Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Howard Kennedy LLP
NO.1 LONDON BRIDGE
LONDON
SE1 9BG
England

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 2

Led by Mark Stephens the skilled team at Howard Kennedy LLP advises museums, galleries, dealers and public art organisations on a vast array of issues relating to the resolution of disputes and the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property. It also advises many charities, artists and estates as well as photographers, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a whole host of issues. Daniel McClean is recommended; Alex Watt has an eclectic mix of clients including Middle Eastern art galleries and American art dealers; Elizabeth Morley is well-regarded; and Robert Lands has a particular focus on the visual arts sector.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Simon C Dickinson Ltd

Delahunty Ltd trading as Delahunty Fine Art

Howard Field

Simon C Dickinson Ltd

L A Louver

Work highlights

  • Defending London art dealers Simon C Dickinson Ltd in a claim by the trustees of the Wemyss Heirlooms Trust, concerning the attribution of a painting described on its sale in 2014 as by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin and Studio.
  • Acting for the Los Angeles art gallery LA Louver in a claim against the directors of Blain Southern Limited; a premier art gallery that fell into administration in January 2020.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘stellar practice that is going from strength to strength’ advising wealthy clients on complex, high-value and high-profile disputes. It handles a multitude of multi-jurisdictional litigation and many aspects of the team’s work relate to cross-border disputes, with a large proportion of the work including elements of international succession, offshore assets and trusts. Head of department is Naomi O’Higgins who ‘is the iron hand in the kid glove, immensely pleasant to deal with but an absolute terrier too’. Emily Mailer receives many plaudits. The practice added Monika Byrska to its ranks from Thomson Snell & Passmore – an ‘excellent addition to the team’. Overall it is praised for providing a ‘Rolls- Royce service’ to clients.

Practice head(s):

Naomi O’Higgins

Other key lawyers:

Emily Mailer; Monika Byrska; Brendan Udokoro

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy has a very strong contentious trusts and estates team, with experience across the wide range of disputes that this encompasses. It also has the particular benefit of being supported by an excellent private client team, that is able to provide invaluable assistance with ensuring that the tax and other technical aspects of any dispute are addressed’.

‘Naomi O’Higgins is a hugely experienced litigator. She is a strong team leader and sets by example in the effort she gives each and every case. She is incredibly pleasant to work with and very tough to be against’.

‘Monika Byrska is a fantastic hire. She is one of the best estates and trusts litigators practicing today. Monika combines a deep knowledge of estates and trusts litigation and administration with thorough forensic analysis, excellent judgment and devastating negotiating prowess’.

‘Naomi O’Higgings has a long established and well earned reputation as a formidable estates and trusts litigator’.

‘Partner Emily Mailer is very experienced and knowledgeable, has a great rapport with clients. Partner Naomi O’Higgins is extremely tenacious and determined on behalf of her clients’‘.

‘The team has grown recently with the addition of Monika Byrska which reflects its expanding position in the market place’.

‘Howard Kennedy has an outstanding international reach, with clients from all over the world. The Contentious Trusts team has recruited well in the past few years and has some star players. Emily Mailer remains a market leader. Always calm under pressure and with a commercial sense for the deal, she gets clients’ trust and the respect of her opponents. Nothing is beyond her ability’.

‘Monika Byrska was a great hire. She is trilingual and brings an international view to the team for its increasingly large overseas client base’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Liz Palmer  leads a ‘very experienced’ team at Howard Kennedy LLP that advises wealthy families, entrepreneurs, property owners and artists/performers about how to manage family wealth across the generations. Simon Malkiel  heads the trusts, tax and estate planning team.  John Annetts  is another key member of the group who heads the administration of estates team. It has been adding to the ranks at a senior level too with the addition of Melissa Doorman who provides family governance advice to families and their businesses. Reshmi Manekporia is particularly recognised for her experience in Sharia-based wealth planning.

Practice head(s):

Liz Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Simon Malkiel; John Annetts; Michael Lewis; Reshmi Manekporia; Melissa Doorman

Testimonials

‘The team has a good network of contacts across the globe which makes multi-jurisdictional tax planning more efficient. We have been working with Liz Palmer for many years. She is very knowledgeable about UK, offshore trust structures and is up to date with all the regulatory and legal changes affecting tax planning. The client always comes first with Liz, she always delivers good advice in a timely way’.

‘A very experienced team with an amazing list of clients. Nothing they can’t do. Simon Malkiel – Very technically able and a creative thinker. John Annetts – A wealth of experience and always unflappable’.

‘Howard Kennedy is approachable and has practical lawyers. Their communication skills are excellent and their response times impressive. Liz Palmer is a great private client lawyer: practical, approachable, responsive and attuned to a client’s needs’.

‘We have worked with this team for many years. We appreciate the stability of the team (i.e. working with the same people for more than a decade, rather than being a team where members come and go every few years), its depth of knowledge and experience on combined US/UK matters and their “house style” of providing thorough work without “overdoing” the work’.

‘Michael Lewis has so many years of experience, which he combines with sage wisdom and good humour to make an excellent team leader on a number of our mutual clients. I am surprised he is not honoured for his long service as a really top notch international private client lawyer publicly, perhaps because like me he spends his time doing client work rather than on public appearances/publications’.

‘Liz Palmer is the next generation of excellent, technical, common sense advice and on top is a truly lovely person. Simon Malkiel is also extremely good on complex technical matters‘.

‘Excellent, deep and thorough knowledge of their practice area. Simon Malkiel is my go-to lawyer on anything trusts and IHT-related. Responsive, client-friendly, on top of the legislation and practice’.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

With its combination of media and human rights expertise, the team at Howard Kennedy LLP is a market leading adviser on cases concerning the balance between free speech and privacy, both domestically and globally; this is a core area of focus for ‘brilliant‘ Elizabeth Morley. Another area of expertise involves working with major corporates to oversee their compliance and non-financial reporting assurance in relation to business and human rights. Practice head Mark Stephens CBE regularly represents companies, individuals, and government organisations, and Nobel prize-nominated NGOs in claims relating to resource extraction, climate and environment and child labour, and is able to provide ‘bold advice where needed‘.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy have great strength in depth, they fight hard for the clients and they are able to manage complex and fast moving litigation.’

‘At the partner level, Howard Kennedy boasts a number of highly capable lawyers who are equally as adept at dealing with legal issues as their clients’ broader strategic goals.’

‘The partners are supported by hard working and reliable associates.’

‘Mark Stephens: an extremely experienced lawyer who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves, and who gives bold advice where needed. Mark’s committment to his clients is unsurpassed.’

‘Elizabeth Morley: delightful and brilliant: She is a pleasure to work with and has added real value on every case on which I have worked with her. She gets clients on side and manages them throughout litigation, and she is excellent at managing a claim.’

‘Unique features are care for the client and a commitment do ensure that justice is done.’

‘Efficiency of service. Good communication between members of the legal team.’

‘Empathy with the client and care taken by senior partner Mark Stephens in supervising the work of junior colleagues.’

Key clients

The family of Christopher Allen

Charlotte Charles & Tim Dunn

Melanie Newman

Work highlights

  • Represented Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, parents of the late Harry Dunn, in the bringing of an application for judicial review against the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and the Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police.
  • Representing freelance investigative journalist Melanie Newman, on a pro bono basis, in her application to seek access to documents on the court file in a case in the Family Division relating to an adoption.
  • Representing the family of Christopher Allen, a journalist killed whilst reporting from South Sudan in 2017, whose death has never been officially investigated.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

'Media heavyweight' Mark Stephens co-heads the broad media & entertainment practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, where he focuses his expertise on international and regulatory matters. Robert Lands leads alongside Stephens and is a specialist on the intersection of IP and data protection as they pertain to the creative industries. The firm's advertising offering is spearheaded by Alex Watt who advises companies on licensing, franchising, publishing, and various forms of gaming. On the contentious side, particularly for her work on matters pertaining to reputation management, privacy, data protection, and freedom of speech, Elizabeth Morley is a key contact at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens; Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Small but effective team with real experience of how the media operates.’

‘Mark Stephens is a media heavyweight with significant experience and a loyal client base.’

‘Howard Kennedy have great strength in depth, they fight hard for the clients and they are able to manage complex and fast moving litigation adeptly. At the partner level Howard Kennedy boasts a number of highly capable lawyers who are equally adept dealing with legal issues as their clients broader strategic goals. The partners are supported by hard working and reliable associates. The firm has a great client base and extensive international experience. This gives them an edge on their competitors in cases involving mutliple jurisdictions.’

‘Mark Stephens: an extremely experienced lawyer who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves, and who gives bold advice where needed. Mark’s committment to his clients is unsurpassed.’

‘Elizabeth Morley: delightful and brilliant: Liz is a pleasure to work with and has added real value on every case on which I have worked with her. She gets clients on side and manages them throughout litigation, and she is excellent at managing a claim.’

Key clients

Sony Music

Bloomberg

CBS

China Central Television (CCTV)

Fox News

Disney

Iran International / Volant Media

Warner Brothers

SBS (Australian public broadcaster)

Left Bank Productions

Netflix

China House Arts

Whalar

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

The Robert Kennedy foundation

The Sentry

Express Newspapers

Bloomsbury

Faber & Faber

Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

Ingenious

Greene Light Stage PLC

Gate Ventures

TradeWinds

Melanie Newman

Work highlights

  • Advising freelance journalist Melanie Newman in a case concerning the right to privacy under Article 8 and a responsible journalist’s right to access to court papers and report on proceedings under Article 10.
  • Advising CBS in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of confidence, and breach of data protection legislation that has been brought against them by Dillian Whyte at over £10million.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP has experience both defending and bringing private prosecutions, acting for clients from a variety of sectors in proceedings arising from fraud allegations and investigations by the SFO, FCA, HMRC, and international enforcement agencies. As well as fraud and business crime proceedings, the firm is also regularly involved in private prosecutions arising from restructuring and insolvency proceedings, drawing on in-house restructuring and civil fraud expertise in coordinating these proceedings. The firm was also notably involved in a leading private prosecution in the retail space, which ended successfully for the firm's client. Ian Ryan heads up the team, and represents a wide range of corporate and financial services clients in regulatory investigations resulting in private prosecutions,  Financial crime and fraud specialist Kyle Phillips and senior associate Jennifer Harper, who has advised on cross-border prosecutions, are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The leading private prosecutions in the country have been handled by HK over the past few years. A number of extremely high profile private prosecutions are in the pipeline. They have a deep understanding of the role and obligations of a prosecutor and are thus able to deliver a smooth, efficient and legally robust service.’

Ian Ryan – head of the team, whose hand on the tiller ensures the operation runs efficiently. His judgement is always faultless.’

Kyle Phillips – an exciting and new talent in this field, he brings energy and enthusiasm, and is very astute tactically.

Jen Harper – hard working and bright, Jen Harper is proving herself in the engine room of the team; she is talented and astute and deploys good attention to detail, which ensures that private prosecutions HK bring remain on the right course.

Exceptional. Amazing efficiency and fantastic at judging the resourcing required. Very effective use of electronic evidence management.’

Kyle Phillips – As good at managing a prosecution as he is at defending one – exceptional.’

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP’s 'technically very astute' M&A team enjoyed a very busy 2021; Gillian White  is an expert in corporate transactional work, but also acts in an advisory capacity in connection with shareholder disputes and corporate governance matters. Ashley Reeback specialises in all forms of corporate law with an emphasis on M&A and AIM related transactions. Jonathan Polin , also a UK corporate restructuring specialist, has acted on significant UK and European real estate deals and has a broad experience acting for betting and gaming companies. Paul Glassberg  has considerable experience in online/tech and fintech, real estate, retail and leisure, and the distressed sectors. Anthony Hunt  focuses on the real estate sector, acting for domestic and international investors and developers, in particular in the hotel, retail, restaurant and leisure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Gillian White; Ashley Reeback

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Polin; Paul Glassberg; Anthony Hunt; Jane Brassington; Stephanie Brigg; Charlotte Whitworth

Testimonials

‘A strong team across all aspects of business. We particularly use them for M&A – due diligence and SPA drafting – and we have never been let down over more than 10 years and at least 10 deals.’

‘Technically very astute. Good team leadership and delegation. Very effective communication with client and counsel.’

‘I have confidence in their strategic and technical judgement. They make the right calls. You feel in safe hands’

‘Ashley Reeback has been the partner we’ve worked with for many years. He pulls the team together based on what and when we need it – and he’s always involved so no balls get dropped.’

Key clients

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A.

Paymentsense

Victory Innovations Acquisition Company, Inc

Yorkshire County Cricket Club

CS2 Limited

Dakun (Daniel) Wang

Drake Food Service International

Impact Air Systems Limited and Impact Technical Services Limited

Durite

Toppan Digital Language Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Toppan Digital Language Ltd, a leading translations service provider, on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of GlobaLexicon Limited together with its wholly-owned subsidiary in the US and a representative office in Spain.
  • Advised Durite, the UK’s leading brand in Vehicle Safety, Lighting and Auto Electrical parts for commercial vehicles and general automotive aftermarket, on its sale to Safe Fleet.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP serves both partnerships and individuals from the legal profession, hedge funds, private equity houses and property investment partnerships. It can advise on the gamut of partnership issues from formations through to disputes regarding exits. It also advises on related employment, financial and professional regulatory and tax matters. Whilst it undertakes litigation, it seek to resolve disputes or mediate before formal disputes arise. A key sector for the team is real estate where it regularly advises on establishing partnerships for property holding and investment. Robert Craig  advises on partnership formations and structures and on disputes while Jane Amphlett  principally handles contentious partnership cases, advising on areas including partner appointments and departures and restrictive covenants. Sam Murray-Hinde  is also experienced across all partnership issues including regulatory-related investigations and discrimination claims.

Practice head(s):

Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:

Sam Murray-Hinde

Testimonials

‘Jane Amphlett is well regarded. Simon Taylor is an effective commercial litigator. Robert Craig is highly experienced. Craig Emden is an excellent commercial dispute lawyer.’

Sound, pragmatic and very clear advice focused on business solutions.’

Sam Murray-Hinde is outstanding. Hugely responsive, impressive in her knowledge and delivery. Her advice is always clear, incisive and commercial.

 

Key clients

TCI Advisory Services LLP

TCI Fund Services LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising TCI Advisory Services LLP on a wide range of partnership and employment matters.
  • Advising TCI Fund Services LLP on partnership and employment matters.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘highly respected and effective general crime department’ which acts for high-net-worth and high-profile individuals accused of criminal offences. The department works closely with the firm’s media and reputation team to provide high level service to those facing charges such as sexual assault, drug offences, or violent crimes. Lead partner Ian Ryan has more than 30 years’ experience in the field, and works with clients from the police station onwards. Kyle Phillips, who rejoined the firm in 2021 after two years with Fieldfisher, is a specialist in financial crime and regulatory law. Associate Jennifer Harper is another key name, and has experience handling allegations of sexual and physical assault.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy have a highly respected and effective general crime department. Their lawyers are experienced and know how to win a case.’

‘Kyle Phillips is a versatile and highly intelligent partner who drives his team to aspire to the highest standards. He has an excellent track record in serious general crime cases and is fantastic with clients.’

‘This is a specialised firm giving advice and representation to private clients either being investigated for crime or having been charged. The team is headed by one of the best criminal solicitors in London, Ian Ryan, who has led the team since the firms merged. The service they provide is second to none.’

‘Jennifer Harper was knowledgeable, professional and always willing to listen and address my concerns. In many ways she was able to pre-empt my next question because of her experience.’

‘My experience with the team was always positive – even if the circumstances of discussion were distressing they were respectful and offered reassurance and at times humility above and beyond my expectations’

‘Ian Ryan has great judgement and tactical awareness. He is a master at negotiating with prosecution authorities and has an excellent team supporting him.’

‘The team led by Ian Ryan at Howard Kennedy is dynamic and on an upward curve. The leadership shown by Ian Ryan to this exciting group of young lawyers has brought them great success and year on year, they go from strenght to strength attracting bigger and better work.’

‘Ian Ryan – at the very top of the tree in London. A big reputation which is thoroughly deserved by the service he and his team deliver to Howard Kennedy’s increasingly impressive roster of high profile clients.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Adept at handling large scale financial fraud investigations and prosecutions‘, Howard Kennedy LLP is active in high-profile and complex money laundering and compliance proceedings, with standout involvements in cases relating to EURIBOR, as well as ongoing SFO investigations and cases relating to market manipulation, the Bribery Act, and regulatory issues. Clients include directors, executives, and financial services traders, both domestic and international, with the firm able to leverage in-house reputation management, private client, and commercial litigation expertise to represent a diverse range of clients in the full spectrum of white-collar cases. Practice head Ian Ryaninspires confidence’, and has seen success in representing individuals in high-profile serious fraud proceedings, particularly SFO investigations, while financial crime and regulatory specialist Kyle Phillips is also a key name for international money laundering and market abuse cases. Senior associate Jennifer Harper represents clients in criminal fraud and regulatory proceedings brought by all major UK enforcement agencies.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm has a great reputation in the industry for dealing with the most complex and high profile white collar crime work. They have achieved a string of excellent results for individuals facing prosecution by the SFO and other fraud prosecuting agencies.’

‘Kyle Phillips is a stand out performer. Now at partner level, he is gaining the reputation of a talented lawyer who always delivers.’

‘There is a huge amount of experience in this team as well as very well connected lawyers – they are very well regarded by all other law firms including their competitors which gives them an edge in multiparty litigation.’

‘Ian Ryan is top of the tree, and no-one else in the field has the experience he has. Kyle Phillips is very ambitious and hard working.’

‘An incredibly hands on, effective and utterly unpretentious firm. Clients really appreciate the clear and effective advice that they receive and the experience of its partners is incredibly impressive.’

‘Kyle Phillips – Able to cut through a 100,000 pages of material and get straight to the facts that matter. He has a great ability to stop an investigation becoming a prosecution.’

‘Ian Ryan heads the team which has shown its quality and experience over the years following significant successes. They are adept at handling large scale financial fraud investigations and prosecutions with huge confidence and skill.’

‘Ian Ryan heads the team – he is exactly what you want: straight talking, super smart and someone who inspires confidence to get things done with the best possible outcome.’

Key clients

Andreas Hauschild

Kenneth Ciapala

Work highlights

  • Advising Andreas Hauschild on potential remedies and financial claims against the SFO following his acquittals in the Euribor trial in July 2019.
  • Representing Swiss Asset Manager Kenneth Ciapala in his extradition proceedings to the US where he faces prosecution by the DOJ in the Southern District of New York and Civil Proceedings being brought by the SEC in respect of a £35m Pump and Dump Securities/Share Fraud.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

With 'all the skill of a Magic Circle firm', Howard Kennedy LLP's commercial litigation practice covers contractual disputes, misrepresentation, warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, M&A conflicts, joint venture-related contentious issues, and corporate governance issues. Commercial dispute resolution head Dominic Offord specialises in contractual disputes, cross-border fraud matters and contentious insolvency; Joel Leigh is an expert in complex professional negligence and civil fraud claims; and Duncan Bagshaw has niche expertise in Africa-related energy disputes. India group chair Arish Bharucha joined as partner from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP during 2021, while Ayesha Salim and James Wingfield are experienced legal directors.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Offord

Testimonials

‘A truly personalised service. The team works tirelessly for its clients, but in a way that is directed to clients’ (often very specific) needs.’

‘All the skill of a Magic Circle firm, but without the price tag.’

‘The team worked exceptionally well together. It even made itself available at the weekend as we approached the trial date.’

Fees are in line with the competition and I paid for what I got, which was a winning result!

‘Dominic Offord is a standout. He has the perfect balance of letting team members do their jobs, understanding the detail, and driving the case in the best direction for the client. He is also delightful to work with.’

‘Joel Leigh – genuinely very impressive. He is incredibly committed, and, despite his seniority, is very hands on to make sure the clients receive exceptional service. Particularly good in commercial litigation that has a sports law or insolvency focus, but a great all-rounder too.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw – speed, efficiency, availability, and analytical skills.

‘Arish Bharucha is a thoughtful partner, but with a strong sense of what is commercially practicable. Excellent at advising clients, particularly on strategic decisions in cases where the position changes as the proceedings progress.’

Key clients

Isaltina Lucas, the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Nueva IQT

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique in a claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse and other parties, arising out of the Hidden Debts Scandal.
  • Acting for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as an intervenor in the Supreme Court case of Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Limited.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s team acts for luxury brands, boutique operators and mid-sized chains as well as international operators. The practice is led by Adam Walford , Anthony Hunt  and Alex Watt. Walford focuses on asset management and acquisitions and disposals owned by leisure entities, particularly restaurants. Hunt is the key corporate real estate expert. Intellectual property specialist Watt joined the practice from Browne Jacobson LLP in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford; Anthony Hunt; Alex Watt

Testimonials

‘They make everything seem manageable.’

‘Anthony Hunt is very approachable.’

‘Very experienced and professional.’

‘Adam Walford is an exceptional lawyer. His legal advice is second to none and his commercial advice is the best I have ever encountered.’

‘Adam Walford is an exceptional property lawyer. His attention to detail and commercial acumen set him apart.’

‘Adam Walford is commercially minded as well as being legally knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Tortilla

Factory 42

Reef

Vagabond Wines

PureGym PLC

Patty&Bun

Lina Stores

Swingers

Le Pain Quotidien

Criket

Shoryu Ramen

Mildreds

Drake and Morgan

Caravan Restaurant

JKS Restaurants

AB Hotels

Michels & Taylor

Mokan Hotels

Treehouse Hotel (London)

London Rock Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised PureGym Ltd on their ambitious roll out programme which includes acquisitions and asset management.
  • Advised Factory 42 on a new AR concept: The Green Planet AR experience which included both construction and IP work that was required.
  • Advised Whistlepunks on their first West End site, as well as, on their continued expansion to Leeds.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP has a record of working with a broad range of clients, from Battersea Power Station Development Company and Clivedale Properties, to Pandora Jewellery and Freedom Sportsline Limited. Amanda McNeil  heads the practice and is often sought for advisory over rent disputes. Bhavini Patel is noted for her vast experience representing retail and leisure tenant clients in rent arrear matters. Another individual to note is Hollie Wright; she is entrusted with representing long leasehold owners of high value residential property.

Practice head(s):

Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The range of knowledge across the various areas of property litigation is impressive. Strength in depth.’

‘Bhavini Patel – very effective communicator who leaves no stone unturned in fighting the clients corner.’

‘Hollie Wright – superb attention to detail and extremely dedicated.’

‘Amanda McNeil – experienced and canny, understands how to achieve the clients objectives.’

‘Rob Boucher is a stand out performer, both within the firm and in the wider market. Rob is a very, very clever lawyer. He is particularly knowledgeable in enfranchisement and residential leasehold matters.’

‘Good attention to client needs and great at accommodating client’s every changing diary commitments. Tailored and specific advice. No fence sitting.’

‘From top to bottom this team excels in their grasp of their client’s needs and tailors their approach to litigation accordingly. They approach litigation in a practical and cost effect way always putting the client’s interest first.’

‘A truly excellent firm with strength in depth. They have a great client base, a wide-range of specialists and they work together superbly.’

Key clients

Pitney Bowes

Ballymore Properties Limited

Clivedale Properties

Richemont (Cartier, Mont Blanc)

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Smith & Williamson LLP

Companies within the Galliard Group

Pandora Jewellery

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Reiss

Shop Direct Holdings Limited

Freedom Sportsline Limited (t/a Footlocker)

J P Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Shop Direct Holdings Limited in proceedings concerning its tenants seeking to exercise the break option of its lease.
  • Acted in a claim in the First Tier Tribunal for the exemption from the service consultation requirements for the Battersea Power Station.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

Amalie Raben-Levetzau now heads the department at Howard Kennedy LLP. The team typically handles the financing, acquisition and tax structuring of some key property matters in addition to advising on the sale and management of prime residential property on behalf of domestic and international high-net-worth clients, their families and other prominent real estate investors. The group routinely handles transactions in the £15-£50m range supporting buyers from within the UK and overseas. Pervaze Ahmed who was the former head of department has left the firm and is now at Withers LLP.

Practice head(s):

Amalie Raben-Levetzau

Other key lawyers:

Ruby Begum

Testimonials

‘Great client relations. Sound advice and deals with enquiries and responses in a timely manner’.

‘Speed efficiency and good humour. Not as expensive’.

‘Property team at Howard Kennedy is Premier League with depth ensuring that there is never a gap. Clients and their advisors are always kept informed and each one feels they are the only client that the firm is dealing with. Service beyond expectation’.

‘I deal with Ruby Begum who is professional, bright and who relishes a challenge. Ruby is always available and refuses to allow her clients to get anything less than 100% from her and the firm. I have no hesitation in recommending Ruby to anyone looking for the best conveyancing service’.

‘The practice provides a personalised, professional and diligent service’.

‘Ruby Begum is an exceptional individual who I have been working with a long time – always has time for her client and has an extensive knowledge base’.

 

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP's media and reputation management litigation team specialises in privacy and harassment matters, data protection, blackmail, and lawfare. The practice is led by the 'extremely experienced' and high-profile Mark Stephens CBE who works with an array of corporations, media production companies, and high-profile individuals, and is notable for providing consultations regarding libel reform to both policy makers and media companies. Stephens is supported by Elizabeth Morley  who is particularly skilled at providing pre-publication advice and acting for a range of defendants including NGOs and charities

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Morley

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy have great strength in depth, they fight hard for the clients and they are able to manage complex and fast moving litigation. At the partner level Howard Kennedy boasts a number of highly capable lawyers who are equally adept dealing with legal issues as their clients broader strategic goals. The partners are supported by hard working and reliable associates. The firm has extensive experience working with and against high profile sportspeople and celebrities. That experience of fighting cases on “both sides” gives it a real knowledge of the pressure points in litigation, something that can prove invaluable in high value and high cost litigation.’

‘Mark Stephens is an extremely experienced lawyer who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves, and who gives bold advice where needed. Mark’s commitment to his clients is unsurpassed.’

‘Elizabeth Morley – Delightful and brilliant. Liz is a pleasure to work with and has added real value on every case on which I have worked with her. She gets clients on side and manages them throughout litigation, and she is excellent at managing a claim.’

‘Mark Stephens – Very talented individual with the ability to speak well, with extensive knowledge about current legal issues and a particular interest in human rights law, media law and freedom of speech, first amendment issues.’

‘Having worked with entertainment lawyers for over thirty years the lawyers I worked with at Howard Kennedy were without doubt the smartest professional and most user friendly and personable I have come across. I couldn’t recommend them more highly’

‘I think the one thing that stands out for me is that when you are working with high-end A-list clients the most important thing is the availability of the lawyers. Their availability to become part of a team. It’s not always as simple as just doing a deal. Howard Kennedy were exemplary with exactly the right blend of knowledge accessibility and knowledge.’

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorkshire County Cricket Club on the reputational issues arising from the allegations of racism made by cricketer Azeem Rafiq and advising on the ongoing rehabilitation of the club in partnership with new Chairman Lord Kamlesh Patel.
  • Advising and acting for CBS in a claim for misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of data protection legislation that has been brought against them by Dillian Whyte, one of the world’s highest ranked professional heavyweight boxers.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

With substantial expertise in the fashion, entertainment and culture sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP’s contractual expertise spans franchise issues, supplier contracts, distribution agreements, endorsements and content distribution mandates. Group head Robert Lands regularly handles retail, technology and creative industry matters, and Alex Watt is a key contact for advertising, marketing and brand work.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The advice is thorough; solicitors are knowledgeable, personable and easy to work with.’

‘Robert Lands is very knowledgeable on a number of areas relevant to our business.’

Key clients

Cox London

Pandora

Wicked Foods, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Wicked Foods Inc, the business behind the WICKED brand, on its exclusive relationship deal with TESCO and the upcoming plans to use the brand globally.
  • Advised the high-end London atelier Cox London on procurement terms that it could incorporate into its standard procedure in order to protect the high-quality of the products and maintain confidentiality of its work.
  • Advising leading jewellery manufacturer and retailer Pandora on a range of UK legal matters, including advising on all supplier contracts and on key commercial partnerships for the brand.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP is sought out by senior individuals from professional services firms who have been threatened with disciplinary proceedings; and solicitors’ disciplinary work is another key area of strength for the team. Practice leader Ian Ryan is ‘at the top of his game‘, while Joel Leigh is a barrister defence expert.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Joel Leigh; Melanie Zwennes; Kyle Phillips

Testimonials

‘Absolutely committed to its clients, calm, empathetic and creative.’

‘The lawyers know how to communicate with a regulator and how to achieve the best possible result for their clients. A long history of excellent results.’

‘Lots of experience in professional liability and discipline, client friendly and collaborative.’

‘Extensive experience in this area.’

‘Ian Ryan- experience of both prosecuting and defending’.

‘Ian Ryan – at the top of his game and the go-to person in London in this field.’

‘Joel Leigh – very confident, client friendly and good tactical head.’

‘Kyle Phillips – a charming manner when dealing with regulatory investigators, but incredibly tough when he needs to be.’

Private client > Family Tier 4

Lois Langton  leads a first-class team at Howard Kennedy LLP that excels in representing high-net-worth clients such as entrepreneurs, City workers as well as sports and media personalities. It advises on the full range of family matters. Langton is recommended for her complex financial remedy work in particular. Nina Lake has strong expertise in matrimonial and child-related disputes. Alan Kaufman is a collaborative lawyer and mediator too.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton

Other key lawyers:

Nina Lake; Alan Kaufman; Emma Green; Jazmin Brown; Jessica Rush

Testimonials

‘Everyone on this team is enormously personable, kind with clients but extremely tenacious. They are excellent lawyers with a deeply human touch. They are a breath of fresh air’.

‘Lois Langton – a tour de force. Unflappable, the one you want in your corner.

Jazmin Brown – a gentler touch but equally forceful. She is an iron fist in a velvet glove. Extremely good with huge amounts of information. Jessie Smith – supremely organised, excellent judgment. She is ferociously bright with a creative flair. A force to be reckoned with. Emma Green – knows everything‘.

‘Hands on, highly communicative and straight talking.’

‘Lois Langton is simply brilliant at communicating with her clients and always provides clear advice.’

‘I am incredibly impressed by Lois Langton who leads the team at Howard Kennedy. She has built a very competent and conscientious team who really work well together. They have excellent work and provide a fabulous service to clients’.

‘Lois Langton is not only a fabulous lawyer but also a great team leader. She has earned a brilliant reputation as a tenacious litigator and has become the go to family lawyer for footballers and football agents. She is always able to identify the issues in the case and to be able to communicate clearly and concisely the next steps to the client’.

‘Lois Langton is an absolute star’.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s planning practice places ‘understanding the client’s needs’ at its heart while advising on contentious and non-contentious matters concerning renewable energy, housing, and mixed-use developments. The planning team is led by the ‘brilliant’ Jade Chalmers; Chalmers is assisted by senior associate Bob Sadler who specialises in negotiating and drafting s106 agreements and contracts conditional on planning elements.

Practice head(s):

Jade Chalmers

Other key lawyers:

Bob Sadler; Caitlin Spence

Testimonials

‘Key people in key positions, always understanding the client’s needs balanced against probability of success.’

‘Jade Chalmers – led from the front and delivered an incredible appeal decision and costs award.’

‘Jade Chalmers is brilliant. Very competent, Howard Kennedy (HK) have a great relationship with councils and other firms which makes the process much easier.’

‘Jade Chalmers – always available, nice to deal with, understands a developers mindset, understands money and cost against timing, great relationship with others, respected.’

Key clients

First Base

Galliard Homes

Ballymore

Octopus Real Estate

Balleroy Ltd

Interland

Nofar Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Interland and NoFar Energy on The Cellarhead project which is NoFar Energy’s first entry into the UK renewable energy market.

Employment > Employers Tier 5

Jane Amphlett leads the employment team at Howard Kennedy LLP, where she is a recognised expert in discrimination, whistleblowing and harassment claims. ‘Extremely knowledgeable in her field’ of sports and transportation, Sam Murray-Hinde is the go-to counsel for employee issues in a unionised environment and in tribunals. Clients largely hail from the retail, charitable organisations, leisure, media and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Always available to be contacted.’

‘Clear and concise advice. Strength and depth.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is excellent. Her instructions to Counsel are concise and clear and the witness statements prepared by her always include every point that needs covering. Her trial preparation is first rate.’

‘Great team headed by Jane Amphlett – who is very experienced, hard hitting, hugely bright and very user friendly.’

‘The employment team has a thorough understanding of our industry.’

‘Advice is always credible and precise and takes into account the outcomes the business wishes to achieve.’

‘Our go to person is Sam Murray-Hinde, her advice is always very credible, precise and takes into account the goals of the business. Sam understands the background of the company having seen the various changes over the years.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is professional and extremely knowledgeable in her field and she is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

PANDORA UK Limited

Condé Nast International Limited

Yorkshire Cricket Club

TriplePoint Capital

East London Bus & Coach Company Limited

South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited

Gordon Brothers International

TCI Fund Management

Ballymore Properties

Motorsport Network

Hutchison 3g UK Limited

British Gymnastics

Work highlights

  • Provide regular advice to PANDORA’s HR and in-house legal team on a wide range of employment issues, including handling employment aspects of their franchising arrangements data protection and the full range of employee relations issues.
  • Advised Yorkshire Cricket Club in relation to an ongoing Employment Tribunal claim and a multitude of allegations of race discrimination which had created a major crisis at the Club.
  • Advising numerous luxury hotel brands and clients in the restaurant sector on spectrum of employment issues.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s real estate practice is known for 'delivering a responsive and commercially focused service'. Adam Walford leads the team on corporate occupier related matters, with expertise in the retail and restaurant sectors. On the development side, Kate Woodgate co-heads the team alongside Graham Kaye, providing a rounded offering which covers both residential and commercial developments, and mixed-use schemes. David Philips  is ‘an exceptional lawyer‘ when it comes to large, complex development mandates, while Astrid Stanley has ‘excellent industry knowledge‘ on transactions and advising investors, landlords, and occupiers advice on commercial aqcuisitions for lease.

Practice head(s):

Kate Woodgate; Graham Kaye

Other key lawyers:

David Philips; Charles Maxwell; Astrid Stanley; Paul Amandini

Testimonials

‘The Howard Kennedy commercial property development team delivers a responsive and commercially focused service to us. The advice has always been of top quality and first class.’

‘David Philips is pragmatic and easy to deal with and is extremely responsive and very practical. He is diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. He is simply an exceptional lawyer who is also extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent understanding of our business and the market.’

‘Astrid Stanley is very knowledgeable. She has taken the time to really get to know our business and how we work, and also has excellent industry knowledge. She is our go-to lawyer for all property related matters.’

Key clients

RER London Limited

Orlandis Capital

F3 Group

Octopus Real Estate

Galliard Homes

Weezy

First Base

Ballymore

The Club Company

CJ O’Shea and Company

Abernile Limited

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP acts for investors, developers and commercial lenders across a broad range of real estate finance matters, including senior and mezzanine debt, investment and development finance, and bridging finance. The team also handles a variety of asset classes, from office, logistics, retail and hotels to student accommodation. Steve Clinning is head of the banking and real estate finance team; Nada Jarnaz leads the banking team and also has a thriving Islamic finance practice; and Marcus Jamson is head of structured finance. Recently promoted legal director Hannah Place is also of note with a strong insolvency law background.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely responsive, very practical, diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. They are also extremely knowledgeable and do not get bogged down in minutiae.’

‘They have excellent client handling skills and have the ability to manage complex property finance transactions with ease. They are a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Full-service firm that acts across the whole breadth of the property finance market. They support clients across the smallest transactions all the way up to £50m. They continue to provide an outstanding service and the highest quality work, whilst also acting commercially and prudently.’

‘They have gone beyond expecations in supporting and understanding the client’s business.’

‘Consistency of quality across the team’s advice and support goes beyond just explanation of the legal points.’

‘Of particular stand out is Laura Brown who consistently goes above and beyond in providing excellent service and work of the highest quality.’

‘Steve Clinning is always contactable and easy to deal with, and makes significant effort to support his clients.’

‘Nada Jarnaz is pragmatic and easy to deal with and is extremely responsive and very practical. Nada is diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. She is simply a very good lawyer who is also extremely knowledgeable and does not get bogged down in minutiae.’

Key clients

Octopus Real Estate

Santander Bank plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

EVH Finance Limited

Puma Property Finance

LendInvest

Rothschild & Co

City & Docklands

Galliard Homes

Southern Grove Real Estate

GRE Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Octopus Real Estate in relation to the financing of a portfolio of caravan sites in the West Country and the financing of a large development site in Swindon.
  • Represented LendWell Funding 1 Limited in the financing of the acquisition of a large shopping centre in Barnet, North London.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

With its primary international markets being India, the Middle East and Africa, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s ‘absolutely excellent‘ international arbitration team handles international cases that frequently involve states or state-owned parties; and its sector focus covers energy, commodities, IT, technology, and hotels and leisure. The recent track record of practice head Duncan Bagshaw includes major cases involving groundbreaking international arbitration law issues. In May 2022, Arish Bharucha was hired as partner and India group chair from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Bagshaw

Other key lawyers:

Arish Bharucha; Shelley Drenth

Testimonials

‘A truly personalised service – the lawyers work tirelessly for their clients’ specific needs. This approach has come from the top – partners are hands on, and engaged – but has trickled down to all levels of the business. Absolutely excellent.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is an exceptionally professional litigator..’

‘The team is headed by the terrifically talented advocate Duncan Bagshaw, who has acted in several high-profile cases. In international tribunals, he understands the temperature of the room like a thermometer.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is a determined advocate who won’t leave a hearing without a victory.

Duncan Bagshaw – extremely likeable and with infectious enthusiasm. Impressively broad range of clients, particularly from Africa.’

‘Arish Bharucha – few people are better connected in the Indian arbitration scene than Arish -a very user-friendly operator.’

‘Arish Bharucha is a thoughtful partner, but with a strong sense of what is commercially practicable. Excellent at advising clients, particularly on strategic decisions where the position changes as the proceedings progress.

‘Arish Bharucha is extremely intelligent and diligent. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Eurafric Power

Texas Brine Company

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Work highlights

  • Acting for Isaltina Lucas, the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique, in Commercial Court proceedings, that relate to an alleged massive conspiracy and bribery scandal.
  • Acting for one of the largest banks in Africa in large-value arbitration proceedings against an international energy company.
  • Acting for Eurafric, a global energy company, in the enforcement of a large-value arbitration award against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which concerned a power generation-related contract.

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s immigration offering is led by Antonia Torr, who has particular expertise acting for high-net-worth clients, especially those seeking UK entry from China. In addition to advising entrepreneurs and investors, she is well known for her proficiency in applications with family law elements. Solicitor Phong Ma is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Torr

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The whole team is amazing, helpful and understanding.’

‘Always willing to help with practical advice.’

‘All the team members work so well with each other.’

‘Antonia Torr is engaging and super-responsive. Excellent qualities in an immigration lawyer!’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s IP practice continues to act for a wide range of clients, covering trade mark and content licensing issues, as well as the commercial exploitation of IP rights. The team is adept at handling franchising, sponsorship and endorsement agreements for international brands and personalities, as well as advising on IP acquisitions. The ‘excellent’ Robert Lands leads the ‘first-rate’ team, which works closely with clients in the creative industries.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Mark Stephens

Testimonials

‘Led by the genius Mark Stephens, the IP team has an extraordinary level.’

‘Howard Kennedy offer very cost-effective, top-notch IP services and with a keen understanding of the needs of their clients as to budget, turnaround time and the type of advice required. They are very easy to work with and the overall experience is one of collaboration and teamwork.’

‘Robert Lands, himself an excellent IP lawyer, leads a first-rate team.’

Key clients

ePlus, Inc.

Q software Global Limited

Wicked Foods Inc

SEGA Corporation

Billion Dollar Boy

Pasha

Cole Buxton

Yorkshire County Cricket Council

British Gymnastics Association

Pandora Jewellery UK Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Wicked Foods Inc, the business behind the WICKED brand, on its exclusive relationship deal with Tesco and the upcoming plans to use the brand globally.
  • Advised ePlus Inc on the registration and prosecution of its UK and EU trade marks.
  • Advised Pandora Jewellery on a variety of matters including: copyright, design right and trade mark issues and clearance advice, acquiring IP, endorsement agreements and trade mark licensing.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP advises governing bodies, clubs, agencies and other sports organisations on governance issues, strategic acquisitions and disposals, merchandising and endorsement rights, and commercial contracts. The firm also acts for sporting individuals on personal private matters and has developed a burgeoning esports practice. Department lead Lois Langton, also head of family law, is recognised for her work in football. Co-head Fiona Hinds deals with sports-related disputes and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton; Fiona Hinds

Other key lawyers:

Kyle Phillips; Joel Leigh

Testimonials

‘The firm has the huge advantage of having partners that have hands on experience of sitting on the boards of various sporting bodies and regulators. There is a level of insight that no other firm can touch.’

‘Kyle Phillips is the go to partner for any sports related issue, but particularly footballing disputes

‘Joel Leigh is a brilliant litigator who is unafraid to leverage the threat of litigation in a sports dispute. Always right on the law.’

‘The team are truly hands on – making sure the clients get a personalised and dedicated service.’

‘Joel Leigh is dedicated, hands on partner who knows more about sports law (in particular, sports-related insolvency) work than any solicitor I know.’

Key clients

British Gymnastics Association Limited

Yorkshire Cricket Club

The firm: 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.

Principal areas of work
Corporate and 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 and planning disputes, PRS, social housing and student accommodation.

Sector focus
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.

International
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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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 Nada Jarnaz
Business Advisory Vernon Dennis
Business Crime & Regulatory Ian Ryan
Capital Markets Keith Lassman
Commercial Investment Adam Walford
Commercial & IP Robert Lands
Commercial Dispute Resolution Dominic Offord
Construction James Stewart
Corporate Ashley Reeback
Defamation Mark Stephens, CBE
Dispute Resolution Simon Taylor
Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance Jonathan Cohen
Employment Jane Amphlett
Family & Matrimonial Lois Langton
Immigration Jane Amphlett
International Jonathan Polin
Islamic Finance Nada Jarnaz
Media & Entertainment Mark Stephens, CBE
Media Litigation Mark Stephens, CBE
M&A Gillian White
Personal injury Elizabeth Smith
Planning Jade Chalmers
Private Client Liz Palmer
Real Estate Julian Hindmarsh
Real Estate Dispute Resolution Amanda McNeil
Real Estate Finance Steve Clinning
Residential Property Amalie Raben-Levetzau
Tax James Meakin
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Paul Amandini photo Paul AmandiniPaul Amandini specialises in asset related transactions primarily in the real estate…
Jane Amphlett photo Jane AmphlettJane Amphlett provides strategic and pragmatic advice in all areas of employment…
John Annetts photo John AnnettsJohn Annetts specialises in the administration of high-value and complex estates, often…
Duncan Bagshaw photo Duncan BagshawDuncan Bagshaw specialises in international arbitration and  litigation, with particular focus on…
Arish Bharucha photo Arish BharuchaArish Bharucha is a leading Solicitor-Advocate who focuses on international arbitration, commercial…
Tim Bignell photo Tim BignellTim Bignell is an accomplished litigator with over 35 years’ experience in…
Jeffrey Brown photo Jeffrey BrownJeffrey Brown is a construction and engineering dispute resolution expert, with a…
Monika Byrska photo Monika ByrskaMonika Byrska is a bilingual solicitor specialising in trust, will and estate…
Jade Chalmers photo Jade ChalmersJade Chalmers is a solicitor specialising in all planning matters for a…
Steve Clinning photo Steve ClinningSteven Clinning is a banking solicitor. As a seasoned ex-banker he has…
Jonathan Cohen photo Jonathan CohenJonathan Cohen is an industry recognised energy solicitor specialising in renewables and…
Denise Condon photo Denise CondonDenise Condon has acted for developers for more than 24 years. She…
Edward Cooper photo Edward CooperEdward Cooper advises on a wide variety of contentious real estate matters…
Rebecca Davison photo Rebecca DavisonRebecca Davison is a solicitor focussing on all aspects of non-contentious commercial…
Vernon Dennis photo Vernon DennisA highly experienced specialist in business transformation, Vernon Dennis is Head of…
Craig Emden photo Craig EmdenCraig Emden is the Managing Partner of Howard Kennedy. He is also…
Paul Glassberg photo Paul GlassbergPaul Glassberg is a commercially-focussed solicitor providing general advisory and transactional advice…
Stephen Heinemann photo Stephen HeinemannStephen Heinemann specialises in both legal and sponsor services to venture capital…
Julian Hindmarsh photo Julian HindmarshAdvising commercial occupiers, with a focus on retail and leisure, Julian Hindmarsh…
Fiona Hinds photo Fiona HindsFiona Hinds is a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. She…
Anthony Hunt photo Anthony HuntAnthony Hunt heads the Corporate Real Estate team, which focuses on the…
Nada Jarnaz photo Nada JarnazNada Jarnaz is Head of Banking at Howard Kennedy. Nada acts for lenders…
James Kaufmann photo James KaufmannJames Kaufmann is an expert on all aspects of investment funds. With…
Graham Kaye photo Graham KayeGraham advises property developers and investors. He handles all aspects of commercial…
Nina Lake photo Nina LakeNina Lake is a Partner in Howard Kennedy’s Family Team with extensive…
Robert Lands photo Robert LandsRobert Lands is an intellectual property, data protection, and commercial contracts specialist…
Lois Langton photo Lois LangtonLois Langton is a family law specialist assisting clients with all aspects…
Keith Lassman photo Keith LassmanKeith Lassman is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Capital Markets…
Joel Leigh photo Joel LeighJoel Leigh specialises in complex commercial and professional negligence claims. He has…
Emily Mailer photo Emily MailerEmily Mailer is a trust and estates disputes specialist, resolving both domestic…
Simon Malkiel photo Simon MalkielSimon Malkiel advises UK and international high-net-worth individuals, families and trustees on…
Reshmi Manekporia photo Reshmi ManekporiaReshmi Manekporia provides UK and international individuals and their businesses with advice…
Charles Maxwell photo Charles MaxwellCharles Maxwell is a real estate solicitor specialising in residential development, commercial…
Daniel McClean photo Daniel McCleanDaniel McClean specialises in art and cultural property law working with leading…
Amanda McNeil photo Amanda McNeilAmanda McNeil specialises in contentious issues relating to commercial and residential property.…
James Meakin photo James MeakinJames Meakin is a Partner and is the head of the firm’s…
Elizabeth Morley photo Elizabeth MorleyElizabeth Morley is a dispute resolution solicitor with a broad practice spanning…
Sam Murray-Hinde photo Sam Murray-HindeSam Murray-Hinde advises employers on workplace issues and employment tribunal proceedings, with…
Naomi O'Higgins photo Naomi O'HigginsNaomi O’Higgins is an expert in trusts and estates disputes, as well…
Naomi O'Higgins photo Naomi O'HigginsNaomi O’Higgins is an expert in trusts and estates disputes, as well…
Dominic Offord photo Dominic OffordDominic Offord heads Howard Kennedy’s Commercial Disputes Resolution team and represents clients…
Liz Palmer photo Liz PalmerLiz Palmer provides clients with comprehensive, commercial, and tax-driven private wealth planning…
David Philips photo David PhilipsDavid Philips specialises in the purchase of development sites. He advises clients…
Kyle  Phillips photo Kyle PhillipsKyle Phillips is a specialist financial crime and regulatory solicitor with particular…
Jonathan Polin photo Jonathan PolinJonathan Polin is an experienced corporate solicitor. His expertise covers M&A, particularly…
Marc Proudfoot photo Marc ProudfootMarc Proudfoot is a corporate finance lawyer specialising in investment trusts, real…
Amalie Raben-Levetzau photo Amalie Raben-LevetzauAmalie Raben-Levetzau specialises in residential property work. She is pragmatic, to the…
Ashley Reeback photo Ashley ReebackAshley Reeback acts on corporate transactions in both the public and private…
Ian Ryan photo Ian RyanIan Ryan is a Partner and Head of the Business Crime and…
Ayesha Salim photo Ayesha SalimAyesha Salim specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for and advising…
Colin Sawdy photo Colin SawdyColin Sawdy is an intellectual property solicitor specialising in trade marks, copyright…
Elizabeth Smith photo Elizabeth SmithElizabeth Smith specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence, with particular experience…
Astrid Stanley photo Astrid StanleyAstrid Stanley is a commercial property expert acting for individuals, developers, property…
Mark Stephens photo Mark StephensSpecialising in international, appellate and complex litigation,  Mark Stephens has undertaken some…
James Stewart photo James StewartJames Stewart deals with a mix of contentious and non-contentious development work…
Simon Taylor photo Simon TaylorSimon Taylor is a litigator focussing on commercial dispute resolution and in…
Adam Walford photo Adam WalfordAdam Walford advises household name restaurants and retailers on their real estate…
Alex Watt photo Alex WattAlex Watt is an experienced intellectual property lawyer who specialises in commercial…
Gillian White photo Gillian WhiteGillian White is an experienced corporate solicitor who is committed to her…
Kate Woodgate photo Kate WoodgateKate Woodgate is a real estate development expert advising on substantial transactions.…
Number of UK partners : 50
Number of other UK fee-earners : 209
Total headcount : 339
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Responsible Business

At Howard Kennedy, we take our responsibility to manage the impact we have on the world in which we operate, seriously. That’s why responsible business is a core part of our business strategy. It’s seen as essential in helping us achieve our vision to be a progressive, independent and profitable business.

Our responsible business strategy focuses on inclusively and sustainably supporting our people, clients, communities and the environment by:

  • Nurturing an inclusive, values-driven culture where everyone can be themselves, with their development and wellbeing at the centre.
  • Working to reduce our environmental impact and promote environmental awareness and responsibility among our people.
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and access to justice by sharing our time and skills through volunteering, fundraising and pro bono services.
  • Ensuring and maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity, operating ethically with clear and transparent governance.
  • Working with suppliers who are compliant, responsible and share the same values as we do.

In addition, we advise clients on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, helping businesses manage their risks more effectively, ensuring compliance, and dealing with disputes when things go wrong.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

At Howard Kennedy we aim to live by our values Talk Straight | Think Smart | Be Yourself. These values are at the core of everything we do and encourage an open and honest working environment. We strive to nurture an inclusive culture where people can be who they are when they come to work. We have trained Allies Champions in the organisation so that they can help embed a speaking up culture. We are signatories of the Race Fairness Commitment Charter.

The firm has a dedicated Inclusion committee whose aim is to raise awareness of various campaigns, initiatives and underrepresented groups. Our campaigns are currently focused on four areas: women, race and ethnicity, LGBTQ+ and disability. The campaigns have included panel discussions, surveys, video stories, social events as well as news stories.

Diversity in our recruitment processes is a key focal point for us. We’re also working to ensure fair practices with an apprenticeship programme.

Our pro bono programme

We are committed to promoting access to justice. Through our Pro Bono programme, our lawyers use their passion to make a real impact on our local community.

Our lawyers take part in Toynbee Hall’s weekly free legal advice clinic providing individuals with general legal advice including civil liberties, public law, civil litigation, and debt advice.

We also work with LawWorks who connect 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 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. Read more.

Our charity programme

We’re committed to supporting the community in which we live and work through charitable giving, fundraising and volunteering. Every two years, our people vote to select a charity aligned to our business and our values to support through giving, fundraising and volunteering.

In 2022, our people voted to support Making the Leap. Making the Leap is a London-based charity that improves social mobility by raising the aspirations of, and increasing opportunities for, young people from less-advantaged socio-economic backgrounds in the UK. The firm’s Charity Committee champion community engagement and are organising a range of fundraising and volunteering activities in support of Making the Leap – from a Quiz Night to running the Royal Parks Half Marathon!

Fantastic fundraising efforts throughout Howard Kennedy, supported by matched funding and donations from the firm, raised more than £100,000 from 2018 – 2021 for Centrepoint, helping to tackle youth homelessness in the UK. Read more.


CLIENT: Lord Kamlesh Patel, Executive Chairman
COMPANY/FIRM: Yorkshire County Cricket Club
TESTIMONIAL: Howard Kennedy solved our many challenges and legal problems in cost-effective practical and sensible ways and produced clear and helpful public communications, which managed expectations. They also never lost sight of the commercial factors and their innovative approach to change management, under incredible pressure and scrutiny, has helped us to plot a course that will secure the club’s future.


CLIENT: Paul Bate
COMPANY/FIRM: Pandora
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.


CLIENT: Joe Grossman
COMPANY/FIRM: Patty & Bun
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.


CLIENT: Simon Bonney
COMPANY/FIRM: Quantuma
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.


CLIENT: David Hirschfield
COMPANY/FIRM: Galliard
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: Influential international businesswoman
COMPANY/FIRM: Private Individual case study
TESTIMONIAL: Howard Kennedy were introduced to an influential international client at a time of movement and change for her personally and professionally. Management of her family affairs needed to be over-hauled and organised, with her planned move to the UK. The team advised on establishing her business in London coordinating the tax planning advice, the set up and infrastructure. Similarly, for her personal affairs we sourced the family home, advised on how to structure the purchase of the property, the interior design, education, and staff. A very large part of the family office work was related to ongoing reputation management and international legal services work involving three jurisdictions. High profile cases that are still ongoing.