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HOWARD KENNEDY

Category
Criminal Lawyers
Company Size
UK

A respected trials and investigations lawyer with over two decades’ experience, the head of criminal law at Howard Kennedy founded the department from scratch in 2008 as its first and then only lawyer.

Today he runs a legal powerhouse of six fee-earners, who, as a general rule, counsel celebrities, politicians, sports stars and journalists entwined by the law’s long arm, from allegations of assault to serious fraud — often closely with esteemed in-house reputation lawyer Mark Stephens (both are currently acting for Keith Vaz MP over the fall-out of a sting operation by the Sunday Mirror).

He is also currently representing two senior Tesco directors and a well-known businessman and resort owner under SFO investigation, and a banker in the Euribor trial, due to begin in September 2017. His historic cases (at least those in the public domain) range from representing Robinho on allegations of rape and acting for Vincent Tchenguiz on his arrest and interview by the SFO, to successfully defending News International’s Head of Security Mark Hanna in the Rebecca Brooks phone hacking trial and advising John Yates during the Leveson Enquiry.

Perhaps the best advice for gilded names is to not be accused of the wrongdoing in the first place — by the media at least, when that’s what the police care about most these days: ‘The police investigate much more than they did ten years ago — they weren’t nearly as interested,’ he says. ‘Given the issues the police had with the phone hacking allegations not being properly investigated, now the police will look into almost any case of a high-profile nature — whether there’s merit or not.’

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