Stephen Kenny QC acts as an advocate in commercial litigation and arbitration, and advises on all stages of the conduct of such proceedings. He also has a significant advisory practice, particularly in relation to insurance matters. He is ranked as a leading silk for Shipping and Commodities by Chambers and Partners (2018); and for Commodities, Energy, Insurance and Reinsurance; International Arbitration and Shipping by The Legal 500 (2017).
Stephen’s practice covers many areas within Chambers’ general expertise.
From the outset of his career he has acted in all manner of shipping and marine insurance matters. He has appeared in numerous shipping arbitrations and court hearings. He has particular experience of “scuttling” cases, having represented insurers in The Captain Panagos DP, The Ikarian Reefer, and The Brillante Virtuoso. He has acquired a rare understanding of the law of general average, acting for owners in The Maersk Neuchatel; and recently leading for owners in their successful appeal to the Supreme Court in The Longchamp.
He also has long practice in non-marine insurance and reinsurance cases, including claims against brokers and other professional advisers. He has acted for the Corporation of Lloyd’s, both in civil disputes and in relation to disciplinary proceedings.
More recently, he has extended his experience to aviation insurance; acted in credit-hire cases; advised in relation to a long-term gas supply contract, appeared in ship-building-related arbitrations, and acted for English buyers of Cypriot holiday homes bought “off-plan”. He has advised in relation to an insurance of the risk of losing an appeal; on the insurance aspects of an internet lottery; on whether invoice discounters were subject to insurance regulation; and on various aspects of trade credit insurance and travel insurance cover.
He has particular experience of acting in large-scale and multi-jurisdictional disputes (and thus has a detailed understanding of conflicts of law issues). He is a team player who enjoys and has wide experience of working with technical experts, with foreign lawyers and with foreign clients.