Specialist Areas of Practice:
Christoper Kennedy QC is head of the 9 St John Street Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence Group and leads all discussions relating to Personal Injury work, including the implementation of Conditional Fees and Chambers continuing education on the Civil Procedures Rules and the Human Rights Act.
Christopher Kennedy has very wide experience of personal injury litigation including all types of employer’s liability, public liability, serious road traffic accident and industrial disease cases.
His practice includes a significant proportion of High Court work and he is used to conducting cases with a substantial value. He has considerable experience in multi-party actions for both Claimants and Defendants.
Christopher has particular expertise in cases involving psychogenic pain and in the conduct of defence work in potentially fraudulent claims. He receives instructions from a number of major insurers in these sensitive fields. Christopher recently and successfully represented two major insurers in the first contested action to recover damages from those behind a fraud ring.
His industrial disease experience includes asbestos related cases, cases involving exposure to fumes, work related upper limb disorders and occupational cancer.
His clinical negligence practice includes litigating a wide variety of issues including the management of psychiatric and other vulnerable patients, birth related defects, administration of drugs and informed consent. He is skilled at providing guidance on expert evidence in such cases.
Christopher has developed an expertise in environmental law having represented both the prosecution and defence in relevant criminal litigation and through his involvement in multi-party actions arising out of emissions of pollution.
Having had a general common law practice including criminal work for the first five years after he was called, Christopher’s criminal work has since been restricted to the representation of local authorities in their enforcement work and to appearing for Defendants in health and safety and environmental prosecutions.
Acquired brain injury. Serious factory and road traffic accidents. Fatal Accident Act claims. Psychogenic pain cases. Potentially fraudulent claims. Multi-party actions.
Cases involving exposure to asbestos. Cancers. Occupational asthma. Work related upper limb disorders. Occupational deafness.
Surgical procedures. Obstetrics and gynaecology. The management of psychiatric and other vulnerable patients. Opthalmology. The administration of drugs. Informed consent.
"Focuses on defending individuals and companies facing enforcement proceedings for health and safety offences. He also acts for local authorities. 'He is always prepared and gets straight to the heart of a matter.'" Chambers and Partners 2016
"A leading practitioner who principally represents defendants in serious personal injury cases, with wide-ranging experience in cases involving potentially fraudulent claims. He undertakes the full spectrum of disputes, including matters involving industrial disease and clinical negligence. 'I found him excellent. He is very knowledgeable, good on his feet, good with clients and very bright.' 'He is very approachable and capable. He is very forensic and quick to grasp the relevant issues.'" Chambers and Partners 2016
"Very easy to deal with, he goes the extra mile and is extremely approachable." "Calm and considered, he's absolutely on the point when cross-examining witnesses." Chambers & Partners 2015
"He is nicely commercial and pragmatic. He doesn't just give you a legal opinion – he also gives you a business opinion." Chambers & Partners 2015
"He is very good on his feet: calm and considered, and absolutely on the point when cross-examining the witness." "He is excellent in conference and always meticulously well prepared." Chambers & Partners 2015
"Expertise in the health and safety aspects of personal injury matters." Legal 500 2014
"Experienced in multi-party actions for claimants and defendants." Legal 500 2014
"He's detail-driven, and an effective negotiator." Chambers & Partners 2014
“‘brilliant’.” Legal 500 - 2013
“Christopher Kennedy QC is head of 9 St John Street’s personal injury group. He tackles a broad range of claims, including those concerning employer’s liability, public liability, industrial disease and serious road traffic accidents.” Chambers & Partners 2013
‘cross-examination skills are outstanding’ Legal 500 2012
“The ‘astute and unstuffy’ Christopher Kennedy QC is ‘courteous yet tough’, and ‘keeps his opponents on their toes’. His ‘written advice is concise and well thought-out,’ say clients, and he is sought on the trickier catastrophic injury and quantum issues.” Chambers & Partners 2012
“A new silk, who fellow barristers believe ‘will always make a good fist of a case however seemingly weak it is’.” Chambers & Partners 2011
“Christopher Kennedy’s practice spans all types of personal injury work, but also takes in a substantial proportion of regulatory work. He is ‘approachable, pragmatic and will cut to the issues’.” Chambers & Partners 2010
"Christopher Kennedy is a sought after choice for general personal injury work. Clients like him as he provides 'unfailingly commercial and practical advice'." Chambers & Partners 2009
"Christoper Kennedy always gives excellent service." Chambers & Partners 2007
"Christoper Kennedy offers 'technical excellence, pragmatism and a clear understanding of the client's expectations'." Chambers & Partners 2006