Kennedys Law

Established in 1899, Kennedys is an international law firm with over 300 partners and 2,400 people across 72 offices, associate offices and co-operations around the world. Our purpose is to be the global legal services firm that helps clients find more certainty in an increasingly uncertain world. Drawing on the extensive resources and expertise of our global network, we are committed to providing a seamless service to our clients. Our advice seeks to be jargon free, practical and commercially focused

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Kennedys offers a comprehensive service to cosmetics clients to address all of their global product issues across the complete product lifecycle. Our market-leading lawyers across 72 offices, associations and co-operations provide commercially-focused advice to centrally and strategically manage issues across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Americas and the Middle East on product safety, compliance, liability and policy matters.

Kennedys provide a unique offering in this space, particularly based on the following:

Cosmetics expertise: We have acted for a wide range of clients, in particular on behalf of one of the world’s largest cosmetic companies for their entire portfolio of brands, small businesses, both down and up-stream entities in the supply chain, particularly in respect of requirements for the chemicals regimes entities, and pro bono clients in respect of issues throughout product life cycle including but not limited to:

  • Ad hoc regulatory requirements and ongoing compliance including liaising with regulators
  • Packaging
  • Animal testing
  • Recall campaigns and corrective actions
  • Product launch
  • Brexit
  • Borderline products including biocides and medicinal products
  • Interrelated chemicals regimes including CLP, REACH and POP
  • Ingredient bands
  • Taxes and levies
  • Product claims including in respect of advertising, marketing and ‘green claims’
  • Responsible Business and ESG

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Technical expertise: Our lawyers have received many accolades for their expertise and thought-leadership in product safety and product liability. Our lawyers have led precedent-setting litigation in respect of European product liability issues, including the most high profile mass-tort product liability claim to come before the English courts in 15 years. Many of our team also have the complementary technical experience and scientific backgrounds needed to better understand the market, the clients and the product law issues to provide superior legal support. There are also specialist in-house teams dedicated to particular stages of clients’ product law matters including, medical records analysis (consisting of medically trained experts).

Innovation: Kennedys IQ, a Kennedys-owned software and services company, helps manage claims more time and cost efficiently and helps identify future threats, challenges and opportunities. The technology captures the above-mentioned deep legal expertise of the lawyers and combines it with machine learning.

International reach, including seamless integration between EU and UK: Our offices work together seamlessly, including in particular across EU and UK, and our lawyers are often dual or multi-qualified across the relevant regions. Our lawyers also have the language skills and backgrounds to work closely with international clients and regulators across the globe. The team also has a network of international local legal experts across the world should it be necessary or advantageous to work outside the Kennedys network.

Market insight: Our dedicated in-house corporate and public affairs team work to ensure clients are always ahead of future legislative and policy developments in their areas.

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