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This page contains details relating to our legal entities, complaints, use of this website and copyright.

Kennedys is an international legal practice carried on by Kennedys Law LLP and its affiliated firms. References to Kennedys mean Kennedys Law LLP and other firms authorised to use the name 'Kennedys'. Each firm provides legal and other services in accordance with the applicable laws and professional regulations. We also have association and co-operation agreements with other law firms throughout the world.

Terms such as ‘Kennedys’, ‘we’, ‘the firm’ and ‘our people’ do not imply that these entities are in partnership.

The terms ‘partner’ or ‘partners’ refer to a member of Kennedys Law LLP , or an employee/consultant who is a lawyer with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of members’ or partners’ names is available from each registered office address listed below.
The partners of Kennedys Law LLP and its affiliates do not accept service of any legal proceedings via a general email address.

This page contains details relating to:

  • Legal entities
  • Costs information
  • Complaints
  • Use of this website
  • Copyright.


Legal entities

England – Kennedys Law LLP
Kennedys Law LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) as an alternative business structure. Read the SRA’s rules on the SRA website.

  • Companies House registered number: OC353214
  • Registered office: 25 Fenchurch Avenue, London EC3M 5AD
  • VAT registration number: 974 9796 34

Kennedys Law LLP also has branches in Birmingham, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Manchester, Sheffield and Taunton.

Kennedys Law LLP is not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) however it is included on the Exempt Professional Firm (EPF) register maintained by the FCA so that it can advise on insurance mediation activity in the UK which broadly includes advising on the selling and administration of insurance contracts. This part of the firm’s business including complaints is regulated by the SRA. Access the EPF register by visiting the FCA website and selecting 'EPF Search'.

Asia Pacific

Australia - Kennedys (Australasia) Pty. Ltd

Kennedys (Australasia) Pty. Ltd is an incorporated legal practice registered with the Law Society of New South Wales.

  • Australian Business Number: 31119302742
  • Registered office: Level 22, 85 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Read the Law Society’s rules on the Law Society of NSW's website.

China - Kennedys

Kennedys is a partnership regulated by the Law Society of Hong Kong. Read the Law Society’s rules on the Law Society of Hong Kong's website.

  • Principal place of business: 11th floor Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong

New Zealand - Kennedys

Kennedys is a partnership regulated by the Law Society of New Zealand. Read the Law Society’s rules on the Law Society of New Zealand's website.

  • Principal place of business: Level 6, 70 Shortland St, PO Box 3158, Auckland 1140, New Zealand

Singapore - Kennedys Singapore LLP

Kennedys Singapore LLP a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Read the SRA’s rules on the SRA website.

  • Companies House registered number: OC352676
  • Registered office: 25 Fenchurch Avenue, London EC3M 5AD
  • Principal place of business: 80 Raffles Place,#44-05 UOB Plaza 1, Singapore 048624

Kennedys is also licensed and regulated by the Attorney-General of Singapore as a foreign law firm.

Singapore - Kennedys Legal Solutions 

Kennedys Legal Solutions is the trading name of Kennedys Legal Solutions Pte Ltd, a limited liability joint law venture between Kennedys Singapore LLP and Legal Solutions LLC. The word “Partner” refers to a member of Kennedys Legal Solutions, or an employee or consultant who is a lawyer with equivalent standing and qualifications.

Thailand – Kennedys

Kennedys is a trading name of Kennedys (Thailand) Limited, a company registered in Thailand (registered number 0105560104930) whose registered office is at Unit 2901-2904, 29th Floor, Sathorn Square, 98 North Sathorn Road, Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500.

Europe

Belgium - Kennedys Brussels LLP

Kennedys Brussels LLP a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Read the SRA’s rules on the SRA website.

  • Companies House registered number: OC305968
  • Registered office: 25 Fenchurch Avenue, London EC3M 5AD
  • Principal place of business: 2nd Floor, 350 Avenue Louise, Brussels 1050, Belgium
  • VAT registration number: BE 0845.970.454

Denmark - Kennedys

Kennedys is a trading name of Kennedys Advokatpartnerselskab. Kennedys is a partnership regulated by the Danish Bar and Law Society. Read the Law Society’s rules on the Danish Bar and Law Society website.

  • CVR number: 37299766 
  • Principal place of business: Regus House, Larsbjornsstraede 3, Copenhagen, Denmark

Read more information on Kennedys Advokatpartnerselskab

Ireland - Kennedys

Kennedys is a partnership regulated by the Law Society of Ireland. Read the Law Society’s rules on the Law Society of Ireland's website.
Principal place of business: Second Floor, Bloodstone Building, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, D02 KF24

Northern Ireland - Kennedys Belfast LLP

Kennedys Belfast LLP a limited liability partnership registered in Northern Ireland and is regulated by the Law Society of Northern Ireland. Read the Law Society’s rules on the Law Society of Northern Ireland website.

  • Companies House registered number: NC000601
  • Registered office: 5th Floor, Lesley Buildings, 61-65 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EX.

Portugal - Kennedys Portugal LLP

Kennedys Portugal LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Portuguese Bar Association. Read the SRA’s rules on the SRA website.

  • Companies House registered number: OC360324
  • Registered office: 25 Fenchurch Avenue, London EC3M 5AD.
  • Principal place of business: Av. Eng Duarte Pacheco Amoreiras Torre 1 - 5 piso salas 5º e 6, Lisbon 1070-101, Portugal

Individual lawyers (advogados) are members of the Portuguese Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados). Read the Code of Ethics of Portuguese Lawyers on the Portuguese Bar Association website.

Scotland - Kennedys Scotland

Kennedys Scotland is a multinational practice regulated by the Law Society of Scotland. Read the Law Society's rules on the Law Society of Scotland's website.

  • Registered number: 48759

Spain - Kennedys Abogados SLP

Kennedys Abogados SLP is a limited liability partnership registered with the Madrid Companies Registry:

  • Companies Registry: Volume 22048, section 8, page M-393170
  • Registered office: Paseo de Recoletos 27, Planta 7, Madrid 28004, Spain

Individual lawyers (abogados) are regulated by the General Rules for Lawyers (Estatuto General de la Abogacía Española), the Spanish Lawyers Code of Conduct (Código Deontológico de la Abogacía Española), the Organic Law of the Judicial Power (Ley Orgánica del Poder Judicial), the Code Governing Publicity of Lawyers of the Madrid Bar Association (Código Regulador de la Publicidad de los Abogados del Colegio de Madrid), and the Disciplinary Regulation (Reglamento del Procedimiento Disciplinario). Individual abogados are registered with the Madrid Bar Association which will provide copies of the regulations on request.

Latin America

Argentina

Kennedys Argentina Sociedad Ley 19550 Capítulo I Sección IV is a limited partnership with registered tax ID number (CUIT) 33-71584296-9 whose principal place of business is Av. Córdoba 817 piso 8° oficina “16” - C1054AAI, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Brazil – Kennedys Technical Services Limitada

Kennedys Technical Services Limitada is a private limited liability company whose principal place of business is Rua Joaquim Floriano, 100 – Cj. 172, Itaim Bibi – São Paulo – SP,CEP: 04534-000, Brazil.

Chile – Kennedys Chile Abogados Limitada

Kennedys Chile Abogados Limitada is a private limited liability company whose registered office is Av. Alonso de Córdova 2860, Of. 402, Vitacura - Santiago, Chile. Read the rules of the Chilean Bar Association on www.colegioabogados.cl/

Mexico - Kennedys

Kennedys Law México, S.C. is a Sociedad Civil incorporated in accordance with the laws of the United Mexican States duly registered in the Public Registry of Commerce of Mexico, Federal District under file No.32412, with Tax number KLM161223685.

Peru – Kennedys Law Peru SRL

Kennedys Law Peru SRL is a limited liability commercial partnership whose principal place of business is Av. Rivera Navarrete 495 Piso 13,San Isidro Lima 27, Lima, Peru. Read the rules of the Lima Bar Association on http://www.cal.org.pe/v1/

Middle East

United Arab Emirates - Kennedys Dubai LLP

Kennedys Dubai LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and licensed to operate as a legal consultancy firm and a branch of a foreign company by the Department of Economic Development in Dubai. Read the SRA’s rules on the SRA website.

  • Companies House registered number: OC352675
  • Registered office: 25 Fenchurch Avenue, London EC3M 5AD
  • Department of Economic Development Professional Licence: 581382
  • Principal place of business: Office 1101, Conrad Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 212620, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

United States and Bermuda

Bermuda - Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd.

Kennedys and Kennedys Bermuda are the trading names in Bermuda of Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd., an independent Bermuda law firm.

Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd. is a limited liability company incorporated in Bermuda under the Companies Act 1981, which is regulated under the provisions of the Bermuda Bar Act 1974, and approved and recognized under the Bermuda Bar (Professional Companies) Rules 2009.

For more information, read the rules of the Bermuda Bar Association on https://www.bermudabar.org/.

United States of America 

Kennedys CMK LLP is a limited liability partnership.

  • Registered office: 120 Mountain View Boulevard, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920
  • Kennedys Law LLP, a UK Limited Liability Partnership, is a partner of Kennedys CMK LLP.

Costs information

Employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal

The total cost of the service

Claims for either unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal may be straightforward in some instances and yet extremely complex in other instances.  Some cases may involve relatively small amounts of evidence and legal analysis, whereas others may involve large volumes of documents and witness evidence and raise complicated legal points and/or may be combined with other types of claims being pursued, such as discrimination complaints.  Some cases may take no more than a 1-day hearing to be determined, whereas others may take several days or weeks.  Accordingly, the total cost of bringing or defending either type of claim can vary considerably. Typically, we would expect to charge £10,000 + VAT to £30,000 + VAT in total to bring or defend a straightforward ordinary unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim assuming it is not combined with any significant wider claims such as discrimination or whistleblowing, although such will always depend on the particular complexity and other circumstances of the case and a more accurate costs estimate would be given upon being instructed in a matter and an assessment has been given as to the likely work and disbursements required. 

The basis for our charges, including any hourly rates or fixed fees

Our charges are typically based on the application of hourly charging rates that vary accordingly to lawyer’s experience, status, seniority and office location, typically ranging from £150 to £400 per hour + VAT. Our charges may also be affected by Service Level Agreements reached with clients and/or their insurers.  

Experience and qualifications

Our specialist team of employment lawyers comprises solicitors and legal executives with a variety of experience and status, including paralegals, trainee solicitors, solicitors, senior associates and partners. Typically, an unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal matter will be dealt with primarily by a solicitor or senior associate, supervised by a partner and assisted by other team members. For more information, contact our specialist employment lawyers Fiona Morgan and Matthew Leake.

Typical additional expenses (disbursements)

The main disbursement in an unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim will be the fees charged by barristers; specialist advocates who we will usually instruct to represent the client at trials and other hearings. Barrister fees will vary according to the seniority and experience of the barrister instructed, the nature and location of the trial or hearing, as well as the complexity and time commitment required in the matter. For a routine case involving a 1 or 2 day trial with no preliminary hearings or other prior barrister involvement, we would typically expect such fees to be in the region of £1,000 + VAT to £5,000 + VAT. Other disbursements may include lawyers’ travel and accommodation costs, expert witness report costs and/or document production, courier and other administration costs. Court fees may also be chargeable in the case of a wrongful dismissal claim pursued in the civil courts rather than the employment tribunal. Again, such matters will be addressed when a costs estimate is given in respect of a specific matter. 

VAT

VAT will be applicable on most disbursements, including barrister fees.

Services included in the price

The total cost of a matter is expected to include all key stages of a routine unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal case, including taking initial and then ongoing instructions, reviewing the relevant paperwork, drafting and submitting the claim or defence to the claim, advising on merits, costs, value, process and strategy, dealing with document disclosure and bundle preparation, interviewing witnesses and drafting witness statements, advising on settlement and conducting any negotiations, communicating with the other side and other relevant third parties such as ACAS and the Tribunal/Court and making applications, briefing a barrister for the full hearing/trial and attending that trial/hearing, plus ongoing communication with the client and updating advice throughout the life of the matter. The timeframe for each stage, and the overall timeframe for the matter, is dependent on a number of imponderables including limitation periods set by law and the deadlines and hearing dates set by the relevant Court/Tribunal, which can vary greatly.  Typically, a routine unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal claim that involves a 1 or 2 day hearing/trial would be expected to last up to 12 months, but the timeframe can be longer or shorter depending on the circumstances.

Use of conditional fee or damages-based agreements

We do not use such agreements in unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal matters.

Freehold and leasehold residential conveyancing

Freehold Conveyancing

We offer residential conveyancing services predominantly to individuals who are already existing clients. We specialise in acting on complex transactions that often feature extensive refurbishment proposals, planning considerations, transaction specific finance arrangements, multiple titles and other issues that are outside the scope of an everyday residential transaction. We base our charges on the complexity of the transaction and the estimated time required to achieve a successful conclusion for our clients. Our team lead by Partner Jeremy Palmer comprises very experienced solicitors responsible for providing all legal advice supported by non-solicitors who will carry out the administrative tasks. We take pride in achieving each client’s timetable and reporting in the clearest terms to enable our clients to evaluate any risks that could arise. We provide a fee quote on each transaction that will also include all costs and expenses that will be incurred.

Purchase of a freehold residential property

Our fees cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees – transactions under £500,000

  • Legal fee: This will vary based on the complexity of the title, the value of the property and other factors. We estimate most transactions will fall within £1,000 to £3,000 (exclusive of VAT and disbursements).

Conveyancer’s fees – transactions over £500,000

  • Legal fee: This will vary based on the complexity of the title, the value of the property and other factors. We estimate most transactions will fall within £3,000 to £5,000 for transactions up to £1m, and we will provide a separate quote for transactions over this figure.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements that will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements that we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  • Search fees: £350-£450 plus any applicable VAT.
  • HM Land Registry fee: £135-£455 depending on the value of the property based on electronic submission of forms to the Land Registry. Fees will differ if this is a first registration as the forms need to be submitted by hand to the Land Registry.
  • Electronic money transfer fee: £12 plus VAT per transfer.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax (on purchase)

This depends on the purchase price of your property, along with other factors such as whether you are a first time buyer or own other property. You can calculate the amount you need pay by using HMRC’s website or, if the property is located in Wales, by using the by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Estimated total: For example, if you are not a first time buyer, and do not own any other property, and are purchasing a freehold property for £250,000, the Stamp Duty payable will be £2,500 at the current rates as at December 2018.

If you are not a first time buyer, and do own other residential property and the new purchase will not be your main residence, and are purchasing a freehold property for £400,000, the Stamp Duty payable will be £22,000 at the current rates as at December 2018.

How long will my house purchase take?

The average process takes between 6 to 12 weeks but the time from acceptance of your offer until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors.

It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 4 to 8 weeks. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 to 6 months. In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

Stages of the process

The key stages of the process include:

  • take your instructions and give you initial advice;
  • check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed;
  • receive and advise on contract documents;
  • carry out searches;
  • obtain further planning documents if required;
  • make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitors;
  • give you advice on all documents and information received;
  • go through conditions of mortgage offer with you;
  • send final contract to you for signature;
  • agree completion date (date from which you own the property);
  • exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened;
  • arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you;
  • complete purchase;
  • deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax;
  • deal with application for registration at Land Registry;

Help To Buy Scheme

If you are purchasing property with assistance from the Help to Buy scheme, in addition to the above we will:

  • complete and submit all requisite forms to the local Help to Buy Branch;
  • arrange for Help to Buy funds to be transferred to the seller for completion.

Leasehold Conveyancing

We offer residential conveyancing services predominantly to individuals who are already existing clients. We specialise in acting on complex transactions that often feature extensive refurbishment proposals, planning considerations, transaction specific finance arrangements, multiple titles and other issues that are outside the scope of an everyday residential transaction.  We base our charges on the complexity of the transaction and the estimated time required to achieve a successful conclusion for our clients.  Our team lead by Partner Jeremy Palmer comprises very experienced solicitors responsible for providing all legal advice supported by non-solicitors who will carry out the administrative tasks. [links to profiles here?]  We take pride in achieving each client’s timetable and reporting in the clearest terms to enable our clients to evaluate any risks that could arise.  We provide a fee quote on each transaction that will also include all costs and expenses that will be incurred

Purchase of a leasehold residential property

Our fees* cover all of the work required to complete the purchase of your new home, including dealing with registration at the Land Registry and dealing with the payment of Stamp Duty Land Tax (Stamp Duty) if the property is in England, or Land Transaction Tax (Land Tax) if the property you wish to buy is in Wales.

Conveyancer’s fees – transactions under £500,000

  1. Legal fee: This will vary based on the complexity of the title, the value of the property and other factors.  We estimate most transactions will fall within £1,250 to £3,250 (exclusive of VAT and disbursements).
  2. Additional fees will apply for acting on behalf of the mortgage lender.

Conveyancer’s fees – transactions over £500,000

  1. Legal fee: This will vary based on the complexity of the title, the value of the property and other factors.  We estimate most transactions will fall within £3,250 to £5,250 for transactions up to £1m, and we will provide a separate quote for transactions over this figure.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third-parties, such as search fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. There are certain disbursements that will be set out in the individual lease relating to the Property. The disbursements that we anticipate will apply are set out separately below. This list is not exhaustive and other disbursements may apply depending on the terms of the lease. We will update you on the specific fees upon receipt and review of the lease from the seller’s solicitors.

  1.  Search fees: £350-£450 plus any applicable VAT.

HM Land Registry fee: £20-£455 depending on the value of the property based on electronic submission of forms to the Land Registry.  Fees will differ if this is a first registration as the forms need to be submitted by hand to the Land Registry Electronic money transfer fee: £12 plus VAT per transfer Anticipated disbursements*

  1. Notice of Transfer fee—this fee if chargeable is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £30 to £100 plus VAT;
  2. Notice of Charge fee (if the property is to be mortgaged)—this fee is set out in the Lease. Often the fee is between £30 to £100 plus VAT;
  3. Deed of Covenant fee—this fee is provided by the management company for the property and can be difficult to estimate. Often it is between £100 to £250;
  4. Certificate of Compliance fee—to be confirmed upon receipt of the lease, as can range between £100-£400.

*These fees vary from property to property and can on occasion be significantly more than the ranges given above. We can give you an accurate figure once we have sight of your specific documents.

You should also be aware that ground rent and service charge are likely to apply throughout your ownership of the property. We will confirm the ground rent and the anticipated service charge as soon as we receive this information.

Stamp Duty or Land Tax

This depends on the purchase price of your property. You can calculate the amount you will need to pay by using HMRC’s website or, if the property is located in Wales, by using the Welsh Revenue Authority’s website.

Grand total: For example, if you are purchasing a leasehold property for a premium of £250,000, and you are not a first time buyer and do not own other property, the Stamp Duty Payable will be £2,500 at the current rates as at December 2018.

If you are a first time buyer purchasing a leasehold property for a premium of £180,000 which will be your main residence, there will not be any stamp duty payable (as per the current rules as at December 2018), however we will assist with submitting the return to HMRC to notify them of the transaction.

Stages of the process

These are the key stages of the process:

  1. take your instructions and give you initial advice;
  2. check finances are in place to fund purchase and contact lender’s solicitors if needed;
  3. receive and advise on contract documents;
  4. carry out searches;
  5. obtain further planning documents if required;
  6. make any necessary enquiries of seller’s solicitors;
  7. give you advice on all documents and information received;
  8. go through conditions of mortgage offer with you;
  9. send final contract to you for signature;
  10. draft Transfer;
  11. advise you on joint ownership;
  12. obtain pre-completion searches;
  13. agree completion date (date from which you own the property);
  14. exchange contracts and notify you that this has happened;
  15. arrange for all monies needed to be received from lender and you;
  16. complete purchase;
  17. deal with payment of Stamp Duty/Land Tax;
  18. deal with application for registration at Land Registry;
  19. Advise on being refunded any SDLT if applicable

Help To Buy Scheme

If you are purchasing property with assistance from the Help to Buy scheme, in addition to the above we will:

  • complete and submit all requisite forms to the local Help to Buy Branch;
  • arrange for Help to Buy funds to be transferred to the seller for completion.

How long will my house purchase take?

The average process takes between 6 to 12 weeks but the time from acceptance of your offer until you can move into your house will depend on a number of factors. It can be quicker or slower, depending on the parties in the chain. For example, if you are a first-time buyer, purchasing a new build property with a mortgage in principle, it could take 6 to 8 weeks from completion of construction of the property. However, if you are buying a leasehold property that requires an extension of the lease, this can take significantly longer, between 3 to 6 months. In such a situation, additional charges would apply.

*Our fee assumes that:

  1. this is a standard transaction and that no unforeseen matters arise including for example (but not limited to) a defect in title which requires remedying prior to completion or the preparation of additional documents ancillary to the main transaction;
  2. this is the assignment of an existing lease or is the grant of a new lease for a new build property;
  3. the transaction is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complications arise;
  4. all parties to the transaction are co-operative and there is no unreasonable delay from the parties providing documentation;
  5. no indemnity policies are required. Additional disbursements may apply if indemnity policies are required.

Complaints

Kennedys are committed to providing a high quality legal service to all our clients. If you have a reason to feel dissatisfied, please view our complaints policy.

Use of this website

The information and opinions contained on this website are for general information purposes, are not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.

Certain parts of this website link to other websites, and other websites may link to this website. Kennedys Law LLP and its affiliates are not responsible for the content of any third party websites.

Copyright

All rights, including copyright, in the content of these web pages are owned by Kennedys.

By accessing the Kennedys website, you agree that you may only download the content for your own personal non-commercial use. Except where expressly stated otherwise, you are not permitted to copy, broadcast, download, store (in any medium), transmit, show or play in public, adapt or change in any way the content of these Kennedys web pages for any other purpose whatsoever without the prior written permission of Kennedys.