Immigration advice includes sponsor licences, compliance audits and ‘right to work’ checks, ‘right to rent’ checks, individual applications from within the UK, entry clearance applications and representation before the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.

Finance:  Asset based financing, asset finance, banking, capital markets, lending and leveraged finance, financial institutions lending, hotel finance, Islamic finance, real estate finance, financial regulation, restructuring and insolvency.

Private Client and Family: International wealth structuring, inheritance tax planning, establishing UK and offshore trusts, estate administration, trust and estate disputes, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection work. Family law advice includes separation, divorce, nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements and children matters including relocation, surrogacy and co-parenting agreements.

Real Estate: Construction, planning, commercial occupation, development, real estate finance, real estate investment, residential development sales, residential acquisition and disposals, leasehold enfranchisement, real estate & planning disputes, PRS, social housing and student accommodation.


Howard Kennedy’s focus reflects their sector expertise and other specialist offerings. This client-centric approach offers them clear benefits in encouraging closer co-operation between different legal teams and departments, and clear market positioning. The firm has significant experience in the retail and leisure, private wealth and real estate sectors. This enables the firm to provide innovative, straightforward advice to meet its client’s needs.


Howard Kennedy’s international capabilities include EMEA, the US/Canada, South America and Asia Pacific. The firm delivers legal solutions via its own regional experts based from its London headquarters, or through relationships with preferred local providers.

The firm is a member of Meritas and Lawyers Associated Worldwide (L.A.W). These networks along with Howard Kennedy’s own regional focus groups give the firm independent reach and access to insight and expertise to benefit clients wherever they need advice and support.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Craig Emden
Chief Operating Officer Paul Roberts
Our sectors:
Energy Jonathan Cohen
Investment Funds Keith Lassman
Private Wealth Liz Palmer
Real Estate James Stewart
Retail and Leisure Adam Walford
Sport Fiona Hinds
Sport Lois Langton
Our practice areas:
Arts & Cultural Property Mark Stephens, CBE
Banking Marcus Jamson
Business Advisory Vernon Dennis
Business Crime & Regulatory Ian Ryan
Capital Markets Keith Lassman
Commercial Investment Andrew Collins
Commercial & IP Robert Lands
Commercial Dispute Resolution Dominic Offord
Construction James Stewart
Corporate Ashley Reeback
Defamation Mark Stephens, CBE
Dispute Resolution Simon Taylor
Employment Jane Amphlett
Family & Matrimonial Lois Langton
Immigration Antonia Torr
International Howard Goulden
Islamic Finance Nada Jarnaz
Media & Entertainment Mark Stephens
Media Litigation Mark Stephens, CBE
M&A Gillian White
Personal injury Elizabeth Smith
Planning Anita Kasseean
Private Client Liz Palmer
Real Estate Julian Hindmarsh
Real Estate Dispute Resolution Amanda McNeil
Real Estate Finance Daniel Fireman
Residential Property Pervaze Ahmed
Tax Leigh Sayliss
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 Gillian White  photo Gillian White
 James Wilson  photo James Wilson
 Kate Woodgate  photo Kate Woodgate
Number of UK partners : 50
Number of other UK fee-earners : 209
Total headcount : 339
Meritas Law Firms Worldwide
Lawyers Associated Worldwide


At Howard Kennedy we aim to live by our values Talk Straight | Think Smart | Be Yourself. These values are at the core of all we do and encourage an open and honest working environment.

Respect and inclusion in the workplace are about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual. It’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. We strive to nurture an inclusive culture where people can be who they are when they come to work.

There are various initiatives that take place to ensure we’re as diverse and inclusive as possible which means we’re getting diversity of thought through everything we do. The firm has a dedicated committee whose aim is to raise awareness of certain campaigns and underrepresented groups. There are also a number of new initiatives planned. This includes a reverse mentoring programme, access to development centres, and a learning curriculum for everyone across the firm. We are working to equip people with the tools they need to succeed. We are investing in practices that will also make life easier for everybody, including supporting agile working, providing a parental leave portal, and coaching for those taking maternity leave.


We are committed to promoting and contributing to access to justice through our pro bono programme. Our lawyers use their passion to make a real impact on the community surrounding our office and beyond.

Started by two Howard Kennedy trainees, our pro bono programme is designed and driven by our lawyers. Our lawyers – from paralegal to partner – can develop their legal skills and diversify their experience across a range of matters, while also giving back to the community. We support two organisations with access to the expertise of our lawyers to get them the help they need.

We support Toynbee Hall with their free legal advice clinic advising individuals on their rights. We provide them with general legal advice including civil liberties, public law, civil litigation, and debt advice.

We also work with LawWorks who connects us with charities and not-for-profit organisations without the funds for legal advice. We help them to expand and continue their services to the community and understand a range of issues facing them from property law matters to dispute resolution.

The overarching principle for all of our pro bono cases is that we must only take on a case if we can do the work to the same high standard that we give our fee paying clients.


Our charity initiatives centre around our people working hard to support a cause we care about through fundraising and volunteering. We believe we can make the greatest impact by focusing on one key charity at a time. We are currently working with Centrepoint which was chosen by our people to help beat youth homelessness in the UK.

From taking part in Centrepoint’s annual Sleepout, to monthly raffles to quiz nights and running marathons, there is no end to the different ways that we fundraise. We also recognise the importance of helping on a practical level where we can. Every person at Howard Kennedy is given a day each year to use to volunteer their time towards a charitable cause.

In 2018 we are proud to say we raised over £50,000 which will all go towards supporting Centrepoint’s fantastic work.

CLIENT: Scott Roberts
TESTIMONIAL: Thanks for the “over the top” effort and quality work product. You were a great partner on this project and we couldn’t have gotten to signing without you and your team.

CLIENT: David Hirschfield
TESTIMONIAL: Howard Kennedy have provided us with a first class legal service for over 25 years. We view Howard Kennedy as not just our lawyers but as an extension of our businsess as our trusted partners and advisors

CLIENT: Paul Bate
TESTIMONIAL: Having Howard Kennedy as a true business partner ensures the continued success of Pandora. Working with the Howard Kennedy teams across a wide range of disciplines means that we truly partner with them to deliver great results.

TESTIMONIAL: We changed our legal services provider to Howard Kennedy after our first couple of sites and have been delighted with their approach and service. We’ve grown rapidly over the last 12 months and they’ve been right beside us on property acquisitions, intellectual property and branding matters as well as employment. They have been critical in helping to make our expansion possible.

COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual
TESTIMONIAL: On behalf of my siblings, their families and myself, I should like to express our very sincerest thanks to you for you have done for us, helping us overcome all the challenges and obstacles. It has been a pleasure to work with you and learn from your experience and expertise to overcome what at times seemed to be insurmountable obstacles.

CLIENT: Simon Bonney
TESTIMONIAL: Very considered and strategic approach, recognising how to balance legal advice against the commercial pressures of an assignment. Howard Kennedy were sensitive to the nature of the parties by whom they were instructed and interacting with, and tailored their approach accordingly to ensure that achieved the best results.

The Lex 100 Verdict

'A firm on the up with expanding departments', Howard Kennedy has an 'exceptional real estate practice' and interesting sector focuses in energy, sports and entrepreneurs, among others. Several trainees had heard of the firm's 'friendly and approachable reputation', something which was confirmed by attending open days and interviews. There is a clear 'emphasis on expressing your personality, rather than conforming to being a particular type of lawyer', which is doubly encouraging considering that the people at Howard Kennedy are all 'genuinely lovely, helpful, understanding and patient'. The small trainee intake 'work very closely with supervisors' who 'look out for your wellbeing, as well as your training'. Although there are 'pockets of good socialising', generally 'departments are quite siloed' and recruits feel that this could be improved with the introduction of an onsite canteen to facilitate 'more day-to-day interaction among teams'. Another concern is that the firm 'does not offer too many NQ positions other than in real estate'. Best moments included 'taking a rock star to have their statutory declaration signed' and 'acting on the administration of HMV – I was assigned a great deal of responsibility'. Perhaps unsurprisingly, trainees did not enjoy moving seats, 'quieter days where it gets a bit frustrating not having much to do' nor 'having a client call me every half hour to ask why a deal had not completed'. For a firm which is 'big enough that the matters dealt with relate to large corporates and high-profile individuals but small enough that you are given high-quality work and plenty of face-to-face time with partners', research Howard Kennedy.