Alex Riley

Alex is a Senior Associate in our London office and joined Kennedys in 2011. 

Alex initially trained and practised as a claimant personal injury and clinical negligence solicitor before moving into defendant work, giving her valuable insight into the tactics and practices of claimant lawyers. She has wide-ranging experience of employers’ liability (EL), disease, public liability and motor claims, including cases involving catastrophic and brain injuries.

Alex deals with a broad spectrum of matters but has a particular interest in the construction, retail, and leisure and entertainment sectors. She is experienced in working with the Lloyd’s and London Market.

She is regularly instructed in cases involving complex contractual matters, agency claims and matters involving transfer of liabilities and rights of indemnity pursuant to the TUPE Regulations. Alex also has particular expertise advising on policy coverage and indemnity issues, including the impact of the Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Regulations.

She also deals with complex motor work, advising on points of jurisdiction and EU law.

Her disease experience covers noise induced hearing loss (NIHL), mesothelioma, dermatitis, respiratory diseases, hand arm vibration syndrome and other work-related upper limb disorders.

Alex frequently writes content for newsletters, client guides and bulletins. She delivers training to clients on various employers’ liability, public liability and motor liability topics. Alex is also part of Kennedys’ Emerging Risks Group, providing thought leadership in this important area.

She is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Qualifications

  • Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2004

Work highlights

  • Won at trial on limitation in respect of an NIHL claim, representing a major TV company. The judge accepted that the claimant had not acted promptly once he had knowledge that his hearing loss was connected to his work and that the defendant had been prejudiced due to the delay, resulting in the judge declining to exercise his discretion under s.33 of the Limitation Act and striking out the claimant’s claim with payment of the defendant’s costs.
  • Handled a claim where liability for the claimant’s accident had passed to her client under the TUPE Regulations. Although the benefit of the transferor company’s EL insurance also passed under TUPE, there was a £250,000 deductible under the policy. Alex successfully negotiated an indemnity for her client in respect of the full £250,000 policy deductible from the transferor company.
  • In a claim pleaded in excess of £500,000, having secured surveillance and medical evidence to undermine the claimant’s case on causation and quantum that suggested the claimant was malingering, Alex achieved settlement at £45,000 net, with the amount due to the Compensation Recovery Unit subsequently being successfully appealed and reimbursed in full to her client.
  • Achieved discontinuance of a claim brought by a cameraman injured on set of a blockbuster movie.