Kennedys Expands in UK With 36 Strong Acquisition

Kennedys has expanded in the U.K. with the acquisition of regional firm Langleys’ insurance team.

The firm announced on Wednesday that it is opening an office in Leeds via the deal.

The new office will be headed up by managing partner and head of insurance at Langleys David Thompson. Thompson will be joined by partners Huw Edwards, Laura Collins and Carol Dalton along with 32 team heads, lawyers and staff from Langleys.

Kennedys head of liability Richard West said in a statement: “Our new Leeds office grows our personal injury division, expanding our practice further with an experienced and well-regarded team whose culture fits closely with our own and whose business complements our existing capability in Scotland, Northern Ireland as well as in eight locations in England.”

Kennedys has been on an expansion spree in recent months, despite the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In June last year, the firm unveiled its first U.S. West Coast office in San Francisco and in July announced a new association with Canadian insurance firm Dolden Wallace Folick. In October, the firm also opened an office in Tel Aviv through a tie-up with an Israeli insurance firm.

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