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  • 22 vacancies
  • 59 trainees
  • 282 partners
  • 2300 staff

About Kennedys

Leading dispute resolution firm in the City of London. Major player in insurance/reinsurance with expertise in clinical negligence, construction, professional indemnity and commercial law.

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More info

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Applications to

Mr Luke Evans

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Psychometric testing
  • Video interview
  • Written exercise

Kennedys is a specialist global law firm with unrivalled expertise in litigation and dispute resolution. Kennedys is regarded as a leader, not just because it has some of the most respected legal minds in their field – but because they know the importance of being practical, commercial and approachable. Kennedys prides itself on offering its clients clear legal advice.

Who should apply

We offer a vibrant and supportive working environment built upon our core values; we are approachable and responsive, we show respect for people, we are trustworthy and straightforward and we ensure that we deliver economic solutions for our clients. Our trainees experience early responsibility and client contact as we find that this produces excellent solicitors capable of running their own caseload once they qualify. We therefore recruit graduates who are confident, articulate and sociable, who are team players, self-aware and resourceful.

What to expect from a training contract at Kennedys

The purpose of the training contract is to give the trainees a mix of experience and skills that will set them up in their legal career as a solicitor with Kennedys. The firm’s ability to consistently offer the majority of its trainees positions on qualification is attributable to producing newly qualified lawyers who are competent, confident and commercially driven. A balance of work experience, responsibility, supervision and formal training achieves this. Kennedys ensures that its trainee solicitors are given sound training in the core disciplines. All partners and supervisors are readily accessible and are ready to offer support when needed.

SQE training programme

Kennedys are excited to announce their new innovative training programme for graduates. Their programme will prepare you for the new Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE). The SQE training programme will take the form of a graduate solicitor apprenticeship and allows you to start working and earning at Kennedys immediately after university, while gaining qualifying legal work experience in one of our teams before sitting the SQE1 and SQE2 exams to qualify as a solicitor. You will also be awarded a postgraduate certificate from BPP. Prospective trainees looking to start the SQE training programme must have completed a law degree or the GDL/PGDL prior to starting with Kennedys.

The two year six-month training programme will involve working at Kennedys four days a week and having one day off a week to study at BBP. In addition to a dedicated supervisor at Kennedys, you will have a tutor and skills coach at BPP, to ensure that you have all the support you need at work and with your studies.

Read about a day in the life of a trainee and legal professionals here.

Before starting your training contract, we ask our future trainees to attend the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and where applicable the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) at BPP. We will fund your course fees for the LPC and PGDL and provide a maintenance grant during these study periods.

SQE Sponsorship

Kennedys will fully fund your training during the SQE programme. If you have studied a non-law undergraduate degree and complete the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (PGDL) before starting the SQE training programme, Kennedys will reimburse you for your PGDL fees..

  • Professional indemnity
  • Construction insurance
  • Insurance/reinsurance
  • Product liability
  • Aviation
  • Marine
  • Clinical negligence
  • Personal injury
  • Employment
  • Health & safety
  • Insolvency
  • Commercial litigation
  • General Commercial
  • Corporate & Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

25 Fenchurch Avenue, London, EC3M 5AD
Phone: 020 7667 9667
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: No
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree, any discipline as well as 300 UCAS points at A level
Start salary: £38,500 (London) £27,500 (Regional) £21,000 (Scotland)
Turnover: £109,000,000 (2012)
Profit per partner: £390,000 (2012)
Training contract applications: 1,000 (2020)
Retention rate: 92% (2021)
Partner diversity:
  • 72.0% male (2019)
  • 28.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 38.0% male (2019)
  • 62.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Insurance companies
Has overseas secondments: Yes
Overseas secondments:
  • Hong Kong
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Cambridge
  • Chelmsford
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Sheffield
  • Taunton
  • Auckland
  • Austin
  • Bangkok
  • Basking Ridge
  • Bogotá
  • Brussels
  • Buenos Aires
  • Chicago
  • Copenhagen
  • Dubai
  • Dublin
  • Hamilton
  • Hong Kong
  • Lima
  • Lisbon
  • Madrid
  • Melbourne
  • Mexico City
  • Miami
  • Moscow
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Philadelphia
  • Santiago
  • São Paulo
  • Singapore
  • Sydney