Tom Handley

Tom Handley

Senior Associate Manchester, United Kingdom

Tom joined Kennedys' Manchester team in 2017.

He has particular expertise in defending heavyweight construction claims against architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers, and building inspectors. Tom has handled litigation in the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and Crown Court (HSE prosecutions) and commonly uses mediation as a form of dispute resolution.

He also has a growing practice in defending professionals before their regulatory bodies, including the ARB, RIBA, and RICS. As a RIBA Professional Conduct Panellist himself, Tom is uniquely placed to advise on the disciplinary process.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2006

Sources describe Tom Handley as "a personable, sound lawyer" and an "immensely hard-working" individual.

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Associate to Watch for 'Professional Negligence (North West)'
    Sources describe Tom Handley as "a personable, sound lawyer" and an "immensely hard-working" individual.
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Rising Star and Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional Negligence (North West)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Associate to Watch for 'Professional Negligence (North West)'
    "Immensely hard-working and capable practitioner."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (North West)'
    "Thomas Handley is ‘very impressive, very hardworking and has carved out quite a niche in the field of architects’."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • An Associate to Watch for ‘Professional negligence (North West)’
    "Tom Handley advises a range of construction players and acts on the defence of large mandates in the sector. He is described by one source as ‘calm and astute, a sound lawyer and a strategic thinker with great tactical judgment and evident commitment to all of his cases’."  
    Chambers UK 2018
  • A Recommended Lawyer for ‘Insurance: Professional negligence (North West)'
    "Tom Handley is an ‘incredibly hardworking and no-nonsense lawyer who is wonderfully efficient and is just brilliant at drafting robust defence arguments’."  
    The Legal 500 UK 2017
  • An Associate to Watch for ‘Professional negligence (North West) 
    "Tom Handley is 'technically good on construction matters' and 'immensely hard-working and capable'."
    Chambers & Partners UK 2016/17
  • An Associate to Watch for ‘Professional negligence (North West) 
    "Clients compliment his 'outstanding ability to get to the heart of complex issues quickly'."
    Chambers & Partners UK 2015/16

Work highlights

  • Defending the architects in a multi-million claim involving the design and construction of a training academy for a premiership football team.
  • Defending the structural engineers in a high profile HSE prosecution following a catastrophic crane collapse in Liverpool.
  • Acting for an expert witness in one of the first major cases to reach the Technology and Construction Court following the removal of the immunity for experts in litigation by the Supreme Court in Jones v Kaney.
  • Acting for the successful civil and structural engineers in the High Court decision in Co-operative Group Limited v John Allen Associates [2010] EWHC 2300 (TCC). The judgment is notable for findings on reliance by construction professionals on specialist advice and design
Market recognition
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    Rising Star

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017