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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2


Litigation and dispute resolution specialist Kennedys has a strong client base of leading insurers, and also acts for major companies in the healthcare, retail, transport and real estate sectors, among others. The team's caseload covers a wide range of areas, including commercial litigation, defamation, procurement disputes and construction claims. Practice head Amanda Wylie has recently been active in a number of product liability cases; the team also includes Raymond Gilmore.

Practice head(s):Amanda Wylie

Other key lawyers:Raymond Gilmore


'A very well-resourced, competent and professional outfit. One of the leading firms in Belfast with a great reputation before the courts.'

'Raymond Gilmore is absolutely tenacious. He understands the construction market better than any other solicitor in Belfast and is accordingly exceptionally strong in construction disputes.'

'Solicitor Darren Thompson is extremely diligent. He is also unflappable in court.'

'Kennedys has an excellent client base mainly focused on defence insurance work and is well supported and resourced by a large UK mainland insurance-based practice. As a result, it has excellent experience and visibility in this area.'

'Amanda Wylie is a well respected and commercially astute operator and is excellently supported by associates Frances Thompson and Megan Boyd, who are always fantastically prepared, completely on top of their cases and calm under pressure.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a number of insurers in claims relating to alleged negligent over-valuations in the “boom”
  • Advising a US-owned company on a potential injunctive relief and damages against an ex-employee on a restrictive covenant and breach of confidentiality action.
  • Acting for an international mobile phone manufacturer in relation to a subrogated claim for recovery of monies in relation to a fire at premises and separately in relation to personal injury claims.
  • Defended a German retail company against four claims of racial discrimination arising out of alleged discrimination against members of the travelling community.
  • Acting for a large manufacturer in response to Industrial Tribunal proceedings issued by five claimants asserting that they were employees as opposed to self-employed contractors throughout their engagement with the business.
Leading individuals

Amanda Wylie - Kennedys

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Northern Ireland: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1


Kennedys' 'knowledgeable and supportive' team has recently added to its strong insurer client base with several private companies. It advises on employers' liability, public liability and occupational disease claims, as well as an increasing number of motor insurance cases. The team is also noted for its expertise in clinical negligence, acting for several private hospitals and insurers. 'Excellent' practice head Amanda Wylie is active in catastrophic injury claims and has a niche specialism in marine personal injury claims. Senior associate Megan Boyd handles industrial deafness and disease claims.

Practice head(s):Amanda Wylie

Other key lawyers:Megan Boyd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a private general practitioner’s service in a claim related to delayed X-ray results.
  • Representing a private hospital in a claim involving a nursing care assistant who was injured at work and subsequently developed further injuries due to a negligent operation.  
  • Defending a private hospital in a claim relating to treatment following a surgical procedure.
  • Defending an out-of-hours service in a claim relating to a diagnosis error by a GP.
Leading individuals

Amanda Wylie - Kennedys

Rising stars

Megan Boyd - Kennedys

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