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Kelly Pennifer


"Young and highly intelligent” Kelly Pennifer "is considered to be "a tour de force" in mercantile list, technology and construction work and injunctive relief cases, and is applauded for "taking a firm hand when appropriate." (Chambers & Partners 2010).

She is recognised as one of the leading juniors in the North in the field of commercial litigation/dispute resolution and has been recommended in this area in directories and legal journals for a number of years.

Previous editions of Chambers & Partners have described Kelly variously as "”exceptionally brilliant and approachable” making her a favourite with regional solicitors”; as an "independent minded and hard working advocate with a direct and pleasant manner” who is always "quick to master the case” and as "developing an increasingly pronounced market standing”.

Whilst Kelly practises predominantly in the North, she is happy and keen to work in London.



Kelly’s particular expertise, and primary area of practice, is commercial contract dispute resolution, including, in particular:

  • agency/commercial agency
  • sale and carriage of goods (domestic and international)
  • construction (including adjudication and arbitration)
  • credit and suretyship
  • insurance
  • restraint of trade, breach of fiduciary duty and confidential information
Kelly is frequently instructed on matters requiring urgent injunctive relief (including freezing injunctions, search orders, restrictive covenant, breach of fiduciary duty and confidentiality injunctions) and commentators to Chambers have particularly highlighted her strength in this area.


Kelly is a specialist in construction law (including adjudication and arbitration) and regularly appears in the Technology and Construction Courts instructed on disputes (both residential and commercial) ranging in value from £100,000 to in excess of £1 million.  She is currently a member of the Manchester Technology and Construction Court Users Group.

    Professional Negligence

As a compliment to her main areas of practice, Kelly is regularly instructed on professional negligence matters involving solicitors, accountants and construction professionals.