About us

About us

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

  • 2,400+ people
  • 20 countries
  • 42 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.

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.

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.

No.1 – leading firm for overall service quality and ranked first for the following service metrics: high calibre partners, keeping you updated with their news and activities and innovative use of technology. Highest number of lawyers nominated for ‘delivering outstanding service’ than any competitor firm (Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report, 2019).

72  offices, associations and co-operations globally

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

27  associate offices and cooperations: Beijing, Bologna, Calgary, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guelph, Istanbul, Karachi, Kelowna, Lahore, Lisbon, Milan, Mumbai, New Delhi, Oslo, Panama, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, São Paulo, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Stockholm, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw. You can also see details for our associate offices and cooperations around the world.

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

£264m - total global revenue for 2020/21, an increase of 11%

285 – partners at Kennedys

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

2,400+  people at Kennedys

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 approachable, straightforward, supportive 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.

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.

Nick Thomas, Senior Partner

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

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Kennedys Careers – Capturing the Greatness

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    Winner - Innovative Firms 2020

    Australasian Lawyer

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    Winner - Best new solutions for clients

    Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2020

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    Winner - Best in client theme

    Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2020

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    All About Law Awards 2018

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    Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018

  • 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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    Top Ranked Kennedys

    Chambers UK 2018

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    Client Recommended Insurance Attorneys

    Best's 2018

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    Client Recommended Over 10 Years

    Best's Insurance Attorneys

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

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    Winner - Firm of the year: Insurance

    The Legal 500 UK 2018 Awards

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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

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Leading Firm

    Chambers Global 2017

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    Winner - Top Employer - Law 2017

    The School Leaver 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

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    Legal Technology Team of the Year

    Legal Business Awards 2016

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    Finalist - Highly Commended

    Legal Week Innovation Awards 2016

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    Training and Recruitment awards finalist