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This year Howard Kennedy ranked in 26 categories, showcasing the breath of expertise the firm offers. The guide also highlights leading individuals and rising stars singled out for praise. Here are some of the highlights:
New ranking: Immigration
This is the first year Howard Kennedy has been ranked in Immigration, an area of the firm Head of Immigration Services, and Partner, Antonia Torr has been growing for several years. The team advises on a wide range of inbound immigration issues, concentrating on North America, Russia, the Middle East, Europe, and particularly China. Key areas of work include right to work checks, sponsor licences, and private client issues involving surrogacy, intra-national divorce and estate planning.
"The service I received was thorough and absolutely complete. Communication was exceptionally clear. I found the work and the overall experience to be exceptional."
New ranking: International Arbitration
Following the arrival of Africa disputes expert Duncan Bagshaw last year, the team handles international arbitrations under all of the major rules and in many jurisdictions around the world. The team is experienced in disputes concerning the energy, hotels and leisure, and IT and technology industries, as well as the India, Pakistan, Middle East and Africa markets.
"Great for responsiveness, experience and expertise, and willing to involve experts from the Bar when it is necessary and in the best interests of clients."
New ranking: Commercial property, Corporate occupiers
Howard Kennedy is involved at all stages of the development process from site acquisition and planning through to sales and commercial letting. The team has a focus on advising international investors, from South East Asia and the Middle and Far East, on joint venture projects, with retail and leisure being key areas of specialisation.
"The team is proactive in liaising with both the client and other advisers, bringing the different strands together as good lawyers should. Their advice is practical and tailored to specific situations."
Howard Kennedy were delighted to have Ayesha Salim and Jade Chalmers listed as rising stars.
Ayesha specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, acting for and advising clients ranging from private individuals to multinational companies. It is fantastic for her to be recognised among the leading commercial litigators for mid-market.
Jade is Director of Planning and an expert in all planning matters for a wide range of residential and commercial property developers, leading house builders, property companies, investment funds, and high-net-worth individuals. Her mention in this year's rankings is well deserved recognition.
Leading Individuals and Next Generation Partners
Howard Kennedy have several Partners who are consistently acknowledged in the rankings:
- Mark Stephens - Art and Cultural Property, Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and Media and Entertainment (including Media Finance)
- Ian Ryan - Fraud: White-Collar Crime (advice to individuals)
- Ashley Reeback - M&A: Smaller deals, up to £50m
- Emily Mailer - Contentious Trusts and Probate
- Naomi O'Higgins - Contentious Trusts and Probate
- Daniel McClean - Art and Cultural Property
- Elizabeth Morley - Civil Liberties and Human Rights, Media and Entertainment (including media finance)
Visit the Legal 500 website to view all of our 2021 rankings here.