Firm profile submitted by Howard Kennedy LLP
Chief Executive: Ian Harvey
Managing Partner: Craig Emden
Number of UK Partners: 54
Number of other UK Fee Earners: 179
Howard Kennedy is an approachable, commercial, responsive and professional law firm that offers excellent value. Based at No.1 London Bridge it is ideally placed to support clients nationally and internationally.
THE FIRM The firm provides a wide range of services targeting five main areas: real estate, retail and leisure, TMT, HK Sport and HK One (HNW). It provides legal services combined with detailed sector knowledge to an international, corporate and personal client base. Clients range from national and global organisations, SMEs and owner managed businesses through to family offices, entrepreneurs and their funders and high-net worth individuals.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Real Estate 48%
Dispute Resolution 25%
Corporate & Commercial 17%
Private Client & Family 6%
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Howard Kennedy comprises five departments: corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, private client and family and real estate.
Corporate & Commercial: The department’s services include: M&A, capital markets with a particular focus on venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes, AIM, corporate real estate, intellectual property, commercial contracts, business advisory and tax, business recovery and reconstruction, financial regulation, immigration and international banking and finance.
Dispute Resolution: The department’s services include: general commercial litigation, real estate dispute resolution, media litigation, arbitration and mediation, defamation and human rights, business crime and regulatory and personal injury.
Employment: The department’s services include: board level advice, discrimination and harassment, confidentiality and business protection, disciplinary and grievance issues, international workforce issues, TUPE, Tribunal and High Court claims, redundancy and reorganisation programmes, employment contract preparation, whistleblowing and policy guidance.
Private Client & Family: The department’s services include: contentious trusts and probate, tax planning, estate planning, establishment of trusts both in the UK and offshore, Court of Protection work, marriage and partnerships, divorce and break up work, and issues involving children.
Real Estate: The department’s services include: planning, construction, development, commercial investment, finance, real estate disputes, business occupation, residential development sales and residential real estate acquisition and disposals and leasehold enfranchisement.
Sector Groups: The firm operates five cross departmental groups: real estate, retail and leisure, TMT, HK Sport and HK One (HNW). These draw on expertise from across all the legal disciplines within the firm. The combined knowledge of the lawyers within these sector teams offers deep insight into the industries in which the clients operate. This enables the firm to provide timely, relevant and commercial advice to meet their specific needs.
CLIENTS The firm provides a full range of personal and business services to an established client base comprising national and international organisations, SME and OME businesses, entrepreneurs, their funders and high net worth individuals. Clients include: Ballymore Properties Limited, Galliard Homes, Melrose plc, City & Docklands, Sydney & London Properties Limited, Allied Irish Bank, Santander UK plc, Grange Hotels, Mills & Boon, Pandora, Yum! and Samba Brands.
INTERNATIONAL Howard Kennedy is the UK member of two global networks Meritas and Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW). The firm has built up close working relationships with the firms in these networks but it is not limited by them. Outside these networks the firm maintains relationships with wide range of firms with relevant skills that are useful to its client base. The firm works with these firms globally and offer a central hub for inward investment into the UK for their clients.
RECRUITMENT Legal recruitment continues within real estate, corporate and dispute resolution. The firm is looking to grow and develop. As such, it takes a positive and proactive approach towards interesting lateral hire opportunities across the board.
Arts & Cultural Property: Mark Stephens
Banking & Real Estate Finance: Daniel Fireman
Business Advisory & Tax: Leigh Sayliss
Business Crime & Regulatory: Ian Ryan
Business Restructuring & Recovery: Vernon Dennis
Capital Markets: Keith Lassman
Commercial Investment: Andrew Collins
Commercial & IP: Robert Lands
Commercial Litigation: Tim Bignell
Construction: James Stewart
Corporate: Ashley Reeback
Defamation: Mark Stephens
Development Investment: Graham Kaye
Development Projects: Kate Woodgate
Dispute Resolution: Simon Taylor
Employment: Jane Amphlett
Family: Lois Langton
Financial Services: Vernon Dennis
Hotels: Eric Gummers
Immigration: Antonia Torr
International: Howard Goulden
Media: Mark Stephens
M&A: Anthony Hunt
Personal Injury: Elizabeth Smith
Planning: Martha Grekos
Private Client: Liz Palmer
Real Estate: Paul Springall
Real Estate Dispute Resolution: Amanda McNeil
Residential Property: Pervaze Ahmed
Restaurants: Adam Walford