Partners Ingrid Hobbs and Andrew Westlake will join Kennedys in early 2018 alongside Mayer Brown’s former London insurance head David Chadwick and fellow insurance partner Andrew McGahey, whose exits were revealed by Legal Week in October. Senior associate Tim McCaw will also join Kennedys as a partner.
Hobbs joined Mayer Brown in 1997 and became a partner in 2002. She specialises in insurance litigation across a broad range of sectors including product liability and recall insurance, technology and cyber risks, professional indemnity and financial institutions.
Westlake joined the US firm in 2006 and made partner in 2010. His practice includes advising the political risk and trade credit market in relation to the adjustment and defence of claims under all types of political risk and trade credit policies.
Kennedys senior partner Nick Thomas said: “The appointments significantly complement our domestic and global insurance practice and London Market capabilities – which were augmented with recent hires in Bermuda, Chicago and New York – and also reinforce our appetite for attracting top talent.”
The departures leave Mayer Brown’s London insurance and reinsurance team with four partners, according to the firm’s website.
The latest exits take the number of partners leaving Mayer Brown in London to six in the last two months.
In November, US rival Gibson Dunn & Crutcher hired two partners including its global co-head of corporate and securities, Jeremy Kenley.
Kenley, who was also head of private equity real estate at the firm, is moving to Gibson Dunn with London tax head Sandy Bhogal.