Firm Profile > Kennedys > London , London


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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