The lowdown (in their own words...)
If the firm were a fictional character it would be...
Insurance specialist Kennedys has focused its international ambitions on Latin America and Scandinavia over the last twelve months. The firm has set up offices in Brazil, Peru and Denmark, and entered into local alliances in Argentina, Norway and Sweden. Kennedys posted a 7% revenue rise for the last financial year, and was named Legal Technology Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2016.
The star performers
Aviation; Clinical negligence: defendant; Commercial litigation; Commercial property; Construction; Dispute resolution; Employment: employers; Environment; Health and safety; Insurance and reinsurance litigation; Licensing; Personal injury: defendant; Product liability: defendant; Professional negligence; Shipping; Sport; Rail; Travel: personal injury.
Successfully defended a £5m birth injury claim against Barts Health NHS Trust; acted for Riverstone and Brit Insurance on behalf of an insured engineer, who allegedly negligently designed an industrial port development; advised Merlin Entertainment regarding the HSE investigation into an accident that occurred on a ride at Alton Towers theme park; represented Mitsui Insurance and Daiichi Sankyo in a class action concerning an alleged defect in a hypertension drug; advised key client Scarborough Group International on a major development near the centre of Manchester.
ACE; Chubb; Great Western Railway; Hilton Hotels; JD Wetherspoon; Medical Protection Society; Spire Healthcare; Touchstone Underwriting; Virgin Holidays; Volkerfitzpatrick.
Praised as ‘one of the best insurance/reinsurance disputes firms in the City’, Kennedys is considered a ‘very reputable litigation firm’ which offers trainees ‘plenty of opportunities to do more than just sit at your desk with paperwork’. Examples of a ‘good level of responsibility’ handling ‘high-quality work’ include ‘being able to run my own case from near start to finish, which ended up at trial’, ‘personally representing a client at an infant approval’ and ‘going to a settlement meeting in a multi-million pound case’. Tellingly, first experiences at the firm have been positive, as one respondent says ‘I enjoyed the assessment day and felt that I fitted into the firm’ while another tells us ‘I did the vacation scheme here and loved it’. A complaint made is that the firm is ‘quite London-centric’, and that there can be a ‘lack of interaction between offices’. Though the firm is primarily known for its insurance litigation work, respondents state that Kennedys ‘has been growing rapidly for some time’, is ‘truly excellent in all divisions’ and that ‘high-quality work is available department-to-department’. Feedback reports that there can be a ‘high-pressure environment’ at times, perhaps due to ‘billable targets for trainees being brought in’. Yet ‘partners are willing to assist you with queries’ and always ‘let you know how well you did or what areas you need to improve on’. In this way, the firm ‘really trusts its employees’. For the ‘chance to work with people who are the best in the field’ and to represent a ‘wide client-base on high-profile matters’, consider applying to Kennedys.
A day in the life of...
Amber Jenner trainee, Kennedys Law LLP
Departments to date: Liability, healthcare
9.00am: I arrive at the office and check my emails. I respond to urgent messages and review my tasks for the day.
9.15am: A letter of response is due within two weeks. In order to allow sufficient time to obtain client approval, I review the evidence we have attained so far and decide what allegations from the letter of claim we should admit and which we should deny. Based on this, I then draft the letter of response and forward to the senior associate for approval.
11.30am: I draft a statement for a witness based on comments previously received from them and the documentation which supports their statement. After receiving approval from my supervisor, I forward it to the witness, asking them to review and comment as appropriate.
12.30pm: I am asked to review the proof provided by a claimant for the past losses they are claiming. I begin comparing the schedule of loss to the documents we have received, noting any issues along the way.
1.00pm: Over lunch, I attend a seminar on the recent advancements in prosthetics. The firm regularly organises lunchtime talks from barristers, experts and solicitors and it is a great way to keep up with the latest developments in your practice area.
2.00pm: In an upcoming trial, we will be seeking permission from the courts to rely on witnesses via video links from various jurisdictions around the world. I review the CPR for the rules relating to video evidence and determine which authorities we require permission from to do this. I then start to contact these authorities to obtain such permission.
3.00pm: Authority has been received from a client to attend a settlement meeting with the claimant. I draft instructions to counsel to attend this meeting and ask them to provide updated guidance on their quantification of the claim.
3.30pm: I receive notification from chambers that the court has listed the trial in a matter. I note the date and draft witness summons for our experts and witnesses. I arrange for a cheque to be raised for the correct court fee and prepare the summons for hand delivery to court on the court run tomorrow.
4.45pm: The witness whose statement I drafted this morning calls me. They wish to amend a small section of the statement but confirm they are happy with the remainder. I amend their statement and then resend it to the witness for final review and signature.
5.30pm: I am due to attend a conference with experts and counsel tomorrow morning. I therefore spend some time refreshing my memory on the case and the key issues to be discussed. I then check my copy of the bundle for the conference, ensuring all documents required are included.
6.00pm: Drinks have been organised by some members of my team. I therefore leave the office and head to a bar in Leadenhall Market to meet my colleagues.
About the firm
Address:25 Fenchurch Avenue, London, EC3M 5AD
Telephone: 020 7667 9667
Senior partner : Nick Thomas
Other offices: We have 27 office locations around the world: Auckland, Belfast, Birmingham, Bogota, Brussels, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hong Kong, Lima, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Manchester, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Sheffield, Singapore, Sydney, Taunton.
Who we are: Kennedys is an international law firm with specialist expertise in litigation/dispute resolution and advisory services.
What we do: Our growing network of offices delivers straightforward legal solutions to the insurance, corporate and public sectors.
What we are looking for: As Kennedys has a vibrant and supportive working environment, we’re looking for sociable and enthusiastic team players with commercial awareness.
What you'll do:You will be given a good level of responsibility early on, with support from a dedicated supervisor and formal training.
Perks: Permanent health insurance, pension, private medical insurance, life insurance, 25 days’ holiday increasing to 27 after five years’ service, interest-free season ticket loan, gym membership or subsidy, cycle-to-work scheme, childcare vouchers and an employee assistance programme.
Facts and figures
Trainee places available for 2019: 18
Applications received pa: 750
Percentage interviewed: 10%
First year: £26,000 – £35,000
Second year: £29,000 – £38,000
Newly qualified: Varied
Total partners: 199
Other fee-earners: 777
Total trainees: 38
Apply to:Nicola Standley.
When to Apply:By 31 December 2017 for 2019 contracts.
Apply by 30 September 2017.