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By Gabriella Kane 20 August 2019

After years of expansion worldwide, Kennedys has appointed its first global managing partner to take control of the firm’s global network of 37 offices.

The firm has chosen Sheffield-based Suzanne Liversidge as its first ever global managing partner, one full financial year after its transatlantic merger with US insurance firm Carroll McNulty & Krull.

Liversidge, who is head of the Sheffield office and a global board member, will work alongside Nick Thomas, who has held the firm’s senior partner title for over 20 years.

She will support Thomas, who was re-elected for a fifth term in 2017, on the strategic and operational management of Kennedys’ global network.

Liversidge joined the firm in 2010 as part of a mass insurance raid of legacy Halliwells, where she had also been office head.

Kennedys took a 65-person team including ten partners, which was one half of Halliwells’ former Sheffield office, the rest of whom moved over to Hill Dickinson following Halliwells entering administration in July 2010. Other partners included David Fearon, who joined Halliwells in 2004 to launch its construction practice as well as Helen Snowball, Niall Edwards, Greg Woods and Heidi Swale. Fearon is now a barrister at Exchange Chambers.

Nick Thomas stated: “The board and I are of the view that there is no better person to help oversee the management of Kennedys, globally. Anyone who encounters Suzanne knows she brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to her work. She is immensely driven and has shown outstanding commitment to Kennedys over the past nine years.

“We’ve experienced significant growth in recent years and there is still much more to achieve as a firm. Suzanne has a deep understanding of the insurance industry, our clients and our global network having worked with all Kennedys’ offices. She has great vision and I am proud to appoint her in this new position.”

Liversidge, who qualified in 1993, built a practice working with insurers, self-insured corporates and local authorities, and specialising in employers’ liability, public and motor claims, as well as health and safety advice and prosecutions.

In June 2017, Kennedys merged with Carroll McNulty & Kull, adding 100 lawyers in the US and offices in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas. Its rapid expansion programme in late summer 2017 also saw the firm make numerous hires from now-defunct Sedgwick Chudleigh.

Partners opted against a Swiss verein, with the new firm operating under a single financial structure.

In September last year, the firm launched a new business, Kennedys Kognitive Computing, and appointed a nine-strong development team in India.

2018/19 saw the firm firm’s global revenue exceed £200m, while UK figures grew by £8m to £126m. In the APAC region, turnover increased by 27 per cent to £37.5m. In March this year, the firm established a presence in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Panama through three new associations.