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Howard Kennedy LLP

Art and cultural property Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP’s expertise spans all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from the drafting and negotiation of agreements to dispute resolution. It has an extensive client base of museums and public collections as well as galleries and dealers, public art organisations, charities and foundations. Other key clients include artists, photographers, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The practice is particularly recommended for its work in the recovery of stolen and looted items of art and cultural property, and for its estate planning advice to artists and collectors. Mark Stephens heads the team and has undertaken a significant number of cases in relation to spoliated art. Daniel McClean is another key member of the team.

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Good advice and not overly costly compared with other firms

Mark Stephens is very, very clever

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The Tate

Design Artists Copyright Society

Contemporary Arts Society

Sir Peter Blake

Mark Wallinger

Pilar Corrias Gallery

Gavin Turk

Lisson Gallery

Sprueth Magers Gallery

Art Basel

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP has an 'excellent' reputation and undertakes a range of high-profile international human rights matters for governmental bodies and charities. Practice head and experienced litigator Mark Stephens CBE has experience representing victims of sexual harassment as related to the #MeToo movement, as well as defending issues involving freedom of speech. The team also handles business and human rights matters for corporate clients. Elizabeth Morley specialises in privacy matters and has extensive expertise in the media sector, while Antonia Torr leads the firm's immigration practice.

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Global Witness

Media Legal Defence Initiative

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Human Dignity Trust

Zelda Perkins (former personal assistant of Harvey Weinstein)

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP is well-versed in domestic and international financial crime investigations. The practice advises on money laundering issues, regulatory compliance, Bribery Act audits, preparation of bribery policies and corporate governance matters. Other areas of focus include serious fraud, criminal cartel activity, market abuse and insider trading work. It is also experienced in internal investigations, proceeds of crime matters, whistle-blowing and self-reporting. The 'unflappableIan Ryan heads the team, with more than 21 years’ experience and has represented clients involved in investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS, NCA, DoJ and FBI.

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‘Howard Kennedy have assembled an excellent team with good expertise at all levels of PQE’.

‘Ian Ryan is incredibly experienced and clients can be reassured that he has “seen it all”’.

‘They put an unrivalled level of resource into their cases’.

‘Ben Ticehurst is an experienced and highly effective solicitor; he has an impressive work ethic and positive approach to difficult legal issues’.

‘The team, led by Ian Ryan, is committed, diligent and able’.

‘John Martyn has superb client skills and is patient and empathetic’.

‘Kevin Robinson is highly intelligent and very thorough with excellent client skills, nevertheless his most prized qualities are his judgment and tactical nous’.

‘They have a breadth of experience, and they work together brilliantly at all stages of criminal litigation’.

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Andreas Hauschild

Ms Anna Machkevitch

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP's M&A team works closely with its capital markets practice to focus on private company transactions and public company deals. The group has significant expertise in the real estate sector and acts on a range of cross-border work which tends to take the form of single asset acquisitions for investor clients. Distressed acquisitions is also an area of growth for the practice, having recently advised the administrators on the successful sale of HMV. The M&A practice is led by newly appointed Gillian White who specialises in corporate transactional work as well as shareholder disputes and director duties. Ashley Reeback leads the wider corporate department and advises on the full range of M&A and AIM related transactions. Corporate restructuring expert Jonathan Polin is another name to note.

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Although a large, leading firm, Howard Kennedy are excellent at providing a personalised, bespoke and attentive service to the entrepreneur. So with the high quality partner – led service and large firm back up, they provide the perfect blend of qualities that a business in this category seeks.

Partners at the firm are exceptionally client-focused and creative problem solvers. This, coupled with excellent communication skills, technical knowledge and a practical and commercial “can do” ethos, places them at the top level for private, developing businesses with a range of needs and requirements.

Extensive practical knowledge of the business/market that we use them for. Particularly strong in acquisition completion.

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Pandora Jewellery UK Limited

Hillco Capital

Galliard Homes

Nobel Resources

Capital on Tap


Mirada plc


Leisure & Resort World Corporation

Enthusiast Gaming

Almero Camden City LLP/Almero Ventures

Corcentric Inc.

ASL (Automated Systems Group Limited)

Shareholders of Mildred Ltd

Nobel Resources Ltd

The Bejerano Family

Shareholders of Bennett Christmas

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP's media and entertainment practice 'combines sound knowledge of the law with commercial acumen' and has 'particular expertise in cases involving the media and/or famous clients'. Mark Stephens CBE, who has carved out a niche in international comparative media law and regulation, leads the practice alongside Robert Lands, who specialises in intellectual property and data protection issues, for which consultant Jonathan Sellors is another name to note. 'Excellent, diligent and creative' senior associate Elizabeth Morley handles defamation, reputation management, privacy, data protection and freedom of speech disputes.


Howard Kennedy have excellent strength in depth in dealing with issues concerning privacy, freedom of expression, and data protection. They have particular expertise in cases involving the media and/or famous clients. The team combines sound knowledge of the law with commercial acumen: they know what their clients want, and very often they know what their opponents want too. That’s a useful combination to have on side.

Mark Stephens: authoritative, unflappable, extremely pleasant to work with and commercially astute. He seems to know everybody, and everybody seems to know him. He commands respect from adversaries and clients alike. Elizabeth Morley: an excellent, diligent and creative lawyer. She is always on the ball, always responsive and can always be relied upon.

Robert Lands is welcoming, clear, generous and most importantly wise and well informed. We have 100% trust in his approach and are grateful for his relevant advice.

A top class practice with some of the best media lawyers in the business.

 I have worked with Duncan Bagshaw, who brought real ‘Magic Circle’ style authority and smooth confidence to what was a very tricky case that fell outside his comfort zone. I was impressed with his calmness in a very pressurised situation. Hugo Mason also stood out for his good-natured easy competence in a pressurised situation. I never felt he was passing the pressure on to me, despite how easy that would have been for him.

Tim Bignell: a real pleasure to work with: business savvy, felt like we were in completely safe hands and worked sensitively but robustly to achieve a great result for us.’

The core media team of Mark Stephens and Liz Morley have not just a worldwide reputation in this area but also get worldwide respect for their advice and expertise. Mark is the go-to lawyer for many US companies. He is mainly a defence lawyer in the media field but does do some claimant work. Liz learned her trade from Mark but is now respected in her own right. Mark is a fighter and a talker – he knows the law and the practicalities inside out. Both are tactically astute and aware of the financial aspects and risks of litigating.

Mark Stephens, CBE is outstanding. I am often dealing with reporter deadlines and news matters that need immediate attention and straightforward, bottom line, guidance. I have always received this from Mark. In-house lawyers loathe long memos with lengthy explanations and case citings about issues that are irrelevant. Mark always provides clear and succinct counsel and will often forward relevant follow-up information and resources about upcoming cases or laws that will impact the media going forward.

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Express Newspapers


Faber & Faber

Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

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

Greene Light Stage PLC

Gate Ventures


Oneworld Publications


Residential property Tier 2

The core of Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice is advising high-net-worth individuals, many of whom are based overseas, on the acquisition of prime central London property. Much of the team’s work involves complex offshore structures and time-sensitive lending requirements, while assisting trustees and trust companies based in the Channel Islands is an area of particular expertise. Practice head Pervaze Ahmed is recommended for his long-standing relationships with investors in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Kate Woodgate focuses on development work in London and other major cities in the UK, handling forward funding, forward sale agreements and complex coverage agreements.

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Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP's 'very personable practice'is regularly instructed to act in complex, multi-party, cross-border litigation. Simon Taylor is dispute resolution head; Dominic Offord acts in high-profile, large-scale, cross-border fraud cases that involve the recovery of large sums; and Fiona Hinds is particularly focused on clients in the financial services and sport sectors. Other experienced partners are Joel Leigh, who specialises in civil fraud and professional negligence claims; and Tim Bignell, an expert in partnership, shareholder and contractual disputes, as well as insolvency and restructuring. James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim are experienced legal directors.

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‘Joel Leigh and Julia Wookey are excellent.’

‘Joel Leigh – hard-working, astute, charming to work for but steel runs through the veins, an excellent practitioner who gets results.’

‘Julia Wookey – very bright and capable.’

‘This is a strong litigation team. It is results focused and delivers greater value than other perhaps more prestigious firms whilst achieving better results.’

‘Joel Leigh is a fine lawyer and aggressive litigator. He has a good grasp of the law and commercial reality, and is an excellent communicator.’

‘A very personable practice, leading industry knowledge, with a keen eye on the detail.’

‘Dom Offord is our go-to UK lawyer for specialist turnaround, restructuring and insolvency cases. His cross-border case experience is unparalleled and his analytical advisory is exceptional. Dom’s crystal clear communication and personable nature helps manage client expectations from start to finish. We would and have recommended Dom highly to associates.’

‘The team’s primary strength is the quality of its staff, in particular the excellent Dominic Offord.’

‘Dominic Offord is quite simply one of the best lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Not only is he technically brilliant, acutely commercial and able to provide a wonderfully calm and balanced approach, his real strength is his ability to follow your thought process. I have never felt as if Dom and I have been working against each other. In terms of strategy, Dom has a canny knack of being able to translate an IP’s creative solutions into workable legal strategies. Many lawyers are able to tell you what you can and can’t do. However, I have found few who can ascertain and provide you with a legal mechanism for you to do what you want to do, and fewer still who can get close to doing so as effectively as Dom.’

‘Imogen Maclean’s particular strength is cases which require complex investigation. Imogen is quite the sleuth and provided valuable assistance with the investigation and collation of supporting evidence for a highly contentious matter we working on. Her ability to join the dots in the evidence allowed us to build a robust and ultimately successful case.’

‘Arish Bharucha is a very intelligent, hard-working and insightful lawyer with a keen sense of strategy.’

Key clients

HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

MySale Group PLC

Shorts International Limited

Peterhouse Corporate Finance Limited

China International Mining Group Corporation

Firstwood (UK) Limited

Ritchie Blackmore

Jeeves Group Liechtenstein

Mark Borkowski

Alexander Zverev

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP’s private wealth disputes practice focuses primarily on trusts and estate cases, including trustee/beneficiary disputes and breach of trust claims. The team is also skilled at using methods of alternative dispute resolution to help its clients to reach a settlement. With Emily Mailer at the helm, the group frequently handles major cross-border disputes with a large proportion of its work involving international succession and offshore assets and trusts. Naomi O’Higgins advises on a broad array of matters; she routinely works with lawyers in offshore jurisdictions and also acts in various inheritance disputes.

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The team is truly on your side: it is interested in solving the problems of people (which has a slightly different focus from solving people’s problems)

Naomi O’Higgins is a robust litigator

Emily Mailer is patient with clients and determined to find the best outcome

‘Naomi O’Higgins has the full package. She has the ability to empathise with a client and realise what they would want to achieve and yet has the skills of a tough litigator

Crime: general Tier 3

Concentrating on work for high-net-worth individuals, the general crime offering at Howard Kennedy LLP is led by the 'super experienced' Ian Ryan. Although known for regularly disarming proceedings at the pre-charge stage, the firm has an excellent reputation when matters do proceed to trial. In particular,  the 'exceptionally hard working' John Martyn handles the team's representation of solicitors facing both disciplinary and criminal investigations. Clients can also benefit from the firm's wider expertise in reputation management issues such as media exposure and anonymity.

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Howard Kennedy provide a real team to fight the client’s corner and provide the reassurance and support needed. They are hugely approachable and great at communication. They resource the case well and are extremely flexible‘.

Very down to earth and hard working team. They are great to work with. They are always on top of the brief and show great judgement‘.

Ian Ryan is super experienced and super cool in a crisis. He brings an enormous amount of knowledge and experience to every case and is a partner of choice for anyone accused of a criminal offence’

‘John Martyn is extremely good. Easy to work with as he always works out the next step and is there before anyone else. He is exceptionally hard working and has great judgement’

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP has key strengths acting across the leisure, restaurants, and hospitality industry and is co-led by head of hotels Ed John and head of retail and leisure Adam Walford. The team is active in merger and acquisitions and the client roster includes investors, developers, international operators, and luxury brands in the hotel sector. Crossborder work is featured in the caseload, with projects spread across the EMEA region. Previously a partner in the team, Eric Gummers is now a consultant but remains active in the hotel transaction space and advises on all matters related to corporate real estate.

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Galliard Homes


Mei Mei

JKS Restaurants



Six by Nico

Big Fernand


Partnership Tier 3

'A good broad spectrum law firm with some good partnership practitioners', Howard Kennedy LLP takes a multidisciplinary approach to partnership issues, drawing on arbitrators and tax experts in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is jointly led by Jane Amphlett, who focuses on strategic partner appointments and departures, remuneration structures and restrictive covenants, and Robert Craig, who specialises in partnership formation. The duo also handle a range of disputes.

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A good broad spectrum law firm with some good partnership practitioners.’

Jane Amphlett has been excellent in dealing with any specific query. Thoughtful, analytical and thorough in her approach to the issue at hand.’

Simon Taylor is an excellent people person who conducts litigation well, with tactical feel and judgment.’

Key clients

TCI Fund Services LLP

TCI Advisory Services LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP assists high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, their families and advisers with tax and estate planning. Clients include entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, authors, musicians, members of foreign royalty and charities, as well as sport professionals both in the UK and overseas. The team is experienced in matters with complex multi-jurisdictional elements. Practice head Liz Palmer specialises in all forms of inheritance tax and capital gains tax planning, and routinely advises on estate planning matters for business-owning families and clients with interests in the US. John Annetts and Simon Malkiel are the other names to note.

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Property litigation Tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP handles a broad spectrum of contentious commercial and residential property work and provides a full range of alternative dispute resolution services. Its practice covers disputes arising from redevelopments, contractual agreements and leasehold enfranchisements. In addition, it assists retail and commercial clients with strategic issues arising from their property portfolios. Team head Amanda McNeil is a key contact for insolvency-related matters. Consultant Michele Freyne acts for several blue-chip clients. Lara Nyman joined Seddons in May 2019.

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Very strong understanding of the technical details but applied with common sense and a practical approach that allows deals to be done on time and budget.

Amanda McNeil is our primary contact. She is a valued member of our team and works collaboratively with us to produce the best possible results for our clients. She is not afraid to offer advice without counsel’s opinion, but when required will do so without hesitation. As an expert in her field, she has a strong understanding of the law and the drive and determination to get the best possible results for her clients.’

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Pragma Hampstead Limited

Pitney Bowes

Ballymore Properties Limited

Clivedale Properties

Aaron & Joanne Balfour

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Smith & Williamson LLP

Companies within the Galliard Group

Pandora Jewellery


Reputation management Tier 3

The media litigation team at Howard Kennedy LLP offers legal support on a wide array of matters, such as defamatory content, publication of confidential information on social media, imposter accounts, as well as privacy and data protection issues, which are increasingly a mainstay of the practice. International clients from the sports and media sectors, corporations and governmental entities seek the team's advice on reputation protection, media intrusion and free speech matters. Practice leader Mark Stephens CBE regularly assists high-net-worth individuals. Elizabeth Morley is a name to note for defendant work; she is experienced in acting for media organisations and publishers.

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Democratic Press S.A.

Vernon Unsworth

Paul Gait & Elaine Kirk-Gait (the Gatwick Drone Couple)

Harvey Proctor

Zelda Perkins (former personal assistant of Harvey Weinstein)

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP is involved at all stages of the development process from site acquisition and planning through to sales and commercial letting. The team has a focus on advising international investors, from South East Asia and the Middle and Far East, on joint venture projects, with retail and leisure key areas of specialisation. Julian Hindmarsh heads the real estate department with Kate Woodgate and Mark Johnstone respectively leading the residential and commercial development practices. For corporate occupier work, Adam Walford is the key contact; his team acts on the acquisition and relocation of headquarters in addition to warehousing and distribution premises.

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‘Astrid Stanley’s advice was straightforward, she was very responsive and helpful. An excellent service all round’.

‘The depth of experience within the team is good, and compares well with other practices – it is essential that good project management within the practice is in place to pull the various facets together. The partners are readily available when required and deal with issues quickly and efficiently.’

‘The team is proactive in liaising with both the client and other advisers, bringing the different strands together as good lawyers should. Their advice is practical and tailored to specific situations. They are willing to have tough conversations with demanding clients.’

‘I was really impressed by Astrid Stanley. She was brilliant at producing a strategy that worked across the whole project. I felt very confident about the advice and tactics that she proposed and that we were in good hands. Her approach was though and detailed and very intuitive. She was quick to recognise what we needed before we did ourselves. She also did a fantastic job of managing all the different parties on our side and ensuring that everyone was kept on track without ruffling feathers. Astrid is highly effective – she is a very talented lawyer and exactly what an in-house team is looking for when instructing external counsel.’

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Orla Kiely

Blue Inc

The Row






Family Tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP acts for a variety of high-net-worth clients, such as entrepreneurs, City workers, and sports and media personalities. The team advises on the full range of family law matters, with particular strength in nuptial agreements; it continues to be busy advising on a number of high-value pre and post-nuptial agreements, including those involving assets of up to £100m where there is an international element. Other strengths include advising on surrogacy matters and alternative family structures. Lois Langton leads the team, which also includes Alan Kaufman, who is a collaborative lawyer and mediator who specialises in complex family law disputes.

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Personal injury: claimant Tier 4

The personal injury team at Howard Kennedy LLP is frequently instructed by trade union clients, including the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Radiographers, for work related stress and upper limb disorder claims. These areas, along with manual handling injury claims, are particular specialisms of practice head Elizabeth Smith. Another key practitioner is Joel Leigh, who frequently handles fatal accident at work claims, including in the oil and gas industries, and in the context of sporting activities.

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Harvey Proctor

Royal College of Nursing

Society of Radiographers

Professional discipline Tier 4

Solicitors disciplinary work is a particular growth area at Howard Kennedy LLP, whose 'excellent and very knowledgeable team' receives a considerable number of referrals from other solicitors and law firms, including magic circle practices. It also acts for senior accountants, and barristers and chambers. The key practitioners are Ian Ryan, Joel Leigh and senior associate John Martyn.

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A small team with strong solicitors across the board, all have a good eye for detail and are able to provide counsel with a high level of support and input. They are representing the fourth respondent in the Gary Senior / Baker McKenzie case, one of the biggest cases before the SDT.

Ian Ryan has a wealth of experience in SRA matters, having previously acted for them and now acting regularly defending. He knows the key players who appear regularly before the Tribunal and how to negotiate with the SRA.’

Very good professional discipline department with particular experience in solicitors disciplinary tribunal. they defended in the Baker McKenzie case.

Department brilliantly run by Ian Ryan, who is hugely experienced in this field. He’s a very good tactician and the clients love him.’

This team is excellent, clearly very knowledgeable and I have great confidence in them. They really live up to the term “trusted advisers”.

Joel Leigh is a good disciplinary lawyer and overall an excellent solicitor.’

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Martin Blackburn

Energy and infrastructure Tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP boasts a strong client portfolio ranging from utilities companies, project developers, sponsors and funders to energy services companies. Jonathan Cohen leads a team which advises on transactions and commercial agreements, procurement and project development, financing and ancillary issues. Cohen is highlighted for his experience in energy storage, heat distribution, offshore and onshore wind and traditional power generation.

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‘Expertise in specialist sectors within the energy space, for example district heating. The team also has a commercial outlook and understands the drivers from different perspectives (e.g. investors, developers and public sector).’

‘The Howard Kennedy team are pro-active, experienced and efficient.’

‘Jonathan Cohen is well known in the industry for his expertise in heat networks and electricity regulation.’

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ECO World-Ballymore

Eggborough Power Limited

National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited

Berkeley Homes

Galliard Homes

Ventus VCT

Swan Housing Association

LASER Energy

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Recent non-contentious work for Howard Kennedy LLP’s IP practice has included advising on copyright licensing deals and global exploitation exercises for trade mark and domain name assets. Disputes handled by practice head Robert Lands have involved complex 3D shape trade marks, copyright invalidity proceedings in the UKIPO and multijurisdictional anti-counterfeiting actions. Technology, art, entertainment, fashion and retail are sectors of focus for the team.

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Robert Lands’ considerable knowledge and expertise in intellectual property and commercial law makes his advice particularly valuable as he is able to assess the situation with regard to both of these legal areas. Robert focuses on the best outcome for the client which results in him providing very pragmatic advice. He’s highly personable and is able to discuss complex areas of law in a way that makes them easy to understand.

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Pandora Jewellery

Condé Nast International Limited

Yolana and AYU London Limited (Alan Yau companies) – founder of Wagamama and Yamabahce

Association of Illustrators


The Tate

ePlus Technology Inc.

Micad Systems (UK) Limited

Royal Geographical Society

Planning Tier 5

Best known for working on complex redevelopment projects for a select client base from the private sector, Howard Kennedy LLP's planning team is now headed by senior associate Jade Chalmers following the recent departure of Anita Kasseean to Blake Morgan LLP. Particular expertise include application of CIL regulations; the practice also has a strong contentious offering.

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Galliard Homes

CJ O’Shea

McGrath Bros Waste Control (Hackney)

Dar Plus

City and Docklands Property Group

First Base

Employers Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP provides specialist advice to clients in the retail and leisure, finance and investment, transport, media and real estate sectors. In particular, the retail and leisure sector is a major source of work for the team, which handles a range of transactional and advisory matters. The employment team also fields a strong flow of work from international clients, especially those based in the US. Department head Jane Amphlett is a leading expert on discrimination law.

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‘A very progressive and versatile firm. They very much have their finger on the pulse with legal developments.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is an exceptional solicitor with excellent attention to detail and client care skills.’

‘A quality outfit with a reputation for excellence.’

‘Sam Murray-Hinde is well known for being a commercially astute, detailed, diligent, and eminently sensible litigator. Her communication is excellent and briefs to counsel are always meticulously prepared. She thinks of everything and has an enviable and intimate knowledge of the sectors that she works in. She can play hard ball when needed.’

‘Jane Amphlett has built an impressive team known for its ability to handle all employment law matters.’

‘Jane Amphlett is a standout employment specialist – she is hugely bright, is forensic in her analysis but combines this with a commercial approach. Jane fights hard for her clients.’

‘The team has a real depth of knowledge of all aspects of employment law and are all extremely commercially minded and approachable.’

‘I have worked with Jane Amphlett for many years and rely completely on her judgment in what can be sensitive employment issues.’

‘Lydia Christie is a consummate professional and a dream to work with. Her commercial view sets her apart from other associates that I’ve worked with previously.’


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Condé Nast International Limited

Foxtons Limited

TriplePoint Capital

East London Bus & Coach Company Limited

South East London & Kent Bus Company Limited

Gordon Brothers International

TCI Fund Management, TCI Advisory and TCI Fund Services

Ballymore Properties

Administrators of HMV Retail Limited & HMV E-Commerce Limited

Property finance Tier 6

Primarily advising on regional properties, Howard Kennedy LLP’s multi-disciplinary practice has expertise in investment and development finance, as well as senior and mezzanine lending, bridge finance and Islamic finance. Daniel Fireman leads the team, and stands out for his experience in advising new entrants to the market. Head of banking Steve Clinning has been very active in advising on industrial, hotel and residential developments. Nada Jarnaz is also recommended.

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‘The team has good organisational skills and a proactive attitude. When an issue arises, I also find them to be attentive and very pragmatic. I base my judgement upon the availability, commerciality and strength of the team as a whole. This counts for small residential transactions right through to larger commercial deals.’

‘The Howard Kennedy property finance team delivers a responsive, cost-effective and commercially focused service to us. I understand clearly 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 matters.’

‘I believe that the firm understands how clients want and need to get from the start to the end of transactions efficiently and smoothly, dealing with all issues in a calm, speedy and cost-effective manner.’

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

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Octopus Real Estate

Rothschild & Co

Octane Finance

Aldermore Bank

Avamore Capital

Shawbrook Bank


Santander UK plc



Stellus Capital Investment Corporation

Property Box Loan Company

Galliard Group

Sport Tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP is best-known for handling private affairs and family law matters for well-known athletes, combined with a strong commercial offering. Family law specialist Lois Langton has represented athletes on settlements and divorce proceedings, often with a cross-border element. Commercial litigator Fiona Hinds is another key name and has acted for athletes on disputes concerning image rights, employee structures and employee benefits.

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International arbitration Tier 7

Howard Kennedy LLP's international arbitration team saw the 2019 arrival of Africa disputes expert Duncan Bagshaw from Stephenson Harwood to work alongside power sector specialist Steven Morris. The team is experienced in disputes concerning the energy, hotels and leisure, and IT and technology industries, as well as the India, Pakistan, Middle East and Africa markets.

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Great for responsiveness, experience and expertise, and willing to involve experts from the Bar when it is necessary and in the best interests of clients.

Steven Morris is immensely experienced and knowledgeable – excellent to work with.

Duncan Bagshaw has a deserved good reputation in the arbitration field.

‘Arish Bharucha is a very smart, diligent and focused lawyer, who understands well the needs of clients and how to optimise strategies for international arbitration.’

Key clients

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Vordere plc

National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited

Vinergy International (Pvt) Limited


Howard Kennedy LLP's team advises on a wide range of inbound immigration issues, concentrating on North America, Russia, the Middle East, Europe, and particularly China. It assists Chinese clients looking to establish businesses in the UK. Key areas of work include right to work checks, sponsor licences, and private client issues involving surrogacy, intra-national divorce and estate planning. 'Superstar' Antonia Torr heads the practice.

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‘The service I received was thorough and absolutely complete. Communication was exceptionally clear. I found the work and the overall experience to be exceptional.’

‘Antonia Torr is a superstar in my book: She is deeply knowledgeable about the law; fully familiar with the realities of it in practice; always has smart, creative solutions to offer; knows well her counterparts and how best to approach them, and is always friendly and positive.’

Key clients

Ambiway Education

Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd

SMT Travel

Mars Investment Management Ltd

HLHP Oriental Food Limited


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 & 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Craig Emden
Chief Operating Officer Paul Roberts
Our sectors:
Energy Jonathan Cohen
Investment Funds Keith Lassman
Private Wealth Liz Palmer
Real Estate James Stewart
Retail and Leisure Adam Walford
Sport Fiona Hinds
Sport Lois Langton
Our practice areas:
Arts & Cultural Property Mark Stephens, CBE
Banking Marcus Jamson
Business Advisory Vernon Dennis
Business Crime & Regulatory Ian Ryan
Capital Markets Keith Lassman
Commercial Investment 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
Photo Name Position Profile
 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'Higgins Naomi 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…
 Nicky Stewart  photo Nicky Stewart Nicky Stewart is a commercial real estate specialist with a focus on…
 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…
 Adam Walford  photo Adam Walford Adam Walford advises household name restaurants and retailers on their real estate…
 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

The 'combination of high-quality work with the culture of a smaller, less corporate organisation' draws trainees to Howard Kennedy, a full-service, mid-sized City firm. Trainees highlight the 'entrepreneurial nature of the work' and comment upon its 'reputation as being a friendly yet professional place to work'. The firm is proud of its specialities in sport, energy, private wealth, as well as media and entertainment law. This diverse offering is lauded by trainees: 'the firm offers a broad training experience with seat options, such as business crime and media, that you wouldn't find at larger outfits'. Trainees also praise the 'inclusive atmosphere' and the 'approachability of supervisors' as well as the work/life balance for which Howard Kennedy bags a Lex 100 Winner award. The style of training is described as being hands-on as well as supportive: 'I have been able to run my own matters from day one. However, I have always had the support of my supervisor and wider team as and when it has been required. This independence with a safety net has been the biggest factor in my improvements as a lawyer so far'. Drawbacks highlighted centre around the opaqueness of the seat selection process, NQ retention rate and the office/IT facilities. But the pro-bono programme is highly praised and notable work highlights included 'launching a fund that invests in music IP' and 'working on a distressed M&A deal and helping a business survive, safeguarding jobs'. If you looking for a City firm with a small intake and have an interest in the sport, media or energy sectors, Howard Kennedy is worth a close look.