Firm Profile > Kennedys > Hamilton, Bermuda

Kennedys
E.W. PEARMAN BUILDING
20 BRUNSWICK STREET
HAMILTON HM 10
Bermuda

Bermuda > Insurance/reinsurance Tier 2

Praised as ‘extremely knowledgeable, commercial and proactive’, Kennedys primarily conducts contentious matters on behalf of a range of insurers, reinsurers, captive insurance companies and insureds, with a particular emphasis on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and arbitration proceedings. Mark Chudleigh , in particular, focuses on international insurance arbitrations and complex insurance claims. At the corporate end, Nick Miles  provides key assistance to insurance clients on the myriad of regulatory and corporate matters, including the licensing of entities registered under the Insurance Act 1978, M&A, continuances and discontinuances, and public and private offerings of securities.

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Testimonials

‘Kennedy has been an instrumental partner to my Captive and insurance/Reinsurance structure focused on Bermuda Capacity. They have added value both in the structuring, additional vendor introductions and lawyer to lawyer interactions.’

‘A fantastic team to work with both in terms of hands on experience, credibility with the insurance and reinsurance market and approachability as a client. The most critical aspect has been the ability of them both to understand that there is a commercial focus to the transactions that I need retained when making suggestions. ’

Nick Miles and team are extremely knowledgeable, commercial and proactive. They have been invaluable in supporting us with a complex transaction.’

Key clients

Swiss Reinsurance Company

Chubb Insurance

SiriusPoint Reinsurance Company

BUPA

Aeolus Re Ltd

Allied World Insurance Company

AIG

Markel Bermuda Ltd

Securis ILS

Legal & General Re

Bermuda > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Kennedys’ team stands out for its track record in commercial litigation, arbitration proceedings and dispute resolution arising from the insurance and reinsurance sector. It is especially active in complex reinsurance disputes, particularly large international arbitrations governed by Bermuda, English and US law. Additionally, the department, which is led by Mark Chudleigh , also has experience representing clients in disputes relating to trusts and the financial services sector, and handles professional negligence claims, corporate shareholder issues and insolvencies. Senior associate Lewis Preston and associate Laura Williamson also play key roles in the department.

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Testimonials

This practice is unique because it combines strong local Bermuda law expertise with experienced multinational attorneys who happen to be Bermudian. The firm also has a strong multinational footprint, which the Bermuda team utilises efficiently.’

Mark Chudleigh is amazing. He combines both gravitas and leadership along with a hard work ethic and willingness to dig in and get to the details.’

Key clients

Bermuda Commercial Bank

Alpine Global Management LLC and associated Alpine entities

Athos Asia Event Driven Master Fund and associated Athos entities

Citadel Equity Fund Ltd

Norges Bank

Wakefield Securities LLC and associated Elliott entities

FourWorld Event Opportunities LP and associated FourWorld entities

Integrated Core Strategies (Asia) Pte Ltd and Millennium entities

Pentwater Equity Opportunities Master Fund

Syquant Capital and associated entities

Apex Fund Services Limited

AXA XL

Kalo Advisors as liquidators of the Kingate Funds

Our firm

Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd., the associated Bermuda office of the international litigation and insurance firm, Kennedys, is one of the leading law firms in Bermuda. Our partners have over twenty years’ experience advising clients on some of the largest and most complex legal issues facing insurers, reinsurers, corporate organisations, and financial and professional service providers.

Members of our Bermuda-based team have in-depth international and local experience, having practiced both ‘onshore’ and ‘offshore’ for many years, both as barristers and advocates, and as solicitors and attorneys.

Our global reach, local and international experience, and deep sector knowledge provide our Bermuda-based lawyers with an extensive understanding of the global and local issues facing our clients.

Our practice

Our specialist insurance and reinsurance practice advises clients on all classes of business, including general liability (particularly the “Bermuda Form”), professional liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, financial institutions, product liability, Industry Loss Warranties, Insurance Linked Securities, captive insurance programmes, property, life insurance and other classes of long-term business, environmental liability, construction, marine and cargo, personal accident, life insurance, workers compensation, and motor liability.

We offer a “one stop” service for Bermuda-related arbitration work, including arbitrations seated or held in Bermuda, London, Toronto and elsewhere, and we are in a unique position to offer clients access to our global network and highly specialist insurance teams in London, New York, and in every other Kennedys office throughout North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Our team also offers unique specialist expertise advising and acting on Offshore Professional Risks, involving professional negligence claims in offshore jurisdictions relating to directors, officers, trustees, fiduciaries, corporate service providers, lawyers, accountants, fund administrators, auditors, insolvency practitioners, financial institutions, custodians, investment managers, insurance brokers, architects, building professionals, and medical professionals.

We advise and represent corporate clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, both in litigation and in arbitration, as well as on insolvency and restructuring matters, trusts disputes, and regulatory issues.

Our Bermuda-based lawyers have appeared as Leading Counsel or Counsel in some of the largest and most complex pieces of commercial and trusts litigation before the Supreme Court of Bermuda in the past ten years, as well as conducting appeals before the Court of Appeal for Bermuda and the Privy Council in London.

We have particular experience of dealing with urgent applications for injunctive relief, including freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions, and provisional liquidation appointments. We are also regularly involved in asset tracing and asset recovery proceedings, contested winding up petitions, minority shareholder petitions and corporate governance disputes, as well as applications for the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards, and for the production of evidence for use in foreign proceedings

Our team also has considerable experience advising clients on corporate transactions and commercial matters including commercial contracts, ownership agreements and corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory and compliance matters, securities offerings, and employment law.

Department Name Email Telephone
Insurance and Reinsurance Mark Chudleigh mark.chudleigh@kennedyslaw.com +1 441 278 7160
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mark Chudleigh  photo Mr Mark Chudleigh Mark is the lead partner of our Bermuda office and specialises in…
Mr Nick Miles  photo Mr Nick Miles Nick is a partner in Kennedys’ Bermuda office whose practice encompasses insurance…
Number of lawyers : 6

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:

  • 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

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.

Monitoring

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.