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About us

We are a global law firm with expertise in dispute resolution and advisory services.

  • 2,500+ people
  • 21 countries
  • 45 offices

Our lawyers handle both contentious and non-contentious matters, and provide a range of specialist legal services, for many industry sectors including insurance and reinsurance, aviation, banking and finance, construction and engineering, healthcare, life sciences, marine, public sector, rail, real estate, retail, shipping and international trade, sport and leisure, transport and logistics and travel and tourism. But we have particular expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, especially in defending insurance and liability claims.

What we do

Insurance claims and coverage expertise is deeply ingrained in every office globally. We provide advice across all lines including:

  • Aviation
  • Marine and energy
  • Property and casualty; including property damage, contractors all risk, employers’, public
    and product liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Motor liability
  • Financial lines; including directors' and officers' liability, financial institutions and professional indemnity
  • Speciality risks; including cyber, fine art and specie, political risks and life and health.

We also advise clients on commercial dispute resolution, company and commercial law, corporate recovery, employment, environment, health and safety, fraud and regulatory defence.

Client service

We’re here to deliver straightforward advice, even when the issues are complex.

But it’s often our insights and support beyond the law that really make a difference to your business. Our expert knowledge of our chosen industries means we’re the best people to help you navigate challenges, today and tomorrow.

Our clients are global, and so are we. We have the scope, scale and expertise to be there for you, whenever or wherever you need us to do business. We explore issues from different angles and offer you a global perspective, tailored to your local environment. We help you think ahead and we empower you with a diverse range of ideas, tools and technology to make your lives easier.

Facts and figures

No.1 – ranked as market leader in the insurance sector. Ranked first for overall service quality and across 14 individual service metrics, performing particularly strongly on international coverage, strong teams and insurance expertise. Has the highest number of lawyers in the market nominated by respondents for delivering outstanding service in the last 12 months  - 26 lawyers nominated. (2023 Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Monitor)

76 – offices, associations and co-operations globally

45 – offices around the world: Auckland, Austin, Basking Ridge, Belfast, Birmingham, Bogotá, Brisbane, Bristol, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Chicago, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Fort Lauderdale, Glasgow, Hamilton, Hong Kong, Houston, Leeds, Lima, London, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Muscat, New York, Paris, Perth, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Santiago, São Paulo, Sheffield, Singapore, Sydney, Taunton, Tel Aviv, Wilmington. You can also see contact details for our global offices.

31 – associate offices and cooperations: Beijing, Bologna, Calgary, Guangzhou, Guatemala City, Guelph, Haikou, Istanbul, Karachi, Kelowna, Lahore, La Paz, La Vega, Lisbon, Milan, Mumbai, Nanjing, New Delhi, Oslo, Panama City, Quito, Rome, San Juan, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Stockholm, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw, Xiamen. You can also see details for our associate offices and cooperations around the world.

22 – of our partners began their life in law as trainees with us

£313m - total global revenue for 2022/23, an increase of 11%

285 – partners at Kennedys

2,500+ – people at Kennedys

1899 – the year Paddison, Chapelle and Kennedy was established in London.

Our culture and values

At Kennedys we’re here to make a difference for our clients, and each other, every day.

We empower our people to deliver the very best work and reach their full potential. We do this by putting our values centre stage. They define the way that we behave and interact with one another, and they run through every strand of our firm.

Our culture and values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work with and for, and we take them very seriously. We make a difference by being approachablestraightforwardsupportive and distinctive. We deeply value the relationships we build with our clients and we know that they value our warm, friendly human approach.

Find out more about our culture and values.

Nick Thomas Square
At Kennedys we have a distinctive culture that makes us a successful firm where people enjoy coming to work. Our culture is a source of strength and differentiates us from our competitors. We are very conscious that as a diverse and global firm we need to ensure that everyone, whoever or wherever they are in the firm, shares and embraces our values. Our values are the DNA of our firm: they are at the core of our culture and guide us in everything we do.

Capturing the Greatness

Our careers film highlights that our global strength is centred around how talented and important each and every one of our employees is.

Watch it now

Kennedys Careers – Capturing the Greatness 2:33