Firm Profile > Kennedys > London , England


Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Kennedys boasts a 'first-class team who provides realistic advice' on all issues of risk management, and also offers defendants representation in civil claims and advocacy at inquests. The team acts on behalf of all parts of the healthcare sector, and is often sought by the NHS, individual clinicians and private hospitals, with international private healthcare providers also featuring in its client roster. The 'innovative' Christopher Malla has more than 20 years' experience settling high value claims, and is an expert on quantum issues relating to periodical payments. Nico Fabri has an extensive track record handling multi-jurisdictional cases on behalf of medical malpractice insurers; while Ed Glasgow tends to focus on complex birth injury claims and cases involving paralysis following spinal injury. Former healthcare department head Janet Sayers retired.

Leading individuals


‘Kennedys is one of the leading defendant firms, with knowledgeable and committed solicitors and innovative partners.’

‘Very strong team that is willing and open to discuss opinions. Nothing is ever too much trouble. They are open and quick to rectify if there are some aspects of the service you are not happy with.’

‘Very consistent, keen to work collaboratively and a range of lawyers with different experiences/specialisms.’

‘Christopher Malla is knowledgeable and always ready to assist and advise.’

‘Nico Fabri is fantastic with clients and works really hard to get the best result possible.’

‘Ed Glasgow is very strategic and good at looking at the bigger picture, especially on complex cases.’

Health and safety Tier 1

Kennedys' work in the health and safety sphere spans across all industries, and the practice is much sought-after when it comes to high-profile investigations and prosecutions. Richard Crockford - 'the doyen of health and safety law' - is a key figure and is well-known for his work in the healthcare, rail and public sectors. Daniel McShee - who 'frightens the living daylights out of his opponents' - works for a range of clients across all industries, while another notable name is 'pugilist extraordinaire' David Wright, who is notably skilled in the oil and gas sector.


‘Kennedys is far and away the market leader in the health and safety sector. They are superb in advising clients and making the right tactical and judgement calls during the investigation phase. Once the case gets to court, they bring an unrivalled experience in conducting cases and will always make the client feel completely supported. Simply the best.’

‘Richard Crockford is the doyen of health and safety law – he has been involved in acting for defendants in disasters from Clapham to Grenfell and everything in between.’

‘Danny McShee is a genius lawyer and master tactician – he frightens the living daylights out of his opponents.’

‘David Wright is a pugilist extraordinaire but with a great legal brain to accompany it.’

‘Susan Cha, Olivia Tusler, Stephanie Power all are tenacious, diligent and amongst the absolute best of the associates working in this sector.’

‘Daniel McShee is arguably one of the UK’s top health and safety lawyers.’

Key clients

Kier Group

Skanska Group

Sodexo Group

Morrison Utility Services Ltd

Stonegate Pubs

Kuehne and Nagel

BMI Healthcare

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

Mitie PLC


Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 1

With a 'willingness to listen and the ability to provide concise and practical advice', the team at Kennedys handles the full spectrum of insurance matters, spanning a variety of sectors and classes of business, alongside its work for major insurers and reinsurers. As well as construction, the firm has dedicated teams focusing on aviation, marine, energy, property, professional indemnity and financial lines work. Praised for his 'great wisdom', Nick Williams leads the practice, which includes political risk expert and 'excellent communicator' David Chadwick, as well as Latin America, Middle East and energy specialist Nick Thomas, and property lawyer Michael Hogg. Trevor Davies undertakes high-value property, product liability and professional indemnity claims, while Alexandra Rodina focuses on aviation matters.T he team recently secured a major boost with the addition of 12 lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2018, including highly regarded marine and energy partners Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward.

Leading individuals


What I like most about Kennedys is the willingness to listen and the ability to provide concise and practical advice even in situations which at first appear complex and difficult to grasp

The team really knows and understands their clients and their clients’ specific needs. A lot of attention is paid to proactive solutions and to client engagement

This team is capable of covering the full spectrum of insurance work – both marine and non-marine. There is real strength in depth and specialist expertise. They are widely respected in the market because they are a one-stop shop for all aspects of insurance and reinsurance work

The team knows our business and understands our approach to the market; the lawyers are specialists in insurance law and well-connected

Nick Williams has great wisdom and excellent client handling

David Chadwick is an excellent communicator and is technically very sound. His commercial acumen is a real plus

Michael Hogg is always available, understands how to communicate with us and is able to present complicated legal issues in a businesslike manner. He is not afraid of addressing difficult questions and of voicing concerns he might have

Trevor Davies is very well known and highly respected across the market both for domestic and international work. He is superb with clients and instills confidence immediately

Trevor Davies is excellent

John Bruce has exceptional knowledge and experience, and provides practical advice

Andrew Westlake is an outstanding lawyer with an impressive ability to retain facts and figures. He goes the extra mile to deliver exceptional service

Tom Stapleton blends robustness and common sense

Carole Vernon is experienced, diligent, careful and intelligent

Mike Wells shows exceptional experience, wisdom, and great legal knowledge

Key clients








CNA Hardy

Solicitors Indemnity Fund

Aviation Logistics Network

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

The liability division at Kennedys 'manages a prodigious' caseload of the highest value and 'most technically challenging' claims and is instructed by a range of leading insurance companies. Severe brain injury claims, including those concerning locked-in syndrome, vegetative state and altered consciousness, are the key areas of strength for Mark Burton, who is also recognised as 'a market-leading specialist in technology' and its application to the care and rehabilitation of the catastrophically injured. Charles Martin excels in cases of the utmost severity, namely those involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, while Stephen Foster has a particular specialism in the defence of amputation claims.

Leading individuals

Rising stars


‘The team at Kennedys has a very good understanding of not just the legal aspects of a particular claim but also the commercial and economic. It has, with increasing regularity, identified the correct claims to run to trial and our success rate at trial using Kennedys is very high.’

‘Kennedys is a longstanding player in the defendant personal injury sector. It has an excellent understanding of complex injury claims and always provides a robust and forensic defence of claims.’

‘Its advice is always tailored to the size and complexity of the claim and it is always looking for innovative ways to resolve claims.’

‘It is head and shoulders above its competitors in this marketplace in terms of the breadth of its expertise at all levels of seniority, its commitment to technology and pushing the boundaries of the law and its results in resolving complex and high-value injury claims.’

‘Mark Burton drives innovation in claims handling and the use of rehabilitative technologies in catastrophic injury claims.’

‘Charles Martin is a highly experienced and robust litigator who is prepared to take matters to trial to secure the best outcome for the client and protect itsreputation in the sector.’

‘Joanne Kelly as supervising partner of the team we use at Kennedys stands out, she provides exactly the service we need and has a very good understanding of our business.’

Key clients









CNA Hardy

Allied World

PSV Claims Bureau/Stagecoach


Travelers Worldwide

Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Kennedys is regularly instructed by global insurers, including Chubb, AIG, Allianz, and Zurich, among others to handle high-stakes matters. The team is experienced in handling product disputes in key sectors including pharmaceuticals and medical devices; food and consumer products; and manufacturing. Trevor Davies leads the practice and is a key name for international product liability claims. Samantha Silver is well versed in medical devices, consumer products and pharmaceutical-related matters, while Katherine Proctor's focus is on the property, onshore energy, reinsurance and fine arts area. The group is able to benefit from Mirjam Schorr's dual-qualification in the UK and Germany in cross-border matters. Other key names include Ben Aram and senior associate Karishma Paroha, who can act as a solicitor and barrister. Shane Sayers left the firm.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars


Kennedys has one of the best teams in the London market, with exceptional expertise in cross-border work especially.’

The team offers pragmatic, efficient, and top-quality advice and has real experts for every type of insurance dispute.

Trevor Davies is held in high regard‘.

Ben Aram is an exceptional litigator, who has an incredible depth of subject-matter knowledge, while at the same time always taking a commercial approach to a dispute.’

Mirjam Schorr is an absolute pleasure to work with and has a real understanding and expertise in cases involving issues of German law.’

Karishma Paroha is a very good lawyer.’

Key clients







GE Insurance Solutions

DePuy International Limited

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited


XL Catlin Insurance

Professional negligence Tier 2

Kennedys continues to build on the growth of its professional negligence department with the arrival of Paul Castellani from RPC, following several high-profile hires at the beginning of 2018 from Mayer Brown International LLP. It handles complex professional negligence disputes involving legal, construction and technology professionals as well as brokers, accountants and IFAs, and is instructed by a raft of market-leading insurers. Simon Gibson is noted for legal, construction, financial and insurance-related disputes and Martin Chesher handles claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, brokers and management consultants. Christopher Butler is leading on a number of high-profile cladding claims; representing Prater (part of the Lidner Group) and its professional indemnity insurer on a £6m claim brought by Portsmouth City Council was a key highlight.

Next Generation Partners


Christopher Butler and Ingrid Hobbs are both fantastic.

The team is commercially astute, highly responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.

Key clients




Bar Mutual



CNA Hardy


Neon Underwriting

W R Berkley

Shipping Tier 2

The 'proficient' team at Kennedys has recently been bolstered by the arrival of a 12-strong insurance coverage and disputes team from Norton Rose Fulbright, which includes esteemed practitioner Patrick Foss, the 'brilliant' Chris Zavos and Jo Ward. The team is best known for its expertise across shipping disputes, casualty and marine insurance claims where it acts for a raft of blue-chip shipping clients and major insurers. It also offers expertise in the cruise sector, where it handles crisis management and personal injury mandates. Among the team, which 'understands the client's position and speaks plainly about issues', Christopher Dunn has a 'common sense approach with the right amount of aggressiveness when needed to get the job done'; Michael Biltoo is 'never afraid to dive in and take the bull by the horns when working on difficult cases', and senior associate Shaan Burton is 'incredibly thorough'. David Perry has retired.

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars


‘It is constantly looking at new innovations and is aware of the latest developments within the legal arena.’

‘The team can be relied upon and will always be at the side of the client when needed.’

Christopher Dunn has unrivalled encyclopaedic knowledge of the law.

Mark Lloyd has a genuine attitude towards every issue; he understands the problems quickly and comes up with a solution even when under immense pressure.

Michael Biltoo stands out for his attitude to detail and great work ethic.

Shaan Burton has a no-nonsense attitude, and an ability to break down a claim and drive it in the right direction to a sensible and commercial result.

‘The firm has a strong base in providing coverage advice for insurers involved in cargo and marine liability claims.’

‘It has a strong base of experience and knowledge in assisting insurers in handling maritime casualties.’

Key clients



Beazley Group

Liberty Syndicates


Mitsui Sumitomo

CV Starr


XL Catlin

WE Cox

Aviation Tier 3

Kennedys has extensive experience in the aviation sector; it has a 'bespoke aviation practice and the partners have a long history of practising in aviation law'. It is experienced in acting for the aviation insurance market; the team is instructed to act on behalf of major airlines by insurers and it is also instructed directly by airlines to advise on uninsured claims, regulatory and transactional matters. The team has been instructed on a number of high-profile losses; it is representing Tatarstan Airlines, and XL-Catlin as lead reinsurer, in relation to all liability claims arising from the crash of Flight 363 at Kazan International Airport in November 2013. Its growing international practice is acknowledged by clients as the team is able to handle complex, cross-border instructions. It also handles cases for business aviation clients, private aircraft owners and flying clubs. Simon Balls heads the aviation liability team. Roger Whipp has joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Leading individuals


Mark Welbourn is completely knowledgeable when it comes to aviation law.

Mark Welbourn is very approachable and good at building relationships.

Noelia Mann and her team (Reem Bangina and Anya Butler) are really focused on the client and provide outstanding and flexible resolutions.


Key clients

Etihad Airways

British Airways




Aer Lingus

Eastern Airways

easyJet Airline Company

Aviation Logistics Network

Iberia & Iberia Express / Vueling / Air Nostrum

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Kennedys' contentious construction offering advises on disputes for a broad base of clients, including funders, employers, contractors, suppliers, insurers and consultants. The team is led by Iain Corbett, who has decades of experience of construction related matters including insurance policy interpretation and disputes. Corbett recently acted for Cambridge Polymer Roofing, alongside fellow partner Paul Carter, on a key case concerning a fire at a school under construction in Lewisham. Michael Hogg has experience advising domestic contractors and employers on construction and engineering matters and was lead partner advising the Norwegian insurer of the Grenfell Tower. Senior associate Louis Foscolo is another name to note.

Key clients


Bam Construct UK


Kier Group

Fletcher Priest

Chubb Insurance Company

Healthcare Tier 3

Kennedys boasts an impressive client roster consisting of large NHS and mental health trusts and private healthcare providers. The firm is best known for its strong offering in the mental health field, advising on complex matters raised by the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act, inquests and Court of Protection matters. Department head and mental health specialist Robert Tobin regularly acts on behalf of NHS trusts in high-profile inquests, and is assisted by associate Daniel Freeman, who advises on emergency declarations, inquests, and the training of doctors and psychiatrists on all aspects of mental health.

Rising stars


Outstanding team. Exceptional in terms of responsiveness, expertise and efficiency.’

Kennedys has vast wealth of talent and experience which allows it a key role in the healthcare litigation sector.’

Daniel Freeman is a fabulous instructing solicitor. Efficient and incisive with great instinct in this field as to what the underlying healthcare provider requires from its legal team, whether that be the NHS or a private healthcare provider.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS)

Barts Health NHS Trust

North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Spire Healthcare

Rail Tier 4

Kennedys stands out for its rail regulatory and health and safety expertise, where it advises on criminal investigations, prosecutions and related inquest hearings. Regulatory defence work is a key focus of the department. Employment work for rail sector clients is also a key strength, where the team is instructed by several major train operators; it successfully acted for Great Western Railway in tribunal proceedings brought by a train driver for race discrimination, constructive unfair dismissal and automatic unfair dismissal on grounds of whistleblowing and unlawful deduction from wages.

Key clients

South Western Railway

Great Western Railway

Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains West Coast

East Midlands Trains


Renown Railway Services

London North Eastern Railway


Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Kennedys' non-contentious team advises on infrastructure projects involving power stations, dams, airports, roads, and rail. The practice acts for consultants, contractors and architects, as well as private and public developers, and has a strong presence outside of the UK, most notably in the Middle East and Europe. The team is led by Iain Corbett. A crucial member of the practice is James Shaw, who has decades of experience advising on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for a client base including architects, consultants and surety providers.

Key clients

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

Environment Tier 5

Kennedys advises on the handling of pollution incidents, land remediation requirements and regulatory investigations regarding environmental compliance. The practice is also experienced in matters regarding noise and nuisance, waste management and environmental permitting, as well as the decommissioning of nuclear reactors and compliance with energy saving and carbon reduction schemes. Practice head David Wright advises on investigations conducted by the Environment Agency.

Employment: employers Tier 6

With particular expertise in the transport and insurance sectors, Kennedys is frequently instructed by employers to handle tribunal proceedings in relation to claims of race discrimination, unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and sexual harassment. On the non-contentious side, the firm has expertise handling TUPE transfers and commercial agreements. 'Approachable and practical' practice head Matthew Leake advises clients, primarily in the transport sector, on issues such as business reorganisations and industrial relations.


‘Kennedys is a firm with an excellent and well-deserved reputation for respondent employment law, with a robust but commercial approach to employment and discrimination law issues.’

‘Matthew Leake and Fiona Morgan lead the team. They are both characterised by a robust and thoughtful approach; they give clear advice to their clients; and they are excellent collaborators.’

‘The service offered by Matthew Leake is second to none. He has an excellent knowledge of the market backed up by pragmatic, practical advice.’ 

Key clients




South Western Railway

Great Western Railway

Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains West Coast

East Midlands Trains



Stagecoach Bus

London North Eastern Railway

US Risk Group

Wasps RFC

The Growth Company

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Kennedys' Ben Aram leads the international arbitration and commercial litigation team in London and focuses on cases with international dimensions; Dino Paganuzzi is recommended for insolvency-related disputes, along with banking and commercial litigation and fraud matters.


Kennedys' travel and tourism team stands out for its 'breadth and depth of experience'. Aided by the firm's international footprint, the team defends a raft of claims for travel industry clients and it is a 'go-to firm for tour operators, travel agents and their insurers'. Claire Mulligan gives 'commercially astute advice' and is experienced in handling high-profile and sensitive cases, and handles inquests following deaths overseas, catastrophic injury claims and class action cases. Mulligan is instructed by ABTA to seek leave to intervene on its behalf in the Supreme Court case, X v Kuoni Travel, which involves an allegation of sexual assault against a hotel employee. Justin Collins handles complex travel claims; he is a 'top litigator with one eye on the detail, and the other on the prize'. Senior associates Kiran BirdiZoe Hurley and Gareth Thomas are also key figures for travel injury claims. The team has also advised travel sector clients on GDPR and Brexit-related matters, and handles broader claims for travel industry clients.


Clare Mulligan is praised for her very good client care, and her ability to see the bigger picture.

A very helpful, friendly team.

Clare Mulligan is an excellent communicator and manages to put anyone she interacts with at immediate ease.

Experts in all aspects of travel law.

Clare Mulligan knows everything and is a great team leader.

Key clients


ABTA – Association Of British Travel Agents

Touchstone Underwriting (Scheme Covering 450 Tour Operators Such As The Holiday Place, Co-op Travel, Balkan Holidays)

Balkan Holidays Limited (Direct Non Insurance Instructions)

Mark Warner Holidays

Saga Holidays/AXA Corporate Solutions

ABTOI– Association Of British Operators To Italy


Travelopia (Incorporating Brands Such As Exodus)

Virgin Holidays

Chubb/Hilton International Hotels

The Walt Disney Company

XL Catlin (International Team)

AIG Travel

Allianz Insurance Egypt (Hotel Accounts)

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

All Leisure Group

No School Travel Forum

Scott Dunn

Southall Travel

Olympic Holidays

Jumbo Tours

Affinity Villas

Steigenberger Hotels

Kennedys is a specialist national and international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. It has over 1,950 people globally, across the UK and Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East. Its lawyers provide a range of specialist legal services for many industries including: insurance and reinsurance, aviation, construction, employment, healthcare, maritime and international trade, public sector, retail, transport and logistics and travel – with a particular focus on dispute resolution and litigation.

The firm: Kennedys ‘grew up’ in the insurance industry, a sector known for its tight margins and intense focus on value-for-money. The firm has a deep understanding of the pressures on the client’s bottom-line and has developed a reputation for providing straightforward, pragmatic advice cost-effectively.

Kennedys has a nationwide presence in the UK with offices in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Taunton.

International: as well as eleven locations in the UK, Kennedys has offices in Auckland, Austin (TX), Bangkok, Basking Ridge (NJ), Bermuda, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago (IL), Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lima, Lisbon, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, New York  (NY), Paris, Philadelphia (PA), Santiago, Singapore and Sydney and associated offices in Beijing, Bologna, Karachi, Lahore, Milan, Mumbai, New Delhi, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Stockholm, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.

Types of work undertaken:Insurance/reinsurance: Kennedys undertakes coverage and defence work over all classes of business for a client base that includes: general insurers, global composites, Lloyd’s syndicates, self-insured PLCs and self-insuring government bodies. The firm is particularly known for its work in the fields of property/energy, financial lines (including professional indemnity and D&O), excess of loss casualty and personal injury.

Construction: construction and engineering are a significant part of Kennedys’ business, whether advising on construction and engineering matters for employers and contractors, on insurance claims arising under policies written in relation to a large number of construction and engineering projects, or on health and safety issues arising in those industries.

Liability: Kennedys acts on behalf of insurers for claims arising under public, employers’, product and motor liability policies, as well as medical negligence, personal injury and compulsory insurance claims.

Healthcare: Kennedys has been advising hospitals, their insurers, trusts and healthcare professionals on clinical negligence and health law advice for over 20 years. The department acts for NHS Resolution, the National Health Service Litigation Authority, and for over 60 trusts and primary care trusts.

Rail sector: the firm has particular expertise in this area and handles a wide range of contentious matters such as public inquiries and investigations, police and HSE investigations, as well as prosecutions and health and safety issues.

Employment: Kennedys’ employment team is highly experienced in dealing with the full raft of employment-related litigation, including wages, contract, discrimination and dismissal-related disputes, and large group action litigation (ie equal pay and TUPE). The team is equally well-versed in assisting clients with day-to-day HR issues and strategy.

Aviation: Kennedys has extensive experience in supporting, advising and representing the global aviation industry. The firm provides legal solutions for all aspects of aviation commercial and liability work.

Maritime and international trade: Kennedys’ London marine team specialises in shipping and trade matters around the world, working closely with its Singapore, New Zealand and Spanish offices. Areas of expertise include commodities, financing, energy, marine, intermodal work, collision, salvage, and all manner of physical damage claims involving ships and their cargoes.

Property: Kennedys’ real estate team covers the whole spectrum of property-related work including asset management, banking, corporate real estate, development, dispute resolution, investment (acquisitions and disposals), landlord and tenant, planning and rights of light, project finance, restructuring, insolvency and impaired assets.

Corporate: Kennedys advises clients on commercial dispute resolution and all aspects of change, including commercial contracts, corporate recovery and restructuring, cross-border, data protection, mergers and acquisitions and related work, procurement procedures, outsourcing, partnership, policy advice, property and regulation (including FCA regulation).

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Nick Thomas
Managing partner Suzanne Liversidge
Aviation Simon Balls
Aviation Mark Welbourn
Catastrophic injury Mark Burton
Catastrophic injury Richard West
Clinical negligence Christopher Malla
Construction and engineering Iain Corbett
Contracts, procurement, outsourcing James Shaw
Contracts, procurement, outsourcing Alison Loveday
Corporate insurance James Shaw
Cyber Tom Pelham
Cyber Oliver Dent
D&O Philip Hartley
Defamation John Farrell
Dispute resolution: international arbitration Ben Aram
Dispute resolution: international arbitration Katherine Proctor
EL/PL Greg Woods
EL/PL James Shrimpton
Employment Alison Loveday
Employment Matthew Leake
Energy Tom Stapleton
Energy Mike Wells
Environment David Wright
Environment Carole Vernon
Financial institutions John Bruce
Fine art and specie Chris Dunn
Fine art and specie Ken Silk
Fraud Martin Stockdale
Fraud Katherine Totty
Health and safety Danny McShee
Health and safety David Wright
Healthcare Christopher Malla
Healthcare Rob Tobin
Insurance/reinsurance litigation Nick Williams
Liability Richard West
Life sciences Trevor Davies
Motor Ian Davies
Motor Jennifer Harris
Occupational disease Philippa Craven
Occupational disease Cameron Clark
Personal injury Richard West
Personal injury Mark Burton
Private client insurance Matt Deaville
Private client insurance Tony Hannon
Product liability Trevor Davies
Professional negligence Jeremy Riley
Property damage Will Brown
Property damage Michael Hogg
Public sector Helen Snowball
Public enquiries Danny McShee
Public enquiries Richard Crockford
Rail Paula Garvey
Rail Fiona Morgan
Rehabilitation Mark Burton
Retail Suzanne Liversidge
Road Amanda Wylie
Road Chris Chatfield
Real estate: commercial property Jeremy Palmer
Restructuring/insolvency Dino Paganuzzi
Shipping Christopher Dunn
Shipping Mark Lloyd
Travel and tourism Claire Mulligan
Travel and tourism Justin Collins
White-collar crime Richard Crockford
White-collar crime Danny McShee
White-collar crime John Bruce
Number of UK partners : 232
Number of other UK fee-earners : 703


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 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.


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.

The Lex 100 Verdict

With a 'great reputation' as a 'commercial litigation and insurance specialist', Kennedys presents itself as 'an international firm with many high-profile clients'. The training contract 'exceeds expectations', whilst also providing 'a better work/life balance'. Trainees feel that they have a 'good level of work and responsibility, while the hours are better than at some of the biggest firms'. Additionally, many feel that their 'training contract is definitely more balanced' and the 'hands-on experience' makes them feel like 'valued members of the team'. What applicants also found appealing was the approachability of solicitors and partners, making the firm a friendly environment in which to work. The 'laid-back open culture' at Kennedys is reflected by the open-plan office, meaning there is always someone to ask if you need help. The 'variety of work and well-known clients' also impressed applicants, and one respondent was particularly happy with the support and flexibility the firm offered while undertaking the LPC part-time. However, the 'lack of social, team building and charity initiatives' was criticised by many, as well as the perceived 'north/south divide among trainees, and focus on the London office'. On the plus side, new recruits enjoyed 'being offered an international secondment to Hong Kong', 'networking' and managing and completing a deal from start to finish. Moments least enjoyed were 'urgently preparing applications to court' and receiving negative feedback. Kennedys boasts 'expertise in specialist fields' and a good balance of high-quality work with client contact. If you are looking for a firm with 'personality', then Kennedys may be the match for you.