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North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Banking litigation - ranked: tier 3


Kennedys has continued to build on its 2017 merger with Berg, drawing on the Manchester outfit's strong track record on banking and financial disputes. The firm's Manchester team now primarily advises SME companies, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, with regulatory investigations a particular area of expertise. Senior associate  Andrew Davidson heads the team, working alongside partners Alison Loveday and Reuben Berg. Davidson, an experienced mediator, focuses on contact disputes, professional negligence claims, partnership and shareholder disputes and injunctions.

Practice head(s):Andrew Davidson

Other key lawyers:Christopher McDuff; John Colvin; Alison Loveday; Reuben Berg; Ian Mendelsohn

Key Clients

Mr & Mrs Hockin

Together Money


Julian Hodge Bank

Metro Bank

Begbies Traynor Group plc

Duff & Phelps

Arnold Laver Holdings Limited

Euro Hotels Group

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Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 3


Kennedys' Manchester commercial litigation practice took a major step forward in 2017 with the firm's tie-up with Berg, and the merged team has continued to build on the combination, working together on substantial cases. Key work handled by the practice includes commercial and insurance litigation, GDPR and cyber-crime disputes, financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Andrew Davidson heads the team, which was boosted in 2018 by the hires of Nick Bond and consultant Robert Steele from BLM.

Practice head(s):Andrew Davidson

Other key lawyers:Anne Kershaw; Reuben Berg; Alison Loveday; Ian Mendelsohn; John Colvin


'What has always impressed me is their commercial nous and how they look for practical solutions. I always feel that they look to build long-term relationship with clients.'

‘Ian Mendelsohn is a first-rate, top-drawer lawyer; he is a generalist, has a good understanding of the law and a great deal of personal integrity’.

Key Clients

Wasps Rugby Club

Michael Isaac

Work highlights

  • Represented Wasps Rugby Club in judicial review proceedings brought by the owners of Coventry City Football Club alleging unlawful state aid in respect of the consideration paid by Wasps to Coventry City Council and the Edward Higgs Charity for the Ricoh Arena, a case which is valued at around £30m.
  • Acted for Michael Isaac, defendant to an £8m claim brought by Cardiff City Football Club.

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North West: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 5


Kennedys in Manchester works closely with the firm's London office to handle a raft of insolvency, restructuring and corporate recovery matters. It acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, creditors and debtors on a wide range of advisory and contentious corporate and personal insolvency matters, and often utilises its cross-border expertise. Senior associate solicitor Laura Smith is recommended.

Practice head(s):Dino Paganuzzi (London)

Other key lawyers:Laura Smith


The team has wide ranging expertise in insolvency and corporate recovery work

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North West: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3


Alison Loveday leads Kennedys' practice, which provides comprehensive employment law advice with a particular emphasis on advising high net worth individuals, as well as handling contentious matters on behalf of individuals, businesses and the third sector, especially charities and education. On the non-contentious side, the department advises on data protection and GDPR matters related to employment issues . Senior associate Amanda Beaumont joined from Seabury Beaumont.

Practice head(s):Alison Loveday

Other key lawyers:Amanda Beaumont

Key Clients


M&P Engineering Limited


Vitaflo International

Dmg events (UK) Limited

I Cogent Skills Services

Avara Avlon Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advise the HR director and team, legal counsel and other board members of JD Sports on complex or high level/high profile employment and commercial issues, including advice regarding a bonus restructure and its implications for the business, particularly in the light of the gender pay gap reporting requirements.
  • Advise senior management team of ITC Luxury Travel Group on all their employment issues from drafting contracts to enforcement of restrictive covenants and training.
  • Instructed by Carluccio’s Limited prior to and following its Company Voluntary Arrangement.
  • Advised Avara Avlon Pharmaceuticalson a range of employment and litigation issues including potential claims for holiday pay, employment status, restructures and redundancies, and compliance issues, including working with the company on a major GDPR project.
  • Acting for a well-established engineering business in relation to disciplinary proceedings and Employment Tribunal claims.

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North West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1


Gordon Davidson and Martin Stockdale jointly lead Kennedys' personal injury defence department. Davidson is adept at assisting local authorities with their employers and public liability claims as well as their disease claims, while Stockdale leads the counter-fraud team, which acts for a mix of insurers, public sector clients and corporates, handling work which often has an international element. The team has expertise in a number of sectors such as leisure and hospitality, sport, construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics. Richard McKeown and senior associate Ian Ford are also key individuals.

Practice head(s):Gordon Davidson; Martin Stockdale

Other key lawyers:Richard McKeown; Christopher Oldfield; Paula Garvey; Ian Ford; Scott Nightingale; Katherine Totty; John Mackenzie; Chris Stubbs; Robert Ashurst; Michael Bickerstaffe; Nicola Smith; Paula Leece


'A growing team with excellent strategic skill in the most complex and challenging injury claims for insurers.'

'Gordon Davidson is the stand-out individual. A legal colossus. Vastly experienced, hugely affable and universally liked and respected by clients and opponents alike. One of the last true gentleman solicitors.'

'Very professional and understand their customer's requirements. The practice brings confidence and assurance that our, the customer's interests are protected.'

'The team at Kennedys in Manchester provide an excellent service. They are extremely thorough, bring a high level of expertise to each claim, but are also commercially and tactically very astute. The team is structured in a way that enables the senior fee earners to delegate where appropriate to more junior members of the team who are always bright, enthusiastic and extremely efficient which is always really helpful. The team, in keeping with the firm, are also innovative in the way in which they provide their legal services to their clients.'

'The individuals I work with all have a very high level of technical expertise. They are particularly good at determining those cases which need to be fought and do so tenaciously. Equally they are also adept at recognising early the cases where a degree of pragmatism is going to be required to get the best overall outcome for the client. They build and maintain strong relationships with their clients and are a pleasure to work with.

'Chris Oldfield and Richard McKeown are vastly experienced and are well known to stand out within this practice area.'

'The team are keen to engage with us on what approach we like to take with our personal injury claims. They consider the bigger picture such as brand reputation and customer service as well as providing clear, helpful legal advice. We almost see the team as an extension of our own in-house legal team which is great.'

'Richard McKeown is very friendly and approachable and goes above and beyond to provide a high standard of legal service and advice.'

'Richard McKeown has a true passion for defending claims but also is realistic and does not raise hopes of success where there may be loopholes in our defence. He has a common sense approach which is rare these days, and looks at whether our clients contractual expectations are realistic.'

'The team are dedicated to establish a second to none, working relationship with ourselves and the client. They are both personable, yet professional, which makes the relationship dynamic and efficient. By fully understanding the needs, and working relationship of the client, this enables all round satisfaction.'

'Richard McKeown has extensive knowledge, charisma and dedication.'

Key Clients

Hilton Hotels

JD Wetherspoon Plc



MJ Gleeson

British Cycling

Marston’s Plc

TCS Claims (Endsleigh)

UK Athletics

Virgin West Coast Trains

The Go Ahead Group

Leading individuals

Christopher Oldfield - Kennedys

Richard McKeown - Kennedys

Rising stars

Ian Ford - Kennedys

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1


Kennedys' professional negligence practice offers a broad range of expertise, defending all kinds of professionals, from lawyers and accountants to construction professionals and contractors, particularly in relation to cladding/fire-safety issues for commercial and residential properties. The team also advises on insurance coverage disputes, acting for many of the market's leading insurers. Key team members include practice head Jeremy Riley, Claire Bushen, Tom Pelham and associate Thomas Handley.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Riley

Other key lawyers:Claire Bushen; Tom Pelham; Thomas Handley; Sarah Mawbey; Hannah Williams


'The team is exceptional, always available and instantly engaging. In particular, Tom Pelham is a delight to work with. His no-fuss approach is exactly what we need and he puts our clients instantly at ease.'

'The firm has a very good global reach - the Manchester team are responsive and can deal with anything we throw at them.'

Leading individuals

Claire Bushen - Kennedys

Jeremy Riley - Kennedys

Rising stars

Thomas Handley - Kennedys

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5


Kennedys is active across the retail and logistics sectors and is particularly experienced in development mandates. Real estate finance is also a key area of expertise, as is landlord and tenant work. The arrival of senior associate Angela Bhaseen, who joined from Taylors LLP  in 2018, has led to several new client wins. Bhaseen heads the team with Reuben Berg.

Practice head(s):Reuben Berg; Angela Bhaseen


'The real estate team understands the issues, address them promptly without fuss, and gets the deal done within the allotted timescale.'

'Angela Bhaseen anticipates problems and identifies solutions before they arise and gets the deal done quickly.'

Key Clients

Midia Group

Scarborough Group

Project Management & Building Consultancy Limited (PMP)

Gladman Developments

MPH Ancoats

Bolton Borough Council

Together Commercial Finance

Fitzwilliam Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Bolton Borough Council and an international development company on the acquisition of part of Crompton Shopping Centre, Bolton for £14.8m.
  • Represented Together Commercial Finance on its £4m refinance of a hotel.
  • Advised Centric House on the acquisition of property and on the subsequent leases of individual plots.
  • Advised Lower Hillgate (2018) on the purchase of a site in Stockport for residential development.
  • Represented MPH Ancoats as the developer in the acquisition of a site and on the disposal of residential apartments.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 6


Kennedys handles a range of landlord and tenant disputes, and is regularly engaged by property developer clients on contentious cases. Cases involving repossession, trespass and enforcement proceedings are a key area of expertise, as are property-related professional negligence disputes. Senior associate Tom White leads the team in Manchester. .

Practice head(s):Tom White


Tom White is hardworking and meticulous

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