Careers at Kennedys

Careers at Kennedys

Our values permeate everything we do and how we work as a firm. This is what sets us apart from other law firms.

  • 22 countries
  • 37 offices
  • 2,000 people

At Kennedys, we develop careers in an innovative and collaborative global environment, with our values at the core. We believe that supporting individual growth and development puts us in the best position to attract and retain talented individuals. Regardless of role or level, everyone has access to virtual learning to help you develop your skills, wherever you are in the world. A variety of other exciting opportunities are available including secondments to clients and our global offices.

We value and support diversity as an equal opportunity employer. The environment we practice in is critical as individuals and as members of a cohesive team. We’ve created a culture based on client service, professional excellence, hard work and trust.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates directly. If you’d like to talk to us about working in any of our global offices contact us.

A key differentiator is that we are a leading global dispute resolution law firm, but we've really kept that family feel. That’s down to our core values, which run through every vein of our business.

Suzanne Liversidge, Partner

We are always on the lookout for ambitious, enthusiastic lawyers. At Kennedys, we welcome people who are not only great lawyers, but who can fully embrace our values.

We offer a transparent career path. Our partner and senior associate (or equivalent) promotion process and criteria are clearly communicated. We are proud that many of our partners, including our Senior Partner, began their life in law as trainees with us.

We value the relationships we build with our clients and we know that they appreciate our warm, friendly, human approach. You’ll be given lots of opportunity to build your own personal client relationships at Kennedys, and we encourage you to do so.

Read more about a day in the life of a legal professional.

Working at Kennedys allows me to have close engagement with matters and clients on a global scale with strong support from colleagues of all positions.

Elias Chalouhi, Lawyer

Business services and secretarial employees are integral to our success.

We are looking for ambitious, committed and enthusiastic people, no matter what your industry background.

We offer career opportunities for business services and secretarial professionals with a variety of experience and responsibility. Our working environment is truly friendly and professional, and you will have a wide range of opportunities for career development.

Read more about a day in the life of a Business services professional.

The thing I enjoy most about working at Kennedys is how varied the work is.

Anthony Eastwood, Communications Advisor

Our training contracts and summer associate program are designed to develop lawyers who will be the future of Kennedys. Many of our partners, including our Senior Partner, began their life in law as a trainee with us. 

We aim to recruit the best graduate talent and encourage diversity and an environment built upon different skills and backgrounds, to represent our global firm. Our atmosphere is friendly and supportive and our relationships are built on trust. We’re looking for graduates that are collaborative and enthusiastic team players.

Read more about graduate opportunities in the UK, APAC and the United States

Read more about a day in the life of a trainee solicitor

What I like most about working at Kennedys is that the firm supports a good work-life balance, and hard work is rewarded with trust, which I find very important.

Kiah Ashbarry, Trainee solicitor

We are passionate about offering an alternative route to University and are proud to be a UK government accredited organisation. Our apprenticeships are designed to help springboard you into a successful career by providing you with a mixture of studying and learning within the workplace so you can earn while you learn.

Our legal apprenticeships launched in 2012.  Apprentices from our 2012 cohort have not only progressed their own careers, but have made a huge difference at Kennedys.

From September 2019, we are delighted to introduce Business Services apprenticeships in Business Development, Finance, HR, IT and Risk and Compliance.  Applications for our 2019 apprenticeships are now closed.  Applications for 2020 will open in Autumn 2019.

We are the proud winners of the ‘Best Degree Apprenticeship’ award at the 2019 UK School Leaver Awards, and ‘Top Employer in Law’ award at both the 2018 and 2017 UK School Leaver Awards.

Read more about UK apprenticeships

I am fortunate that my team have given me a huge range of tasks to complete. I am faced with new challenges every day and I can honestly say that I am enjoying them all. I am loving working towards becoming a useful part of my busy team!

Maya Taylor, Legal Apprentice

Market recognition and employer awards

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    Finalist - Top Employer

    The School Leaver Awards 2019

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    Finalist - Best Degree Apprenticeship - Law 2019

    The School Leaver Awards 2019

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    Finalist

    All About Law Awards 2018

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    Winner - Top Employer - Law 2017

    The School Leaver Awards 2017

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    Leading Firm

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Training and Recruitment awards finalist

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  • Top Employer - Law 2018

    Winner - Top Employer - Law 2018

    The School Leaver Awards 2018