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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 delighted to have won ‘Best New Solutions for Clients’ and the overall ‘Best in Theme’ awards at last night’s Managing Partners’ Forum Awards.
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.
We are very pleased to reveal the six successful claims professionals who have been chosen as finalists for the second series of Insurance Post's Claims Apprentice, in association with Kennedys.
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.
Kennedys launches second Ideas Lab as its drive for technological and intellectual innovation continues
We are thrilled to have officially launched the second instalment of our Ideas Lab as part of our drive to be at the forefront of technological and intellectual innovation. The Ideas Lab, which launched in July 2017, is the brainchild of Partner, Richard West, Head of R&D, Karim Derrick and Innovation Manager, Tom Gummer.
We are pleased to announce our partnership with the UK government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme. We are one of a growing number of organisations from across the north of England that is part of the network, which is working towards building a Northern Powerhouse across several main areas including: connectivity and transport; skills, science and innovation; quality of life and culture; and devolution.
We are very pleased to announce that we have been recognised as one of the ‘Best Law Firms’ in England and Wales for insurance in The Times’ Best Law Firms 2020.
An independent and wide-ranging industry report that ranks insurance law firms across a variety of areas has seen Kennedys set the standard for service satisfaction levels.