Kennedys appointed to new Zurich panel across EMEA

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) has appointed global law firm Kennedys to its new legal claims panel to provide advice on the management of large and complex claims across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The panel complements existing country panel arrangements, providing the greatest benefit to claims that arise from Zurich International Programs, where more than one legal jurisdiction may be involved.

Kennedys has a long-standing relationship with Zurich across the globe and this latest strategic partnership will see the firm operate across its European jurisdictions, Russia and the Middle East. The panel appointment is valid for two years, effective from 1 June.

In recent years, we have seen insurers move towards greater panel consolidation across regions in order to foster stronger strategic partnerships and drive greater value.

Chris Dunn, Partner

“We are really pleased to be working with Kennedys as part of our new EMEA panel of trusted law firms. This capability provides Zurich and its customers with access to improved legal insight, enabling us to provide greater transparency of and consistency in claims legal services across the EMEA region,“ said Group Chief Claims Officer Ian Thompson.

Chris Dunn, global head of marine and a member of Kennedys’ strategy board, says: “We’re delighted to be able to strengthen our long-standing relationship with Zurich and look forward to working in partnership with them through this new panel.

“In recent years, we have seen insurers move towards greater panel consolidation across regions in order to foster stronger strategic partnerships and drive greater value. Our global reach has enabled us to capitalise on this and we’re looking forward to working with them to solve challenges and provide deep market insights to help them make confident decisions.”

Kennedys’ strategy to grow in the territories needed to meet client demand has seen the firm open 13 new offices since 2017 and form a number of strategic partnerships. The firm now has 39 offices across the globe after the opening this week of a new office in San Francisco, California.