Darren Kenny > DWF > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Darren specialises in complex, high-value, cross-jurisdictional disputes. His practice embraces all aspects of international trade, commerce and finance, with a particular focus on Russia, the CIS, Eastern Europe and off-shore jurisdictions/tax havens.




Darren’s case load is a mixture of litigation and arbitration, particularly within the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). He also has the expertise to act in ad hoc or other institutional international arbitrations, pursuant to a variety of rules such as ICC, UNCITRAL and SCC.

Darren has significant experience of alternative dispute resolution. He has been involved in numerous mediations and accepts instructions to act as an expert witness in expert determinations and early neutral evaluations. He has acted as an expert for the Russian Courts on matters of English law and he also receives instructions from large accountancy practices and in-house lawyers to provide expert opinions.

Over the past few years, he has been involved in cases governed by a variety of laws, including Russia, BVI, Cyprus, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Jersey, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands, India, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland, New York, Bermuda, Cameroon and Ethiopia.

Due to the nature and value of his work, his cases are often high-profile and have featured in many publications including The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Kommersant, The Moscow Times, New York Times, Bloomberg, Sky News, Dow Jones, Business Week, Forbes, Hollywood Reporter, Crain’s New York Business, Reuters, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and the BBC.

Darren’s cases also often involve household names such as BP plc, 20th Century Fox, the London Stock Exchange, Facebook, Sony Computer Entertainment, Merrill Lynch and FIFA, and he is well-versed in reputation protection and brand management.

Darren is an accomplished orator and has spoken on International Arbitration at the British Embassy in Moscow, in conjunction with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). He also hosted and spoke at the first ever Russo-British Young Lawyers Exchange Programme.

Darren also contributed to the arbitration section of Shareholders’ Agreements by Muth and Fitzgerald, co-wrote the English Law chapter of ‘Kommentar zur CMR’ by Karl-Heinz Thume (a leading textbook on international transport law) and also contributes to the LCIA’s Young International Arbitration Group e-newsletter.

Significant recent cases include:

  • $9billion dispute regarding oil ventures in Russia and Ukraine
  • 12billion rouble dispute in the LCIA regarding a loan agreement between a Russian bank and Cypriot fund
  • Co-ordination of proceedings in Russia, Guernsey, BVI and Cyprus worth $0.5billion
  • $100m Commercial Court Yukos-related shareholders dispute concerning allegations of breach of trust and fiduciary duty
  • $50m personal guarantee dispute in the LCIA
  • 83m Euro High Court dispute between a German aluminium company and a world-leading packaging company

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

DWF‘s recent work included major fraud cases, as well as international construction, energy and telecoms disputes, and shareholder and transactional claims in the Commercial Court. Jonathan Isaacs leads the London commercial litigation team, which includes Richard Twomey, who is active in international disputes in the financial services, energy and technology sectors. Jonathan Moss is experienced in cross-border commodities, shipping and logistics-related litigation. Support at director level is provided by ‘very good‘ barrister Emma Walker and Joshua FinemanNatasha Gunney is an experienced senior associate. In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is the head of the CIS desk. Darren Kenny is a commercial fraud disputes specialist.

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

(Next Generation Partners)

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DWF‘s ‘excellent international practice‘ handles a range of cross-border disputes, with a particular focus on Russia and the CIS region. The group is particularly well-known for handling cases with fraud and embezzlement elements. The ‘inventive and pragmaticAndrew Leach leads the group and is frequently instructed by ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Russia; he also counts BT, Severn Trent and Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee among his new client wins. Darren Kenny and director Ben Griffin (who has niche expertise in commercial agency issues) are other names to note for Russia and CIS region-related disputes. The group also benefits from an in-house forensic accounting team, which is particularly useful in high-value litigation, investigations and fraud disputes. Senior associate Matthew Goodwin joined from Wright Hassall LLP.

West Midlands > Transport

(Leading individuals)

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With particular strength in the aviation, shipping and railway sectors, DWF  handles major transport projects in the region. It is also experienced in insurance litigation, including personal injury and automotive insurance claims. Darren Kenny leads the practice.