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. Since then he has maintained a busy court practice based on repeat instructions from a discrete group of instructing solicitors.

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”.

His 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 is an accredited arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also sits regularly as a part time Judge of the First-tier tribunal and is a legally qualified Chair for the Scottish Social Services Council.

For further details about his arbitration practice, please visit his website at

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Contact our clerks

Normal business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
+44 (0)131 260 5674 (9am to 5pm)

Alan Moffat

Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office

Jennifer Dunn

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

(working days Mondays to Thursdays)


Sheena Hume

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working Remotely

Shawn McArthur

Deputy Advocates' Clerk


Kathryn Ferguson

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office

Emma Busby

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

  • Legal Chair of Scottish Social Services Council (Fitness to Practise)
  • Judge of First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Advocacy skills instructor, Faculty of Advocates
  • Faculty of Advocates Disciplinary Tribunal
Court and Tribunal Experience

Sheriff Court, Sheriff Appeal Court, Court of Session (Outer and Inner House), Upper Tribunal (Traffic Commissioner appeals). Also High Court and Employment Tribunal in media applications relating to reporting restrictions