Firm Profile > Kennedys > Manchester, England

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Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Gordon Davidson and Martin Stockdale jointly lead Kennedys' personal injury defence department. Davidson is adept at assisting local authorities with their employers and public liability claims as well as their disease claims, while Stockdale leads the counter-fraud team, which acts for a mix of insurers, public sector clients and corporates, handling work which often has an international element. The team has expertise in a number of sectors such as leisure and hospitality, sport, construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics. Richard McKeown and senior associate Ian Ford are also key individuals.


A growing team with excellent strategic skill in the most complex and challenging injury claims for insurers.

Gordon Davidson is the stand-out individual. A legal colossus. Vastly experienced, hugely affable and universally liked and respected by clients and opponents alike. One of the last true gentleman solicitors.

Very professional and understand their customer’s requirements. The practice brings confidence and assurance that our, the customer’s interests are protected.

The team at Kennedys in Manchester provide an excellent service. They are extremely thorough, bring a high level of expertise to each claim, but are also commercially and tactically very astute. The team is structured in a way that enables the senior fee earners to delegate where appropriate to more junior members of the team who are always bright, enthusiastic and extremely efficient which is always really helpful. The team, in keeping with the firm, are also innovative in the way in which they provide their legal services to their clients.

The individuals I work with all have a very high level of technical expertise. They are particularly good at determining those cases which need to be fought and do so tenaciously. Equally they are also adept at recognising early the cases where a degree of pragmatism is going to be required to get the best overall outcome for the client. They build and maintain strong relationships with their clients and are a pleasure to work with.

‘Chris Oldfield and Richard McKeown are vastly experienced and are well known to stand out within this practice area.

The team are keen to engage with us on what approach we like to take with our personal injury claims. They consider the bigger picture such as brand reputation and customer service as well as providing clear, helpful legal advice. We almost see the team as an extension of our own in-house legal team which is great.’

Richard McKeown is very friendly and approachable and goes above and beyond to provide a high standard of legal service and advice.

Richard McKeown has a true passion for defending claims but also is realistic and does not raise hopes of success where there may be loopholes in our defence. He has a common sense approach which is rare these days, and looks at whether our clients contractual expectations are realistic.

The team are dedicated to establish a second to none, working relationship with ourselves and the client. They are both personable, yet professional, which makes the relationship dynamic and efficient. By fully understanding the needs, and working relationship of the client, this enables all round satisfaction.

Richard McKeown has extensive knowledge, charisma and dedication.’

Key clients

Hilton Hotels

JD Wetherspoon Plc



MJ Gleeson

British Cycling

Marston’s Plc

TCS Claims (Endsleigh)

UK Athletics

Virgin West Coast Trains

The Go Ahead Group

Professional negligence Tier 1

Kennedys' professional negligence practice offers a broad range of expertise, defending all kinds of professionals, from lawyers and accountants to construction professionals and contractors, particularly in relation to cladding/fire-safety issues for commercial and residential properties. The team also advises on insurance coverage disputes, acting for many of the market's leading insurers. Key team members include practice head Jeremy Riley, Claire Bushen, Tom Pelham and associate Thomas Handley.


‘The team is exceptional, always available and instantly engaging. In particular, Tom Pelham is a delight to work with. His no-fuss approach is exactly what we need and he puts our clients instantly at ease.’

‘The firm has a very good global reach – the Manchester team are responsive and can deal with anything we throw at them.’

Banking litigation Tier 3

Kennedys has continued to build on its 2017 merger with Berg, drawing on the Manchester outfit's strong track record on banking and financial disputes. The firm's Manchester team now primarily advises SME companies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, with regulatory investigations a particular area of expertise. Senior associate  Andrew Davidson heads the team, working alongside partners Alison Loveday and Reuben Berg. Davidson, an experienced mediator, focuses on contact disputes, professional negligence claims, partnership and shareholder disputes and injunctions.

Key clients

Mr & Mrs Hockin

Together Money


Julian Hodge Bank

Metro Bank

Begbies Traynor Group plc

Duff & Phelps

Arnold Laver Holdings Limited

Euro Hotels Group

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Kennedys' Manchester commercial litigation practice took a major step forward in 2017 with the firm's tie-up with Berg, and the merged team has continued to build on the combination, working together on substantial cases. Key work handled by the practice includes commercial and insurance litigation, GDPR and cyber-crime disputes, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Andrew Davidson heads the team, which was boosted in 2018 by the hires of Nick Bond and consultant Robert Steele from BLM.


‘What has always impressed me is their commercial nous and how they look for practical solutions. I always feel that they look to build long-term relationship with clients.’

‘Ian Mendelsohn is a first-rate, top-drawer lawyer; he is a generalist, has a good understanding of the law and a great deal of personal integrity’.

Key clients

Wasps Rugby Club

Michael Isaac

Employment Tier 3

Alison Loveday leads Kennedys' practice, which provides comprehensive employment law advice with a particular emphasis on advising high net worth individuals, as well as handling contentious matters on behalf of individuals, businesses and the third sector, especially charities and education. On the non-contentious side, the department advises on data protection and GDPR matters related to employment issues . Senior associate Amanda Beaumont joined from Seabury Beaumont.

Key clients


M&P Engineering Limited


Vitaflo International

Dmg events (UK) Limited

I Cogent Skills Services

Avara Avlon Pharmaceuticals

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Kennedys is active across the retail and logistics sectors and is particularly experienced in development mandates. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise, as is landlord and tenant work. The arrival of senior associate Angela Bhaseen, who joined from Taylors LLP  in 2018, has led to several new client wins. Bhaseen heads the team with Reuben Berg.


‘The real estate team understands the issues, address them promptly without fuss, and gets the deal done within the allotted timescale.’

‘Angela Bhaseen anticipates problems and identifies solutions before they arise and gets the deal done quickly.’

Key clients

Midia Group

Scarborough Group

Project Management & Building Consultancy Limited (PMP)

Gladman Developments

MPH Ancoats

Bolton Borough Council

Together Commercial Finance

Fitzwilliam Capital Partners

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Kennedys in Manchester works closely with the firm's London office to handle a raft of insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery matters. It acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and debtors on a wide range of advisory and contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters, and often utilises its cross-border expertise. Senior associate solicitor Laura Smith is recommended.


The team has wide ranging expertise in insolvency and corporate recovery work

Property litigation Tier 6

Kennedys handles a range of landlord and tenant disputes, and is regularly engaged by property developer clients on contentious cases. Cases involving repossession, trespass and enforcement proceedings are a key area of expertise, as are property-related professional negligence disputes. Senior associate Tom White leads the team in Manchester. .


Tom White is hardworking and meticulous

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.