In an expansive start to the new year, the British companies Kennedys, TLT and Clyde & Co have set new limits at home and abroad.
Kennedys has opened its 42nd global office and 12th in the UK with a start in Leeds through the acquisition of Langleys insurance team. The new office will be led by David Thompson, formerly managing partner and head of insurance at Langleys. He is joined by three other partners and 32 team leaders, lawyers and employees of the insurance group.
Of the Accession Partners, Huw Edwards is focused on automotive liability issues, Laura Collins leads a team providing pre-litigation claims handling services to insurers and self-catering companies, and Carol Dalton works for insurers on public liability issues.
Thompson commented, ‘It puts us in an excellent position to further expand our practice from our new base in Leeds. Many of our customers already work with Kennedys, so I know our customers will be very supportive of this step. ‘
The opening comes at an intrepid time for Kennedys. Last year the company opened new bases in San Francisco and Israel, as well as a partnership with the Canadian insurance company Dalden Wallace Folick.
In the meantime, TLT, based in Bristol, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Belgian company GSJ Advocaten. The partnership is the second of its kind TLT is pursuing on the continent, having forged a similar relationship with Dutch team Holla last June.
The partnership brings synergies between the two in key sector specialties such as real estate, financial services, retail and the public sector. It also gives TLT an important post-Brexit Belgian presence in the heart of the EU.
TLT international head Chris Owen told Legal Business that while Brexit wasn’t a critical factor in the partnership, it was an important one for clients: ‘A lot of our work is in the retail and public sectors, what requires a lot of logistics. Obviously that’s a big problem for customers right now. They want us to be present in Europe because that’s where they do business. ‘
Owen added that working with Holla and now GSJ is an ongoing demand from customers looking for European support. He said: “In the long term we are interested in France, Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic States are interesting from a fintech point of view.”
Finally, by hiring Neal Ysart, Clyde & Co created a new regulatory and investigative advisory department in Dubai. Ysart, who is based in the EY Dubai office, has more than 35 years of investigative experience, including 16 years of law enforcement which included a tenure with Scotland Yard.
The aim of the new advisory service is to provide organizations based in the Middle East with an advisory service that recognizes, investigates and controls the threat of financial crime and other regulatory risks.
The advice is comprised of both attorneys and ex-regulators and is led by Clyde’s partner and head of Middle East regulators and investigative agencies, Matthew Shanahan.
Shanahan said, “Typically, companies need to involve both business consultants and lawyers to achieve their goals. With Neal’s strategic experience and the breadth and depth of expertise of our team, this new service provides a single point of contact that saves both time and money and helps identify legal or regulatory concerns early. ‘