Kennedys doubles office space in India as dev team reaches 30

UK top 50 law firm Kennedys has more than doubled its office space in India as its Kerala-based development team reaches 30-strong.

The new office, based in the heart of Kerala’s IT hub ‘Technopark’, houses Kennedys’ technology operation Kennedys Kognitive Computing and has space for up to 40 more as the firm eyes further expansion. It takes the total office space from 3,000 to over 6,000 sq ft.

The partnership between Kennedys and Kennedys Kognitive Computing was formed in 2017 to help drive innovation in lawtech and insurtech by developing smart technology for Kennedys’ tech arm Kennedys IQ.

Launched in 2020, Kennedys IQ uses data-driven insight to help clients use lawyers less with products such as Portal Manager and Reputation Advisor.

Originally a team of just nine, Kennedys Kognitive Computing’s 30 experts focus on developing technologies including rapid prototyping, application development, text analytics, machine learning and blockchain.

Karim Derrick, product and innovation director at Kennedys IQ, said: “Many businesses have been forced to shelve expansion plans after the challenges of the past two years, but it is testament to our brilliant team in India that we have and continue to grow.

“In the last 12 months alone, we have more than doubled our headcount in Kerala and it is really pleasing that, in such a competitive marketplace, experts are recognising the exciting work that we are doing and want to join us.”

Recent appointments include two new data scientists in Kerala and Antonio Acuña MBE, a former government advisor who joined Kennedys as head of data strategy based in London.

Kennedys IQ also announced last month that it was leading a consortium awarded funding from Innovate UK to develop Reputation Advisor, a tool able to identify and analyse a firm’s reputational risk.