Howard Kennedy welcomes the New Year with three new Partner hires

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London law firm Howard Kennedy starts 2023 by welcoming three new Partners across the business. Jonathan Huth has joined the Business Crime practice; Katherine Res Pritchard joins the Family practice; and John Kiely has joined the Immigration practice.

These appointments are in line with the firm's strategy for growth and are in response to continuing client demand across the firm.

Commenting on these appointments, Craig Emden, Managing Partner at Howard Kennedy, said: “We anticipate that 2023 will be very busy: and in line with our three-year plan to grow to £80m turnover, we continue to invest in high quality talent across the business. We have developed a robust and practical plan focused on our people, which we have implemented throughout the year. We are beginning to see the results in the high-quality talent and work that we are attracting. By beginning the New Year with three strong, senior hires, we are confident that we will see our business grow even further and our client base expand.”

Jonathan Huth is an accomplished trial lawyer whose experience includes cross-border investigations, disputes, judgment enforcement, asset recovery, and regulatory enforcement matters for clients based in the UK, Europe and Africa. His addition to Howard Kennedy will help bolster its burgeoning Investigations practice where Jonathan will be able act as a bridge between the firm’s Commercial Dispute Resolution and Business Crime practices, while also further expanding the firm’s international reach. 

Jonathan joins Howard Kennedy from Kobre & Kim where he was Investigations Partner since 2018. Prior to Kobre & Kim, Jonathan was General Counsel at HSBC Bank in London, conducting cross-border investigations and serving as defence counsel in matters including allegations of financial crime. Jonathan also spent over six years as Senior Trial Attorney in the Division of Enforcement at the CFTC. Jonathan began his career in the fraud division at Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Jonathan’s exposure to banking and financial regulation is of especial strategic value to Howard Kennedy as it looks to grow its reach in this sector. 

Katherine Res Pritchard is an experienced family lawyer, having practiced for over 11 years. Katherine’s particular expertise lies in cases concerning children. Her skill set includes cross-border disputes involving children, including international relocation cases. Katherine also has a great deal of experience in child abduction matters, and in representing children as their Solicitor Guardian. She represents clients in proceedings under the inherent jurisdiction, international adoption, and in cases involving the registration and enforcement of foreign contact orders. Katherine also advises on domestic disputes involving children and on issues relating to fertility and surrogacy. 

Katherine joins Howard Kennedy from Vardags, a leading divorce and family law firm. Katherine was at Vardags for over four years prior to which she worked at Dawson Cornwell, where she began her career. 

John Kiely has over 10 years’ experience advising on a broad range of immigration matters. He offers assistance to individuals and families on issues relating to settlement, nationality and European law, as well as applications under the Tier 1 (Investor), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) and Start-Up and Innovator routes. John has developed a particular focus on high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs. John works closely with third party advisors in the private wealth and tax industries.

John joins Howard Kennedy from Fragomen where he began his career.


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