Nick Thomas

Nick Thomas

Senior Partner London, United Kingdom

Nick is the Senior Partner at Kennedys. He trained with Kennedys and qualified in 1980 in England and Wales and is also qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, and is a Chartered Arbitrator and an accredited mediator.

Nick represents (re)insurers in relation to major losses in the UK and Ireland, continental Europe, Asia, Middle East and Latin America, liaising with our network of international offices.

He specialises in insurance and reinsurance including commercial property claims particularly arising from incidents overseas (Middle East, India, Far East and the Americas) including political risk; energy and power generation claims, both onshore and offshore; property/business interruption, Construction All Risks, Erection All Risks and Delay in Start Up. In addition, he also advises on professional indemnity disputes for construction professionals.

Nick handles some of the largest energy losses in The London Market and Latin America with often with reserves of USD$1billion. He handled the Heathrow Express Tunnel Collapse and he co-ordinated the liability proceedings for a market of over twenty insurers with claims totalling over £1bn arising out of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Depot in Hertfordshire.

"Nick Thomas is declared a 'credit to the firm' by impressed sources, who recognise the value he adds in his work on international property claims, political risk and energy and power generation insurance matters, among other such work." Chambers 2016.

The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2016 described that “He is the senior partner at Kennedys - top of the game”. Nick is a Leading individual for insurance, Chambers UK 2017. He is described in Chambers as “...greatly respected for his many years' experience and impressive international expertise. Clients recommend his ‘proactive, professional and detailed approach to all matters,’ while commentators also recognise his experience, saying that when it comes to insurance matters ‘he's been, seen and done it all and bought the T-shirt.’"


  • Qualified in England and wales in 1980
  • Qualified as a solicitor in Hong Kong
  • Qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland
  • Qualified as a solicitor in Republic of Ireland


He is particularly adept at handling complex property damage and construction losses related to energy and natural resources.

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • “Very knowledgeable, very experienced. We've had some very good outcomes.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “Assistance with very complex case. Advice and the management of the case in general”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Insurance: Contentious Claims (UK-wide)' 
    "He is particularly adept at handling complex property damage and construction losses related to energy and natural resources."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Insurance and reinsurance litigation (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Notable practitioner (Band 1) for 'Insurance: Contentious Claims (UK-wide)' 
    "Outstanding lawyer"
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Included in the The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom 2019 for Construction Law, Insurance Law and Litigation (London)

Work highlights

  • Buncefield litigation
  • Heathrow express tunnel collapse
  • Nicoll highway collapse (Singapore)
  • BP open cover litigation (US and UK)
  • Heathrow terminal 1 fire
  • Center Parcs fire
  • Uppark house fire


  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • ADR Chambers accredited Mediator
  • FOIL - Forum of Insurance Lawyers

Significant reported cases

  • Banque Bruxelles Lambert v John D Wood and Ors
  • United Bank of Kuwait v Prudential
  • Thomas Saunders Partnership v Harvey
  • SoS for Environment v WF Johnson and Partners
  • National Trust v Hayden Young
Market Recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Winner - Best Strategic Leadership

    Managing Partners' Forum Awards 2017

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016