Firm Profile > Kennedys > Manchester, England
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Kennedys > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.’
JD Wetherspoon Plc
TCS Claims (Endsleigh)
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.
Mr & Mrs Hockin
Julian Hodge Bank
Begbies Traynor Group plc
Duff & Phelps
Arnold Laver Holdings Limited
Euro Hotels Group
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’.
Wasps Rugby Club
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.
M&P Engineering Limited
Dmg events (UK) Limited
I Cogent Skills Services
Avara Avlon Pharmaceuticals
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.’
Project Management & Building Consultancy Limited (PMP)
Bolton Borough Council
Together Commercial Finance
Fitzwilliam Capital Partners
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. .
Kennedys > Firm Profile
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 â 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).
|Senior partner||Nick Thomas|
|Managing partner||Suzanne Liversidge|
|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|
|Dispute resolution: international arbitration||Ben Aram|
|Dispute resolution: international arbitration||Katherine Proctor|
|Financial institutions||John Bruce|
|Fine art and specie||Chris Dunn|
|Fine art and specie||Ken Silk|
|Health and safety||Danny McShee|
|Health and safety||David Wright|
|Insurance/reinsurance litigation||Nick Williams|
|Life sciences||Trevor Davies|
|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|
|Real estate: commercial property||Jeremy Palmer|
|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|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 232 Number of other UK fee-earners : 703
DIVERSITY AT KENNEDYS
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:
- Recruitment and selection
- Training and promotion
- Termination of employment
- Treating outside parties
- 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.
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.