Kennedys boosts Scottish presence with arrival of liability partner

We are pleased to announce that we have boosted our presence in Scotland with the hire of partner Peter Demick from Brodies.

Based in our Edinburgh Quay’s office, where we relocated in June 2016 to allow for further expansion, Peter will significantly strengthen our liability expertise in Scotland.

Previously heading up Brodies’ casualty insurance team, handling motor, employers’, public and product liability and personal injury litigation, he also has experience in handling claims that include catastrophic injury, fatalities and high value property damage; with notable involvement in a multi-million pound class action.

Peter acts for a variety of large insurers, sharing a mutual relationship with a number of our key clients, and was instrumental in growing the reputation of Brodies’ insurance and risk practice throughout Scotland. He joined Brodies in 2008 from DLA Piper, becoming partner in 2011.

This latest appointment becomes our seventh lateral partner hire in the UK and Ireland since the start of the year and takes the total headcount in our Scotland offices to 15, including three partners.

Peter says: “I am delighted to be joining Kennedys. There is a real synergy between the work I undertake and the work carried out by Kennedys. The firm has a committed insurance presence, not just in Scotland but across the UK and internationally, which will present a wealth of further opportunities for our clients."

The arrival of Peter boosts our Scottish presence, providing our clients with greater local expertise and significantly enhances our liability strength across the UK. His expertise, clients and contacts will help us to grow further in this strategically important insurance centre.

Nick Thomas, Senior Partner at Kennedys

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We opened offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow in January 2015, giving us a presence in all jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland. The offices, which specialise in insurance, personal injury and regulatory matters, are led by partners Rory Jackson and Frank Gill.

This year we have completed mergers with Manchester-based commercial litigation specialists berg and US insurance law firm Carroll McNulty & Kull (CMK) – in which we became a global firm. We have also opened offices in Melbourne and Mexico City and launched a formal association with Italian firm Studio Legale Rinaldi Associati.