Darryl Kennard


Emergency Response


Darryl is head of the London Shipping team and a key member of our Emergency Response team. He is one of the few shipping lawyers specialising in both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ work from collisions, salvage, piracy, total losses, fires and groundings through to charterparty disputes and claims arising under bills of lading. Darryl was based in our Singapore office for 5 years and is particularly experienced in handling claims emanating from Asia. In recent years, Darryl has received a regular flow of instructions from tanker owners as well as oil traders.

Darryl was identified as a key individual in Chambers & Partners, who said he was praised by clients for his “very user-friendly approach – he does not over-complicate things with legal jargon.” Legal 500 also described him as an “experienced and energetic solicitor.”


Darryl became a partner in 2000, having joined the firm as an articled clerk in 1992. He was seconded to Skuld P&I Club for a year in 1996/97 and was resident in our Singapore office between 1998 and 2003.

Darryl Kennard highlighted as a recommended Lawyer.
Legal 500 UK, 2019
Darryl Kennard is "very commercial and thinks outside the box,... and is an inventive thinker."
Chambers UK, 2019
Darryl Kennard highlighted as 'wet work specialist'.
Legal 500, 2017
Darryl Kennard frequently represents tanker owners and oil traders.
Chambers UK 2016
Clients laud his "solid legal knowledge," adding that he is "full of commercial sense as well as imagination..."
Chambers and Partners, 2014
Team head Darryl Kennard is ‘bright, enthusiastic and full of energy’, and ‘gives good, practical advice..."
Legal 500, 2013