Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP works with a diverse roster of domestic and international corporates active across a range of sectors, who turn to the team for assistance in all manner of corporate transactions. Under the leadership of ‘friendly, commercialAshley Reeback and Gillian White, a private M&A expert, the London team has continued to grow; James Meakin, a specialist in the tax aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, joined from Dentons in March 2022. Other key figures include Stephanie Brigg and Jane Brassington, both of whom are noted for their ability to assist clients on a range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gillian White; Ashley Reeback

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Brigg; Jane Brassington; Charlotte Whitworth; James Meakin; Jonathan Polin; Paul Glassberg; Antony Hunt

Testimonials

‘Commercial approach to the process, ensuring the deal completed in a timely manner.’

‘Ashley Reeback is friendly, approachable but commercial!’

‘A solid team led by Gillian White. Focus on key issues and communicate well.’

Key clients

Atlantic Green

Foxway Group

Judopay

Sycamore Mining Ltd

Galliard Developments Ltd

Hilco

Pandora

Michels & Taylor

Lateral Property Investment

Toppan Digital Language Ltd

15gifts

City & Docklands

Work highlights

  • Advised Yorkshire County Cricket Club in relation to an ongoing Employment Tribunal claim brought by Azeem Rafiq and a multitude of allegations of race discrimination which had created a major crisis at the club.
  • Advised Atlantic Green, a joint venture between Nofar Energy and the Interland on a series of battery energy storage projects which are the largest in the UK, and one of the largest in the world.
  • Advised Foxway Group AB on the acquisition of Global Resale, Ltd by way of share purchase.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP’s private prosecutions offering is led by Ian Ryan and combines civil and criminal law expertise to advise on high-profile prosecutions and investigations brought by regulatory agencies, such as the SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Ryan offers 22 years’ experience in fraud, financial crime and regulatory matters and recently successfully prosecuted a high-profile case in the retail sector; he is supported by Kyle Phillips, who acts for both companies and individuals on fraud, bribery, corruption and money laundering issues. Jonathan Huth joined from Kobre & Kim LLP in January 2023 and at the more junior end of the team, senior associate Jennifer Harper is recommended for multi-jurisdictional white-collar crime and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Testimonials

‘The team are experienced experts in this field.’

‘Kyle Philips is very experienced, strategic and successful in bringing private prosecutions for clients across a broad spectrum of sectors.’

Ian Ryan, Kyle Phillips, and Jen Harper are excellent and know this field inside out.

The team has a proven track record in private prosecutions. It combines highly experienced partners and senior associates with enthusiastic and able junior associates to provide an efficient and responsive service given high quality advice and representation in this specialist field.’

‘Kyle Phillips  combines excellent commercial and legal judgement to provide a hands-on and pragmatic approach. Jennifer Harper – an outstanding associate who combines intelligence, diligence and judgment in equal measure. Both exude a positive and confidence-inspiring attitude which pervades their team and makes them a pleasure to work with.’

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 2

Spearheaded by Mark Stephens, the busy team at Howard Kennedy LLP advises a wide array of clients such as museums and public collections, galleries and dealers; other key clients include charities, artists, photographers and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The group’s expertise spans all aspects of art and cultural property from drafting all forms of agreements, to handling litigation and resolving disputes. Other key areas of focus are advising on the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property, as well as providing estate planning advice to artists and collectors. Daniel McClean is another highly regarded member of the practice, and Alex Watt is particularly well known for his work with street artists, while Robert Lands has a particular focus on the visual arts.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Most important is the ability to find imaginative solutions at which Mark Stephens is a master. He is supported by a large firm with expertise in other occasionally relevant areas, such as disputes with agents or immigration issues involving artists’.

‘Robert Lands and his team provide excellent legal advice, but are also commercial. They treat the relationship as more than just a means to an invoice’.

‘Robert Lands has treated our company like we are one of his biggest clients. It is a feeling of having someone in your team, even when you speak to them only every now and then’.

Key clients

Simon C Dickinson Ltd

Ivor Braka and Ivor Braka Ltd

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

The team at Howard Kennedy LLPis at the very top of its game’. Led by Naomi O’Higgins, it has ‘decisive team players’ who focus exclusively on trusts and estates disputes, and court of protection work. O’Higgins’ ‘commitment to getting the very best for her clients is impressive‘. The group advises clients on numerous complex, high-value and often high-profile wealth disputes. Many of the group’s cases have significant cross-border elements. Monika Byrska is recognised for her considerable experience in international and offshore disputes. The ‘reassuring and calm’ Emily Mailer receives a steady flow of instructions on substantial cases, frequently with an international component. In addition, Mailer regularly acts as an independent administrator and court appointed trustee. Senior associate, Tom Deely, has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional trusts and estates disputes for high-net-worth clients.

Practice head(s):

Naomi O’Higgins

Other key lawyers:

Monika Byrska; Emily Mailer; Tom Deely; Brendan Udokoro; Alexandra Giles

Testimonials

‘Peerless in quality and perfection including excellent judgment as to when to fight and when to negotiate. Naomi O’Higgins is the personification of what I say about the team as above. Aided ably by Brendan Udokuro.’

‘The team is great at all levels and can handle matters of any size. A particular strength with Howard Kennedy is the fact that where the issues in a case cross over into different areas – someone from the relevant Howard Kennedy team can be brought in to assist. The firm is very good at using its full range of expertise.’

‘Naomi O’Higgins is great to work with; she is experienced, brilliant at fighting the client’s corner, is sensitive to their needs, and makes wise decisions. Tom Deely is definitely a rising star; he is bright, engaged, and really gets to grips with the detail.’

‘Alex Giles is focused, organised, efficient, and has a calm manner that is effective with clients. Brendan Udokoro is extremely pleasant to work with. He has a sympathetic manner that clients appreciate and is very organised and capable.’

‘One of the best teams in the country. They have recruited some of the finest talent in the market to strengthen the mid-level and balance the team. Monika Byrska might be the most capable negotiator I’ve encountered. She is accomplished at all she does yet remains friendly and humble. Tom Deely’s star is firmly in the ascension.’

‘Naomi O’Higgins is a superb lawyer in the area. She has great client skills and creates an easy rapport. There is steel and a keen intellect beneath the charm. The team of associates (such as Brendan Udokoro) has also impressed me hugely for their energy and dedication to delivering a high-quality service to their clients.’

‘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. Tom Deely is an extremely strong senior associate.’

‘Emily Mailer and Naomi O’Higgins are no nonsense and an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Led by Liz Palmer, the team at Howard Kennedy LLP is ‘filled with technically excellent lawyers who strive to provide great advice to their clients for reasonable prices’. It advises many wealthy families, entrepreneurs, property owners and artists/performers on how to manage family wealth across the generations. Simon Malkiel continues to act for a growing and diverse client base of UK and international wealthy clients. John Annetts regularly deals with a wide range of high value and complex estates ranging in value from £2m to £350m, many of which are multi-jurisdictional. Reshmi Manekporia is recognised for her expertise in Sharia-based wealth planning. Zahra Kanani is another known name in this space. Melissa Doorman departed in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Liz Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Private Client team at Howard Kennedy act for an impressive array of HNWIs and UHNWIs, from both an onshore and offshore background. They excel at sustaining long-term relationships with their clients, many of whom have turned to them for more than one generation’.

‘Simon Malkiel – Calm, reassuring and practical. He balances first class technical abilities with a keen eye for what solutions are best for the client in question.’

‘Prompt, proactive services at reasonable prices. Liz Palmer – prompt replies, excellent technical knowledge applied practically and one of the nicest people in the private client world to deal with’.

Liz Palmer is highly intelligent and always a pleasure to work with. Simon Malkiel is very good at keeping track of details crucial to client planning and managing projects’.

John Annetts is excellent at English estate administration in cross-border situations‘.

‘ One of the go-tos in London for HNW and UHNW private client expertise for those needing sensible, commercial and straightforward advice on and off shore’.

‘Liz Palmer is extremely smart, pragmatic, and sensible with her fees. She is always a total pleasure to work with, courteous, respectful and thoroughly likeable’.

‘Liz Palmer is a star – very strong technically and lovely to work with’.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP utilises its expertise in media law to advise on novel human rights issues that walk the tightrope between the right to free speech and privacy, handling a number of ground-breaking cases with both domestic and international significance. Practice head Mark Stephens CBE commands an exceptional reputation in this field, having regularly appeared before the ECtHR, the Privy Council and the UN Committee of Human Rights. Elizabeth Morley is another key contact, who, as well as handling cases relating to the ECHR Article 8 and 10 balance, advises clients on other complex issues, such as the right to a fair trial.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Expert, practical, trusted, client-focused advice.’

‘Mark Stephens CBE – huge breadth and depth of knowledge, very well connected to specialist barristers and foreign lawyers where needed to advance clients’ cases, provides strategically thoughtful, pragmatic and creative advice.’

‘Elizabeth Morley is highly knowledgable, reliable, responsive and gives practical advice.’

Key clients

The family of Christopher Allen

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of Christopher Allen, a journalist killed whilst reporting from South Sudan in 2017, whose death has never been officially investigated.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP has significantly bolstered its credentials in the field of construction law with its recent acquisition of Corbett & Co, a boutique firm specialising in international construction disputes. This move enhances the firm’s original focus on domestic issues, where it represents a range of clients including developers, contractors, and real estate investment funds. Heading the international team is Edward Corbett, renowned for his expertise in FIDIC contract disputes. The domestic team, led by James Stewart, undertakes mediation, adjudication, and arbitration arising out of delays, defects, insolvency, and other issues. Victoria Tyson and Joanne Clarke bring their proficiency in handling large and complex international construction and engineering disputes and arbitration, both possessing deep knowledge of FIDIC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Edward Corbett; James Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Tyson; Joanne Clarke; Taner Dedezade

Testimonials

‘The team has a good practice and provides a well-rounded offering to clients.’

‘We feel assured that the confidence we had in the team at Corbett & Co would be further strengthened with the integration and the diverse team Howard Kennedy has.’

Key clients

Ethiopian Roads Authority

Lateral AM Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Ballymore Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lateral AM Limited, seeking payment from the Defendant, Devonshire Commercial Property Limited, for GBP 10m plus VAT for services performed for the development, management, and sale of a property in Oxford.
  • Acting for the Ethiopian Roads Authority in two separate complex ICC arbitrations against a foreign contractor working in Ethiopia under a FIDIC contract.
  • Acting for BDW Trading Limited, the UK’s biggest housebuilder in relation to its customer focused response to historic building defects.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP provides major UK and international broadcasters with pre-broadcast, pre-publication and reputation management advice. Mark Stephens CBE, an expert in international comparative media law, co-heads the broad media & entertainment practice with Robert Lands, who focuses on IP and data protection matters pertaining to the creative industries. Seasoned litigator Elizabeth Morley regularly advises on defamation, privacy and data protection.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE; Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Morley; Matthew Gill

Testimonials

‘Mark Stephens has a vast breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, and will use that knowledge creatively and strategically to best support client interests, yet offers pragmatic advice and is approachable and very client friendly.’

‘Elizabeth Morley: knowledgeable, reliable, responsive, a safe pair of hands and works hard for clients.’

‘Robert Lands is always a pleasure to work with. He’s extremely knowledgeable and explains issues very clearly, giving us great confidence in responses to queries and any issues raised.’

Key clients

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Factory 42

The Sentry

Express Newspapers

Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

Ingenious

Greene Light Stage PLC

Gate Ventures

Melanie Newman

72 and Sunny

SEGA Corporation

Andrew Nurnberg Associates International Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Theatre, publishing and other media Tier 2

Handling both contractual and IP matters and a range of litigation in the publishing sphere, Howard Kennedy LLP is a regular port of call for leading magazines, newspapers, book publishers, authors and literary agents. A specialist in international and regulatory matters, Mark Stephens CBE co-heads the practice with Robert Lands, an IP expert with a strong profile for his work in the publishing and broadcasting spheres. On the contentious side, Elizabeth Morley comes recommended for her expertise in reputation management, privacy and data protection, where she advises various media organisations, journalists, bloggers and publications.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE; Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mark Stephens has a vast breadth and depth of knowledge and experience, and will use that knowledge creatively and strategically to best support clients’ interests – yet offers pragmatic advice and is approachable and very client friendly.’

‘Elizabeth Morley: knowledgeable, reliable, responsive, a safe pair of hands and works hard for clients.’

‘They listen, act and communicate brilliantly.’

‘Easy to deal with and highly skilled.’

‘Robert Lands is always a pleasure to work with. He’s extremely knowledgeable and explains issues very clearly, giving us great confidence in responses to queries and any issues raised.’

Key clients

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Factory 42

The Sentry

Express Newspapers

Bloomsbury

Faber & Faber

Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

Ingenious

Greene Light Stage PLC

Gate Ventures

Melanie Newman

72 and Sunny

SEGA Corporation

Andrew Nurnberg Associates International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising four women on the wrongful exploitation of their images in the Spanish government’s “All Bodies Are Beach Bodies” campaign.
  • Advising SEGA Corporation on the clearance, filing and enforcement of trademarks in the UK and on a global scale.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 3

The cross-disciplinary practice at Howard Kennedy LLP assists clients on a range of contentious and advisory partnership matters including the formation of LLPs, the rights and obligations of partners and LLP members, and business crime issues affecting partners and LLPs. The team is jointly headed by the ‘knowledgeable’ mediator and consultant Robert Craig, and Jane Amphlett, who principally handles contentious and business-critical partnership work including partner appointments and departures, enforcement of restrictive covenants and remuneration matters. Sam Murray-Hinde is another key lawyer and advises on investigations, exits, discrimination and whistleblowing claims.

Practice head(s):

Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong general business litigation team which can turn their hand to partnership well.’

‘Robert Craig is very knowledgeable in the area.’

‘Incredibly responsive team that offers commercial and pragmatic advice, cutting through to the core issues.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde has been our partner contact throughout. Sam is extremely approachable, commercial and responsive. Her advice is candid and realistic.’

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‘s business crime and regulatory department is led by Ian Ryan, who is experienced in representing and advising high-net worth individuals in serious fraud and criminal matters. The department also assists in cases of blackmail and harassment, road traffic offences, violent crimes, and drugs offences. Other key names to note include the ‘fantasticKyle Phillips, and ‘highly impressive‘ legal director Chloe-Jane Belton, as well as financial crime specialist and senior associate Jennifer Harper. Jonathan Huth joined the team from Kobre & Kim LLP in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy’s general crime team has an excellent reputation amongst legal professionals. They have a well drilled team who never let clients down. The quality of their case preparation is always high, combined with exceptional client care from committed lawyers.’

‘Kyle Phillips is a fantastic talent. He is highly regarded in the area of general crime. He works tirelessly for his clients, is always on top of his papers, and has an exceptional knowledge of the law. Kyle’s affable manner quickly gains the trust of clients. He works well with colleagues to ensure deadlines are met and the work done by his team meets his high standards.

‘Ian Ryan is a hugely influential figure in this area. He has a formidable reputation and never disappoints. Chloe-Jane Belton is highly impressive and methodical. Her legal acumen is only matched by her enthusiasm for her clients’ causes.’

‘Ian Ryan and Kyle Phillips run a good team and have good practical skills for handling client cases.’

‘Kyle Phillips is good for practical advice, and Ian Ryan is excellent in the field of SRA investigations. Jennifer Harper has a good reputation.’

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

Representing senior traders, CEOs, and business leaders, Howard Kennedy LLP has been praised by clients for having ‘considerable experience in all areas of financial crime’, with the team showing strength advising on market manipulation, money laundering, and tax fraud investigations. The group routinely handles cross-border proceedings led by European and US enforcement agencies, along with assisting victims of serious fraud in private prosecutions. The practice is headed by Ian Ryan, who ‘instils complete confidence’ in clients. Kyle Phillips ‘works tirelessly’ for individuals on bribery and corruption claims, while Jonathan Huth has advised on asset recovery and cross-border investigations since arriving as a partner from Kobre & Kim LLP in January 2023. Barrister Angharad Hughes covers confiscation and dishonesty matters, while  Jennifer Harper and  Chloe-Jane Belton are other key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Testimonials

‘Ian Ryan has seen it all and instils complete confidence. Jen Harper is a senior associate who is always the best informed in the room.’

‘Ian Ryan – a perfect foil to any prosecution. At times gentle, at times savage. A really powerful weapon to have on your side. Lives cases day-by-day and hour-by-hour. He is supported by a knowledgeable and savvy team’

‘Howard Kennedy’s white-collar crime team are excellent. They have considerable experience in all areas of financial crime, including alleged market fixing and fraud.’

‘Kyle Phillips is quality. His analytical ability is first-rate, and he works tirelessly for his clients.

‘Chloe Belton is conscientious and engaging. She is hard-working and effective.’

‘Jennifer Harper is an experienced and tenacious lawyer. She is very bright, always across the case and engages fully with counsel in the preparation of written argument.’

 

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Housing 'seasoned litigators who know how to win', Howard Kennedy LLP's commercial litigation team has a significant track record in complex, cross-border disputes and High Court cases that set new precedents for novel legal issues. Dominic Offord is 'an outstanding group head and litigator'; Joel Leigh's practice covers claims arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and regulatory scenarios, and professional negligence-related litigation; Duncan Bagshaw is an expert in Africa-related energy disputes; and India group chair Arish Bharucha is 'a polished performer'. At legal director level, James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim both act in major commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Offord

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An agile and resourceful team that is hardworking.’

‘Dominic Offord is an outstanding group head and litigator. He has excellent judgement, impressive grasp of detail, and knows how to get the best out of his team and Counsel.’

‘Arish Bharucha is a polished performer.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is well placed for court litigation given his experience.’

‘Magic Circle service, but personalised. Howard Kennedy’s client care is second to none – clients’ problems are their problems.’

‘The team has significant depth and skills – these are seasoned litigators who know how to win.’

‘Joel Leigh is a genuinely exceptional partner. His legal skills, client care and work ethic are second to none – and he, in turn, has trained a team of exceptional litigators.’

‘Ayesha Salim is a star, who is utterly professional and committed to achieving the very best for her client. She bears all the hallmarks of the Howard Kennedy focus on client-centric pragmatism, realism, and value for money.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel Middle East FZE

IIFL Wealth Management

IIFL Asset Management (Mauritius)

IIFL Capital PTE (now 360 ONE)

WSL-Cyan

Wilton Secured Lending

Global Currency Exchange Network

Global Custodial Services

Simon C Dickinson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Isaltina Lucas, the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique, in Commercial Court proceedings brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse (and other parties),seeking to challenge lending of over $2bn to Mozambique on the basis of alleged corrupt conspiracy.
  • Successfully defending London art dealer Simon C Dickinson in a negligence claim brought by the trustees of the Wemyss Heirlooms Trust, concerning the attribution of an 18th century French painting.
  • Acting for AMNSME, a joint venture between global giant ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel, in a $50m claim against Liberty IQS Pte, a Singaporean company owned by Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House Group.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP has ‘an A-list client-base that is going from strength to strength.’ Practice head Lois Langton is ‘one of the most dynamic and effective family lawyers in London today, with a celebrity client list’. Langton has particular expertise in complex financial remedy work, and the ‘bright and engagingKatherine Res Pritchard joined the practice from Vardags at the beginning of 2023; she is a ‘top addition’ to the team and advises on all aspects of domestic and international children law cases.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Res Pritchard; Jessica Rush; Olalla Garcia-Arreciado; Emma Green; Nina Lake; Jessie Smith

Testimonials

‘Lois Langton is an exceptional lawyer. She is a great leader of an excellent team. She gives her clients the best possible advice. I would always recommend her to all our people.’

‘Lois Langton leads from the front. She is a lawyer of the highest calibre with judgment to match. She has a five star practice which is a tribute to her formidable litigation skills.’

‘This firm are uniquely well-placed to advise clients in the media, sports, and entertainment industries, where their experience is second-to-none. A huge array of personality within the department explains why the clients are typically quite creative. Headed by Lois Langton, they are all stellar.’

‘Jessie Smith has a soft approach, and is just as focused and detailed. Clients adore her; they feel safe in her hands, whilst also feeling like she understands and appreciates the personal elements of the case. She’s like gold dust.’

‘A wonderful, high-end law firm that has expanded its family law expertise in recent years and now sits with the very best in this area. The firm has shown leadership in the field with a new annual lecture series led by Katherine Res Pritchard.’

‘Katherine Res Pritchard is a stand-out star of the children law world. Katherine has excellent legal expertise, and has real strengths in case strategy and drafting statements that can turn a case around 180 degrees. Katherine has particular expertise in international children law, including relocation applications and child abduction.’

‘Nina Lake is amongst the best of the best in family law in London. She is unflappable, even in a crisis, and is a match for any opponent. Lois Langton is one of the finest family solicitors in the City and has a reputation that goes before her. Jessie Smith is  part of an exceptionally strong team working tirelessly for their clients.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s power offering has strong capabilities advising on the array of energy matters, with particular focus on clean technologies, namely being offshore and onshore wind, solar photo-voltaic, energy storage, combined heat and power (CHP), district heating and cooling and electric vehicles, amongst others. It also has developing expertise in battery storage work. In addition to its advisory work, the team has a strong reputation for its abilities handling contentious work both nationally and in emerging markets; this is Duncan Bagshaw‘s particular area of focus. Specialist in low carbon and renewables work Jonathan Cohen leads the team, and is noted as ‘dedicated’ with an ‘in-depth knowledge of energy law’. ‘Hardworking’ legal director Jane Brassington is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent experience in heat networks and distributed energy systems. They also cover the real estate aspects of energy well.’

‘Jonathan Cohen is very experienced in heat networks and distributed energy.’

‘A willingness to help.’

‘The team provides an exceptional service.’

‘The team is highly professional, very cooperative and attentive to our requirements as well as being flexible in finding solutions for our needs. Despite being a relatively large firm, their approach is still very personal, which we have always found very valuable.’

‘Jonathan Cohen has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of energy law. He has dedicated his career to this field, enabling him to navigate the intricacies of energy regulations, policies, and industry dynamics with ease. The team has a strong track-record in energy-related cases.’

‘I would highly recommend Jonathan Cohen and Duncan Bagshaw at Howard Kennedy for any related legal needs in the energy industry. Jonathan possesses a unique set of attributes that make him an exceptional choice for handling complex energy law matters. I am confident that Jonathan’s team and his own sector expertise and dedication will make him a valuable asset for any clients in this space.’

‘Jane Brassington is hardworking, responsive and always available.’

Key clients

Atlantic Green UK Limited

Eurafric Power Limited

Galliard Homes

MMD Steel

Gresham House New Energy

Murphy Utility Assets

Longevity Power Ltd

Battersea Power Station

ECO-World Ballymore

London Square Developments

Blackfinch Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Battersea Power Station Development Company on the district energy system and the Landlord and Tenant Act issues associated, to provide heating and cooling to this large development site.
  • Advised Atlantic Green, a joint venture between Nofar Energy and the Interland on a series of battery energy storage projects which are the largest in the UK.
  • Advised the energy arm of Murphy Utility Assets, a large construction group know as mua Group, on its market entry into the UK’s district heat networks sector.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

With a strong track record in court and trial work, Howard Kennedy LLP's team acts across the full spectrum of real estate disputes. In addition to residential and commercial property management, the practice handles development matters surrounding fire strategy, rights of light and restrictive covenants. 'Go-to solicitor' Amanda McNeil leads the team with a particular focus on the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. Edward Cooper is a key name to note, as is Stephen Scott who joined the team in November 2022 from CMS.

Practice head(s):

Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Edward Cooper; Stephen Scott; Bhavini Patel; Robert Boucher

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy’s property litigation department is blessed, not only with first-class solicitors at partner level, but also with a rich seam of senior associate and director-level solicitors who provide partner-level service. Howard Kennedy are strong and comfortable in both residential and commercial sectors. The department has an impressive and loyal client base and a constant stream of high-quality work.’

‘Robert Boucher is a truly exceptional lawyer on an upward trajectory. With Robert at your back, you know the case will have been prepared to the nth degree.’

‘Bhavini Patel is an excellent solicitor with a keen eye for detail – intelligent and intuitive when it comes to strategy.’

‘The team is building a very strong reputation in building safety work, a developing, fast-growing sector following the passing of Building Safety Act 2022; it has a particular focus on acting for prominent developers and portfolio clients.’

‘Lauren Taylor is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is thorough, pragmatic and always gets the best outcome for the client.’

‘Amanda McNeil has a sharp legal brain complimented with bags of common sense and is a go-to solicitor for clients who want someone knowledgeable, practical and commercial in their approach.’

‘Howard Kennedy’s property litigation team exudes classy confidence. In real estate work, they are effectively a magic circle set.’

‘Howard Kennedy always take the trouble to understand the underlying objectives and bring both strong analytical advice and imagination to dealing with matters. They are always mindful of delivering value for money and balancing the costs of litigation against the prospect of success.’

Key clients

Freedom Sportsline (t/a Footlocker)

Live in Guardians Limited

Yodel Delivery Network Limited

Andrew & Jennifer Dell

Barrett Homes

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Pandora

Dexters Estate Agency

Sloane Stanley Estates

Pure Gym Limited

Work highlights

  • Acts for Ballymore in a matter relating to the consultation with residents at its development in Embassy Gardens in Battersea.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

The residential property practice at Howard Kennedy LLP typically handles the financing, acquisition, tax structuring, sale, and management of prime residential property. It works on behalf of domestic and international high-net worth clients, their families and other prominent real estate investors. It regularly handles prime real estate transactions in the £15-£50m+ range, supporting buyers both from within the UK and overseas. Amalie Raben-Levetzau is the practice head and is particularly experienced in multijurisdictional transactions.

Practice head(s):

Amalie Raben-Levetzau

Other key lawyers:

Ruby Begum

Testimonials

‘The practice was easy to contact, and it was easy to communicate with the lawyer who was assigned to my case’.

‘Ruby Begum understood my requirements and gave me sound legal advice. She demonstrated a real commitment to achieving a positive and successful outcome to the conveyancing process and overall real estate transaction. She had very good knowledge, understanding, and ability with the legal process’.

‘I’ve worked with Howard Kennedy for fifteen years and keep referring clients to them because they go the extra mile to get the job done and the clients what they were looking for‘.

‘I can get a response to a question I might be wrestling with from Ruby Begum within an hour and she appears never to sleep’.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP advises HNWIs and large corporates across the sport, media, broadcasting, politics and publishing sectors on highly sensitive defamation and reputation management issues. Additionally, the team handles cases surrounding social media and international free speech and privacy issues. The practice is led by Mark Stephens, who has a strong track record handling some of the most sensitive matters on behalf of corporate and media figures. He is supported by Elizabeth Morley, who provides defamation and reputation management advice to high-profile brands and businesses.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Morley; Matthew Gill

Key clients

Alexander Zverev

Paramount Streaming (formerly CBS Interactive)

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Alexander Zverev, a well-known tennis players, in the Association of Tennis Professionals’ 15-month investigation into allegations of physical abuse by the client against his former girlfriend, Olga Sharypova.
  • Acting for Paramount Streaming 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.
  • Representing four women in relation to the wrongful exploitation of their images in the Spanish government’s pro-equality campaign.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP fields a commercial team headed by Robert Lands – who excels in brand licensing and endorsement deals – that has added further strength to its offering through the arrival of four junior practitioners over the course of 2022, including Amy Cunliffe-Rowe, formerly of 3CS Corporate Solicitors, who has quickly engaged with a number of differing mandates and has increased the group’s data protection capabilities. The team show skill in supply, agency and distribution agreements, particularly in the food and drink, hospitality and entertainment sectors, and have overseen some notable matters regarding advertising and influence level agreements, regularly fronted by Alex Watt, for marketing and retail companies.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pandora

Rapha

Hilton

Billion Dollar Boy

Wicked Foods

The Restaurant Group

Lio London

Cox London

Factory 42

Lavish

Bitstock

Work highlights

  • Advising high-end sportswear brand Rapha on third-party licensing agreements.
  • Acting for Wicked Foods Inc, the business behind the WICKED vegan brand on the renewal of their TESCO agreement and agreements with Waitrose and other retailers.
  • Advised Lio London on a license contract franchising the club Toy Room by means of the club Pascha.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Solicitor disciplinary work is a key area for Howard Kennedy LLP, which routinely acts for solicitors and law firms in SRA investigations and prosecutions; while Bar disciplinary work is a growth area for the firm. Ian Ryan is 'a legend', and Joel Leigh is particularly active in defence-side barrister matters.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Joel Leigh; Jennifer Harper

Testimonials

‘Knows this area of law inside out.’

‘Ian Ryan is a legend with a big heart.’

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP assists an array of hoteliers and entrepreneurial businesses in the leisure industry with issues arising at every stage of the lifecycle of assets and operations. The team provides a complete offering, with experts across all relevant legal disciplines, including real estate, tax, employment, intellectual property, banking and disputes. Heading the retail and leisure offering is consultant Adam Walford, who offers expertise in commercial real estate issues and is regularly instructed by household name retailers and restaurants. Anthony Hunt, who heads up the corporate real estate team, focuses on hotel-related work, regularly handling M&A, joint ventures, listings, and management buy-outs and buy-ins. Intellectual property expert Alex Watt focuses on licensing, gaming, franchising and publishing work for brands.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford; Anthony Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Tortilla

PureGym PLC

Lina Stores

Miscusi

REEF

Padella

Blewlett’s Holding Limited

Pizza Hut

Prezzo

Wonderland Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Advising PureGym on its roll-out programme, which includes acquisitions and asset management.
  • Advising numerous restaurant operators and luxury hotel brands on employment and employee relations issues.
  • Advising REEF Technology on its acquisition programme in the UK.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

With demonstrable experience in handling student accommodation mandates, Howard Kennedy LLP has thorough expertise in the residential/living sector. Graham Kaye and Kate Woodgate oversee the commercial and residential development team, while David Philips and Astrid Stanley are noted for their proficiency in development site acquisitions. On the corporate occupiers side, the team, led by Adam Walford and Anthony Hunt, often advises franchisers, owners, and operators in the hospitality and leisure sector. Antonia Frangakis caters to re-gears and disposals, while Lydia Christie is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford; Anthony Hunt; Graham Kaye; Kate Woodgate

Other key lawyers:

David Philips; Astrid Stanley; Antonia Frangakis; Lydia Christie; Anna Armstrong; Stephanie Brigg; Vanessa Laundon; Jason Tann

Key clients

Tortilla

PureGym PLC

Lina Stores

Miscusi

Reef

Padella

Blewlett’s Holding Limited

Pizza Hut

Prezzo

Wonderland Restaurants

Work highlights

  • Acting for PureGym on 35 active acquisitions.
  • Acted for Blewett’s Holdings Limited on the purchase of the Mill End Hotel together with several of its accompanying cottages by way of share purchase.
  • Assisted Reef with their rapid acquisition programme in order to give them a foothold in the UK.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP's planning team, led by the ‘astute and hard-working' Jade Chalmers, advises on a full range of contentious and non-contentious planning matters in the commercial, mixed-use, housing, retail, and hotel sectors. The group assists a number of property developers and provides specialist advice on CIL regulations. In 2022, the team experienced increased activity in the private rented sector and a growing need for student accommodation and retirement space. Renewable energy projects and affordable housing are also growth areas for the team.

Practice head(s):

Jade Chalmers

Other key lawyers:

Bob Sadler; Caitlin Spence

Testimonials

‘A very good planning team under the headship of Jade Chalmers. Excellent and clearly close relationship between a property private client base and the planning division, therefore offering a multi-disciplinary approach. The planning team has grown under Jade Chalmers and is a young, hardworking outfit.’

‘Jade Chalmers heads up the planning team. She is brilliant with clients, astute and hard-working. An absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘A great team who are great collaborators. It is always at the forefront of the most interesting cases, highly responsive and dilligent in what it does. It is led by a true leader in Jade Chalmers, with a great crop of talent alongside her.’

‘Jade Chalmers is just an absolute star. She is always great with handling clients, ensuring that cases are managed well, and only the best arguments pursued.’

‘The entire team was involved at each stage, including the head of planning and partners down to juniors and trainees.’

‘Friendly and a pleasure to work with. In particular, Jade Chalmers and Caitlin Spence were just a joy to work with, extremely knowledgeable and always on hand to assist.’

‘We have always found the level of research and understanding of the complex planning system and legal complexity to be up there with the best. A recent complex agreement has involved the team in extensive dissection of a complex masterplan arrangement. It was reassuring to know that we had our backs covered on this.’

‘Jade Chalmers leads on the planning support for our business and has demonstrated on many occasions her in-depth knowledge of the complex planning system that we operate. She leads a team that is tenacious in its review of documents yet clear in its reporting and advice, something that is critical to enable quick decisions to be made.’

Key clients

Fairview Hotels (Ipswich) Limited

Leos UK Holdings Limited

Atlantic Green UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Fairview Hotels (Ipswich) Limited in the landmark case handed down by Mr Justice Holgate concerning accommodating asylum seekers in hotels, successfully arguing that the injunctive proceedings put in place to prohibit any asylum seekers staying at the hotel were not justified.
  • Represented Leos UK Holdings Limited in a public inquiry appealing the refusal of planning permission to provide a 29-storey building for 121 residential units and flexible commercial space by the London Borough of Croydon Council.
  • Advised Nofar and Interland on the ‘Cellarhead’ project, Nofar’s entry into the UK renewable energy market, and the UK’s largest planned battery energy storage project, which has an estimated construction cost of £214m and will provide storage capacity of approximately 700 MWh.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 4

The key name for advertising and marketing at Howard Kennedy LLP is intellectual property partner Alex Watt - his recent work has included advising retailers and influencer marketing agencies on campaigns, contracts and disputes.

Employment > Employers Tier 5

Assisting clients in a range of sectors including fashion, sport and transport, Howard Kennedy LLP is recommended for representation in employment tribunal claims as well as advice on contractual negotiations and data protection issues. The team is led by Jane Amphlett, who focuses on discrimination, whistleblowing and harassment claims, as well as board level disputes and restructuring. 'Exceptional' industrial relations specialist Sam Murray-Hinde is also key.

Practice head(s):

Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Howard Kennedy are second to none. They are all a safe pair of hands for any employment dispute. They are the team I would recommend my friends to use.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde deserves recognition within that team – she is excellent. Client-friendly and down-to-earth but there is nothing she doesn’t know about employment law.’

‘The team are incredibly responsive to enquiries, very good value for money, and are well-resourced.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is an exceptional solicitor. I have worked with her for approximately 15 years and her attention to detail, promptness at dealing with issues arising in cases, and advice to clients is first class.’

‘Clients can have all aspects of their business serviced with a single point of contact, who will draw in experts from within and outside the firm and co-ordinate the response.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is extremely efficient, knowledgeable, organised and client-friendly. She is an expert in transport and sport.’

‘They have strength and depth and are led by the incredibly bright and commercial Jane Amphlett.’

‘Jane Amphlett – go to partner for any employment related issue. Depth of knowledge, pragmatic advice. Always responsive.’

Key clients

PANDORA UK Limited

Condé Nast International Limited

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club

British Gymnastics

TriplePoint Capital

East London Bus & Coach Company Limited

South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited

Gordon Brothers International

TCI Fund Management

Ballymore Properties

Management Artists

Instalcom Limited

Work highlights

  • Advises Yorkshire Cricket Club in relation to an ongoing Employment Tribunal claim brought by Azeem Rafiq and a multitude of allegations of race discrimination which had created a major crisis at the Club.
  • Advises Pandora regularly 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.
  • Advises Management Artists, a major international fashion agency in a number of matters including contractual terms and bonus arrangements, post-termination restriction disputes and data protection compliance.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

With demonstrable experience in handling student accommodation mandates, Howard Kennedy LLP has thorough expertise in the residential/living sector. Graham Kaye and Kate Woodgate oversee the commercial and residential development team, while David Philips and Astrid Stanley are noted for their proficiency in development site acquisitions. On the corporate occupiers side, the team, led by Adam Walford and Anthony Hunt, often advises franchisers, owners, and operators in the hospitality and leisure sector. Antonia Frangakis caters to re-gears and disposals, while Lydia Christie is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Kate Woodgate; Graham Kaye

Other key lawyers:

David Philips; Astrid Stanley; Adam Walford; Anthony Hunt; Antonia Frangakis; Lydia Christie; Anna Armstrong; Stephanie Brigg; Vanessa Laundon; Jason Tann

Testimonials

‘Howard Kennedy has an excellent multidisciplinary team which means all aspects of a transaction can be covered quickly and effectively, saving time and money. They maintain excellent client relationships, and it’s always a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Astrid Stanley is a fine lawyer, she is always available to meet clients needs.’

‘A highly professional team which is prepared to always go the extra mile in situations whereby pressure to conclude a transaction is at its highest.’

‘Antonia Frangakis provides an excellent service and support.’

‘Consistently great service from team.’

‘Astrid Stanley is a perfect blend of commercial savvy and property knowledge. She had a direct and problem-solving approach.’

‘Jason Tann is an excellent communicator, a true resolver and simplifier of potentially complicated challenges.’

Key clients

Van Hague

Galliard – David

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Van Hage family on the disposal of their garden centre business to Blue Diamond UK Limited, by way of a share sale.
  • Aacted for Galliard Developments Limited & Redington Developments (Industrial) Limited & CJ Group O’Shea Limited & Tamigu Limited in respect of the sale of the “Honey Monster site”.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s ‘diverse and very interesting practice‘ handles significant international cases that frequently involve states or state-owned entities, particularly in Africa and the Indian sub-continent.  Group leader Duncan Bagshaw 'fights extremely hard for his clients', while India group chair Arish Bharucha, a May 2022 partner recruit from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP, regularly acts in India-related arbitrations and arbitration matters in court. Legal director Ayesha Salim assists with contractual, company, shareholder, partnership, and joint venture disputes.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Bagshaw

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team. Professional in every respect, and very responsive and available.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is an excellent negotiator. Clients feel excellently represented by him. He looks after their interests in the best possible way.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is great and fights extremely hard for his clients.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw has a wonderful way with clients, and gives sound and practical advice.’

‘An excellent team – highly collegial and client friendly. They make a conscious effort to promote diversity.’

Arish Bharucha is the go-to lawyer for Indian businesses looking to litigate and arbitrate in London.

‘A diverse and very interesting practice.’

‘An excellent team with a particular focus on high-level work in Africa.’

Key clients

Eurafric Power

The Republic of Ghana

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Bluequest Energy Resources

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Republic of Ghana in arbitration proceedings brought by Tullow Oil, seeking over $300m in damages and declarations, in relation to taxes levied upon the proceeds of oil production.
  • Representing an African bank in LCIA arbitration proceedings involving a $56m claim against a multinational oil and gas company.
  • Representing the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in an arbitration to defend a £23m claim brought by an independent power producer company.

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Senior partner Steve Clinning heads the banking and real estate finance group at Howard Kennedy LLP, utilising his more than 30 years' experience in general banking, development finance and hotel finance, both for lenders and borrowers. Senior associate Jon Janes is a key figure on syndicated and bilateral facilities on domestic and cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Steve Clinning

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable team, and very approachable.’

Key clients

Octopus Real Estate

Puma Property Finance

LendInvest

Rothschild & Co

City & Docklands

Galliard Homes

Southern Grove Real Estate

Montreaux Limited

Gordon Hotels Limited

Arbunot Lathum & Co.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Gordon Hotels Limited (as borrower) in the financing with Cynergy Bank for (among other things) the buy-out of shares from a shareholder in companies within the Borrower group and refinancing an existing loan of the borrower with Octopus.
  • Acted for Montreaux Cape Limited (as borrower) in the financing with Zorin Avenue Lendco 5 Limited (as senior lender) and Alvarium (NZ) Real Estate Opportunities Fund I LP (as mezz lender) for the acquisition and redevelopment of a site in St Albans.
  • Acting for Montreaux Binfield Limited in the financing with Zorin Avenue Lendco 2 Limited for the acquisition and redevelopment of a site to build 15 new homes and six flats.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP’s capabilities encompass trade mark licensing and contentious claims, as well as managing international brands. Active across various sectors, the team is noted for its expertise in the creative industries, and is well-versed in art-related mandates. ‘Exceptional’ Robert Lands leads the practice and handles trade mark and copyright work, while Colin Sawdy is at the forefront of the firm’s trade mark practice.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:

Colin Sawdy; Alex Watt; Elizabeth Morley; Pollyanna Savva

Testimonials

‘Robert Lands is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘The practice is well known in the art and advertising worlds and has generated some cutting-edge legal precedents in a variety of inspiring legal issues.’

‘Alex Watt is an exceptional lawyer. He has transformed the team, which is renowned across the art and IP worlds.’

‘Alex Watt is particularly adept at combining traditional worlds such as art and advertising with the technological breakthroughs generated by new technologies such as NFTs.’

‘Robert Lands and Elizabeth Morley have immense experience in the IP field, particularly in copyright, trade marks and passing off. They have particular expertise in the visual arts sector, having represented artists and galleries for many years.’

‘Both Robert Lands and Elizabeth Morley bring their experience to bear to achieve excellent commercial results.’

‘It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Robert Lands and Pollyanna Savva. They are very professional – handle cases swiftly, with excellent quality and always gives good advice for the best for our client.’

‘Robert Lands and Pollyanna Savva are a dream team to collaborate with.’

Key clients

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

ePlus, Inc.

Q Software Global Limited

Wicked Foods

SEGA Corporation

Billion Dollar Boy

Pacha

Pandora Jewellery

Yorkshire County Cricket Council

British Gymnastics Association

Lavish

The Restaurant Group

Cox London

David Zwirner

LG Household & Healthcare Ltd

72andSunny

S&P Global Ltd

Bantam Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for ePlus Inc (and UK subsidiary IGXGlobal Limited) in the registration and prosecution of their UK and EU trade marks.
  • Advising David Zwirner, German art dealer and owner of the David Zwirner Gallery in New York City, London, Hong Kong, and Paris, in relation to brand strategy, trade mark clearance and trade mark prosecution in the UK and internationally.
  • Acting for S&P Global Inc in the clearance, filing and enforcement of trade marks in the UK and EU.

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

Lois Langton draws on her experience of heading the family law team to lead Howard Kennedy LLP‘s sports group on matters concerning high-net-worth-individuals and high-profile athletes. Criminal, business and regulatory specialist Kyle Phillips is a key contact for client defences following regulatory breaches, namely in the eSports space. Joel Leigh - an expert in complex commercial and professional negligence claims - also deals with contentious issues in the eSports, horse racing and motorsports arenas. Employment practitioner Sam Murray-Hinde provides key support to the team.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has strong experience in the e-sports sector.’

‘Joel Leigh is extremely practical, strategic, and personable. His overall approach, including to negotiations, is highly effective at delivering results for his clients.’

‘The sports team is second to none for sports cases with a commercial core. The team are seasoned litigators, with particular expertise in football cases – although their knowledge of sports law goes well beyond one sport. An absolute go-to for clubs, footballers and managers alike.’

‘Joel Leigh is a star individual in this field. He has impressive knowledge of all commercial-related sports issues, including the complex insolvency issues that so often arise in this field. He is a seasoned litigator, who is second to none on client care and legal acumen. Joel, in turn, surrounds himself with an excellent team who are always ready to help.’

‘Joel Leigh is a superb litigator and an outstanding and balanced lawyer. He has built an impressive specialism in sports disputes, acting for well known professional and amateur sports people. Incredibly easy to engage with, he always delivers for his clients, and his personality enables him to steer his clients through the enormous stress of litigation with aplomb.’

‘First-class capabilities across various interlocking specialisms.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is an excellent leader, her specialism spans the employment-sports spaces, and she is absolutely on top of her brief and always a pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

‘A good and reliable team in the finance and insolvency sphere’, Howard Kennedy LLP combines ‘intellectual rigour and commercial practicality’ on behalf of office holders, directors, lenders and creditors engaged in contentious and non-contentious matters. Team head Vernon Dennismaintains an incredible focus on current and future issues’ and ‘delivers results’ for IPs, particularly on matters within the retail and real estate sectors. Tim Bignell is ‘a strategic thinker who has unrivalled experience in the insolvency field’, and alongside Dominic Offord excels at handling insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Vernon Dennis

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Offord; Tim Bignell; Rachel Brown; Hannah Hooper

Testimonials

‘The team I have been working with most recently represents the best mix of terrifying intellectual rigour and commercial practicality that I have come across.’

A good and reliable team in the finance and insolvency sphere.’

‘Vernon Dennis is a very experienced litigator who is a safe pair of hands for insolvency practitioners to instruct – he delivers results.’

‘Vernon Dennis is one of the most forward thinking insolvency lawyers in the sector and maintains an incredible focus on current and future issues.’

‘Tim Bignell is a strategic thinker who has unrivalled experience in the insolvency field.’

Litigator Dominic Offord is among the best in the business when it comes to getting the very best results for the firm’s clients.’

‘Rachel Brown well is solid and will no doubt make partner at some point. Lovely to work with, gets good work/client’s and knows what she is talking about/doing.’

Key clients

WSL-Cyan Limited and Wilton Secured Lending Limited

Begbies Traynor

FRP

Moorfields

ECA Procurement Services Limited

Crowe

Evelyn Partners

MacIntyre Hudson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Begbies Traynor as the administrator in the pre-pack sale of the Ping Pong restaurants business, which included 7 central London leasehold sites and the transfer of all staff.
  • Acting for Milstead Langdon as liquidators of Onestopmoneymanager Ltd and Merchant Optimisation Services Ltd regarding the treatment of surplus monies that have proved incapable of being returned to the original merchants who used these payment service provider platforms.
  • Acting for Moorfields as the administrator of Select Fashion in effecting the management buy-out of the business and assets by means of a pre-pack sale, with the new company taking on a portfolio of 115 stores and the TUPE transfer of all staff at the stores and head office.

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.

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 Lydia Christie
Sport Lois Langton
Sport Kyle Philips
Our practice areas:
Arts & Cultural Property Mark Stephens, CBE
Banking Patrick Keown
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 John Kiely
International Jonathan Polin
Islamic Finance Imran Sadiq
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 Astrid Stanley
Tax James Meakin
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Ayesha Salim photo Ayesha Salim Ayesha Salim specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for and advising…
Colin Sawdy photo Colin Sawdy Colin Sawdy is an intellectual property solicitor specialising in trade marks, copyright…
Elizabeth Smith photo Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence, with particular experience…
Astrid Stanley photo Astrid Stanley Astrid Stanley is a commercial property expert acting for individuals, developers, property…
Mark Stephens photo Mark Stephens Specialising in international, appellate and complex litigation,  Mark Stephens has undertaken some…
James Stewart photo James Stewart James Stewart deals with a mix of contentious and non-contentious development work…
Simon Taylor photo Simon Taylor Simon Taylor is a litigator focussing on commercial dispute resolution and in…
Victoria Tyson photo Victoria Tyson Victoria Tyson is an award-winning contentious construction lawyer with over 25 years’…
Adam Walford photo Adam Walford Adam Walford advises household name restaurants and retailers on their real estate…
Alex Watt photo Alex Watt Alex Watt is an experienced intellectual property lawyer who specialises in commercial…
Gillian White photo Gillian White Gillian White is an experienced corporate solicitor who is committed to her…
Kate Woodgate photo Kate Woodgate Kate Woodgate is a real estate development expert advising on substantial transactions.…
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Jonathan Achampong photo Jonathan Achampong Jonathan Achampong is a solicitor specialised in all aspects of private residential…
Nikki Edwards photo Nikki Edwards Nikki Edwards is a partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. She…
Rebecca Hume photo Rebecca Hume Rebecca Hume represents clients on complex commercial disputes and multi-jurisdictional insolvency cases.…
Huseyin Huseyin photo Huseyin Huseyin Huseyin Huseyin is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience representing national…
Beth Myers photo Beth Myers Beth Myers is a partner with over 15 years’ experience in the…
Jonathan Pawlowski photo Jonathan Pawlowski Jonathan Pawlowski specialises in disputes which arise in the construction, engineering and…
Stephen Scott photo Stephen Scott Stephen Scott is an expert in commercial property disputes, providing strategic and…
Jason Tann photo Jason Tann Jason Tann has over 20 years of experience as a solicitor in…
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Taner Dedezade photo Taner Dedezade Taner Dedezade is an international construction barrister, dispute resolver, published author and…
Number of UK partners : 63
Number of other UK fee-earners : 150
Total headcount : 423
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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.