Firm Profile > Kennedys > Paris, France

Kennedys
31 RUE DE LISBONNE
75008 PARIS
France

Aviation Tier 2

Kennedys has a firm focus on insurance and liability litigation and a range of expertise related to the aviation industry, where it is regularly instructed in French law matters. Aurélia Cadain leads the carriers’ liability practice and Nicolas Bouckaert is the key contact for aerospace product liability matters. The department is also well versed in transport and cargo claims and is typically retained by airlines, aerospace manufacturers and insurers.

Testimonials

The lawyers at Kennedy’s are strategically minded and are well able to tackle technical problems.

Nicolas Bouckaert is highly experienced with an excellent strategic vision.

Very good communication skills, willing to listen and learn.

Insurance Tier 2

The team at Kennedys is specialised in insurance and reinsurance litigation, focusing on complex high-stakes disputes and mass litigation. The group's extensive arbitration experience make it a sought-after representative in both domestic and cross-border matters, as does the practice's broad scope that includes coverage disputes and subrogation and recovery actions as well as defence cases taken on for insurers. With a portfolio of expertise ranging from industrial risks, political risks and trade credits, to financial lines and product liability matters and strong sector expertise in transport (aviation, aerospace, shipping), healthcare and life sciences, and construction and real estate, the practice is among the most versatile players in the market. With the firm's international office network and the Paris team's own intercultural skills, the practice is well equipped for multi-jurisdictional disputes. The key contacts are Paris managing partner Alexis Valençon, Aurélia Cadain and Nicolas Bouckaert. Christian Bouckaert left the firm in October 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Alexis Valençon; Aurélia Cadain; Nicolas Bouckaert

Testimonials

‘Availability, responsiveness, advice, skills, relevant and well-documented analyses.’

‘Alexis Valençon: great availability, competence, advice.’

‘I have found the team in Paris to be amongst the most responsive and proactive firms I have worked with in this area.’

‘Speed of response is exceptional even on complex matters. High level of knowledge and expertise across all levels of staff. ’

‘In all matters, the cooperation was always very uncomplicated, competent and objective. Even technically complex interrelationships were understood without problems.’

‘The calm, always friendly and very competent way of communicating. Nicolas Bouckaert is particularly notable.’

Kennedys’ Paris team has a long-established reputation as one of Paris’s leading commercial litigation practices and is particularly well-known for its expertise in (re)insurance, liability and complex cross-border disputes.

The team provides specialist litigation advice, grounded in a deep understanding of the global insurance markets and prides itself on articulating sophisticated legal and technical arguments in ways which make them both straightforward and relevant to our clients’ needs.

The Paris office advises on all aspects of liability and insurance law and litigation, including aviation, banking and finance, casualty, commercial disputes, construction, environment, financial lines, fraud, industrial risks, life and health, professional indemnity, property, pharmaceutical, product, public and directors’ and officers’ liability.

It is recognised for its ability to handle large, multi-party disputes, mass tort litigations and complex technical matters and often works within or manages large teams, created on a case-by-case basis and constituted of lawyers and specialists from other fields (engineers, doctors, accountants, traders, architects…), so as to identify and execute the best possible strategy to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.

Kennedys’ Paris office is perfectly placed to operate in a global environment, as our lawyers – who work across linguistic, legal and cultural barriers on a daily basis – have all either studied or worked abroad (in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Spain) and speak a broad range of languages (including English, Spanish, German and Italian). The team works closely with our network of offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East, thereby ensuring that Kennedys’ clients receive seamless legal services throughout Europe and beyond.

Department Name Email Telephone
Liability and insurance law and litigation, including:
Aviation Aurélia Cadain
Aviation Nicolas Bouckaert
Banking and finance Alexis Valençon
Banking and finance Nicolas Bouckaert
Casualty Alexis Valençon
Casualty Aurélia Cadain
Casualty Nicolas Bouckaert
Commercial disputes Alexis Valençon
Commercial disputes Aurélia Cadain
Commercial disputes Nicolas Bouckaert
Construction Alexis Valençon
Construction Aurélia Cadain
Construction Nicolas Bouckaert
Financial lines Alexis Valençon
Financial lines Nicolas Bouckaert
Fraud Alexis Valençon
Industrial risks Alexis Valençon
Industrial risks Aurélia Cadain
Industrial risks Nicolas Bouckaert
Life and health Alexis Valençon
Life and health Aurélia Cadain
Life and health Nicolas Bouckaert
Professional indemnity
Professional indemnity Alexis Valençon
Professional indemnity Aurélia Cadain
Professional indemnity Nicolas Bouckaert
Property Alexis Valençon
Property Aurélia Cadain
Property Nicolas Bouckaert
Pharmaceutical Aurélia Cadain
Product Alexis Valençon
Product Aurélia Cadain
Product Nicolas Bouckaert
Public and directors' and officers' liability Alexis Valençon
Public and directors' and officers' liability Nicolas Bouckaert
Number of fee-earners : 1,300
at this office : 17
English
French
German
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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.