In brief: Kennedys' lawyer is senior partner at 42

Nicholas Thomas of Kennedys has been elected one of the youngest senior partners in the City at the age of 42. Thomas, who did his articles with Kennedys in 1977, and became a partner in 1980, aged 26, is a professional indemnity and construction law specialist who has worked on several high-profile cases, including the Putney gas explosion and the Piper alpha case. He said: “I believe there is a massive potential for the large boutique practice providing a level of service and expertise which the largest firms will struggle to compete with.”