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OUR HISTORY AND VISION

Who we are

Kennedy Cater was founded in 2006. Since then, we have worked with hundreds of companies, public sector organisations, charities and other entities helping them drive efficiencies and savings on their legal spend, ensuring at all times that they are receiving the advice of first-class legal professionals who are specialists in their required field.

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WHAT WE DO

Kennedy Cater Services

We provide a full suite of services; from legal spend reviews, procurement, and panel management to providing innovative direct legal consultancy services through our outsourced In-House Legal/GC solutions. Our clients consist of both private and public sector organisations from every industry and of every size and regulated environment. Our purpose is simple: to provide cost savings to our clients on great quality legal services.

We are proud to be a trusted consultant and partner to many public sector authorities and have been working closely with the sector for over 15 years. In addition to cost management, benchmarking, training, procurement, panels, reporting and much more, we manage the Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance, Communities and Housing Investment Consortium and the London Boroughs' Legal Alliance.

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Our clients represent organisations from every industry and of every size and regulated environment. We work closely with SMEs, Start-Ups, multinationals, public companies, and many more to assist them with all their legal needs. Regardless of our client’s legal spend, we can guarantee legal savings.

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QUALITY

We believe our clients deserve technically excellent legal services tailored to them and their requirements.

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Value

Legal fees should always be fair and competitive. We work to ensure our clients make significant savings.

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Efficiency

We work with our clients to minimize complexity, be innovative and effective and ultimately save time and money.

Our Team

Tim Morel

Founder and Director

Peter Morel

Founder and Director

Michelle Eisenberg

Managing Director Private sector, and General Counsel

Our core team includes experienced professionals, in many areas of law and procurement. We are all motivated to work towards achieving our clients’ goals. We will always go the extra mile and make sure our clients access the best lawyer for the best price.

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Susan Sweny

Susan Sweny

Director of Commercial
Contracts

Bethan Evans

Bethan Evans

Consultant

Robert Goodliffe

Robert Goodliffe

Sales Director

Our Team

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Kennedy Cater a law firm?
We are not a law firm. We are team of legal, procurement and business professionals. Law firms are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).The services we provide are not regulated by the SRA. This allows us to maintain lean overheads and to focus on flexibility, efficiency and quality of legal support. Our aim is to operate like your own in-house legal consultant or procurement expert. In the UK, there are certain activities which are “reserved” to solicitors (and in some cases other authorised, regulated persons like barristers or licensed conveyancers). These are:

• the exercise of a right of audience (i.e. the right to act as an advocate in court);
• the conduct of litigation;
• conveyancing;
• probate activities;
• notarising; and
• the administration of oaths.

Kennedy Cater does not conduct any of these reserved activities. We do however connect our clients to the best lawyers for services in these areas. We provide legal support in non-contentious commercial contracts, intellectual property, IT matters. employment, privacy, company secretarial, which are not activities reserved to solicitors.

Kennedy Cater maintains professional indemnity cover of £2,000,000 per claim. In addition, Kennedy Cater Legal limits and excludes its liability under its standard terms within conventional commercial parameters.
What makes Kennedy Cater unique?
We are a one-stop-shop for all your legal needs. We provide an array of different packages or modules to match your business requirements. We are experienced at supporting our clients’ entire life cycle of legal services – from procurement (legal panels, spend reviews, cost management and more) to sourcing your legal needs, whether directly or indirectly.

We can mix and match a variety of legal modules to tailor our support. For example, we can provide commercial contracts support aligned with access to employment and privacy legal support.

We have close connections with tried and tested law firms and barristers’ chambers and as such we can also source third party counsel advice at the Kennedy Cater discounted rates as and when required.
What are your fee arrangements?
We can provide one-off support charged by the hour (at a reduced rate), agree a fixed fee or we can set up a retainer whereby you can spread your costs across the year, safe in the knowledge that we are at the end of an email or phone call to help you.

It is important to stress that Kennedy Cater is an independent consultant and in recommending certain law firms, our only focus is what’s best for the client. Law firms do not pay Kennedy Cater a fee for recommending them.

Will I be able to speak to my KC legal representative directly?
Yes, of course. We provide tailored support so we can either work very closely with team members who require legal guidance, or we can stand back and provide support which can be utlised as you require in the business. We can act as your own in-house counsel, available via Zoom, Teams, face to face and at the end of an email which can be customised to your business email address.
Do I need to know anything about law to get support?
Not at all. We provide highly skilled legal support which entails experienced legal professionals who are commercial in their approach and in their application of the law. Our staff members have lots of experience working in law firms and companies.
Are you able to source my legal requirements outside of the UK?
Absolutely. We have an international panel of law firms who can provide our clients with the required services at the Kennedy Cater negotiated discounts. Many of our own staff members are experienced working in other jurisdictions and will always be happy to discuss your needs.
What are HALA, CHIC and LBLA?
Kennedy Cater manages the Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance (HALA) which provides Housing Associations savings on a huge range of legal fees and social value benefits. We also established and are managing the CHIC (Communities and Housing Investment Consortium) legal services framework which offers significant savings and discounts for its members. Furthermore, we manage the London Boroughs' Legal Alliance (LBLA) which was established in 2009 as a successful collaborative partnership of local authority legal teams in the UK, at the forefront of innovative procurement practice and efficiency strategy, delivering a demonstrable best value service to clients and local residents.
Why is legal procurement important?
Legal procurement is the purchasing of legal services and part of our proposition is to ensure you receive quality services at a fair price. Whether it is through external legal suppliers not offering competitive rates, a lack of internal contract management of external suppliers or inefficient internal working practices, it is very simple for the overall legal services bill to grow and not deliver value for money. Here at Kennedy Cater we have developed a simple yet robust approach to identifying the potential for delivering savings and supporting the Client in realising those benefits, building on our experience and expertise of the legal market, best practice procurement and organisational change management.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Any company who needs legal guidance would do very well with Kennedy Cater. The quality of advice and the swift, attentive service would be worth a hefty premium but, instead, they save you money too. What’s not to like?

    5 Star Review

    Octavius Black, Global Managing Director, 
    The Mind Gym

  • Kennedy Cater's comprehensive approach to procuring legal services included a detailed analysis of Riverside's legal spend, procurement options and the business cases for each. We asked Kennedy Cater to run an EU compliant tender to establish a national panel of specialist housing solicitors. The result exceeded our expectations, providing a solution that delivers significant and sustainable savings, and notable value added benefits. Kennedy Cater also helped us put in place effective user guides so that we now have visibility of all ongoing matters and few unwelcome surprises regarding fees.

    5 Star Review

    Lynn McCracken, Director of Legal Services, 
    The Riverside Group

  • Without the support of Kennedy Cater and their knowledge of the legal services market our members would not have realised the potential savings on their legal services expenditure. Kennedy Cater's drive and commitment enabled us to put in place a strong panel of firms which our members fully own in a remarkably short timescale

    5 Star Review

    Neil Biddiscombe, 
    Procurement Manager for Advantage SW

  • Kennedy Cater have helped us to achieve real and significant savings on our legal procurement both by bearing down on the costs of our existing lawyers and recommending us to other leading experts at excellent rates. The business has further benefitted through using Kennedy Cater to manage the legal issues we have and the lawyers we instruct thereby freeing up management time and preventing any unexpected legal costs. I am very happy to endorse and recommend their services.

    5 Star Review

    Clem MacTaggart, 
    Chief Operating Officer, Killik & Co

  • The Kennedy Cater team are practical, supportive and easy to deal with, as are the barristers they have introduced us to; the KC solution is what it says it is: technically excellent and very cost effective; I am pleased to provide them with this testimonial.

    5 Star Review

    Bev Fitzpatrick, 
    Group HR Director, Connells

  • Until recommended to do so by Kennedy Cater I had not used a barrister directly before; KC introduced us to a commercial and practical barrister who quickly got to the heart of our issue, advised us on it and remained engaged with us on and off over the following weeks supporting us through to its conclusion; KC managed the process, ensuring that advice was provided promptly and in line with the cost estimates which we had approved; prior to this I had not realised what good value barristers represent – we paid £85 per hour! I have no hesitation in recommending KC and the service they offer.

    5 Star Review

    Jeremy Swan, 
    Managing Director, Cicero

  • The LBLA asked Kennedy Cater to deliver a solicitors panel. We were really clear from the beginning that we didn't just want a solicitor's panel like anybody else's. My experience with panels and contracts generally is that people set them up and then think, "job done". Thereafter there is a risk that those instructing external firms or barristers and those firms or clerks ignore the agreed rates and charging structure, and the contract is quietly forgotten. Our arrangement whereby Kennedy Cater monitor the cost and quality of the services provided by the panel firms means there is real discipline, and the anticipated benefits and efficiencies agreed as part of the contract are achieved.

    5 Star Review

    Hugh Peart - Director of Governance and Legal Services, 
    Harrow Council, and Head of Legal, Buckinghamshire Council

  • So many great ideas and projects fail to reach their potential even after implementation but with Kennedy Cater driving the process forward the London Boroughs Legal Alliance has quickly become a successful working arrangement, and we are already seeing the cost saving benefits. If you are looking to set up a panel and collaborative legal arrangement I highly recommend getting them involved.

    5 Star Review

    Michael Cogher, 
    Head of Legal Services, City of London

  • I am confident that all members of HALA will make substantial savings on their external legal costs enabling us to report to the Audit Commission positively on this breakthrough value for money initiative. Kennedy Cater has driven the process forward and continue to privide vital support and insight helping the members capture the savings and value for money that we all set out to achieve.

    5 Star Review

    Katrina Robinson MBE, 
    Head of Legal Services for Viridian Housing (HALA)

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