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

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Kennedys is highly active in large-scale litigation in the healthcare sector, with expertise in defending high-value medical negligence and product liability claims. The team has a broad client base including multinational pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, manufacturers of medical products, and healthcare professionals. Joanne O’Sullivan, who also has expertise in representing interested parties in inquests, leads the practice, supported by experienced senior associates Grace Keegan and David Mckechnie, who specialise in healthcare litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Joanne O’Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Grace Keegan; David Mckechnie

Key clients

Challenge Indemnity

Medlab Pathology Limited

Hiscox

Sims Clinic

Johnson & Johnson

Oculentis GmbH

DCM Optical Express

Allianz Versicherung

DePuy International Limited

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Stryker UK Limited

CPL Healthcare Limited

Insurance Tier 2

Counting a number of major international insurers among its clients, Kennedys is highly experienced in insurance litigation, with significant expertise in high-value coverage disputes, professional negligence claims, medical negligence and product liability cases, and maritime insurance claims. Practice head Andrew McGahey focuses on policy coverage disputes, in addition to advising on coverage issues, while Noel Devins, who has expertise in construction-related professional negligence, Joanne O’Sullivan, who specialises in healthcare claims, and maritime insurance expert Hugh Kennedy are also noted. The team expanded further with the arrival of David Strahan from Arthur Cox in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘David Strahan’s professionalism, knowledge, accessibility and pragmatism are key strengths that we very much appreciate. He adopts a pragmatic approach and is outcome oriented whilst understanding our objectives in respect of each individual case as we look to achieve the optimum result from a cost and reputational perspective. It is reassuring and comforting that we can pick up a phone and speak with David or any of his colleagues regarding any aspect of our cases.’

Key clients

Aviva

Electric Insurance Company (GE)

Inditex Re

Elk Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Kennedys stands out for its work in insurance disputes, handling litigation involving healthcare, personal injury, professional indemnity, and construction claims. The team is active in representing clients before the Commercial Court, High Court, and Supreme Court. The team is led by Andrew McGahey; Hugh Kennedy has expertise in admiralty, marine and aviation litigation and Joanne O’Sullivan handles healthcare work. Noel Devins has a core focus on professional indemnity claims in the construction and financial services sectors. David Strahan joined the team in 2019 from Arthur Cox and counts a number of major insurers amongst his clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew McGahey

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘What I appreciate most is that Kennedys in Dublin do not simply advise but they implement/transpose their proposal into concrete next steps. This makes things very effective and transparent as it provides a very clear picture of what is going on.’

‘Hugh Kennedy and associate Grainne Donnelly are a perfect team and always well prepared.’

‘The level of engagement is exceptional with a hands-on approach being adopted by the team. Cognisant of speaking and relaying messages.’

Key clients

Aviva

Elk Fertighaus AG

MDO Management Company SA

Securitas Security Services Limited

IN2 Engineering Design Partnership

Cornmarket Financial Services

Medlab Pathology Limited

Electric Insurance Company (GE)

Inditex Re

CPL Management Solutions

SIMS Clinic

Midland Radio

Securitas Security Services Ireland

JD Wetherspoon

Tipp FM

JD Sports

Transport Tier 3

Kennedys' 'efficient and reactive' team specialises in the maritime sector, and is experienced in acting for transport companies, P&I clubs and marine insurance companies in collisions, vessel damage, salvage and personal injury claims, as well as advising on ship arrests and regulatory matters. The team also handles contentious work in the road and aviation sectors. 'Leading expert' Hugh Kennedy leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Graham Duggan; John Creegan

Testimonials

‘They have an almost unique specialism in freight and shipping which is very difficult to find with in legal practices in general.’

‘They are very approachable and generally contactable. They have great experience and are prepared to share their knowledge and expertise.’

‘Hugh Kennedy is a leading expert in shipping and ship arrest. Always available and exceptionally user-friendly.’

‘Efficient and reactive.’

‘Hugh Kennedy knows the business well, is very experienced and provides good recommendations.’

Key clients

Irish Ferries

Etihad Airways

Suncor

Amlin

CH Robinson Europe BV

Aspen

TUI Travel PLC

P&O Ferries

World Fuel Services

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
Other offices / * associated offices and co-operations : Auckland
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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.