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Christopher Kennedy QC

Call 1989 • QC 2010

"He is very good on his feet: calm and considered, and absolutely on the point when cross-examining the witness."
(Chambers & Partners 2015)

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Chris has over 10 years’ experience in the field of regulatory work. He is instructed by a number of local authorities with regard to their enforcement work and defends companies and individuals on a regular basis in the following areas:

  • Corporate manslaughter.
  • Prosecutions arising out of other serious breaches of health and safety legislation.
  • Prosecutions arising out of water-based and air-based pollution.
  • Litigation arising out of regulatory notices.

Selected Cases

  • The defence of a construction company in relation to a death at work.
  • The defence of a firm of auctioneers in relation to a death at premises for which they were responsible.
  • The defence of a factory owner arising out of a death at a workplace.
  • The defence of a local authority in a claim arising out of an incident of pollution for which it was responsible.
  • The defence of an individual in relation to a prosecution arising out of an explosion during the course of demolition work.
  • The prosecution of a football club as a result of the death of a young motorcyclist at their ground.
  • The representation of a railway company in relation to the death of a child on railway property.
  • The representation of a construction company at trial following the death of a builder on site.
  • The representation of a local authority in proceedings to uphold an enforcement notice in relation to traffic movements.
  • A successful appeal to the Court of Appeal to get further time for a company to pay the fine imposed on it following a fatality.
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Qualifications


  • BA (Hons), Cambridge University

Memberships


  • Health & Safety Lawyer’s Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Recommendations


“Principally represents defendants, often on significantly high-value claims, though he also undertakes claimant work. His caseload encompasses catastrophic brain injury, RTAs and industrial disease claims, among others. “Detail-driven and an effective negotiator.” “An incisive thinker with an approachable and emphatic manner with clients. He is superb at breaking down the complex components of policy issues and his attention to detail in catastrophic personal injury claims is outstanding.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“An incisive thinker with an approachable and emphatic manner with clients. He is superb at breaking down the complex components of policy issues and his attention to detail in catastrophic personal injury claims is outstanding.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is very good on his feet: calm and considered, and absolutely on the point when cross-examining the witness” ; “he is excellent in conference and always meticulously well prepared” ; “he is nicely commercial and pragmatic. He doesn’t just give you a legal opinion – he also gives you a business opinion” ; “very easy to deal with, he goes the extra mile and is always approachable.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“Is especially highly regarded for his high-value defendant practice, acting in a large number of catastrophic brain injury and amputation cases. He’s detail-driven, and an effective negotiator.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“He tackles a broad range of claims, including those concerning employer’s liability, public liability, industrial disease and serious road traffic accidents.”

Chambers & Partners 2013

“Brilliant”.

Legal 500 2013

“The ‘astute and unstuffy’ Christopher Kennedy QC is ‘courteous yet tough’, and ‘keeps his opponents on their toes’. His ‘written advice is concise and well thought-out’, say clients, and he is sought on the trickier catastrophic injury and quantum issues.”

Chambers & Partners 2012

“Christopher Kennedy QC’s ‘cross-examination skills are outstanding’.”

Legal 500 2012

“A new silk, who fellow barristers believe ‘will always make a good fist of a case however seemingly weak it is’.”

Chambers & Partners 2011

“Christopher Kennedy’s practice spans all types of personal injury work, but also takes in a substantial proportion of regulatory work. He is ‘approachable, pragmatic and will cut to the issues’”

Chambers & Partners 2010

“Christopher Kennedy is a sought after choice for general personal injury work. Clients like him as he provides ‘unfailingly commercial and practical advice'”

Chambers & Partners 2009


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