Kennedys adds 12 from Norton Rose Fulbright

Legal firm Kennedys Law has expanded its marine and energy capabilities through the hiring of a 12-strong insurance coverage and disputes team that will be based in Kennedys’ London office.

The team has joined from Norton Rose Fulbright and comprises three partners, Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward, along with seven other lawyers and two support staff. The team represent Lloyd’s syndicates and global insurers.

Kennedys said that Foss brought more than 30 years’ experience working in insurance law, with his practice primarily focusing on coverage, defence and disputes work in marine, offshore and onshore energy, terrorism, trade credit and political risk. Foss co-wrote the first three editions of Good Faith and Insurance Contracts and speaks at many of the leading international marine and energy conferences.

Zavos qualified in 1991 and has extensive experience in advising on complex coverage as well as liability defence, subrogation and sanctions issues. He regularly advises on claims under marine, war, BAR/CAR, yacht, cargo and offshore policies as well political risks insurances. He has managed many market leading cases through arbitration and litigation both in London (up to Supreme Court level) and in other jurisdictions. He has been ad hoc legal adviser to the London Market’s Joint Hull Committee since 2002.

Ward’s practice is focused on marine insurance coverage work including hull & machinery, cargo, liability, mortgagee’s interest, ports and terminals and specie. She also acts for owners, charterers and their respective insurers on shipping litigation matters, including subrogated recoveries and claims under charter parties and bills of lading.

Other lawyers joining are: Senior Associates, Amy Byrne, Anna Haigh and Debbie Larkin; and Associates Jake Hooper, Imogen Lowe, Suzy Oakley and Rachel Pearce.

The team’s arrival follows the appointment of Finance Director Jo Woods, who joined Kennedys from NRF in April.