United Kingdom

United Kingdom

We have 12 UK offices, including locations in Scotland and Northern Ireland, allowing us to meet clients’ needs wherever they are located, and in whichever jurisdiction they need our help.

  • 12 offices
  • 135 partners
  • 1,200+ people

In the UK, the core of our business provides defendant claims legal services for insurers and reinsurers, corporates, healthcare providers, public sector bodies and other organisations. For those clients, and others, we supply bespoke corporate and commercial, finance, insolvency, regulatory and compliance services, and fraudulent claims solutions.

Our dedication to defendant claims and dispute resolution, from dealing with high-volume or catastrophic personal injury claims, to settling the largest multibillion property, casualty, financial lines, marine or aviation claims, has allowed us to create unsurpassed expertise in the claims sphere.

The UK is the largest single market for Kennedys. Our strength in international claims and our global network of offices mean that, as well as domestic claims, we deal with claims from all over the world. We have 12 UK offices, with locations that include Scotland and Northern Ireland, allowing us to meet our clients’ needs wherever they are located, and in whatever legal jurisdiction they need our help.

England and Wales

From our offices across England our lawyers provide specialised legal advice for all types of insurance and reinsurance claims, including:

  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Coverage advice and policy wording
  • Defence claims services
  • Subrogated recoveries
  • Counter fraud solutions
  • Corporate and commercial, finance, regulatory and compliance services

For corporates, healthcare providers, public sector bodies and other organisations our services include:

  • Liability defendant claims
  • Counter fraud solutions
  • Medical malpractice defendant claims for healthcare providers
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Commercial disputes
  • Real estate
  • Employment
  • Finance, funds and investments
  • Insolvency
  • Regulatory and compliance


We provide contentious legal services across a wide range of industries including insurance, aviation, construction and engineering, healthcare, public sector, retail, transport, logistics and travel.

We have a particular focus on the insurance and commercial litigation sectors.

Our clients

With offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, we advise clients based in Scotland and beyond on the specifics of Scots law and the jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts.

With our team’s broad experience we apply best practice gained from acting for a diverse client base. Our clients include:

  • Insurers and reinsurers, including motor insurers
  • Large corporates
  • Retail and restaurant businesses
  • Solicitors, insurance brokers, engineers, project managers, surveyors and architects
  • Directors
  • Trustees.

Our team in Scotland works closely with other UK and Ireland teams to deliver multi-jurisdictional legal solutions to the insurance, corporate and public sectors.


Northern Ireland

Our Northern Ireland office in Belfast is the only pure litigation practice in the jurisdiction with a focus on the insurance industry, advising on coverage, defence and recovery matters.

Our expertise lies in providing trusted, commercial advice to UK-based and local insurers across many industry sectors including:

  • Manufacturing and retail
  • Construction and quarries
  • Private healthcare
  • Heavy industry
  • Shipping (including arrests) and travel
  • Transport and logistics.

We advise on regulatory matters, defend clients in health and safety prosecutions and appear at coronial inquiries. We defend liability actions from catastrophic claims to everyday employers’ and public liability, and road traffic accident claims.

We provide expert advice on professional negligence matters within financial services, construction (architects, engineers, quantity surveyors), healthcare (medical facilities and professionals), real estate and insurance (brokers).

We have a strong presence on the island of Ireland, with highly-regarded practices in Dublin and Belfast. We are uniquely placed to advise clients on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional issues in insurance matters and commercial disputes.

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Our offices in the UK

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Market recognition
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    Top Tier Firm

    The Legal 500 UK 2021

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    Top Tier

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

  • The Lawyer Awards 2018 - Best Client Service Innovation - Winner

    Winner - Best Client Service Innovation

    The Lawyer Awards 2018

  • The Lawyer Awards 2018 - Business Services Team of the Year - Highly Commended

    Highly Commended - Business Services Team of the Year

    The Lawyer Awards 2018

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2018

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    Winner - Firm of the year: Insurance

    The Legal 500 UK 2018 Awards

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    Top Tier

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Technology Initiative of the Year Award - KLAiM

    Insurance Day, London Market Awards 2017

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    Winner - Best Strategic Leadership

    Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2017

  • 2017 AllAboutSchoolLeavers award - Winner 2017.png

    Winner - Top Employer - Law 2017

    The School Leaver Awards 2017

  • 2017 Legal 500 - UK Awards 2017- Winner - Insurance and travel.png

    Winner - Firm of the Year: Insurance

    The Legal 500 UK Awards 2017

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    Winner - Insurance: Firm (Regional) of the year 'South East'

    The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards

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    Winner - Transport: Firm (Specialism) of the year - 'Travel'

    The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards

  • Legal 500 - UK Awards 2017- Shortlisted - HR

    Shortlisted - Human Resources: Firm (Specialism) of the year - 'Health and safety'

    The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards

  • Legal 500 - UK Awards 2017- Shortlisted- Personal Injury

    Shortlisted - Insurance: Firm (Specialism) of the year - 'Personal injury' (Defendant)

    The Legal 500 UK 2017 Awards

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    Top Ranked Leading Firm

    Chambers UK 2016

  • 2016Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016 - Highly Commended - KLAiM.png

    Finalist - Highly Commended

    Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016

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    Training and Recruitment awards finalist


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