Firm Profile > Kennedys > Sheffield, England
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Personal injury: defendant Tier 1
Kennedys' Sheffield-based practice comprises of a variety of teams with specific competences. Disease, motor, child abuse and neglect and emergency services are a few of the practice areas covered for an ever-increasing client base of local authorities, public bodies and retailers, among others. The firm also has a strong focus on innovation and technology, with members of the personal injury department involved in innovative projects such as the development of an online litigation management system, KLAiM, and an incident investigation tool, @Scene. The hugely experienced Suzanne Liversidge heads up the Sheffield office.
‘Work is always done in an efficient and timely manner. Advice is clear and knowledge of the appropriate law is very good.’
‘The strong core team is reliable and have a great deal of expertise in their subject areas. They are friendly but professional and believe in building relationships with clients so it becomes a real team effort.’
‘The team has excellent strength in depth. There is always someone available who can assist. They take the time to get to know you and have the personal touch when investigating claims. They give sound commercial advice. They are very supportive with witnesses.’
‘Angela Merad has considerable experience – she is very thorough in her investigations; she is very efficient and her advice is clear and concise.’
‘Louise Bedford is very competent and I entirely trust her judgement.’
‘Dan Couldrey has developed so much over the last couple of years and is real partner material. He is enthusiastic, extremely helpful and knowledgeable.’
Endsleigh Insurance Services
Mitie Group Plc
Veolia Environmental Services Ltd
Arcadia Group Ltd
Cleveland Potash Limited
Riverstone Management Ltd
West Midlands Combined Authority
Health and safety Tier 2
The 'very professional and competent' team at Kennedys is recognised for its regulatory defence work and is frequently instructed by individuals and organisations under investigation. It has particular expertise across numerous sectors, including the construction, manufacturing, utilities, healthcare, waste, and leisure industries, and also acts for fire and rescue clients and public authorities. London-based Daniel McShee heads up the practice, which includes senior associate Anna Naylor in Sheffield; she defends a range of clients in proceedings brought by the HSE and local authorities.
‘Kennedys‘ Sheffield-based team has extensive experience in the health and safety field and covers a huge area in dealing with contentious and advisory safety and environmental work.‘
‘Kennedys completely understands the complexity of the unique specialist field of health and safety.‘
‘Anna Naylor has great experience and is tireless in her determination to achieve a result for her client.‘
‘Anna Naylor is very well prepared and gives the client full confidence in her ability to find a way forward; she is patient, industrious and very hardworking.‘
Mitie Group (Care and Custody Health)
2 Sisters Food Group Limited
Champneys Springs Limited
Cleveland Potash Limited
NFUM Risk Management Services
Construction Tier 3
Helen Johnson heads up the department at Kennedys, which has seen continued growth in its non-contentious offering -which advises both domestic and international developers and investors - alongside its traditional strength in construction disputes, which it regularly handles for contractor clients. Senior associate Helen Johnson is a key name for non-contentious work.
‘Kennedys provides a first-class service, is hardworking, efficient, professional and always on the ball, and gives swift and accurate advice‘.
‘Helen Johnson is a pleasure to work with. She is very personable yet at the same time professional. She is very intelligent and competent, can think on her feet and provides on-the-spot advice. At the same time, she is thorough and always takes the time to make sure the client understands the legal jargon and its implications‘.
‘Helen Birchall is definitely one to watch. She is a dedicated lawyer who gives her clients 110%, no matter the time of day‘.
Paul Hastings LLP
Airport City Limited Partnership
Cruden Construction Limited
William Hare Limited
The Ambassador Theatre Group Limited (ATG)
Bolton County Council
Scarborough Group Limited
Cruden Property Services Ltd
Geraghty Taylor Architects
Niall McLaughlin Architects
Mascot Management Ltd
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.
‘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.’
'I cannot recommend them highly enough', says a client of Kennedys, where the lawyers are 'friendly, approachable and efficient'. The firm specialises in defendant clinical negligence work and acts for NHS Resolution in resolving claims for healthcare trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups. The firm also has strong relationships with East Anglian healthcare trusts and also handles claims management matters for a leading insurer. The 'approachable and helpful' Robert Tobin leads the Cambridge office, which is known for 'personal, direct and reliable service'. Key partner Amanda Mead is also recommended. Other names to note are senior associates Samantha Williams, Camilla Long and Margaret Duncan.
“Staff are on the end of a phone and there are never any delays in getting help or advice. You get straightforward and understandable legal assistance.”
“Amanda Mead and Rob Tobin are extremely knowledgeable and have access to a wealth of extended information and contacts if needed. They are accessible and flexible and help with many random scenarios.”
“Kennedys’ client service is exceptional. The team are very talented and experienced with a very good customer focus. They are always keen to go the extra mile and provide top-quality, clear advice.”
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.’
Morrison Utility Services Ltd
Kuehne and Nagel
Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd
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.
‘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‘
Solicitors Indemnity Fund
Aviation Logistics Network
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
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.
‘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.’
PSV Claims Bureau/Stagecoach
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.’
Health and safety Tier 2
Kennedys' team advises defendants facing HSE and local authority prosecutions, and it is also known for conducting its own advocacy at inquests. It receives a steady flow of instructions in the aftermath of serious accidents (including those involving fatalities), under the leadership of practice head James Shrimpton. Another area of strength involves advising clients and their insurers on any associated civil claims for damages in the aftermath of accidents.
‘The team in Birmingham is part of the Kennedys national power house health and safety team and attracts major clients and cases ‘.
‘James Shrimpton is a mini magnet for the best cases‘.
‘James Shrimpton is a very good strategist, manages cases well and is good at moving the case in the right direction‘.
Personal injury: defendant Tier 2
Kennedys' clients include global brands and leading insurance companies. It has a notable specialism in leisure industry claims, and is also strong in asbestos-related litigation, as well as catastrophic and fatal accident claims. The team's wide-ranging areas of sector expertise include construction, manufacturing, engineering and recruitment. Ian Davies is the firm’s product head of motor claims. Mark Walsh is also recommended.
‘Provides clear non-formulaic advice with each case dealt with on its individual merits‘.
‘They are thought leaders in the field of disease litigation‘.
‘Is thorough, fair, transparent and pragmatic‘.
‘Ian Davies and Mark Walsh are a formidable team. Their knowledge and calm authority stands alone. They lead the team by example and are never afraid to pick up the phone to discuss more difficult issues‘.
‘Mark Walsh is a straight talking solicitor who constantly delivers excellent results on cases of the highest technicality and cost‘.
‘With Mark Walsh his knowledge and experience of large loss/catastrophic personal injury provides a level of security and trust when he is nominated to act on our claims knowing that we are robustly represented in the market‘.
‘James Shrimptonhas established a very competent team‘.
‘ Philippa Craven gets people and what they require‘.
‘Philippa Craven has a wealth of experience, a good practical approach to cases and the skill to know when to negotiate and when to be firm‘.
Zenith Marque Insurance (formerly Chaucer)
Personal injury: defendant Tier 2
The personal injury team at Kennedys is led by the 'commercially astute' Richard West, who remains at the 'forefront of personal injury defendant work.' The group has a particular focus on complex catastrophic injury claims including liability matters as well as motor accidents. Joy Middleton is 'a joy to work with' and handles cases in a 'calm and expertly' manner. Other core team members include Jennifer Harris, who has experience defending liability claims. In summer 2019 a large team led by Andrew Caplan left to launch a Chelmsford office for Plexus Law.
‘Richard West is a fine legal mind and an incomparable team leader; these characteristics make him one of the real standout individuals in the sector for insurance clients.’
‘Jennifer Harris is technically and procedurally quite brilliant. Insurance clients instructing Jenny are never in doubt that they are in the very safest pair of hands.’
‘This is a team led by very strong partners, who provide sensible and realistic advice to insurer clients; it is real no-nonsense service.’
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.
‘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.’
GE Insurance Solutions
DePuy International Limited
Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited
XL Catlin Insurance
Professional negligence Tier 2
Kennedys is especially active on the defendant side and regularly acts for clients involved in the real estate and construction, financial services, food processing and banking industries. The firm is also experienced in handling cases arising from professional negligence in the medical and legal sectors. The practice has expertise in advising on fire-related fatal accidents arising from negligent property development.
Professional negligence Tier 2
Kennedys has an impressive client roster, which includes many of the leading professional indemnity insurers. The group is adept at handling the full range of professional indemnity matters. It routinely handles complex and high-value claims for a variety of professions. The head of the team is Eamon Mooney, who has a particular focus on construction professionals’ claims, and also handles a significant number of claims against accountants and solicitors.
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.
‘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.’
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.
easyJet Airline Company
Aviation Logistics Network
Iberia & Iberia Express / Vueling / Air Nostrum
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
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.
Bam Construct UK
Chubb Insurance Company
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
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.
‘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.‘
Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS)
Barts Health NHS Trust
North East London NHS Foundation Trust
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.
South Western Railway
Great Western Railway
Virgin Trains East Coast
Virgin Trains West Coast
East Midlands Trains
Renown Railway Services
London North Eastern Railway
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
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.
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.
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
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.’
South Western Railway
Great Western Railway
Virgin Trains East Coast
Virgin Trains West Coast
East Midlands Trains
London North Eastern Railway
US Risk Group
The Growth Company
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. .
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 Birdi, Zoe 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.
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
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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.
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictWith 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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Yorkshire And The Humber Personal injury: defendant
- East Anglia Clinical negligence: defendant
- London Clinical negligence: defendant
- London Health and safety
- London Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- London Personal injury: defendant
- North West Personal injury: defendant
- North West Professional negligence
- Yorkshire And The Humber Health and safety
- Yorkshire And The Humber Construction
- West Midlands Health and safety
- South East Personal injury: defendant
- West Midlands Personal injury: defendant
- London Product liability: defendant
- London Professional negligence
- West Midlands Professional negligence
- South West Professional negligence
- London Shipping
- London Aviation
- North West Banking litigation
- North West Commercial litigation: Manchester
- London Construction: contentious
- North West Employment
- London Healthcare
- London Rail
- North West Commercial property: Manchester
- London Contruction: non-contentious
- London Environment
- North West Insolvency and corporate recovery
- London Employment: employers
- North West Property litigation
- London Commercial litigation
- London Travel