Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 Results – Rankings Success For Kennedys.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific

6 January 2021

Kennedys has been ranked in 10 practice areas, including two ‘top band’ rankings for ‘Insurance (Singapore)’ and ‘Insurance: Contentious (International Firms) (China)’. Along with these highest of accolades, Kennedys has been ranked as a 'leading firm' in numerous key lines of business including dispute resolution, employment, insurance, media, and shipping.

With regards to individual lawyer rankings, in addition to Hong Kong partner, Rupert Skrine, being named in the elite ‘Eminent Practitioners’ list, further congratulations go to Ben Nicholson who has achieved a new Band 1 ranking for Insurance (Singapore). In total, 16 Kennedys lawyers in the APAC region have been recommended within the guide as ‘Notable Practitioners’.

Full practice area and individual rankings are listed below:

Dispute resolution

  • Dispute Resolution: Litigation (International Firms) (China)

  • Dispute Resolution (Thailand)

Individual lawyer accolades

  • Patrick George: Notable Practitioner for ‘Dispute Resolution (Australia)’ and ‘Dispute Resolution (Global)

  • Suraphon Rittipongchusit: Notable Practitioner for ‘Dispute Resolution (Thailand)’

  • Penny Taylor: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Australia)’


  • Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms) (China)

Individual lawyer accolades

  • Richard Bates: Notable Practitioner for 'Employment (International Firms) (China)’

  • Emily Duncan: Notable Practitioner for ‘Employment: Hong Kong Law (International Firms) (China)’

Financial services

Individual lawyer accolades

  • Kevin Yam: Notable Practitioner for ‘Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory (International Firms) (China)’


  • Insurance Defence (Australia)

  • Insurance: Contentious (International Firms) (China)

  • Insurance: Non-Contentious (International Firms) (China)

  • Insurance (Singapore)

  • Insurance (Thailand)

Individual lawyer accolades

  • Richard Bates: Notable Practitioner for 'Insurance Non-Contentious (International Firms) (China)’

  • Andrew Cook: Notable Practitioner and Associate to Watch for ‘Insurance (Singapore)’

  • Chris Finn: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Australia)’

  • Joanie Ko: Notable Practitioner and ‘Up-and-Coming’ partner for ‘Insurance: Contentious (International Firms) (China)’

  • Peng Lim: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Singapore)’

  • Ian Johnston: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Thailand)’

  • Ben Nicholson: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Singapore)’

  • Suraphon Rittipongchusit: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Thailand)’

  • Rupert Skrine: Eminent Practitioner for ‘Insurance: Contentious (International Firms) (China)’

  • Julian Wallace: Notable Practitioner for ‘Insurance (Singapore)’


  • TMT: Media (Australia)

Individual lawyer accolades

  • Patrick George: Notable Practitioner for ‘TMT: Media (Australia)’


  • Shipping: Litigation: International (Singapore)

Individual lawyer accolades

  • Nick Francis: Notable Practitioner for ‘Shipping: International: Litigation (Singapore)’

  • Karnan Thirupathy: Notable Practitioner for ‘Shipping: International: Litigation (Singapore)’

For the full rankings, please see the Chambers website.


For further information, please contact:


Richard Bates, Partner, Kennedys

[email protected]