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Howard Kennedy LLP


Howard Kennedy LLP - London
  • No. 1 London Bridge
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 9BG
  • Tel:+44 (0)20 3755 6000
  • Fax:+44 (0)20 3650 7000
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  • Chief Executive Ian Harvey
  • Joint Managing Partners Craig Emden, Paul Millett
  • Number of UK Partners 74
  • Number of Solicitors 61
  • Number of other UK Fee Earners 64

Howard Kennedy is an approachable, commercial, responsive and professional, law firm that offers excellent value. Now 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 across seven industry sectors; real estate, retail and leisure, financial services, technology, media and creative industries, sports individuals and the Third Sector of Charities and NFPs. It provides legal services combined with detailed sector knowledge to an international, corporate and personal client base. These range from national and global organisations, SME’s and owner managed businesses through to family offices, entrepreneurs and their funders and high-net worth individuals.

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 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 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, plot sales and residential property acquisition and disposals and leasehold enfranchisement.
Sector Groups: The firm operates seven cross departmental sector groups; real estate, retail and leisure, financial services, technology, media and creative industries, sports individuals and the Third Sector of charities and NFPs. 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 us to provide timely, relevant and commercial advice to meet their specific needs.
Bespoke: Not all Howard Kennedy’s client work fit neatly into a sector or practice area and so it operates a number of bespoke service teams to support the niche requirements of the clients. These include the High Net-Worth Individuals group, whose services range from employment contracts for staff globally to purchasing of private jets and yachts, the Partnerships and LLPs group, this is a group of clients with very specific needs in terms of financial and people management.

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, Melrose Plc, Sydney & London Properties Limited, Allied Irish Bank, Santander UK plc, Bank Leumi, Fox International Channels, Grange Hotels, Mills & Boon, Goldcrest Media Group, BMG Rights Management Limited, Future Films, Pizza Hut and Howard Kennedy.

Howard Kennedy is the sole 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 that have relevant skills that is 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. 25% of the firm’s work is for international clients.

The firm has recently recruited extensively into business services teams. Legal recruitment has continued within real estate and corporate. Further hires are anticipated in dispute resolution, real estate and financial services.
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.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate 37%
  • Dispute Resolution 25%
  • Corporate & Commercial 21%
  • Private Client & Family 10%
  • Employment 7%
  • Arts & Cultural Property Dan McLean
  • Business Advisory & Tax Leigh Sayliss
  • Business Crime & Regulatory Ian Ryan
  • Business Restructuring & Recovery Vernon Dennis
  • Capital Markets Keith Lassman
  • Commercial Litigation Sue Thackeray
  • Commercial & IP Robert Lands
  • Construction Ian Reid
  • Corporate Ashley Reeback
  • Defamation Mark Stephens
  • Development Paul Springall & Kate Woodgate
  • Dispute Resolution Craig Emden
  • Employment Carolyn Brown
  • Family Alan Kaufman
  • Financial Services Daniel Tunkel & Jane Amphlett
  • Hotels Eric Gummers
  • International Howard Goulden & Michael Chapelow
  • Media Mark Stephens
  • M&A Michael Harris
  • Personal Injury Elizabeth Smith & Ian Mulkis
  • Private Client Liz Palmer
  • Real Estate Julian Hindmarsh & Paul Springall
  • Real Estate Dispute Resolution Michele Freyne
  • Residential Property Graham Kaye
  • Retail & Leisure Julian Hindmarsh
  • Transaction Finance Jason Lewis


  • No. 1 London Bridge,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 9BG
  • Tel 020 3755 5000
  • Fax +44 (0)20 3650 7000
  • DX DX 144370 Southwark 4
  • Website : www.howardkennedy.com