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Nick Thomas wins uncontested ballot for another five-year term as Kennedys’ senior partner

Insurance specialist Kennedys‘ longstanding senior partner Nick Thomas has been re-elected to serve a fifth five-year term. It is understood that the election was held this week and Thomas (pictured) was elected unopposed. His new term commences February 2017.

Thomas, who became senior partner of the firm in 1996, currently carries out that role in addition to chief executive duties after previous chief executive Guy Stobart stood down at the end of 2014. There are no plans to replace Stobart, with Thomas supported instead by a roster of directors.

In his time as senior partner, Thomas has overseen the firm’s growth into an international insurance player, with offices in locations including Sydney, Hong Kong, Brazil and Miami.

Kennedys carried out extensive international expansion last year, particularly in Latin America, opening offices in Mexico, Chile and Columbia, as well as greenfield sites in Brazil and Peru.

Just last week the firm continued its aggressive global expansion by entering into a formal association with Italian firm Studio Legale Rinaldi Associati (RASS), providing the firm with offices in Milan, Rome and Bologna.

Recently the firm has also opened offices in Russia and Denmark and formed associations in Norway, Sweden and Argentina bringing the firm’s total number of offices to six in continental Europe, as well as seven associate offices, including Paris and Warsaw.

Additionally, the insurance specialist is planning to more than double its office space in Dublin, as well as boosting its marine and shipping departments through a City merger with boutique firm Waltons & Morse, which added a 28-strong legal team and five partners.

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