Kennedys achieves multiple ‘top tier’ rankings as Legal 500 success continues

We are pleased to announce that the publication of the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 UK has seen us ranked as a ‘top-tier firm’ in nine practice areas.

In addition to 24 of our partners being named in the elite ‘Leading Individuals’ list, The Legal 500 UK’s guide to outstanding lawyers across the country, we also witnessed a record number of 13 Kennedys lawyers listed within the ‘Rising stars’ category, which has more than doubled from last year. Four of our partners are also listed within the ‘Next Generation’ category this year, which is The Legal 500 guide to “junior/new/younger partners who make a material difference to the practice”. A further 80 lawyers are recommended throughout the editorial.

As well as being ranked as a ‘top-tier firm’ in the following nine practice areas, we were also recommended in a further 26 practice areas.

Top tier firm rankings:

  • Human resources – Health and safety (London)
  • Insurance – Clinical negligence: defendant (London)
  • Insurance – Insurance and reinsurance litigation (London)
  • Insurance – Personal injury: defendant (London)
  • Insurance – Clinical negligence: defendant (East Anglia)
  • Insurance – Personal injury: defendant (North West)
  • Insurance – Professional negligence (North West)
  • Insurance – Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant (Northern Ireland)
  • Insurance – Personal injury: defendant (Yorkshire and the Humber)


Our lawyers recommended in elite ‘Leading individuals’ list are as follows:

  • Simon Balls
  • Mark Burton
  • Claire Bushen
  • Paul Castellani
  • David Chadwick
  • Martin Chesher
  • Justin Collins
  • Richard Crockford
  • Trevor Davies
  • Christopher Dunn
  • Patrick Foss
  • Simon Gibson
  • Tracy Head
  • Christopher Malla
  • Richard McKeown
  • Daniel McShee
  • Amanda Mead
  • Eamon Mooney
  • Claire Mulligan
  • Christopher Oldfield
  • Jeremy Riley
  • Robert Tobin
  • Nick Williams
  • Amanda Wylie

Our lawyers listed in the ‘Next Generation Partners’ list are as follows:

  • Ben Aram
  • Michael Biltoo
  • Christopher Butler
  • Mark Walsh

Our lawyers listed in the ‘Rising stars’ list are as follows:

  • Megan Boyd
  • Kiran Birdi
  • Shaan Burton
  • Margaret Duncan
  • Ian Ford
  • Stephen Foster
  • Daniel Freeman
  • Thomas Handley
  • Zoe Hurley
  • Camilla Long
  • Karishma Paroha
  • Gareth Thomas
  • Samantha Williams


For the full rankings, please see The Legal 500 website.

The Legal 500 UK is a leading guide to law firms across the United Kingdom. The rankings are based on a series of criteria that highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The research is based on feedback from clients, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.