Roger Kennell

Roger Kennell
Year of Call: 2004


Mob: + 44 (0)7734 258005  


Roger has 18 years experience as an advocate with four years experience working as a partner at the US Firm Brown Rudnick in the International Dispute Resolution team.   Roger has acted for individuals and companies in a variety of business disputes, both in litigation and arbitration. As well as proceedings before the English High Court (primarily the Commercial Court), Roger has experience of proceedings in many other jurisdictions, including Dubai, Qatar, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, BVI and Jersey, and of arbitration under various rules, including ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, LMAA and UNCITRAL, as well as of insurance arbitrations on the Bermuda Form. He has particular experience of, and interest in, jurisdictional and enforcement issues, both in relation to litigation and arbitration. 

Roger was called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2004. He completed pupillage at 7 King’s Bench Walk, a leading commercial law set of chambers specialising in (re)insurance and shipping in particular. Roger was then offered tenancy at the leading shipping set, Stone Chambers (now 36 Stone), in January 2006 and practised there for 2 years in self-employed practice, followed by 4 years at the French firm, Gide Loyrette Nouel, and 6½ years at the US firm, Brown Rudnick. Roger was a partner at Brown Rudnick in their international dispute resolution team from February 2014 to July 2018.

Roger speaks French and German and has frequently used his French in relation to cases where, for example, underlying documents or documents in parallel proceedings were in French, and/or where the client wished to communicate in French.

Roger’s practice also has a focus on the Middle East. Roger is a registered advocate with the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). He has also acted in proceedings before the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). Roger has worked for various clients in the Middle East and North Africa in relation to arbitration and litigation in Europe.

Other information

Called to the Bar of England and Wales (2004)

Registered Legal Practitioner (Part II) before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts (2013)

Inns of Court School of Law – Bar Vocational Course, 2004

University of Konstanz, Germany – LL.M., 2003

Worcester College, Oxford University – B.A., Hons. (First Class), Law with German Law, 2002 (M.A. 2006)

Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators