Howard Kennedy

Careers at Howard Kennedy

People are the key to our success, so it's important that we can attract and retain the very best. As well as being driven to deliver the very best client experience, you'll also need to be someone who lives our values. We want you to help us shape our future.

Howard Kennedy

Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution - Commercial Dispute Resolution

The role

We are seeking a Senior Associate to join our bustling Commercial Dispute Resolution team. Our ideal candidate will have excellent general litigation experience with a keen interest in at least one of the following distinct areas:

  • Media law, including defamation, freedom of expression, privacy and contentious IP;
  • Human rights,  including business and human rights (the Ruggie Principles) and ESG;
  • Contentious data protection; and
  • Contentious art and cultural property.

Our Commercial Dispute Resolution team serves a wide range of innovative and entrepreneurial clients, from individuals through to multi-nationals. The team's experience covers all forms of commercial dispute resolution including litigation (both domestic and overseas), appellant work, arbitration, and mediation. We work across a wide range of sectors and deploy a bespoke strategy based on our clients' specific commercial objectives and budgets.  

The team is the largest in the Dispute Resolution department and enjoys a collegiate feel.

In addition to media and human rights work, the CDR team's workstreams focus on arbitration, civil fraud, and contentious insolvency. We work closely with other teams across the firm to help clients who may find themselves involved in disputes.

Our media and human rights work covers a broad spectrum and is often headline-making, with clients including global media organisations, publishing houses, NGOs and charities, individuals and corporates.

We regularly deal with high-profile and complex disputes meaning that we act quickly, assertively, and effectively for clients, providing creative solutions to challenging problems. Often delivering a successful outcome involves a multi-disciplinary approach, using a wider group of experts. We have an established network of other trusted and tested service providers, including counsel, accountants, data analysts, investigators, and foreign legal teams.

Our Accolades: Directory Rankings

  • Chambers & Partners 2021 and Legal 500 2021:
    • Art & Cultural Property Law
    • Civil liberties & Human Rights;
    • Media & Entertainment; and
    • Defamation & Reputation Management.

Role responsibility

  • The ability to manage complex, often fast-moving, client matters, identifying and analysing all legal and commercial issues;
  • Working alongside Partners and lawyers at all levels in the team to ensure the delivery of commercially-focused work, completed to high quality and consistent standards;
  • Developing and maintaining client relationships as well as identifying new business opportunities;
  • Contributing to the team's business development and marketing activities, including through thought leadership; and
  • Overseeing the work of more junior members of the team, developing and mentoring them.

About you

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate; 

  • Strong technical experience in complex and varied litigation, preferably with proven experience of contentious media, data protection or human rights matters;
  • Ability to quickly and effectively gain an understanding of clients' needs and how best to meet them;
  • Excellent understanding of litigation procedure;
  • Confident and effective advocacy/communication style;
  • Experience and confidence to supervise and mentor less-experienced members of the team;
  •  Ability to work collaboratively with others to provide a quality service to both internal and external clients;
  • Strong intellectual and analytical abilities with a keen eye for detail and accuracy;
  •  Good organisational skills, record keeping and file management;
  •  Flexibility in approach; and
  •  Ability to work under pressure.


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Introductory Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

We are a London based, full-service law firm, specialising in providing straightforward advice to entrepreneurial businesses and individuals on domestic and international matters.

We have grown substantially in recent years, including two mergers and an office move. We’ve also matured in terms of our approach to providing advice to our clients, seeking to simplify and improve the experience of working with a modern, independent law firm.

We’re proud of our journey. Without losing sight of where we’ve come from, we are focused on where we’re going. We are evolving and growing every day. And just like our clients, we are ambitious and moving forward. Many of our clients are entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises who are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. We are one of the only London based law firms with a large private wealth offering alongside significant business law capability.

The firm also advises major corporates on particular specialist legal matters who find our straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.



This website is using cookies to improve your browsing experience. If you navigate to another page without changing the settings below you consent to this. Read more about cookies.