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We are delighted to confirm the promotion of thirteen lawyers to our partnership across practice areas including commercial, employment and healthcare, as well as specialist areas of insurance and liability that include cyber, property and construction, professional liability, travel, abuse and fraud. Eight of those promoted are based in the UK, with four in the US and one in Australia. Our worldwide partner count is now 264.
We are excited to announce that we have introduced an alternative route to qualifying as a solicitor that allows UK graduates to begin earning immediately. This new route, which will come into effect from Autumn 2021, will incorporate the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) and will form a 30 month Graduate Solicitor Apprenticeship (GSA) – allowing graduates to start earning as soon as they commence the GSA, without the need to complete the LPC.
We are pleased to confirm that we have installed a new leadership team in our Madrid office. Our Spanish office will now be led by partners Isidoro Ugena, Alfonso de Ramos and Olivia Delagrange, who will be supported by their existing team of 10 lawyers and support staff.
Our strategy of helping clients use lawyers less has taken a huge leap forward with the launch of Kennedys IQ, a separate technology driven company whose purpose is to be “Kennedys, without the lawyers”. Combining human and machine intelligence, Kennedys IQ has been set up to focus on product development targeted at the needs of clients, rather than our internal operating efficiency, and recognises that the future of legal services is not just about legal advice.
As the political negotiations between the UK and EU unfold, Kennedys is here to keep you up to date on the latest Brexit developments and what they mean for you and your business.
Suzanne, who was appointed as our first global managing partner in August, is featured within the publication’s annual list which gathers together the profession’s brightest stars. The Hot 100 includes the general counsels redefining what it means to be an in-house lawyer, the barristers working on the most significant cases of the moment; the rising stars of private practice; the disruptors forging the future of the profession; and the leaders taking their firms to new heights.
With the pace of change in the global insurance market showing no signs of slowing in 2020, we have underlined the London Market’s need to reassert its ability to adapt and manage the constant evolution of global risk. Releasing our annual London Market forecast for the year ahead, we have made predictions across 11 areas impacting the London Market, namely: aviation, casualty coverage, construction, cyber, energy, financial lines, marine, product liability and life sciences, professions, political risks and property damage.
We are pleased to announce that we have strengthened our presence in Dublin by hiring insurance litigator and casualty specialist David Strahan from Arthur Cox. David, who qualified at the Irish Bar before his admission as a solicitor, becomes the fifth partner in our Dublin office.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently shared its insights from a review of firms’ reserving during 2019. This included work on casualty lines for London Market firms, reserving in the UK motor market and a thematic review of case (outstanding claims) reserves in the retail and wholesale markets. Their conclusions have also been informed by wider supervisory interactions with firms and other stakeholders, such as Chief Actuaries and Lloyd’s of London.
We are pleased to announce that highly regarded commercial litigation partner Jane Kupsch and senior associate Lucy Reade have joined our growing Melbourne office today. Both were formerly at Piper Alderman.