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We have reported our highest ever revenue of £286m, up 8% from £264m* the previous year. The most significant growth came in North America, where revenue was up 24% to £55m, following a continued growth period fed by work from new and existing clients, a series of lateral hires and the opening of a new office in Delaware.
We are pleased to announce our technology operation Kennedys Kognitive Computing, in India, has more than doubled its office space as it continues to grow its development team.
We have appointed Alan Demirkaya as our new HR director to drive forward our transformation plans and ensure that we continue to attract the industry’s top talent. He will lead a team spanning the UK, Europe, Middle East, the Americas and Asia Pacific, reporting to global managing partner, Suzanne Liversidge.
We have promoted our largest ever number of lawyers to partner. With 22 new partners joining the partnership, it is more than double the number promoted last year (10) and takes our total worldwide partner count to 293.
Providing unique insights into the existing legislative and regulatory landscape in their jurisdictions - and the extent to which change will be required - our experts in Australia, Denmark, England, France, Hong Kong, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Thailand identify where healthtech related claims are starting to emerge and offer recommendations to help mitigate against potential risks.
We are shocked by the tragic situation in Ukraine. Our thoughts are with all those who are suffering, and we can only hope that a peaceful resolution is found swiftly. Until then, Kennedys is resolute in our commitment to do whatever we can to help this humanitarian crisis.
Our global liability and defence group brief, Navigating the global liability defence agenda, was created with our clients in mind. With our legal footprint spanning across 24 countries, our lawyers have first-hand knowledge of global issues impacting our clients. We wanted to provide a snapshot of interesting legal issues we are seeing and share some takeaways we expect will resonate cross jurisdictionally.
We are delighted to once again be attending MIPIM, the internationally-renowned property conference taking place from 15 - 18 March 2022 in Cannes, France. The global property showcase is returning this year for the first time since 2019.
Many factors have shaped the container crisis, COVID-19 pandemic being the principal one: (i) shipping containers were stranded at different ports due to the inability to return to China at COVID-19’s early stage; (ii) disruptions of maritime traffic flow due to ports operating at a much lower capacity; and (iii) steady delay in products’ delivery due to manufacturing restrictions. Companies decided to charter their own vessels, increasing existing traffic of ships queueing up to disembark cargo, and creating heavy bottlenecks at sea.
We are pleased to have announced an upgrade of our Madrid office with a move to new premises in the heart of the central business district.