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

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Kennedys' team is 'always available for discussion, minus the legal jargon, with a common-sense approach to cases' and has 'a wide breadth of talent that extends in a meaningful way to a number of jurisdictions'. Practice head Joanne O’Sullivan, who is qualified in the UK and Ireland, is known for her expertise in medical negligence defence and inquest cases; she is 'keen to strategise well in advance of trial to ensure the best results possible for her clients'. Senior associate Grace Keegan, who joined from Matheson, is praised for her 'client-specific, clear and concise advice'.

Insurance Tier 2

At Kennedys, the ‘first-rateAndrew McGahey, who ‘always gives measured and astute advice’ in addition to being ‘an excellent negotiator’, is the new head of insurance, having joined from Mayer Brown International LLP's London office in January 2018. In a recent work highlight, McGahey assisted an insurance company with adapting its public and general liability insurance policies for Irish law. On the contentious side, Joanne O’Sullivan is focused on the healthcare sector, defending clinical negligence claims, while Marian Brennan has expertise in casualty claims. Noel Devins handles professional indemnity cases and Daniel Scanlon is particularly adept at dealing with defamation claims. The team was further bolstered by the arrival of several solicitors from Matheson.

Transport Tier 2

Kennedys 'offers excellent advice on maritime transport-related issues'; the team is assisting a maritime transport company with matters concerning Port State Control intervention and the effects of the new European law on ship-based pollution, as well as defending an international freight forwarder against an action for damages relating to an alleged delay to a consignment of goods. The team also advises on road and aviation matters. Hugh Kennedy, who has 'an unmatched depth of knowledge and experience in maritime transport matters alongside a pragmatic approach to commercial factors', leads the practice.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

'Excellent negotiatorAndrew McGahey joined Kennedys in January 2018 from Mayer Brown International LLP in London to head the dispute resolution team and act as Dublin office managing partner. The practice, which is noted for its 'strength in depth', specialises in professional indemnity work across the construction, healthcare, financial services and transport sectors. In addition, Daniel Scanlon and Noel Devins are active in defamation cases. Hugh Kennedy and Joanne O’Sullivan are also key contacts.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
English
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Contact : Andrew McGahey
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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.