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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.
|Senior partner||Nick Thomas|
|Local partners||Frank Gill|
|Local partners||Rory Jackson|
|Local partners||Peter Demick|
Staff FiguresNumber 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:
- 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.