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Kennedys
BLOODSTONE BUILDING
SIR JOHN ROGERSON'S QUAY
DUBLIN 2
DQ2 KF24
Ireland

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Kennedys is rated for medical negligence and product liability cases. It represents a range of healthcare professionals, service providers, umbrella organisations, insurers and manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medical device products. Much of the practice centres on clinical negligence and product liability claims, regulatory matters and inquests. Joanne O’Sullivan is noted for clinical negligence and misdiagnosis claims.

Practice head(s):

Joanne O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Grace Keegan; David Mckechnie; Shanna Dunne

Testimonials

‘An unusually strong, knowledgeable, passionate and committed team. They get to the crux of the matter very quickly. No frills or racking up costs with this team. One of the most remarkable things about the team is their ability to bring a speedy resolution to claims. They are the most impressive team I have seen in my 28 years experience of healthcare litigation. We have clients who repeatedly ask for them.’

‘Joanne O’Sullivan (Partner) is a great communicator. She is a strong leader and has great integrity. She listens and is respectful. Not only do our clients hold her in high regard but also her own team.’

‘David McKechnie specialises in advising and assisting doctors who have been complained to the Medical Council. He is at his best when the issues are complex and the stakes are high. He is very knowledgeable, incisive and resourceful. He takes no nonsense and is very calm under pressure.’

‘Very client-focused and friendly team. Shanna Dunne in particular stands out as going above and beyond for her clients.’

‘Shanna Dunne is excellent at keeping clients informed of progress on their claims and fighting to get the best results for her clients.’

Key clients

Challenge Indemnity

Medlab Pathology Limited

Sonic Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

Johnson & Johnson

DePuy International Limited

DCM Optical Express

Allianz Versicherung

Oculentis GmbH

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Stryker UK Limited

CPL Healthcare Limited

Repromed

Sims IVF (Advanced Fertility Care)

My Dental

Challenge Indemnity

Medlab Pathology Limited

Sonic Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

Johnson & Johnson

DePuy International Limited

DCM Optical Express

Allianz Versicherung

Oculentis GmbH

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Stryker UK Limited

CPL Healthcare Limited

Repromed

Sims IVF (Advanced Fertility Care)

My Dental

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Medlab in the Supreme Court on the recoverability of damages in a case involving a terminally ill patient (Ruth Morrissey (now deceased)), where the patient claimed fatal accident type damages during her lifetime.
  • Instructed by insurers to act on behalf of Waterstone Fertility Clinic in the defence of a clinical negligence claim arising out of alleged negligent fertility treatment provided to the claimant.
  • Acting for various insurers and their insureds in number of professional negligence proceedings before the Medical Council.

Ireland > Insurance Tier 2

Kennedys has made a further impression in headline and seminal cases, including financial lines, D&O, medical, product liability and professional negligence cases. It represents some of the biggest insurers in the market. Andrew McGahey is an experienced figure in financial lines and environmental insurance, Noel Devins is a key name in construction and employment-related cases, Joanne O’Sullivan is noted for healthcare and clinical negligence claims, and Hugh Kennedy for shipping and commercial insurance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

Noel Devins; Joanne O’Sullivan; Hugh Kennedy; David Strahan; Catherine Lyons

Key clients

ELK Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Electric Insurance Company

Inditex Re

CPL Management Solutions

SIMS Clinic

Midland Radio

Securitas Security Services Ireland

JD Wetherspoon

Tipp FM

JD Sports

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Medlab in the Supreme Court on the seminal issue of recoverability in cases involving a terminally ill patient (Ruth Morrissey (now deceased)), where the patient claimed fatal accident type damages.
  • Acted for COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association in Admiralty Court proceedings following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a large French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.
  • Instructed by two separate insurers, AXA Winterthur and Generali, to act on behalf of their insureds, Kepak and Ornua (two substantial Irish food companies), in a case arising from damage caused to their produce following a serious racking collapse in a refrigerated coldstore warehouse.

Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Kennedys is a global titan in insurance. The Dublin office represents a range of the biggest insurers and reinsurers in the world, and acts for insureds in dispute resolution matters. It is also a rising force in healthcare litigation. It has made a further impression in smear misdiagnosis litigation, along with other high-value and seminal cases. Andrew McGahey is an established specialist in financial lines and environmental insurance claims. Joanne O’Sullivan is a prominent healthcare insurance and liability expert. Hugh Kennedy is a key name for shipping insurance and Noel Devins is recognised for construction-related insurance.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey; Joanne O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Kennedy; Noel Devins; David Strahan; Grainne Donnelly

Testimonials

‘In a rather long term claim, Kennedys provides constantly very sustainable and comprehensive advices.’

‘I have used Kennedys for many years and over the winter of 2020 during lockdown we were involved in a virtual mediation. Their work ethics and availability was excellent during very difficult times.’

‘Even if the issue is a long term claim, Hugh Kennedy and Grainne Donnelly are both very alert and awake to developments and provide specific legal advice in due course so that one can really rely on them.’

‘Hugh Kennedy – my No.1 go to for any legal matters in Ireland. Lots of experience, very good knowledge and reasonable fee rates.’

Key clients

Elk Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Electric Insurance Company

Inditex Re

CPL Management Solutions

SIMS Clinic

Midland Radio

Securitas Security Services Ireland

JD Wetherspoon

Tipp FM

JD Sports

Sonic Healthcare (Ireland) Limited

DePuy International Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Medlab in the Supreme Court in relation to the recoverability of damages in cases involving a terminally ill patient (Ruth Morrissey (now deceased)), where the patient claimed fatal accident type damages while still alive.
  • Acted for COSCO & China Shipowners Mutual Assurance Association in Admiralty Court proceedings following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a large French fishing vessel off the coast of Ireland.
  • Instructed by two separate insurers, AXA Winterthur and Generali, to act on behalf of their insureds, Kepak and Ornua, in a case arising from damage caused to their produce following a serious racking collapse in a refrigerated coldstore warehouse, being a key part of their logistics chain.

Ireland > Transport Tier 3

The ‘extremely knowledgable and competent’ team at Kennedys focuses on acting for transport clients and their insurers in contentious matters. The team is highly active in the shipping sector, counting shipowners and P&I clubs among its clients and representing them in claims involving collisions, ship groundings, cargo damage and personal injury. Practice head Hugh Kennedy also handles matters in the road and aviation sectors, and is praised by clients as ‘very experienced and reliable.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Kennedy

Testimonials

‘An extremely competent and knowledgeable team, with a very pragmatic approach to resolving disputes or potential disputes. The team have taken the time to really learn the nature, idiosyncrasies and culture of our business and are therefore best placed to offer the appropriate advice.’

‘Hugh Kennedy not only has a leading level of knowledge of the industry but also has the personal skills to apply this knowledge in a pragmatic manner that takes into account commercial realities.’

‘The team is very experienced in shipping. Their advice is pragmatic.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a very experienced and reliable lawyer.’

‘Kennedys have the knowledge, expertise and prompt attention to detail that we require. They are highly competent in our type of work which encompasses all types of marine legalities. Everything is done promptly and it makes a change when dealing with them, as they are very popular in the marine legal world.’

‘We use them because of their knowledge and competency in the marine underwriting market.’

‘An engaging team with proven expertise in dispute resolution in the maritime transport sector.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a subject matter expert – dynamic and able to work with all stakeholders in a dispute, large or small. His hands-on approach and strategic thinking provides peace of mind and confidence to his clients and their insurers when pursuing or defending claims. Hugh’s personable approach marks him out from other peers.’

Key clients

Irish Ferries

Etihad Airways

Suncor

Amlin

Samskip

Aspen

TUI Travel PLC

P&O Ferries

World Fuel Services

Standard P&I Club

Gard P&I

British Marine P&I

WE Cox

Northern Marine Underwriters

Irish International Freight Association

Work highlights

  • Instructed by insurers to act on behalf of ship-owner COSCO Shipping Captive Insurance Co following a collision between a COSCO vessel and a French fishing vessel in October 2019 off the coast of Ireland.
  • Retained by Irish Ferries for a variety of matters, including almost all of its passenger and crew personal injury claims.
  • Defending Drogheda Port and its UK insurers in High Court proceedings issued by Arklow Shipping after an Arklow ship went aground in the channel while departing the port.

Kennedys is a specialist national and international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. It has over 2,000 people globally, across the UK and Europe, Asia Pacific, the America’s and the Middle East.

Kennedys has 37 offices in 22 countries globally, including ten locations in the UK. It also benefits from a network of 21 association and co-operation offices in a further 12 countries.

Kennedys’ Dublin office combines legal and regulatory expertise with practical business advice for both domestic and international clients. Our specialist legal services span the insurance and reinsurance, healthcare, personal injury and commercial dispute sectors.

Kennedys’ Dublin office has one of largest dedicated insurance practices in Ireland. We provide expert coverage and claims defence services to both international and domestic insurers and their insureds. In particular, we advise on professional liability, financial institutions’ liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, public and employers’ liability, transactional liability and trade credit claims. We also specialise in advising on property damage and environmental liability claims.

Our healthcare team members are specialists in managing contentious and non-contentious healthcare legal issues, including medical malpractice litigation, inquests, health law advice and medical and dental council complaints.

Our large liability team specialises in providing strategic advice on underwriting, coverage and management of claims through the litigation process with particular expertise in motor, travel, fraud, product liability, catastrophic injury and property subrogation.

We are leading experts in the marine, aviation and transport sectors, advising on all aspects of transport-related claims.

Our dispute resolution team provides expert legal advice on a broad range of commercial disputes, including corporate and contractual disputes, professional negligence, property disputes, fraud, defamation and public procurement.

Kennedys’ global knowledge of the insurance sector and depth of expertise across multiple claims specialisms in both Ireland and the UK means that Kennedys’ Dublin office is also ideally placed to advise and help navigate our clients, both national and international, through the uncertainties of the UK’s secession from the European Union. Our Dublin office will continue to be a key link for our clients seeking representation in the broader EU market.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Catastrophic injury Graham Duggan
Catastrophic injury Martina O'Mahoney
Catastrophic injury Joanne O'Sullivan
Commercial disputes Andrew McGahey
Cyber risks Daniel Scanlon
Directors and officers liability Andrew McGahey
Employers' liability Martina O'Mahoney
Employers' liability Joanne O'Sullivan
Financial institutions Andrew McGahey
Marine insurance Hugh Kennedy
Medical malpractice Joanne O'Sullivan
Medical malpractice David Mckechnie
Medical malpractice Grace Keegan
Motor liability Cian McGrath
Product liability, recall and mass tort Joanne O'Sullivan
Professional liability Noel Devins
Property damage Noel Devins
Public liability Martina O'Mahoney
Public liability Joanne O'Sullivan
Regulatory defence David Mckechnie
Regulatory defence Grace Keegan
Regulatory defence Joanne O'Sullivan
Reinsurance Andrew McGahey
Insurance and reinsurance sector Andrew McGahey
Healthcare sector Joanne O'Sullivan
Healthcare sector Grace Keegan
Healthcare sector David Mckechnie
Life sciences sector Joanne O'Sullivan
Construction and engineering sector Noel Devins
Shipping and international trade sector Hugh Kennedy
Transport and logistics sector Hugh Kennedy
Aviation sector Hugh Kennedy
Number of fee-earners : 1,300
at this office : 37
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As a growing global law firm, attracting and retaining talent from a variety of different backgrounds has allowed us to develop a distinct culture that we are proud of.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity at Kennedys. Our principles of non-discrimination and equality of opportunity apply not only to our employees, but also to the way we treat our visitors, clients, customers and suppliers.

Demonstrating our commitment, we were proud to be the global gold-level partners of the Dive In festival for the first time in 2018. Dive In is a multi-award winning festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance run by Inclusion@Lloyd’s, a cross market collaboration of C-suite executives and industry associations driving the strategic push for greater diversity in the Lloyd’s market.

Our equality and diversity policy

We support our workplace and clients by following our equality and diversity policy. Our policy covers:

  • Discrimination
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Training and promotion
  • Termination of employment
  • Treating outside parties
  • Monitoring
  • Disabled employees.

 

Everyone at Kennedys has a duty to act in accordance with our equality and diversity policy. They must treat others with dignity at all times, and not discriminate against or harass job applicants or other employees regardless of their status.

Discrimination

Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Recruitment and selection

Job applicants do not suffer discrimination, job selection criteria are regularly reviewed to ensure they are relevant to the job, and short listing of applicants is completed by more than one person.

Training and promotion

Training needs are identified through regular reviews. All promotion decisions will be made on the basis of merit.

Termination of employment

Any disciplinary procedures and penalties are applied without discrimination and redundancy criterion and procedures are fair and objective.

Treating outside parties

Kennedys is free to accept instruction from any particular client and refusal to act will not be based on any protected characteristics. Lawyers will be instructed based on their skills, experience and ability.

Monitoring

Workforce composition is monitored at all levels to ensure equality of opportunity across the firm. Where appropriate, steps will be taken to identify and remove unjustified barriers.

Disabled employees

Those with a disability will be treated fairly and reasonable adjustments to the workplace, or job content, will be made to ensure that an employee with a disability is not disadvantaged.