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Bermuda > Dispute resolution Tier 2Recognised for its ‘international footprint and robust local insurance practice’, the Kennedys team adeptly manages a wide spectrum of high-stakes, complex disputes spanning contractual, insurance, finance, investment fund, shareholder, and multi-jurisdictional insolvency claims. Leading the practice is Mark Chudleigh, who is renowned for his work in international arbitration and high-value insurance claims, with support from Nick Miles, who is an expert in insolvency and restructuring affairs. The team’s ‘future star’, newly promoted partner Laura Williamson, further bolsters its strength, leveraging her expertise in insurance arbitration and professional liability cases. The team is also fortified by associates David Thom and Alexandra Miller, as well as special counsel Erik Penz; all have extensive experience in managing complex contentious matters, particularly within the insurance, construction and professional services sectors.
‘The team is knowledgeable and thoughtful and has a practical approach to solving problems.’
‘Mark Chudleigh is excellent. He has great knowledge of the law, the optics and the players in almost any scenario.’
‘Mark Chudleigh is a phenomenal litigator with a varied practice and a firm grip on insurance and reinsurance issues. He also arbitrates, which gives him additional exposure to disputes and the inner workings of arbitration panels. Nick Miles is a great attorney who I rely on for regulatory counsel.’
‘There are no comparable firms in Bermuda that have an international footprint and a robust local insurance practice.’
‘We have been working with Mark Chudleigh and his team at Kennedys on a couple of very large-scale cross border matters and we find them extremely collaborative and easy to work with. They have an excellent grasp of both the technical and procedural aspects of Bermuda law, and they are also finely attuned to what is happening on the ground in Bermuda as it pertains to the litigation scene and the legal scene more broadly.’
‘We consider Mark Chudleigh a “go-to” litigator in Bermuda. Nobody has more quality litigation experience. He is deeply plugged into Bermuda and those who practice law there. A very safe pair of hands, whom we respect very much for his tactical astuteness. We also work with Laura Williamson who has recently been made up and who we think very highly of. We think she is a future star in in Bermuda.’
‘We work with David Thom who we think should be noted as an ‘associate to watch’. He is extremely diligent and hardworking, but also gets across complex issues quickly and is someone who we have full faith in in discussing complicated matters with clients. We have also had useful and helpful input from Erik Penz, who has advised us on some really technical matters and whose input has been highly valuable.’
‘Erik Penz provides meticulous attention to detail. Mark Chudleigh exercises sound judgment and makes thoughtful recommendations to help steer a matter.’
Fullsun International Holdings Group Co. Ltd.
Alpine Global Management LLC and associated Alpine entities
Athos Asia Event Driven Master Fund and associated Athos entities
Whitefort Capital Inc.
Wakefield Securities LLC and associated Elliott entities
FourWorld Event Opportunities LP and associated FourWorld entities
- Representing Terra Law in a claim arising out of a high-profile failed property development project.
- Represented the “protector” of the $7–9bn trust settled by a US billionaire in a significant dispute before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of Bermuda. This matter arose out a high-profile tax-evasion scheme.
- Representing 65 clients, former minority shareholders whose shares in the conglomerate, Jardine Strategic Holdings Ltd, were compulsorily purchased by the majority shareholder.
Mark Chudleigh; Nick Miles
‘The Bermuda team provided invaluable local knowledge and broader advice on a technical claims problem with an impressive level of communication and understanding of my needs.’
‘I have worked with Erik Penz and Mark Chudleigh. Each possesses the requisite knowledge, experience and litigation skills necessary to provide strategic, common sense and sound legal advice.’
‘Nick Miles is a stellar regulatory lawyer.’
‘We have worked with Kennedys Bermuda offices for many years now. They have been very additive in terms of structuring a transaction and adding value beyond the typical scope.’
‘Eric Penz and Mark Chudleigh provided me with the advice. They understood exactly what I needed and were able to pivot when required. There was a great deal of information to digest, which they did quickly and were able to translate to me in good time.’
‘Eric Penz responds quickly and was very good at coordinating the work with other attorneys on the claim.’
‘Laura Williamson is outstanding. She’s smart, responsive and incredibly hard-working.’
Swiss Reinsurance Company
SiriusPoint Insurance Bermuda
Arch Reinsurance Ltd.
Allied World Insurance Company
Markel Bermuda Ltd
Securis ILS Management
National Westminster Bank plc
- Acting as Bermuda Counsel to long-term insurer CICA LIFE, LTD. on all aspects of a long-term business transfer scheme to transfer its entire life book to an affiliate insurer in Puerto Rico.
- Acting as Bermuda representatives for Travelers in connection with all claims notified under Travelers’ Bermuda programmes for “punitive wrap” insurance coverage.
- Serving as Bermuda Counsel to Arch Reinsurance in connection with the acquisition of a minority interest in Helix Underwriting Ltd., a Bermuda insurance agent.
Kennedys > Firm Profile
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 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.
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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@Lloyds, a cross market collaboration of C-suite executives and industry associations driving the strategic push for greater diversity in the Lloyds 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 (Future Lawyers )
The Legal 500 Future Lawyers VerdictKennedys’ ‘renowned experience and expertise in litigation’ in conjunction with its emphasis on ‘culture and employee care’ are what make the firm stand out. Before even joining, recruits found the ‘interview and application process the most enjoyable,’ largely due to the ‘approachability of the people’ who conducted the interviews. Trainees praised the friendliness of their colleagues and the ‘open-door’ policy which creates a supportive working environment. That being said, some individuals felt frustrated at Kennedys’ perceived ‘give it a go and I'll tell you what you've done wrong’ style of training. This caused a few recruits to find the first few months ‘incredibly difficult’ and ‘overwhelming’, despite support from their team. While the responsibility given to trainees did prove challenging at times, it also provided opportunities ‘to attend multiple mediations’ and work on ‘complex and interesting matters’. One recruit reminisced about their chance to run files on their own with oversight from a supervisor, which gave them ‘exposure to the full lifecycle of a claim: from pre-action to proceedings to settlement or trial.’ Kennedys also encourages a ‘great work/life balance’. There were some complaints regarding the seat rotation process, with some stating that ‘seat changes can be quite last minute’, or that you may not ‘always get your seat option’. Even so, recruits across the board find the work ‘diverse and challenging’. If you feel that working alongside colleagues that ‘desire your continued learning and development’ at a firm with an ‘innovative approach to law’, then consider Kennedys.
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