Howard Kennedy LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Howard Kennedy LLP

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP advises a broad array of clients, including high-net-worth individuals and major retailers, on low to mid-market M&A and other strategic corporate transactions. Practice head Gillian White focuses on retail, leisure and technology sector deals, while Ashley Reeback acts for a broad cross-section of AIM-listed entities. Recent work for international M&A and corporate restructuring specialist Jonathan Polin includes handling a major cross-border disposal in the Far East, while Stephanie Brigg acts for a number of science and engineering clients. Charlotte Whitworth and Jane Brassington are recommended for their corporate real estate experience.

Practice head(s):

Gillian White; Ashley Reeback


‘Howard Kennedy brought forth the appropriately sized resources to understand and manage our transaction. Too often there is a mismatch of the size of the transaction and the relevant resources but this was not the case here. At various moments of the transaction process we leaned heavily on their expertise for “what is market” for the size of the transaction.’

‘Jonathan Polin was outstanding and stepped in at several points of the transaction to bring more than just legal knowledge to help steer us through issues. His project management skills were particularly impressive given the remote nature of the transaction and interactions with his counterparts.’

Key clients

Polski Bank Komórek Macierzystych S.A.

Galliard Holdings Limited

Almero Holdings UK Limited

Markway Inversiones SL/Platinum Estates Limited (Hong Kong)

Michels & Taylor (London) Limited

Capital on Tap



Office Power


Victory Innovations Acquisition Company, Inc

Durite Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Victory Innovations Acquisition Company, Inc on its acquisition of Eco Statics Global Limited, together with its 20 multi-jurisdictional subsidiaries.
  • Advised a major retailer on the sale of certain brands and intellectual property rights in Asia to a Chinese buyer based in Hong Kong.
  • Acted for the shareholders of the holding company of Durite Limited on the sale of the group to Safe Fleet.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 2

Mark Stephens CBE leads the department at Howard Kennedy LLP that advises museums and public collections, galleries and dealers as well as public art organisations, charities/foundations and collectors. Other key clients are artists and estates, photographers, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Its expertise covers all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from drafting and negotiating agreements to litigation and the resolution of disputes. The key types of work it is involved in includes advising on the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property and the provision of estate planning for artists and collectors. Stephens has undertaken a significant number of cases in relation to spoliated art too. Daniel McClean is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:


Dynamic and adaptable – cases involving everything from art (and their artists) through to horses. Good at getting to the nub of the issue and cutting through the noise‘.

The team at Howard Kennedy brings a unique combination of directly relevant and practical skills in this area involving substantial knowledge and experience of the international art market and the expectation and aspiration of clients, together with sound practice base in how the law works in terms of international business transactions and also international criminal law, and finally a solid ground in the practice and procedures of the English domestic courts‘.

Daniel McClean has unrivalled knowledge of and experience in international art law generally and knows the substance of the law and how the market works internationally‘.

Howard Kennedy has exceptional experience of, and understanding of, the art market, with all of its eccentricities. They should absolutely be ranked prominently in this sphere‘.

Key clients

Delahunty Ltd trading as Delahunty Fine Art

Mrs Simonis

Sir Frank Bowling OBE, dispute with Hales Gallery in London

Acting for clients in dispute against Blain Southern (liquidation)

Working on repeated major secondary art market transactions over $5 Million US dollars

The Tate

Lisson Gallery

Ocula (online art platform)

Sprueth Magers Gallery

Art Basel

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

The core areas of practice for Howard Kennedy LLP are freedom of expression claims, appellate litigation and human rights issues related to privacy, the media and business. The firm also advises global bodies including the UN, the US State Department and the FCO, as well as international charities and NGOs, on a range of issues. Practice head Mark Stephens CBE focuses on defending freedom of expression and human rights cases. Another key name in his team is Elizabeth Morley, who has particular expertise in mandates at the intersection between the right to privacy provided by Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights and the right to freedom of expression provided by Article 10.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Morley; Hugo Mason


‘Howard Kennedy’s lawyers have an excellent grasp of freedom of speech and family and private life issues, and particularly in cases involving the overlap (and tension) between those two rights. They combine a traditional background in media law with more vibrant areas, including in the field of data privacy, to bring genuine expertise to cases raising those sorts of human rights issues.’

‘Mark Stephens- stand out partner who combines a deep knowledge of the law with expert tactical judgment and an authority borne of years of experience at the sharp end of litigation.’

‘Elizabeth Morley – excellent, industrious and unflappable. She is a pleasure to work with, and adds real value to any team.’

‘Hugo Mason- a rock solid and reliable associate: has the stomach for a fight!’

Key clients

Media Legal Defence Initiative

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Human Dignity Trust

Work highlights

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

Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP's residential conveyancing practice has gone from strength to strength since team head Pervaze Ahmed joined the firm in 2017, with it winning work from new and existing clients, such as banks, overseas investors and high-net-worth individuals. Notwithstanding the challenges faced by the wider market as a result of Covid-19, the group has continued to advise UK and overseas-based clients on high-value investment transactions. Ahmed has expertise in the purchase and disposal of prime and super-prime residential properties in central London. He is also noted for having strong connections overseas, particularly in the Middle East and South East Asia. Amalie Raben-Levetzau is also active in transactions with an international element; as a native Danish speaker, she has a particularly strong profile among Scandinavian clients.

Practice head(s):

Pervaze Ahmed

Other key lawyers:


‘Pervaze Ahmed is always available, responsive, his knowledge and expertise are second to none, always finds a way to resolve issues, keeps clients at ease, is efficient and manages everyone’s expectations.’

‘Amalie is also excellent and always available. A great asset to the HK team.’

‘Howard Kennedy are an incredibly impressive business. Efficient with a very keen eye for detail and unphased by complicated transactions or complicated people.’

‘Pervaze Ahmed – Always available and a master communicator for clients and agents alike. Ruthlessly efficient and unphased by increased workload and complex transactions.’

‘The team is excellent in understanding any client’s circumstances. The nature of the firm also allows them to aid their clients with other advice, not just relating to conveyancing, which gives their clients both peace of mind and a complete service.’

‘People are professional, engaging and extremely capable. Their fees are competitive. I know that all decent prime central agents are always pleased to see Howard Kennedy acting for either buyer or seller.’

‘Amalie Raben-Levetzau: Her availability and ability to respond quickly and clearly. She is very diligent and does not miss issues, but even more impressive is her ability to find solutions to any issues. She is also polite and professional at all times.’

‘They are problem solvers rather than putting up barriers to impede the transaction. Their modus operandi is that ‘we are here to make the transaction get across the line’, which are the wishes of both seller and buyer.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on the purchase of 4 flats that are in Howard Kennedy’s old offices at Harcourt House.

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

The media and entertainment team at Howard Kennedy LLP is praised for its ‘robust and strategic approach' to handling both contentious and non-contentious matters, including corporate, IP, finance, regulatory and employment issues. Mark Stephens CBE has specialist expertise in international comparative media law and regulation. He co-heads the practice with Robert Lands, who has a particular focus on IP and data protection issues faced by clients in the creative industries. ‘Superb lawyer’ Elizabeth Morley, who made partner in 2020, handles contentious work involving issues such as defamation, reputation management, privacy, data protection and freedom of speech. Alex Watt, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in March 2021, leads the firm’s advertising and marketing practice. Colin Sawdy joined from Sheridans in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE; Robert Lands


‘Liz Morley is a wonderful lawyer, who is very hard-working and approachable.’

‘The media team at Howard Kennedy is unique because of their robust and strategic approach, the sheer diversity of their clients and the nature of the matters on which they advise.’

‘Mark Stephens is a rainmaker. Mark is incredibly strategic and robust, helping journalists and media organisations achieve their desired outcomes in a thoughtful and creative way.’ 

‘Liz Morley is a superb lawyer, extremely competent and calm. She also has a very friendly manner.’

Key clients

Spa Publishing

Melanie Newman

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Express Newspapers


Faber & Faber

Biteback Publishing

Work highlights

  • Representing freelance journalist Melanie Newman in her appeal for the right to access court documents as a journalist, centred around the balance between the right to privacy under Article 8 and a responsible journalist’s right to access court papers and to report on court proceedings under Article 10.
  • Redrafted the terms and conditions by which Spa Publishing sold advertising within its publications.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP’s partnerships practice is highly active in the financial services sector, with instructions being received from groups and individual partners. Assisting predominantly with non-contentious issues, team co-head Robert Craig’s practice covers LLP formations and regulatory advice. Fellow co-head Jane Amphlett’s broad expertise encompasses senior partner appointments and departures, restrictive covenant enforcement actions, and disputes concerning misconduct and discrimination claims. Further contentious expertise is brought by 'brilliant tactician' James Townsend.

Practice head(s):

Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:


A good firm with wide-ranging skills. Very commercial.

James Townsend is an incredibly good solicitor to have on your side. He is astute, commercial and a brilliant tactician. Completely unflappable and with excellent client care qualities.

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

The business crime and regulatory team at Howard Kennedy LLP focuses on private criminal work for high-net-worth individuals, primarily handling financial matters or cases involving harassment and blackmail rather than other work more typically handled by legal aid practices. The team, which is led by the ‘super experienced and confidentIan Ryan, works in tandem with the firm’s reputation management and fraud lawyers to provide a tailored service to its high-end clients.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan


‘Ian Ryan is well-known as one of the top solicitors in the field.’

‘Ian Ryan is super experienced and confident. Knows exactly how to try to solve his client’s problems.’

‘Ian Ryan is a star.  Enormously experienced, unflappable and always immaculately prepared, he inspires confidence in the client and the team.  Moreover, he is a supreme strategist and tactician.’

‘Vast experience of dealing with privately funded clients and going the extra mile to provide a full and complete service.’

‘Led by Ian Ryan, the team has deep experience in high profile serious fraud, corruption, cash forfeiture and money laundering including those with international components. In almost every high profile serious case, this team brings outstanding experience and insight to the work it does.’

‘The firm is highly professional and effective. They are well resourced both in terms of high calibre lawyers and facilities. They provide a first rate service in fraud and financial crime cases. ‘

Work highlights

  • Advising a high-net-worth individual in relation to allegations of criminal wrongdoing against them and of which they are a victim.
  • Representing an estate agent to provide advice in relation to regulatory and criminal compliance matters.
  • Representing a high-net-worth individual in relation to a long-running FCA investigation.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP ‘commands huge respect in this space, especially following its significant outcomes in the recent Euribor trials for two separate individuals’; the team is known for its high-profile successful representation of two Deutsche Bank employees in criminal proceedings arising out of the SFO’s Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) investigation. The practice remains active in SFO investigations and money laundering issues, but its recent extradition work is also novel, particularly in US-facing mandates; tax fraud work is another area of focus. For representation of high-net-worth individuals, the department also turns to the firm’s specialists in reputation management, private wealth, family law and commercial litigation. Ian Ryan is singled out for his ‘significant experience in major trials’; he heads up practice, where senior associate Jennifer Harper and associate Melanie Zwennes are also recommended. In addition, the group bolstered its offering at partner level with the hire of Kyle Phillips from Fieldfisher in June 2021; clients note ‘his analytical ability is first-rate and he works tirelessly for his clients’.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is led by Ian Ryan and commands huge respect in this space, especially following its significant outcomes in the recent EURIBOR trials for two separate individuals. Ian Ryan is a shrewd operator. He has significant experience in major trials. His judgement and strategic thinking are much in demand.’

‘Very active and hands-on team. Great communicators and good with counsel. The team has key strengths in business crime and combine a down-to-earth approach with conscientiousness and careful preparation of cases.’

‘Really great expertise across a number of members of the team – they have enough experience to be able to say they genuinely have seen it all before.’

‘The firm attracts an enviable array of corporate clients and high net worth individuals who are seeking a thorough and highly professional service throughout the investigation process. They boast an array of excellent financial crime lawyers who diligently prepare their clients’ cases and provide accurate and realistic advice throughout. They are presently one of the exceptional firms in this sector.’

‘Ian Ryan is approaching the role of statesman of the field – he has been one of the top partners working in this field for over 20 years. He has excellent tactical instincts and the level of experience that reassures clients he knows exactly what approach to take. Melanie Zwennes is unflappable and gaining great experience from being a member of such a strong team. Jen Harper is a very good associate.’

‘Kyle Phillips. His analytical ability is first-rate and he works tirelessly for his clients. Kyle has enormous talent and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He is always two steps ahead of prosecutors and investigators. He has achieved excellent results in high-profile cases.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a Swiss asset manager in his extradition proceedings to the US (New York), where he faces prosecution by the DOJ in the Southern District of New York and Civil Proceedings being brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in respect of a £35m pump-and-dump securities/share fraud.
  • Representing a high-net-worth individual, a director of an international company, in respect of an alleged fraud of over £50m committed by individuals and business entities.
  • Advising a senior professional of a well-known financial services company in relation to a large-scale fraud investigation.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Regularly active in complex multi-party, cross-border litigation, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s team acts for corporates, sovereign governments and wealthy individuals. Its key work streams include complex international litigation and arbitration matters, contentious insolvency and civil fraud cases. Cross-border fraud and contentious insolvency expert Dominic Offord is the head of the commercial dispute resolution practice, which includes highly regarded practitioner Simon TaylorDuncan Bagshaw has expertise in Africa-related disputes, while Joel Leigh is noted for his specialism in professional negligence and civil fraud claims. Fiona Hinds and Tim Bignell are other experienced partners. Elizabeth Morley made partner in 2020. James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim are key legal directors in the team.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Offord

Other key lawyers:

Simon Taylor; Duncan Bagshaw; Joel Leigh; Fiona Hinds; Tim Bignell; Mark Stephens CBE; James Wingfield; Ayesha Salim; Hannah Hooper; Julia Wookey


I would recommend the firm as they are very experienced, represent value for money and helped us make sensible decisions in a difficult litigation case.

Their excellent service and advice helped us achieve a very good outcome.

Great for regular updates and detailed billing and suggestions to help minimise our costs.

Dominic Offord was outstanding, and his advice, pragmatic approach and reassurance were invaluable.

Duncan Bagshaw is a very skilled person, and most of all, very smart. He gets to the point quickly and is very precise and competent. He acts in a very clear manner and his availability is very much appreciated.

Joel Leigh is an excellent practitioner, with a very good sense of the appropriate approach to take in difficult situations.

Tim Bignell is a very experienced litigator.

Fiona Hinds is a very effective litigator.

Key clients

Comune di Messina

Alexander (Sascha) Zverev

Sol Campbell

Nueva IQT SL


Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau

Europa LLP Executive Pension Scheme & Ors

Work highlights

  • Acted for Vordere Plc in complex, multifaceted litigation to protect the interests of Vordere and its shareholders from the actions of its former directors, including successfully securing settlements of claims against a Brazilian company and a Cayman-based shareholder.
  • Acting for Europa LLP Executive Pension Scheme & Ors in a case involving allegations of tax fraud.
  • Successfully acted for professional tennis player Alexander (Sascha) Zverev in a dispute with his agent/manager, ACE Group International, which concerned the validity and/or the enforceability of their professional representation contract.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP‘s multidisciplinary hotels, hospitality and leisure team is a one-stop shop, advising on M&A transactions and advisory work. A significant portion of work over the last year has involved Covid crisis management, with the practice providing strategic advice on non-payment of rent claims and debt proceedings. Department head Adam Walford focuses on asset management and the acquisition and disposal of commercial property, concentrating particularly on restaurants.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Bagshaw; Stephanie Brigg


‘Great team, very responsive when called and via email. Lots of common sense as well as sound legal advice.’

‘We have had a very good experience with working with the team in their understanding of the nitty-gritty of transactions.’

‘Their specialists have proved very useful and very professional.’

‘Having used the property/commercial team at Howard Kennedy for a number of years I find it difficult to fault them.’

Key clients

Galliard Homes


Mei Mei

JKS Restaurants



Six by Nico

Big Fernand


Dirty Bones

Universo Pacha S.A.


The East London Pub Co.

PureGym Limited

Wonderland Restaurants Limited

Sessions Market

Work highlights

  • Advised Pacha, the Spanish lifestyle and entertainment brand on the acquisition of the former Café de Paris nightclub for the group’s cabaret and restaurant concept Lio.
  • Advised Sidechick on the James Street lease acquisition in Marylebone for the new chicken-based concept from the team behind Patty & Bun.
  • Advised Wonderland Restaurants on the lease acquisition and agreement for the Brewer Street basement venue of The Crown Estate’s Grade II listed building .

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP has built up a strong reputation for its work with high-net-worth clients advising them on complex, high-value and high-profile disputes and is receiving an increasing number of significant Court of Protection instructions. Many aspects of its work relate to cross-border disputes with a large proportion of its work including elements of international succession and offshore assets and trusts. Emily Mailer and Naomi O’Higgins  lead the team that has a wealth of experience in litigating in all the major offshore jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Naomi O’Higgins; Emily Mailer

Other key lawyers:

Lizzie Barclay


Excellent service levels and experience in the private client field. Emily Mailer and Naomi O’Higgins bring a wealth of experience, technical knowledge and client handling skills.’

‘Exceptional skillset of one particular individual at a competitive price for clients. I go to Howard Kennedy solely for referrals to Naomi O’Higgins. Naomi O’Higgins – tough litigator but also sensible in attempting to achieve an outcome.’

‘The team regularly appears opposite the biggest players in the market. The firm as a whole has significant strength and depth that complements and supports the contentious trusts and probate practice in a way that other firms do not have. Naomi O’Higgins is reliable, knows her stuff, and great fun to work with. Lizzie Barclay is a star and a formidable partner in the making.’

A major London player with a strong contentious team but providing a personable approach. Emily Mailer – very impressive. Naomi O’Higgins – clear and decisive.’

Two things stand out about the HK team: its international reach, and its personal skills with clients. HK has a fantastic grasp of multi-jurisdictional litigation and manages to integrate seamlessly with other legal teams around the globe. Face to face, the lawyers are personable and understanding and take the time to understand their clients’ needs and resources. Emily Mailer is world-class. Perfectly at home handling proceedings in three jurisdictions at once, she always keeps the birds-eye view and has a great tactical brain. Naomi O’Higgins is a tiger, and simply a force to behold at the negotiating table. She has Magic Circle partners cowering behind their desks! Lizzie Barclay is headed for partnership. Very efficient, warm and personable with clients and ruthless in getting the job done. She puts in the hours and is simply better prepared than her opponents.’

The team is not just technically able but, importantly, dedicated to obtaining the best possible outcome for its clients. Where it differs, in my view, is the ownership the lawyers take of cases from a strategic perspective (they don’t just rely on counsel) and the pride they have in their work.

‘This is a long-standing trusts and probate practice which has the benefit of a full-service firm supporting it. Emily Mailer is eminently sensible and just the sort of empathetic but firm fighter you want in your corner. Naomi O’Higgins is very experienced in this area and very popular with her clients as a result of the first-rate service she provides.’

‘Outstanding strength across the team in delivering to its clients the very best results possible. Emily Mailer is tough, determined and resourceful. Naomi O’Higgins is remarkably thorough and persistent, perhaps the most important quality in contentious private client work. Associate Lizzie Barclay is a rising star, with an incredibly sure touch and steeped in the robust approach of the firm‘.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP helps UHNW/HNW individuals, their families and advisers with their tax and estate planning. Under the leadership of Liz Palmer  clients include entrepreneurs, business owners, members of foreign royalty, artists, authors, musicians and sports professionals in the UK and overseas. The team benefits from the firm’s wider private client offering by being able to advise on other areas such as family, immigration and reputation management. In addition much of its work often involves complex multi-jurisdictional issues. John Annetts heads the administration of estates team and Simon Malkiel leads the trusts, tax and estate planning team.

Practice head(s):

Liz Palmer

Other key lawyers:


‘Howard Kennedy’s private client team maintains an extremely high level of service to an elite and high profile client base. John Annetts, Simon Malkiel and Liz Palmer are all very knowledgeable and technically adept practitioners. They are a pleasure to work with and their client manner is exceptional’.

‘All aspects are excellent. Charming. Delightful. Expert. Easy to deal with’.

John Annetts is a highly capable lawyer, extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and has a very good manner with clients and intermediaries’.

I love working with Howard Kennedy – prompt, practical advice delivered by knowledgeable, lovely people. What more do you or your clients need! Howard Kennedy also believes in diversity. Liz Palmer has great instincts in solving complex cross-jurisdictional issues‘.

‘Strong multi-service line capability and highly personalised partner-led service. I have worked with Simon Malkiel who is incredibly personable and focused on providing practical solutions for his clients‘.

‘High quality of advice. Personal and effective service. Finds solutions to complex issues. Liz Palmer‘.

‘An excellent all round team. Liz Palmer is very capable – she is always on top of her game, calm, commercially minded and very nice’.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP is sought out for its expertise in commercial and residential property landlord and tenant litigation, which attracts landlords and tenants alike, including many retail and leisure operators. Lease enfranchisement and building defects-related claims (most notably in the cladding space) constitute key elements of the residential practice. Development-related work is another key strength and has recently led to instructions from developers, landlords and high-net-worth individuals on restrictive convents and neighbourly rights matters, among other issues. Much of the team’s recent commercial property work is Covid-19-related and includes insolvency matters, rent arrears and contested contract completions. Amanda McNeil heads the team and covers commercial and residential property disputes, with particular strength in the retail and leisure sectors. By signing the Race Fairness Commitment Charter, the firm has demonstrated its commitment to fair and inclusive recruitment practices.

Practice head(s):

Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Bhavini Patel; Robert Boucher; Edward Cooper


The HK team has been fantastic in guiding me through a very difficult time. They have shown a lot of understanding for my own emotional state, which I have hugely appreciated, and they have used a paralegal to do work that would usually be the domain of a solicitor to help me manage costs. They have offered regular strategy calls and have discussed the case with senior partners as it has become very complex due to the actions of the other side.

A diverse range of experience and large resources provides a large knowledge base for clients.

I value their careful and considered advice, which invariably is delivered promptly and in a client-friendly manner.

The team is resourceful and well connected.

Exceptional team, well respected in the real estate litigation market. Consistent quality across the board.

Robert Boucher is a star in property litigation. Any case involving him will have been prepared to the nth degree.

Bhavini Patel is a superb lawyer who never loses site of the bigger picture. Her cases are always prepared meticulously.

Bhavini Patel is very experienced, knowledgeable and pragmatic. She is hardworking with great client service and high standards.

Key clients

Pitney Bowes

Ballymore Properties Limited

Clivedale Properties

Richemont (Cartier, Mont Blanc, Watchfinder)

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Smith & Williamson LLP

Companies within the Galliard Group

Pandora Jewellery



Work highlights

  • Advised a global fashion brand pre and during Covid-19 in negotiating an early surrender of its New Bond Street lease, and in the absence of any positive response from the landlord, making an application to the court to restrain the presentation of the winding up petition.
  • Acting for a client applying for planning permission to develop a site into the large-scale mixed-use development Turnberry Quay, where the leaseholders on the remaining blocks have issued proceedings in the Central London County Court for a declaration that they are entitled to acquire the freehold.
  • Acting for a client in a claim being brought in the Technology & Construction Court that involves issues of non-fire-resistant cladding and insulation, building regulations compliance, valuation, blight and individual special damages, including alleged distress and inconvenience.

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

The media litigation team at Howard Kennedy LLP acts for both corporates and individuals in defamation and privacy matters, with particular expertise in the takedown of imposter accounts and the publication of confidential information on social media. Growing areas of focus for the firm are stolen images of private individuals and data protection cases. Mark Stephens CBE oversees the practice and regularly assists directors and owners of corporations, whilst Elizabeth Morley, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, has a defendant-oriented practice, advising media companies and organisations.

Practice head(s):

Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:


‘They attract a great deal of interesting work as a result of Mark Stephens’ very high-profile in the media.’

‘Howard Kennedy have a stellar team when it comes to media and technology. They have a wide range of clients, from celebrity sportsmen to large media organisations. They are very smooth operators: they manage their clients’ expectations and journey through the litigation expertly, and bring vast experience (in the person of Mark Stephens) to every case. As well as being first rate lawyers, they are also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Mark Stephens is engaging, friendly and has an excellent and committed attitude to clients. As does Liz Morley. She is very easy to work with.’

‘Mark Stephens is a standout partner who combines a deep knowledge of the law with expert tactical judgement and an authority borne of years of experience at the sharp end of litigation.’

‘Elizabeth Morley is excellent, industrious and unflappable. She is a pleasure to work with and adds real value to any team.’

Key clients

Zelda Perkins (former personal assistant of Harvey Weinstein)

Work highlights

  • Advised Zelda Perkins in relation to allegations made against Harvey Weinstein.
  • Advising and representing in  respect of a defamation claim against 5 former premier league footballers.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP's 'excellent' team is regularly instructed by corporations and senior executives facing regulatory investigations, with solicitor disciplinary work a particular growth area for the practice. Team head Ian Ryan regularly acts for solicitors (usually partners) from City firms, and 'hands-on partner' Joel Leigh is a barrister defence specialist.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:


Excellent in relation to lawyers’ liability and professional conduct matters.

Tactically strong, advancing arguments that others would not think to advance.

A dedicated and diverse team that delivers a client-focused, first-class service.

A really good group of highly personable solicitors, who are on top of a case and strong on work before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Ian Ryan is very strong – a good tactician.

Ian Ryan knows the SDT back to front, is very good for tactical considerations, and very engaged.

Clients are in no doubt at all that Ian Ryan is on their side and knows exactly how to fight their corner.

Joel Leigh is a very hands-on partner with good judgement.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the former head of HR at international firm Baker McKenzie, who faced two allegations relating to the conduct of an internal investigation.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

Industrial stress cases continue to form the backbone of the practice at Howard Kennedy LLP; team lead Elizabeth Smith is known as a 'doyenne' of this type of work. Smith heads up an 'excellent team of true professionals', which also includes fatal accidents expert Joel Leigh. Notable trade union clients of the firm include the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Radiographers.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Smith

Other key lawyers:

Joel Leigh; Julia Wookey


‘Elizabeth Smith – doyenne of occupational stress litigation; incredible negotiator; fights fearlessly for her clients.’

‘Joel Leigh combines a sound grasp of the law with an exceptional knowledge of the High Court. His tactical judgement was consistently outstanding and unfailingly right. He is also remarkably patient and calm, handling effortlessly the many extraordinary provocations my opponent put in his way without ever being thrown off balance or diverted from his goal. I cannot imagine any other solicitor handling a case of this sort against this kind of opponent better. He was at all times ably assisted by Julia Wookey. In the end the outcome was totally successful, as I was consistently and correctly advised that it would be, but I doubt that other lawyers apart from Joel Leigh and Julia Wookey would have been able to get me through.’

‘Elizabeth Smith is a proper force of nature. She is lovely to work with and is tenacious fighting for her clients.’

‘Vast experience of personal injury claims.’

‘A small but excellent team of true professionals. Very good at driving a strong settlement.’

‘Elizabeth Smith is very hardworking, a great communicator and hugely knowledgeable. Fabulous attention to detail.’

‘I have been working with Joel Leigh, who is charming to deal with and helpful. He is on top of the case and easy to work with. He has a good astute tactical mind and is fearless.’

‘Elizabeth Smith shows attention to detail which ensures that she presents the best possible case for her clients. She is a great tactician.’

Key clients

Harvey Proctor

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Harvey Proctor, a former politician who developed severe psychiatric injury when accused of rape, murder and other paedophile offences by a man who was subsequently exposed and convicted as a fantasist, securing £500,000 in damages plus payment of all costs incurred since the date of the first investigation.
  • Acting for many radiographers on claims regarding the reasonableness of the workload they are exposed to.
  • Acting for numerous clients in various professions who have suffered psychiatric injury either through an overload of work or harassment at the hands of colleagues.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP works with a variety of high-net-worth clients including entrepreneurs, City workers, sports and media personalities on the full range of family issues. Head of team Lois Langton has particular expertise in dealing with complex financial remedy work involving multi-million pound matrimonial settlements. Langton’s work regularly involves tax, trusts, offshore and corporate structures.  Alan Kaufman is a collaborative lawyer and mediator who specialises in heavyweight family law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton

Other key lawyers:

Alan Kaufman; Emma Green; Jessica Smith ; Jazmin Brown; Olalla Garcia-Arreciado


‘There is no department quite like it. Lois, Emma, Jaz, Jessie and Olalla are a tour de force. Always in good spirits, prepared to take on anything and will think laterally about everything to get the right outcome. Lois – a brilliant lawyer with excellent client care skills‘.

This is simply the best family law team in London. It is a high quality, tightly knit, collaborative and efficient group led by Lois Langton. The lawyers are each tactically, legally and academically brilliant. From the most junior to the most senior, they are quality all the way. Lois Langton leads the team of hardworking, effective and fun women. They offer unstinting support to each client and have a list of high value, sometimes damaged, sometimes vulnerable clients. Lois and each member of her team especially Emma Green, are outstanding. They write wickedly effective letters which are carefully thought through, tactically astute and wholly effective’.

In the High Net Worth field, they are in my view the leading team in London. They bring a level of client service and legal knowledge which is not matched in other firms. Lois Langton – dynamic leader of the team who will fight hard for her clients. Emma Green – probably the best associate in her field in London. Simply makes the case work from start to finish‘.

‘Aggressive and thorough. Exceptional client care. Emma Green – one of the most committed solicitors I have been instructed by‘.

‘I have been very impressed by the team at Howard Kennedy and the fantastic work it attracts. Lois Langton runs the team with cool efficiency and has really enhanced its place in the market. Although it is a relatively young team it punches well above its weight. Lois Langton is a force of nature. She attracts really interesting work particularly in the sporting sector and is extremely hardworking. She wins the loyalty of her clients and it is this that has enabled her to build such a fabulous practice. She really is a leader in the field‘.

This firm is one of the forerunners in the country and yet it treats everyone as if they are their most valuable resource, whether that’s the clients or independent experts like us. They are exceptional at what they do but are humble about it. Lois is probably one of the most approachable family law partners we work with. She always creates time for us when required and adds humour to meetings where appropriate. She’s honest, responsive, helpful and supportive of our business. We predominantly liaise with the associates and Jazmin is outstanding. She is responsive; takes the initiative; she’s efficient and helpful. She’s also personable and friendly. We work with many associates and she’s in our top 3‘.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

A single office London firm providing a ‘superb service and excellent responsiveness’, Howard Kennedy LLP supports on headquarter relocations and acquisitions, lease variation and surrendering matters, occupancy-related disputes and asset management affairs. Adam Walford is the key contact for corporate occupier matters and is able to leverage market leading expertise in the retail and leisure sectors. Nicky Stewart and Kate Woodgate co-lead the development offering which provides a full lifecycle service on both commercial and residential projects with a prominent track record in joint venture projects involving international investors.

Practice head(s):

Adam Walford

Other key lawyers:

Julian Hindmarsh


‘Superb service and excellent responsiveness – this inspires confidence that you have got real professionals acting for you.’

‘A special mention for Astrid Stanley, who is absolutely first class on commercial leasing matters.’

Key clients


Wonderland Restaurants Ltd

Chez Restaurants Limited


Sessions Market Limited

East London Pub Co.






Pure Gym


The Reformation

Work highlights

  • Assisted client Weezy in the property acquisition of their five sites in London as they started up and continued their expansion and growth.
  • Acting for Sessions Market, a new seafront food market in Brighton.
  • Involved with Australian fitness brand F45’s UK expansion, advising on the acquisition of a franchise deal in London Fields.

Employment > Employers Tier 5

In addition to its advisory and transactional capabilities, Howard Kennedy LLP is increasingly active in contentious employment work, exhibiting a 'great degree of employment law expertise along with commercial common sense.' Practice lead Jane Amphlett, ‘a font of all knowledge on all things employment-related’, places a focus on discrimination issues. Principally established in the transport and sport sectors, the 'exceptionally good, commercially astute' Sam Murray-Hinde excels in both the employment aspects of insolvencies and Employment Tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:

Sam Murray-Hinde; James Townsend; Lydia Christie


Jane Amphlett has been extremely helpful and adept at navigating some difficult issues, including successfully defending Employment Tribunal claims and negotiating early settlement COT3 agreements.’

Sam Murray-Hinde is exceptionally good, commercially astute, savvy and personable.’

The HK team are a delight to deal with and have a great degree of employment law expertise along with commercial common sense.’

Jane Amphlett heads up the department and is a font of all knowledge on all things employment-related.’

I have always been impressed by the personal down-to-earth approach and timely response when having had any dealings. We have always been given a clear timeframe.’

Lydia Christie has always provided clear, concise advice. She clearly understands our company’s practices and ways of working.’

Sam Murray-Hinde is absolutely superb. Good with clients. Technically excellent. And very good company.’

The team is very commercial in their approach which makes for well-balanced and helpful, meaningful advice.’

Key clients


Condé Nast International Limited

TriplePoint Capital

East London Bus & Coach Company Limited

South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited

Gordon Brothers International

TCI Fund Management

The Children’s Investment Fund

Ballymore Properties

Motorsport Network

Hutchison 3g UK Limited

British Gymnastics

Work highlights

  • Advising PANDORA’s HR and in-house legal teams on a wide range of employment matters including handling employment aspects of their franchising arrangements.
  • Providing regular and ongoing advice to leading transport providers, including in Employment Tribunal, EAT and Court of Appeal cases, as well as advising on contractual matters, minimum wage, working time, holiday pay issues, TUPE, and trade union negotiations.
  • Advising numerous clients in the hotel and restaurant sector on issues including minimum wage compliance and HMRC enforcement.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

A single office London firm providing a ‘superb service and excellent responsiveness’, Howard Kennedy LLP supports on headquarter relocations and acquisitions, lease variation and surrendering matters, occupancy-related disputes and asset management affairs. Adam Walford is the key contact for corporate occupier matters and is able to leverage market leading expertise in the retail and leisure sectors. Nicky Stewart and Kate Woodgate co-lead the development offering which provides a full lifecycle service on both commercial and residential projects with a prominent track record in joint venture projects involving international investors.

Practice head(s):

Nicky Stewart; Kate Woodgate

Other key lawyers:

Charles Maxwell; David Philips; Astrid Stanley


‘Superb service and excellent responsiveness – this inspires confidence that you have got real professionals acting for you.’

‘A special mention for Astrid Stanley, who is absolutely first class on commercial leasing matters.’

Key clients

RER London Limited

Orlandis Capital

F3 Group

Octopus Real Estate

Galliard Homes


First Base


The Club Company

CJ O’Shea and Company

Abernile Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for both RER London and Orlandis Capital in the sale of Leven Road Development site. The riverside project involves space that is intended to create a new residential and retail area in Poplar, that will include 547 apartments and over 35,000 sq ft of space for play areas, cafes and shopping.
  • Acted for F3 Group on the acquisitions and forward funding for 357 bed student accommodation for the University of Bristol.  
  • Advising First Base on the Edward Street Quarter project, which involves the redevelopment of the old American Express headquarters site.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP is best known for promoting complex redevelopment projects and it handles both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to schemes in the commercial, mixed-use, housing, retail and hotel sectors. Practice head Jade Chalmers, who made partner in May 2021, is 'a legal force to be reckoned with'.

Practice head(s):

Jade Chalmers


‘Uniquely, the team seamlessly advises on the whole development lifecycle from the planning application stage through to appeal and enforcement in tandem with the financial and development tax aspects.’

‘Jade is a legal force to be reckoned with: simultaneously securing client objectives with fierce intelligence, insight, and charm. Jade has particular expertise in complex planning and development tax matters, ensuring her client’s interests remain safeguarded.’

Key clients

First Base

Galliard Homes


Octopus Real Estate

Balleroy Ltd

Southern Grove

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

The 'fantastic' Antonia Torr leads the immigration offering at Howard Kennedy LLP, handling both business and private client work. On the business side, the team has a focus on retail and hospitality clients, Chinese start-ups, and construction companies. Torr works with high-net-worth clients, helping them to obtain investor, entrepreneur and sole representative visas, and is well regarded for providing a 'super service for Asian clients'.

Practice head(s):

Antonia Torr


‘I have worked with Howard Kennedy for many years and found their modern, innovative approach to law very refreshing.’

‘A focused and knowledgeable team which has built their expertise over the years, caring for the language and cultural background of their clients. Super service for Asian clients.’

‘Antonia Torr epitomizes the future of the legal profession in a VUCA world. She responds with agility to client business needs, provides clear and actionable recommendations, and is very client-centric in her approach. Antonia is excellent at listening to our concerns, asking the key questions, and providing advice in the format that best aligns with our internal processes and culture. Her work allows us to respond in a timely manner to business priorities, and to have confidence that we are responding in an optimal way to any challenges or opportunities we face. As a professional, we have found Antonia to be not only well-informed and highly respectful, but also to have a rare combination of legal, commercial, and entrepreneurial acumen.’

‘Antonia Torr is very helpful. Everyone in the team that I have ever encountered is knowledgeable, friendly and approachable. They appreciate partnerships and their client are always front and centre to everything they do.’

‘Antonia Torr is fantastic, she is very approachable and pragmatic. She makes everything look simple and has a very collaborative approach.’

‘The immigration practice goes above and beyond to (a) understand the client and their growth needs, (b) provide advice – within appropriate scope – that is informed and aligned with business priorities, and (c) work in a manner that aids efficient and agile decision-making and action.’

‘The immigration team provides high ROI to our business, effecting meaningful improvements to the outcomes we drive.’

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP has 'a wealth of knowledge and expertise' in regional property finance matters, and advises developers, investors and lenders on senior and mezzanine debt and investment, development and bridging finance for commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. Following the departure of former practice head Daniel Fireman to gunnercooke LLP in April 2021, Steve Clinning leads the banking and real estate finance practice, Nada Jarnaz is head of the banking team, with expertise in Islamic finance, and Marcus Jamson leads the structured finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Steve Clinning; Nada Jarnaz; Marcus Jamson


‘They are incredibly responsive and will take the time to explain themselves on items which may be problematic. They are very experienced in what they do and this comes through in their approach. They also have teams across the firm they can call on for specific matters such as planning and banking.’

‘The firm is very strong in the real estate space generally, with an excellent bench in that area. Their team is client-focused and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise across all real estate sectors. Their practical and hands-on approach to transactions makes them a pleasure to work with, especially when it comes to the bridge lending work we do with the firm.’

‘The Howard Kennedy property finance team delivers a responsive, cost-effective and commercially focused service to us. I understand very well the client pressures that are placed on lawyers and law firms and Howard Kennedy are able to deal with those most effectively. The firm has provided us with commercially driven, clear and appropriate advice on a wide range of high-value, highly complex, multi-jurisdictional real estate funding matters over the past year. The advice has always been of top quality and first class. The firm understands how the client wants and needs to get from the start to the end of the transaction efficiently and smoothly, and deals with all issues in a calm and effective manner. I have very much enjoyed working with Howard Kennedy and hope that our relationship continues long into the future.’

‘The team do an outstanding job and always perform on time and within budget, which makes for an easy relationship and also makes life easy for us when handling client expectations. We can always get hold of the right people at the right time and are continually impressed with the speed at which work is turned around.’

‘Nada Jarnaz is extremely responsive and very practical. Nada is diligent, commercial and very user-friendly. She has excellent client-handling skills, coupled with a personal approach and the ability to manage complex property finance transactions. She is a delight and pleasure to deal with.’

‘Steve Clinning is a pleasure to work with. He is smart, proactive and very responsive, ensuring his transactions are completed in time and in good order. His experience as both a banker and a specialist in banking and finance law makes his advice invaluable to clients. I have also worked with Nada Jarnaz, who is very strong in real estate generally, including Islamic finance matters involving real estate. She is a thorough, creative and highly experienced commercial lawyer whom I would trust with any deal regardless of its complexity. I have consistently found her to be a strong performer, with a clear focus on getting the deals done for her clients.’

‘Steve Clinning’s knowledge in the property market is impeccable.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Octopus Real Estate in connection with a facility made available to the seller group to finance and develop the property at 310 Bermondsey and known as Bermondsey Yards.
  • Advising City & Dockland in connection with the senior and mezzanine financing of two residential development sites in Scrub Lane.
  • Acting for EEH Ventures in connection with the financing and development of a 227-unit scheme in Wembley.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP’s IP practice handles a range of matters concerning strategic band protection, portfolio management and exploitation. Practice head Robert Lands primarily works in the creative sectors, including media, entertainment, art and fashion, while also receiving instructions from retail and technology clients. The team advises on trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings before the IPEC.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lands


Rob Lands is very experienced, commercially minded, clever and reliable.

Really approachable and considerate of my limited knowledge of this area. Extremely friendly and patient with any requests. Very personal service.

Robert Lands has been my point of contact. He has been helpful and creative with all our needs.

Key clients

Pandora Jewellery

Association of Illustrators

CalzedoniaThe Tate

ePlus Technology Inc.

Micad Systems (UK) Limited

Simon Carter

Royal Geographical Society

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Gymnastics Association on a dispute relating to infringements of trade marks and passing off by UK Gymnastics Limited and UK Gymnastics Affiliation Limited.

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

Well regarded for its ‘very personal service’, a key distinguisher for Howard Kennedy LLP is its focus on player care and development; the sports practice advises on reputation and media management, drug testing, tax investigations and fraud allegations. Jointly led by Fiona Hinds, ‘an emerging star’, and Lois Langton, the team represents governing bodies, clubs, agencies and other sporting organisations in respect of their merchandising, endorsements, acquisitions and disposals, disputes, regulatory matters and corporate governance, with particular emphasis on football, boxing and gymnastics.

Practice head(s):

Lois Langton; Fiona Hinds


‘Really great fun to work with, offering strong technical skills – their advice always has a commercial focus. Their marketing events are some of the best, really creative, which reflects the approach of the firm.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable with a strong sector focus.’

‘The firm’s offering is first-rate in terms of experience, specialist insight and client care.’

‘Fiona Hinds is very experienced and insightful. An emerging star in this area.’

‘They offer a very personal service; the sort of care, dedication and attention that one would expect of a magic circle firm, without the price tag.’

Key clients

British Gymnastics Association Limited

Alexander (Sascha) Zverev

Work highlights

  • Acting for British Gymnastics Association Limited on a trademark dispute which relates to infringements of trademarks and passing off by the Defendants UK Gymnastics Limited and UK Gymnastics Affiliation Limited.
  • Successfully acted for professional tennis player Alexander (Sascha) Zverev in a dispute with his agent/manager, ACE Group International Ltd, concerning the validity and/or the enforceability of the professional representation contract that governs the relationship between them.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 7

Howard Kennedy LLP's international arbitration team acts in substantial matters that often involve states or state-owned entities, and the practice has particular Africa disputes expertise, as well as growing Middle East, India and Pakistan workloads. Duncan Bagshaw leads the international arbitration team, following Steven Morris' retirement.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Bagshaw


Duncan Bagshaw is very experienced, to the point, efficient, realistic, and very successful in representing our interests.

Duncan Bagshaw is a worthy foe and an admirable colleague. He fights hard but fair – a tough negotiator who never lets up.

Duncan Bagshaw is a superb thinker.

Key clients

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Texas Brine Company


Work highlights

  • Acted for The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as intervener in the UK Supreme Court appeal of Halliburton v Chubb Bermuda Insurance, one of the most important cases in the arbitration world in recent years.
  • Acted for a technology company in unusual proceedings to remove an arbitrator on the grounds of apparent bias, relying on the arbitrator’s misleading statements in their CV and subsequent conduct.
  • Acted for Sol Campbell, the former international football star, in his dispute with Macclesfield FC over his contract as manager.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts

Howard Kennedy LLP acts for clients cross the creative industries including the media, entertainment, advertising and fashion industries.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Specialising in real estate and restructuring work, London-based Howard Kennedy LLP's team is retained by a number of fashion and luxury retail clients.

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.

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.

Managing Partner Craig Emden
Chief Operating Officer Paul Roberts
Our sectors:
Energy Jonathan Cohen
Investment Funds Keith Lassman
Private Wealth Liz Palmer
Real Estate James Stewart
Retail and Leisure Adam Walford
Sport Fiona Hinds
Sport Lois Langton
Our practice areas:
Arts & Cultural Property Mark Stephens, CBE
Banking Marcus Jamson
Business Advisory Vernon Dennis
Business Crime & Regulatory Ian Ryan
Capital Markets Keith Lassman
Commercial Investment 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 Antonia Torr
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 Pervaze Ahmed
Tax Leigh Sayliss
Pervaze Ahmed  photo Pervaze Ahmed Pervaze Ahmed advises on all aspects of residential property in England and…
Paul Amandini  photo Paul Amandini Paul Amandini specialises in asset related transactions for UK and international clients.Paul…
Jane Amphlett  photo Jane Amphlett Jane Amphlett is a Partner and Head of our Employment and Immigration…
John Annetts  photo John Annetts Partner. John Annetts specialises in the administration of high-value and complex estates,…
Duncan Bagshaw  photo Duncan Bagshaw Duncan Bagshaw specialises in international arbitration and litigation, with particular focus on…
Louise Bennett  photo Louise Bennett Louise Bennett is a commercial dispute resolution Partner. She advises on domestic…
Tim Bignell  photo Tim Bignell Tim Bignell is an accomplished litigator with over 35 years’ experience in…
Stephanie Brigg  photo Stephanie Brigg Stephanie Brigg is a Legal Director in Howard Kennedy’s Corporate Real Estate…
Jeffrey Brown  photo Jeffrey Brown Jeffrey Brown deals with dispute avoidance and dispute resolution for all parties…
Michael Chapelow  photo Michael Chapelow Partner. Michael is in the corporate department and has extensive experience dealing…
Steve Clinning  photo Steve Clinning Steven Clinning is a banking solicitor. As a seasoned ex-banker he has…
Jonathan Cohen  photo Jonathan Cohen Jonathan Cohen is a Partner and Head of the Energy team. He…
Denise Condon  photo Denise Condon Denise Condon has acted for developers for more than 20 years. She…
Robert Craig  photo Robert Craig Robert Craig is a solicitor specialising in wills, trusts, estate planning, probate,…
Vernon Dennis  photo Vernon Dennis Vernon Dennis is a Partner and Head of the Business Recovery and…
Philip Eder  photo Philip Eder Philip Eder is a solicitor specialising in all aspects of commercial property.…
Craig Emden  photo Craig Emden Craig Emden is the Managing Partner of Howard Kennedy. He is also…
Daniel Fireman  photo Daniel Fireman Daniel Fireman heads up the Banking & Real Estate Finance team. He…
Michele Freyne  photo Michele Freyne Consultant. Michele has considerable expertise in real estate and leasehold disputes, she…
Paul Glassberg  photo Paul Glassberg Paul Glassberg is a Corporate Patner, advising on the full spectrum of…
Howard Goulden  photo Howard Goulden Howard is a Consultant and Head of International. He directs the coordination…
Eric Gummers  photo Eric Gummers Eric Gummers is a corporate lawyer helping clients with mergers and acquisitions,…
Michael Harris  photo Michael Harris Michael Harris is a corporate finance, M&A, and corporate real estate lawyer…
Stephen Heinemann  photo Stephen Heinemann Stephen Heinemann is a Partner in our Capital Markets team. He specialises…
Julian Hindmarsh  photo Julian Hindmarsh Advising commercial occupiers, with a focus on retail and leisure, Julian Hindmarsh…
Fiona Hinds  photo Fiona Hinds Fiona is a Partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution team. She acts…
David Hooper  photo David Hooper David Hooper is a defamation and IP lawyer advising on all areas…
Anthony Hunt  photo Anthony Hunt Anthony Hunt heads the Corporate Real Estate team, which focuses on the…
Marcus Jamson  photo Marcus Jamson Marcus Jamson is an experienced banking and finance practitioner and heads up…
Nada Jarnaz  photo Nada Jarnaz Nada Jarnaz is a banking and finance lawyer advising on real estate…
Ed John  photo Ed John A real estate disputes lawyer with a broad range of experience, Ed…
Mark Johnstone  photo Mark Johnstone Mark is an experienced development lawyer with emphasis on rooftop and airspace…
Anita Kasseean  photo Anita Kasseean Anita Kasseean is the Head of Planning and Environment team. She specialises…
James Kaufmann  photo James Kaufmann James Kaufmann is a Partner and an expert on all aspects of…
Graham Kaye  photo Graham Kaye Graham advises property developers and investors. He handles all aspects of commercial…
Robert Lands  photo Robert Lands Robert Lands is a Partner and Head of the IP & Commercial…
Lois Langton  photo Lois Langton Lois Langton is a family law specialist assisting clients with all aspects…
Keith Lassman  photo Keith Lassman Keith Lassman is a Partner and Head of the firm’s Capital Markets…
Vanessa Laundon  photo Vanessa Laundon Vanessa Laundon advises property investors, retail and leisure operators, and high-net-worth individuals…
Joel Leigh  photo Joel Leigh Joel Leigh specialises in civil fraud and professional negligence claims. His considerable…
Jason Lewis  photo Jason Lewis Partner. Jason has extensive experience of acting on complex property and property…
Michael Lewis  photo Michael Lewis Michael Lewis is a solicitor specialising in tax both in the UK…
Emily Mailer  photo Emily Mailer Emily Mailer is recognised as a leading specialist in trusts and estates…
Simon Malkiel  photo Simon Malkiel Partner. Simon Malkiel advises UK and international high-net-worth individuals, families and trustees…
John Martyn  photo John Martyn John is a senior associate in the firm’s business crime and professional…
Charles Maxwell  photo Charles Maxwell Charles Maxwell is a Real Estate lawyer specialising in residential development, commercial…
Daniel McClean  photo Daniel McClean Daniel is a consultant specialising in art and cultural property law working…
Amanda McNeil  photo Amanda McNeil Amanda McNeil specialises in contentious issues relating to commercial and residential property.…
Katherine Miller  photo Katherine Miller Katherine Miller heads the Knowledge Management team, having been a partner in…
Elizabeth Morley  photo Elizabeth Morley Elizabeth Morley is a dispute resolution solicitor with a broad practice spanning…
Steven Morris  photo Steven Morris Steven is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Department with over 30…
Sam Murray-Hinde  photo Sam Murray-Hinde Sam is a partner in our employment team. She advises employers on…
Naomi O'Higgins photo Naomi O'HigginsNaomi O’Higgins is an expert in trusts and estates disputes, as well…
Dominic Offord  photo Dominic Offord Dominic Offord acts on high-profile and large-scale cross-border insolvency/ fraud cases, assisting…
Liz Palmer  photo Liz Palmer Partner and Head of Private Client & Family. Liz Palmer provides clients…
David Philips  photo David Philips David Philips specialises in the purchase of development sites. He advises clients…
Jonathan Polin  photo Jonathan Polin Jonathan Polin is an experienced corporate Partner. His expertise covers M&A, particularly…
Ashley Reeback  photo Ashley Reeback Ashley Reeback has particular experience acting on corporate transactions in both the…
Ian Ryan  photo Ian Ryan Ian Ryan is a Partner and Head of the Business Crime and…
Ayesha Salim  photo Ayesha Salim Ayesha Salim specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for and advising…
Leigh Sayliss  photo Leigh Sayliss Leigh Sayliss is a Partner and Head of  the Business and Property…
Jonathan Sellors  photo Jonathan Sellors Jonathan Sellors is a specialist in intellectual property, data protection and commercial…
Elizabeth Smith  photo Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence, with particular experience…
Paul Springall  photo Paul Springall Paul Springall is a real estate specialist with over 35 years of…
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…
Nicky Stewart  photo Nicky Stewart Nicky Stewart is a commercial real estate specialist with a focus on…
Simon Taylor  photo Simon Taylor Simon Taylor is a litigator focussing on commercial dispute resolution and in…
Adam Walford  photo Adam Walford Adam Walford advises household name restaurants and retailers on their real estate…
Alex Watt photo Alex WattAlex is an intellectual property partner in the London office who specialises…
Gillian White  photo Gillian White Gillian White is an experienced corporate lawyer who is committed to her…
James Wilson  photo James Wilson James Wilson is a partner in our Capital Markets department and heads…
Kate Woodgate  photo Kate Woodgate Kate 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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Our commitment to diversity

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.

The firm has a dedicated diversity committee whose aim is to raise awareness of various campaigns, initiatives and underrepresented groups. Our campaigns are currently focused on four areas: women, BAME, 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

Howard Kennedy won Best Contribution by a Large Firm at the LawWorks Pro Bono Awards 2019. Started by two Howard Kennedy trainees, our pro bono programme is designed and driven by our lawyers to promote and contribute access to justice. Our lawyers use their passion to make a real impact on the community surrounding our office and beyond.

Our lawyers take part in free legal advice clinics every week for Toynbee Hall, a non-profit based in East End of London. We provide them with general legal advice including civil liberties, public law, civil litigation, and debt advice.

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

Our charity initiatives

We believe we can make the greatest impact by focusing on one key charity at a time. We are currently working with Centrepoint which was chosen by our people to help beat youth homelessness in the UK.

From taking part in Centrepoint’s annual Sleepout, to monthly raffles to quiz nights and running marathons, there is no end to the different ways that we fundraise. We also recognise the importance of helping on a practical level where we can from gardening days to mentoring. Since May 2018 we have raised over £85,000 for Centrepoint which we’re incredibly proud of and it will all go towards supporting Centrepoint’s fantastic work.

Our community

As a result of Covid-19 we’ve joined ‘The London Alliance’, a community of businesses, brands, cultural organisations and city authorities that have come together to help drive recovery in London’s economy. As a proud London based firm, with many London clients that have been impacted by the pandemic, this is a campaign we’re passionate about. Together we will help London’s culture, retail, hospitality and events sectors to thrive after coronavirus, saving the jobs of some of the most vulnerable Londoners, and securing the unique culture and lifestyle that makes London a global magnet for talent and investment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lex 100 Verdict

Recognised for its ‘diverse practice areas and early client contact’, Howard Kennedy achieves a balance between a comfortable size and high-quality departments. As one trainee summarises: ‘for me it was the "Goldilocks" firm, not too big, not too small - just right’. The firm boasts ‘a strong sports offering’, ‘work/life balance’ with a ‘top-tier media team’. Some trainees previously had been paralegals, commenting that this gave them a great sense of the firm. One adds, ‘I was a paralegal and loved the culture. Also the work/life balance is very good, with supervisors genuinely concerned if you are consistently working late’. Howard Kennedy is regarded as ‘more down to earth than other firms’ and ‘everyone is approachable from the support staff to the senior partners'. Applauded for the calibre of work, a trainee comments, ‘it seems as though we get a lot of responsibility and a high quality of work. We aren't just stuck doing admin-type tasks which I know is often the case for trainees at larger firms’.  Negatives included the lack of secondment opportunities, communication and lower remuneration. Highlights of training include ‘a big win (via settlement) on the steps of court the morning of the first day of hearings’, ‘taking over a difficult matter with a difficult client and delivering a great client experience by the date of completion’ and ‘taking a firm-wide exercise class'! Trainees highlight that pro-bono opportunities are ‘very good’ with ‘frequent opportunities’ and a ‘supportive environment to undertake them’. If looking for a smaller-sized firm and sports/media law is your interest, then Howard Kennedy is worth a closer look.