Commercial Litigation Heavyweight Michael Kennedy Joins JMW


Michael Kennedy has joined the commercial litigation team at Manchester based law firm JMW Solicitors LLP.

Michael joins JMW from Slater and Gordon having previously spent over 8 years at Pannone LLP where he was an Equity Partner. He specialises in all areas of commercial litigation including professional negligence claims against other professionals such as solicitors, accountants and financial service advisers as well as shareholder and partnership disputes. Michael brings with him to JMW a number of key clients including Pro Vision, Smart Parking, MMC Developments, Ellesmere Engineering and First Technical Recruitment and Matrix Limited. He will be joined in due course by 2 further lawyers to work alongside him, a Senior Associate and a Solicitor, who will join JMW’s 24 strong commercial litigation team which is headed up by Marc Yaffe.

Commenting on Michael Kennedy’s appointment, Marc Yaffe, Head of Commercial Litigation at JMW said;

“I am delighted to welcome Michael to the commercial litigation team at JMW. Michael brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise as well as some excellent clients. The department has grown by 29% and fee income has increased by 41% over the last 2 years. The addition of Michael and his team creates one of the largest and strongest commercial litigation teams in Manchester.”

Michael Kennedy said about his appointment at JMW:

“Having worked closely with Joy Kingsley (JMW’s Senior Partner) at Pannone for 4 years until she left for JMW, I have watched with great interest the rise of the firm. When I decided to leave my current firm, JMW was the obvious choice for me and my clients. I am very much looking forward to working with Marc and the very busy team in what seems to be a thriving environment.”

JMW also confirmed that family law Partners Sam Hall and James Brown are to leave the firm on 1 April to set up their own firm, Hall Brown Ltd. Only 4 Partners have left JMW over a 3 year period out of a total of 51 Equity, Fixed Share and Salaried Partners. During the same time 14 new Partners joined the firm.

Commenting on the move Joy Kingsley said:

“At JMW we commend entrepreneurial spirit so we wish James and Sam every success with launching their own niche family law firm. Our relationship with them both remains good and we have already discussed with them the referral to us of their non-family law matters. We have already had offers of employment accepted by other senior family lawyers, who we expect to join us in the coming months. With the continued recruitment of excellent lawyers these are exciting times at JMW as we continue to grow profitably. With 5 weeks left of the financial year the firm expects to exceed its annual target of £21 million thereby exceeding profit targets also.”


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981

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