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Alistair Kennedy

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Schofield Sweeney

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Dispute resolution.


Alistair has dealt with many high value claims in the High Court and Appeal Courts, including several cases that have been reported and/or attracted significant press attention. Alistair has particular experience of claims against major banks for companies and individuals. He has also dealt with many complex professional negligence claims (notably in relation to unsatisfactory investment, tax or legal advice), and commercial fraud and bribery disputes. Alistair has specialist experience of Public Law and has dealt with Judicial Review proceedings against government and other public bodies on a range of issues.


Alistair joined Schofield Sweeney in 2013 having spent 4 years at Stewarts Law and having trained and spent 6 years Walker Morris.


Alistair is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and AIJA.


Normanton Freeston High School; Pontefract New College; University of Leicester (2003 LLB, 1st); College of Law, York (2004 LPC).


Alistair enjoys running. He is a member of the Leeds Community Foundation 100 Club.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Within: Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Schofield Sweeney‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercially excellent‚Äô team saw substantial growth recently following the recruitment of tax litigator Leo Jones-Rowe¬†from LCF Law, financial services specialist Matthew Fidler¬†from Stewarts Law LLP, and construction litigator Gary Ashton¬†from Hawkswell Kilvington Limited. They join team co-heads James Staton¬†and Alistair Kennedy; Staton is ‚Äėincredibly professional‚Äô and Kennedy is ‚Äėa go-to litigator who is someone you definitely want fighting your corner‚Äô. Kennedy‚Äôs recent work includes defending an Isle of Man trustee company in litigation relating to sale proceeds from the public listing of a company on AIM, and acting for Menston Action Group in judicial review proceedings regarding a proposed Barratt Homes development including sustainable drainage issues. Other work includes Staton defending three former company directors in a dispute brought by a former director regarding allegations of conspiracy and collusion and breaches of directors‚Äô duties; and Fidler defending a Guernsey property company in a banking claim arising out of a group restructuring and corporate sale. Closegate Hotel Group, A Share Greener and Bebe Clothing are also clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: claimant

Within: Professional negligence: claimant

The 'exceptional' professional negligence department at Schofield Sweeney, headed up by Richard Stockdale, is known for its representation of high net worth individuals and SMEs in claims against solicitors, counsel, financial and tax advisers and construction professionals. Alistair Kennedy, who is singled out for his 'sound, practical advice', acted for an individual in a £4m claim arising from auditing, and other accountancy errors, which contributed to the collapse of a car sales business. The Leeds-based practice has been bolstered with the arrivals of Leo Jones-Rowe, Matthew Fidler and Gary Ashton from LCF Law, Stewarts Law LLP and Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, respectively.

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