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Senior Partner: Nick Thomas
Number of partners: 270
Other fee-earners: 975
UK Offices: Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Taunton

Shane Sayers
Aviation: Simon Balls, Roger Whipp
Catastrophic Personal Injury: Mark Burton
Clinical Negligence: Janet Sayers
Company & Commercial: James Shaw
Construction: Iain Corbett
Corporate Insurance: James Shaw
D&O: Philip Hartley
Defamation: John Farrell
Employment: Alison Loveday, Matthew Leake
Employers’ & Public Liability: Tracy Head, Greg Woods
Energy: Graeme Baird, Tom Stapleton
Environment: David Wright
Fraud: Martin Stockdale, Roger Jones
Financial Institutions Crime & PI: John Bruce
Health & Safety: Richard Crockford, Danny McShee
Healthcare: Rob Tobin
Insolvency: Dino Paganuzzi
Insurance: Nick Williams
Intellectual Property: David Philip
Liability: Richard West
Marine: Christopher Dunn, Andy Purssell
Motor: Niall Edwards, Richard West
Occupational Disease: Philippa Craven, Cameron Clark
Product Liability: Shane Sayers, Trevor Davies
Professional Negligence: Jeremy Riley, Sarah Cornish
Real Estate: Jeremy Palmer
Public Enquiries: Danny McShee
Public Sector: Helen Snowball, Andrew Caplan
Rail: Danny McShee
Regulatory Defence: Danny McShee
Rehabilitation: Mark Burton
Reinsurance: Nick Williams
Retail: Suzanne Liversidge Road: Amanda Wylie
Shipping: Christopher Dunn, David McKie
Travel & Tourism: Claire Mulligan
White Collar Crime: Richard Crockford 

THE FIRM Kennedys is a specialist national and international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. It has over 1,900 people globally, across the UK and Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East. The firm’s lawyers provide a range of specialist legal services for many industries including: insurance and reinsurance, aviation, construction, healthcare, maritime and international trade, public sector, retail, transport and logistics and travel — with a particular focus on dispute resolution and litigation.

Kennedys grew up in the insurance industry, a sector known for its tight margins and intense focus on value for money. The firm has a deep understanding of the pressures on the client’s bottom-line and has developed a reputation for providing straightforward, pragmatic advice cost-effectively. Kennedys has a nationwide presence in the UK with offices in Belfast, Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Taunton, as well as in a growing number of overseas locations.



Kennedys undertakes coverage and defence work over all classes of business for a client-base that includes general insurers, global composites, Lloyd’s syndicates, self-insured PLCs and self-insuring government bodies. The firm is particularly known for its work in the fields of property/energy, financial lines (including professional indemnity and D&O), excess of loss casualty and personal injury.

Construction and engineering are a significant part of the business of Kennedys, whether advising on construction and engineering matters for employers and contractors, on insurance claims arising under policies written in relation to a large number of construction and engineering projects or on health and safety issues arising in those industries.

Kennedys acts on behalf of insurers for claims arising under public, employers’, product and motor liability policies as well as medical negligence, personal injury and compulsory insurance claims.

Kennedys has been advising hospitals, their insurers, trusts and healthcare professionals on clinical negligence and health law advice for over 20 years. The department acts for NHS Resolution, the National Health Service Litigation Authority, and for over 60 trusts and primary care trusts.

Rail Sector:
The firm has particular expertise in this area and handles a wide range of contentious matters such as public inquiries and investigations, police and HSE investigations, as well as prosecutions and health and safety issues.

Kennedys’ employment team is highly experienced in dealing with the full raft of employment-related litigation, including wages, contract, discrimination and dismissal related disputes, and large group action litigation (i.e. equal pay and TUPE). The team is equally well versed in assisting clients with day to day HR issues and strategy.

Kennedys has extensive experience in supporting, advising and representing the global aviation industry. The firm provides legal solutions for all aspects of aviation commercial and liability work.

Maritime & International Trade:
Kennedys’ London marine team specialises in shipping and trade matters around the world, working closely with offices in Ireland, Singapore, Australia and the Americas. Areas of expertise include commodities, financing, energy, marine, intermodal work, collision, salvage, and all manner of physical damage claims involving ships and their cargoes.

Kennedys’ real estate team covers the whole spectrum of property-related work including asset management, banking, corporate real estate, development, dispute resolution, investment (acquisitions and disposals), landlord and tenant, planning and rights of light, project finance, re-structuring, insolvency and impaired assets.

Kennedys advises clients on commercial dispute resolution and on all aspects of change including commercial contracts, corporate recovery and restructuring, cross-border, data protection, mergers and acquisitions and related work, procurement procedures, outsourcing, partnership, policy advice, property and regulation (including FSA regulation).

 As well as ten locations in the United Kingdom, Kennedys has offices in Auckland, Austin (TX), Bangkok, Basking Ridge (NJ), Bermuda, Bogotá, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago (IL), Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Lima, Lisbon, Madrid, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, New York (NY), Paris, Philadelphia (PA), Santiago, São Paulo, Singapore and Sydney and associated offices in Beijing, Bologna, Karachi, Milan, Mumbai, New Delhi, Oslo, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, San Juan, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Stockholm and Warsaw.

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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Kennedys Australia boosts Healthcare and Employment practices with 10-strong team from TressCox

John Petts, Cindy Tucker, Chris Molnar

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Kennedys appoints new employment team in Sydney

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Kennedys’ expansion continues with new Melbourne office

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