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