Kennedys


Legal advice in black and white


Kennedys is a growing international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. We have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. Our team handles both contentious and non-contentious legal services for many industries including:

  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Transport
  • Maritime and international trade
  • Rail
  • Aviation

In addition we have an active company and commercial practice specialising in commercial disputes, banking and finance, contracts, corporate recovery, procurement, property and regulation. We also have a strong workplace team who specialise in employment, health and safety and environment matters. Our international network enables us to meet the current and future needs of our clients, the insurance market and the aspirations of our people.

Facts and figures

  • No.1 - rated firm in terms of value for money (Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report, 2016)
  • 17 - associate offices and cooperations: Beijing, Bologna, Buenos Aires, Karachi, Mexico City, Milan, Mumbai, New Delhi, Oslo, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Stockholm and Warsaw
  • 27 - offices around the world: Auckland, Belfast, Birmingham, Bogota, Brussels, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Sheffield, Singapore, Sydney, Taunton
  • Over 23% - of our partners began their life in law as trainees with us
  • 30th - largest UK law firm, by turnover, (138.8m) in 2016, as ranked by Legal Business and Legal Week. UK revenue was £102m for 2015/16.
  • Approximately 190 – partners at Kennedys
  • Over 1,500 - people at Kennedys
  • 1899 – the year Paddison, Chapelle and Kennedy was established in London

Our ethos and values

Our culture and values form a big part of who we are and we take them seriously. We make a difference by being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. Our values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work with and for. We deeply value the relationships we build with our clients and we know that they value our warm, friendly human approach. We are here to provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white

Kennedys Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Oct 19, 2017
Full time
              Email to a friend   More Sharing Services   Share this job     Printer friendly     Apply                 Ref No.   35495   Job Title   Solicitor, EL/PL, 3-10 Years Experience   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise   Personal Injury/Liability   Job Location   Chelmsford   Salary   Competitive   Description Kennedys’ Firm information: Kennedys is an international law firm with specialist expertise in litigation/dispute resolution and advisory services. Our growing network of offices delivers straightforward legal solutions to the insurance, corporate and public sectors. Brief Description of Role: This is a great opportunity to work on a high quality caseload for a variety of clients on Fast & Multi-track claims, including EL/PL cases. The work will mainly be personal injury related, but may also involve property damage recoveries.  Team Information: The division is recognised for their specialist expertise in defending insurance liability claims including personal injury matters, from small through to large loss employers' and public liability, and motor claims. The division also handles catastrophic injury and occupational disease related matters as well as medical negligence and fraud related issues. Types of Clients: EL/PL and Motor Insurers Local Authorities TPA/Claims Handlers Self-insured Corporates  Types of Cases: Employer’s, Public and Motor Liability General Liability Catastrophic, brain and psychiatric injury Occupational Disease Property recovery Requirements: Qualifications: Essential: UK Qualified Solicitor, Foreign Qualified or CILEX qualified with the relevant experience. Strong Academics (2.1 or higher degree) or equivalent. Desirable:   Would consider a strong Foreign Qualified Solicitor with the relevant experience. Experience: Essential:   3-10 years’* defendant personal injury experience. Experience of fast track and/or multi-track claims experience. Able to run own caseload with some supervision. Experience of EL/PL work. To have had previous client contact and attendance at business development events.   Skills and Abilities: Essential: Ability to apply a commercial approach to claims in order to deliver economic solutions. To be proactive and take initiative. Strong communication skills both verbal and written. Ability to manage own time, excellent organisation skills. Strong technical and research skills. Attention to detail. *Where a level of experience is indicated, this is a guideline only and represents the amount of time we would usually expect a candidate to accumulate the requisite level of experience. This does not preclude applications from candidates with more or less experience. 
Kennedys London, United Kingdom
Oct 06, 2017
Full time
Ref No.   35527   Job Title   Solicitor, Commercial Employment, 2-5 Years Experience   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise   Commercial   Job Location   London   Salary   Competitive   Description Kennedys are looking for a lawyer to join the employment team within the Commercial Division.  The role will be assisting the London employment team, working on a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters.  Candidates must have significant respondent employment litigation experience, preferably acting for employers with unionised workforces. Experience in acting for transport-sector clients and defending employment practices liability claims on behalf of insurers is desired but not essential. Successful candidates will be required to run their own caseload and assist on higher value/complex cases.  We are looking for candidates who are team players, who can develop and maintain excellent client relationships and who are keen to be involved in marketing/business development and client training activities. Team Information: Our busy London employment team is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers directories. We have particular renown for acting in litigation and industrial relations issues. We provide a full service across the spectrum of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious.  We act for well-known transport sector clients with heavily unionised workforces and are instructed by major insurance companies to defend claims on behalf of their insured businesses.  We represent clients across the England, Wales and Scotland. Type of Clients: Transport sector Insurance companies Commercial enterprises Type of Cases: Respondent employment claims ranging in value and complexity covering the full range of employment disputes. The vast majority are litigated in the employment tribunal although we also act in civil claims.  Non contentious advisory matters ranging from day-to-day ad hoc advice to client HR teams to complex TUPE and collective redundancy situations.  Requirements: Qualifications:   Essential:   UK Qualified Solicitor, Foreign Qualified or CILEX qualified with the relevant experience. Strong Academics (2.1 or higher degree) or equivalent. Experience:     Essential:   2-5 years’ respondent employment experience * Excellent knowledge and understanding of employment law in England & Wales Significant experience and knowledge of employment tribunal processes and procedures Non-contentious employment experience Running own caseload Methodical and organised approach to file management and MI Desirable:   Acting for respondent clients with unionised workforces Defending employment practices liability claims on behalf of insurers Involvement with business development activities including article writing Skills and Abilities:  Essential:   Ability to apply a commercial approach to claims in order to deliver economic solutions. To be proactive and take initiative. Strong communication skills both verbal and written. Strong analytical skills and forensic approach. Ability to manage own time, excellent organisation skills. Strong technical and research skills. Attention to detail  
Kennedys London, United Kingdom
Aug 29, 2017
Full time
Job Title   Solicitor - Health & Safety - 1-5 PQE   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise   Personal Injury/Liability   Job Location   London   Salary   Competitive   Description Brief Description of Role: We are looking to recruit a Solicitor to work on criminal regulatory matters within Health and Safety. This is an exciting opportunity to join our highly regarded Health and Safety Team which is located in our London and Sheffield offices. Team Information: Kennedys' Health and Safety Team sits within the wider Liability Division. Widely acknowledged as one of the leaders in the field, our Health and Safety team has extensive experience in work-related criminal investigations, giving practical advice, often in the immediate aftermath of a workplace accident or incident.   Type of Clients: Public utilities Rail Healthcare Public service   Local authority Construction Manufacturing and retail Agriculture Type of Cases: Defending Regulatory, manslaughter and corporate manslaughter prosecutions.  Representation at inquests and public Inquiries. Requirements: Qualifications: Essential: UK Qualified Solicitor, Foreign Qualified or CILEX qualified with the relevant experience. Strong Academics. Experience: Essential:   2-3 years’ post qualification experience of Criminal Regulatory and/or Health and Safety defence work.* Desirable:  Experience of assisting on large cases in a team environment. Previous client contact and attendance at business development events. Experience of arbitration and negotiation.   Skills and Abilities:   Ability to communicate with and where appropriate to challenge the Police, HSE, Environment Agency or other Regulatory bodies. Ability to present advice and take instructions from a variety of clients ranging from individuals to boards of directors.  Ability to apply a commercial approach to claims in order to deliver economic solutions. To be proactive and take initiative. Strong communication skills both verbal and written. Ability to manage own time, excellent organisation skills. Strong technical and research skills. Attention to detail. Kennedys’ Firm information: Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,700 people worldwide across 32 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and America, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. We act for insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates, public bodies and corporates. Our deep sector knowledge means that we understand the impact of proposed regulations and advise our clients on the implications this will have on their business. Every day we make a difference for our clients. We provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white. What do we have to offer? At Kennedys we offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values; we are approachable, and responsive, we show respect for people, we are trustworthy and straightforward and we ensure that we deliver economic solutions for our clients. Career Development: We actively encourage all staff to develop in their chosen career by providing early responsibility, supervision and training.
Kennedys London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
No.   32536   Job Title   Solicitor - Catastrophic injury - 3-5 years experience   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise   Personal Injury/Liability   Job Location   London   Salary   Competitive   Description We are looking to recruit a solicitor/legal executive/litigation assistant for our London catastrophic injury team.  The successful candidate will assist the Head of Department and senior solicitors as necessary with a mixed caseload of high-value EL/PL and motor claims for a range of clients. The cases are generally valued at £250,000 and over. The role involves handling own cases below £1m initially and assisting senior team members on their catastrophic cases. Team Information: Our national team services personal injury claims from seven office locations across the UK.  The London team is a major force in the local market and is ranked in the top tier for defendant personal injury by the legal directories. We act for well-known clients and on some very high profile cases, led by experienced Partners recognized as market leaders in this sector. We avoid unnecessary lawyering and are focused on working in partnership with our clients to achieve practical and commercial solutions at a realistic cost. We advise on defendant personal injury claims covering the entire range from ‘slip and trip’ to catastrophic personal injury, including spinal, brain and multiple injuries, psychiatric injury, amputations, fatal accidents and multiple orthopedic traumas. The team currently consists of 10 Partners, 28 Fee Earners, 5 Trainees & 12 Support Staff. Type of Clients: Large composite Insurers London Market Insurers EL/PL and motor insurers Corporates Type of Cases: All aspects of motor and EL/PL claims up to and assisting on complex and high value personal injury. Both pre-litigation and litigated files. Promoting early resolution of claims without recourse to litigation. Experience Essential: A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a defendant personal injury law firm.* Experience of multi-track EL/PL and/or motor claims including larger losses. Experience of progressing case plans under supervision. Meeting targets. Desirable: Experience of assisting on catastrophic claims. Ogden 7 calculations. Instructing counsel and experts. SLA compliance and MI capture.   Kennedys’ Firm information: Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,500 people worldwide across 26 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. We act for insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates, public bodies and corporates. Our deep sector knowledge means that we understand the impact of proposed regulations and advise our clients on the implications this will have on their business. Every day we make a difference for our clients. We provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white. What do we have to offer? At Kennedys we offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values; we are approachable, and responsive, we show respect for people, we are trustworthy and straightforward and we ensure that we deliver economic solutions for our clients. Career Development: We actively encourage all staff to develop in their chosen career by providing early responsibility, supervision and training.  
Kennedys London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Ref No.   33878   Job Title   Solicitor, Construction Insurance   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise   Insurance   Job Location   London   Salary   Competitive   Description Kennedys are looking for a lawyer to join the specialist construction insurance team within the London professional indemnity group.  The role will be assisting Paul Carter (Head of Construction), Christopher Butler, Fleur Rochester, and John Eastlake (Head of London Professional Indemnity) within the London office.  Candidates from either a construction insurance or pure construction background with a strong interest in professional indemnity would be welcome.  Successful candidates will be expected to maintain excellent client relationships and be involved in marketing/business development activities. Type of Clients: Insurers Contractors Professional indemnity insurers Architects Engineers Quantity surveyors    Experience Essential: 2-5* years’ defendant experience within construction/construction PI  Desirable: To have had previous client contact and attendance at business development events Experience of arbitration and negotiation    Kennedys’ Firm information: Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,500 people worldwide across 27 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. We act for insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates, public bodies and corporates. Our deep sector knowledge means that we understand the impact of proposed regulations and advise our clients on the implications this will have on their business. Every day we make a difference for our clients. We provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white. What do we have to offer? At Kennedys we offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values; we are approachable, and responsive, we show respect for people, we are trustworthy and straightforward and we ensure that we deliver economic solutions for our clients. Career Development: We actively encourage all staff to develop in their chosen career by providing early responsibility, supervision and training.
Kennedys London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
          Ref No.   32688   Job Title   London Training Contract 2019   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise       Job Location   London   Salary   Not Applicable   Description   London Training Contract 2019 Obtaining a training contract at Kennedys, will be the start of an exciting and successful career in an international law firm. At Kennedys, you will gain early responsibility and client contact developing you into an excellent solicitor, capable of running your own caseload once qualified. Throughout your two year training contract, you will be supported by senior solicitors and partners to develop you into a competent, confident and commercially driven lawyer. You will be able to choose from a variety of seats in specialist areas and you may also have the opportunity to go on an international or client secondment. Our training contracts are two years in length and you will undertake four six-month seats within specialist areas such as: Insurance and reinsurance Liability Corporate and commercial Healthcare   To be considered for a training contract in the UK, you will need: To have achieved or be on course to achieve a 2:1 degree – not necessarily in Law 300 UCAS Points or equivalent at A-Level (Please note General Studies will not be considered) We welcome applications from graduates with previous work experience or those who are seeking a career change. Our trainees come from a wide variety of backgrounds regardless of gender, race and disability.   Closing date: 31 December 2017
Kennedys London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Ref No.   32687   Job Title   Manchester Training Contract 2019   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise       Job Location   Manchester   Salary   Not Applicable   Description   Manchester Training Contract 2019 Obtaining a training contract at Kennedys, will be the start of an exciting and successful career in an international law firm. At Kennedys, you will gain early responsibility and client contact developing you into an excellent solicitor, capable of running your own caseload once qualified. Throughout your two year training contract, you will be supported by senior solicitors and partners to develop you into a competent, confident and commercially driven lawyer. You will be able to choose from a variety of seats in specialist areas and you may also have the opportunity to go on an international or client secondment. Our training contracts are two years in length and you will undertake four six-month seats within specialist areas such as: Insurance and reinsurance Liability Corporate and commercial Healthcare   To be considered for a training contract in the UK, you will need: To have achieved or be on course to achieve a 2:1 degree – not necessarily in Law 300 UCAS Points or equivalent at A-Level (Please note General Studies will not be considered) We welcome applications from graduates with previous work experience or those who are seeking a career change. Our trainees come from a wide variety of backgrounds regardless of gender, race and disability.    
Kennedys Taunton, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Ref No.   34871   Job Title   Claims Handler   Work Type   Full Time - Permanent   Expertise   Insurance   Job Location   Taunton   Salary   Competitive   Description Our Taunton based Claims Handling Team are looking to recruit a Claims Handler to run a caseload of Professional Indemnity, D&O and Financial Institution matters. Professional Indemnity and D&O experience, and experience in Financial Institutions/Bankers Blanket Bond work, are requirements for this position. Type of Clients: Kennedys acts for more than 50 insurers in relation to professional indemnity claims for surveyors, architects, engineers, accountants, solicitors and other professionals as well as Directors & Officers and Financial Institution Insurers.   Type of Cases: Defending professional indemnity claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants and insurance brokers. Defending professional indemnity claims against all construction professionals including architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers, including delay and overspend claims. Advising on coverage and policy issues.  Third party property claims. Significant experience in alternative dispute resolution including mediation and adjudication. Defending D&O and employment claims against charities, schools and trustees.   Experience Essential: Claims handling experience (preferably gained in a defendant insurance law firm or within the insurance market) Professional Indemnity, D&O experience, Financial Institutions and/or Bankers Blanket Bond experience Desirable: Liaison with clients, provision of customer service Use of electronic case management systems   Kennedys’ Firm information: Kennedys is an international law firm with expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the insurance/reinsurance and liability industries. With over 1,700 people worldwide across 32 offices in the UK and Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific and America, we have some of the most respected legal minds in their fields. We act for insurers, reinsurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates, public bodies and corporates. Our deep sector knowledge means that we understand the impact of proposed regulations and advise our clients on the implications this will have on their business. Every day we make a difference for our clients. We provide answers, recommendations, strategy and tactics. We deliver these in plain English and it’s what we call Legal advice in black and white. What do we have to offer? At Kennedys we offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values; we are approachable, and responsive, we show respect for people, we are trustworthy and straightforward and we ensure that we deliver economic solutions for our clients. Career Development: We actively encourage all staff to develop in their chosen career by providing early responsibility, supervision and training.