Laurence Kennedy FCIArb

Year of Call: 2000

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an effective advocate in court and excellent in an advisory role

Legal 500

Laurence Kennedy called to the bar in 2000 having been a court solicitor for the previous five years.

He has a broad civil practice but was recommended as a leading junior for his expertise in boundary and other title disputes.

He was listed in Legal 500 as “outstanding”, “an effective advocate in court”, “excellent in an advisory role” and “noted for his technical competence and good legal and commercial analysis”.

He is described by agents as “professional and client friendly” and “user friendly from a solicitor’s point of view”. Agents also value his “low key, no nonsense approach”. He is “not afraid to give robust advice” and has “excellent client management skills”.

He is an accredited arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He sits as a part time judge in the Social Security tribunal and undertook a two year secondment as an immigration judge.


Laurence Kennedy’s day to day caseload focuses on property, commercial, partnership and contract disputes along with professional negligence and personal injury cases.

He has particular experience in areas of law affecting the media such as defamation, contempt of court and copyright. He was engaged for a number of years as a shift lawyer for a number of Scottish newspapers where he gave regular pre-publication advice.

He also has experience in licensing law, having acted for both licensees and local authorities in various licensing appeals.

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