Firm Profile > Kennedys > Edinburgh, Scotland

Kennedys
BAIRD HOUSE
4 LOWER GILMORE BANK
EDINBURGH
EH3 9QP
Scotland

Kennedys’ practice in Scotland provides expert legal advice in the areas of law in which the firm specialises internationally. Based in Edinburgh and Glasgow, it advises clients located in Scotland and beyond on the specifics of Scottish law and the Scottish jurisdiction.

Kennedys’ Scottish operation was set up in January 2015 with two partners leading in Scotland. Frank Gill and Rory Jackson joined with their respective teams and established offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The firm: The firm provides contentious legal services across a wide range of industries, including insurance, aviation, construction, healthcare, public sector, retail, transport, logistics and travel. It works closely with the other UK and Ireland teams to deliver legal solutions to the insurance, corporate and public sectors.

Types of work undertaken: Kennedys’ Scotland operation is a specialist litigation practice with a particular focus on insurance and commercial litigation. It works for a client base including general insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates, self-insured plcs and individuals. Work areas include:

Aviation: advising and representing the aviation industry including in relation to commercial and liability issues.

Catastrophic and personal injury: large-value losses, including helping clients navigate through the application of Scots law, recognising differences from the rest of the UK.

Commercial dispute resolution: representing a wide range of clients dealing with contractual disputes, insolvency and debt recovery.

Construction and engineering: representing builders, specialist contractors and facility management clients, which includes dealing with issues of division of responsibility.

D&O: representing directors and officers and providing straightforward advice in relation to their personal liability.

Defamation and reputational management: experts at advising clients on defamation proceedings and giving strategic advice on handling sensitive and high profile situations.

Health and safety: trusted advisers from initial investigations through the prosecution process and assisting in applying lessons learned.

Liability: dealing with high-value and high-volume liability claims.

Licensing: preparing and submitting applications in respect of alcohol and catering licenses; representing clients at hearings before licensing boards, committees and in appeals.

Motor: experts in defending motor claims including dealing with credit hire and issues in relation to fraudulent claims.

Product liability: assisting all parties to a supply chain.

Professional discipline: representing individuals in relation to disciplinary proceedings brought by their professional bodies.

Public law: experienced in advising clients in relation to judicial review.

Sports law: advising clubs and individuals in relation to disciplinary proceedings and contractual matters.

Travel: working with travel companies to ensure solutions are provided, including specialist advice in relation to issues arising with adventure activities.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Nick Thomas
Local partners Frank Gill
Local partners Rory Jackson
Local partners Peter Demick
Number of UK partners : 130
Number of other UK fee-earners : 670

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.

The Lex 100 Verdict

With a 'great reputation' as a 'commercial litigation and insurance specialist', Kennedys presents itself as 'an international firm with many high-profile clients'. The training contract 'exceeds expectations', whilst also providing 'a better work/life balance'. Trainees feel that they have a 'good level of work and responsibility, while the hours are better than at some of the biggest firms'. Additionally, many feel that their 'training contract is definitely more balanced' and the 'hands-on experience' makes them feel like 'valued members of the team'. What applicants also found appealing was the approachability of solicitors and partners, making the firm a friendly environment in which to work. The 'laid-back open culture' at Kennedys is reflected by the open-plan office, meaning there is always someone to ask if you need help. The 'variety of work and well-known clients' also impressed applicants, and one respondent was particularly happy with the support and flexibility the firm offered while undertaking the LPC part-time. However, the 'lack of social, team building and charity initiatives' was criticised by many, as well as the perceived 'north/south divide among trainees, and focus on the London office'. On the plus side, new recruits enjoyed 'being offered an international secondment to Hong Kong', 'networking' and managing and completing a deal from start to finish. Moments least enjoyed were 'urgently preparing applications to court' and receiving negative feedback. Kennedys boasts 'expertise in specialist fields' and a good balance of high-quality work with client contact. If you are looking for a firm with 'personality', then Kennedys may be the match for you.