Kendrah Potts has a broad practice that covers commercial litigation and arbitration, civil fraud and sports law. She is ranked as a leading junior in these fields. Kendrah was named on The Lawyer’s Hot 100 Lawyers for 2021 and won Sport Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 Bar Awards 2022.
Recent comments in the directories include:
“Kendrah is outstanding; she is a strategic thinker and good with clients.” – Legal 500, 2023
“Kendrah is a superstar. She is extremely clear, concise and thoughtful in the advice she provides.” – Chambers & Partners, 2023
“A superstar; searingly intelligent, brilliant judgement, great client handling and a superb team player.” – Legal 500, 2022
“She is formidably intelligent, diligent and sharp.” – Chambers & Partners, 2022
“Brilliant both with drafting and advocacy, very hands-on and easy to work with, very easy to communicate with and always prompt to respond.” – Legal 500, 2022
Kendrah’s commercial practice encompasses advising on all aspects of civil fraud, corporate and business disputes and breach of contract claims. She is instructed on one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of 2020 (PIFSS v Al Rajaan & others). Kendrah has worked on a wide range of commercial disputes across different industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services. She regularly works on cases involving allegations of corruption or fraudulent conduct, and that have an international aspect. She advises on interim applications, including for freezing and other injunctive relief, disclosure applications and security for costs, as well as on conflicts of laws/jurisdictional issues, enforcement and asset tracing. Kendrah is instructed as sole counsel in large commercial disputes and as junior counsel in heavyweight litigation requiring larger teams.
Kendrah is ranked in the top tier of leading juniors in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for Sports Law. She has extensive experience of commercial disputes and disciplinary matters in the sports sector, particularly in the fields of corruption, match-fixing, disrepute charges and anti-doping. She is regularly instructed in high profile cases as sole advocate (including against silks).
Kendrah was called to the Bar after working as a solicitor for eleven years. She spent eight years in the litigation department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she gained significant experience of large-scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes. She was also a Partner and Head of Litigation at Onside Law before joining Mishcon de Reya as a Legal Director.
Kendrah is widely praised for her advocacy skills and has considerable experience as an advocate (far beyond her year of call), from interim applications to trials. She takes a commercial and client-friendly approach to litigation and, after many years as a solicitor and spending time in-house on secondment, she has an excellent understanding of the demands on clients.
Kendrah is an accredited mediator and also sits as an arbitrator.
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“Kendrah is very commercial and recognises what solicitors and clients want. She is also user-friendly, thorough and someone who picks the right arguments.” “Kendrah is outstanding; she is a strategic thinker and good with clients.” “She is remarkably responsive and really gets stuck into a case in a proactive fashion.” – Chambers & Partners, 2023
“Kendrah is wonderfully practical and proactive in her approach to cases, considering angles which others would disregard or not identify in the first place. Her knowledge of the law and ability to deploy the absolutely key kernel of authority in a plain and effective way with judges is her greatest strength.” – Legal 500, 2023
‘Brilliant both with drafting and advocacy, very hands-on and easy to work with, very easy to communicate with and always prompt to respond.’ – Legal 500, 2022
‘Brilliant both in terms of her drafting and advocacy, she communicates very well and is always prompt in her responses.’ – Chambers & Partners, 2022
‘Very responsive, succinct and commercial in her approach, she is an excellent pair of hands on any commercial, fraud or sports related dispute.’ – Legal 500, 2021
Kendrah is recognised in the directories as a leading junior in commercial litigation. Kendrah advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, including contractual matters, business and company disputes, fraud, breach of directors’ duties and breach of trust, across various industry sectors. Kendrah is instructed as junior counsel and sole counsel on complex commercial disputes.
Many of Kendrah’s cases have an international element and she is experienced advising on conflicts of laws issues and dealing with foreign law. Kendrah is also instructed on a range of interim applications, as well as on the enforcement of judgments and arbitration awards.
Kendrah’s commercial litigation experience is significantly beyond her year of call given her previous experience as a solicitor. Whilst a Partner and Senior Associate, Kendrah led on high-value, complex cases across different industries, representing international companies, financial institutions and governments. She advised on a wide range of commercial disputes in the Court of Appeal, High Court and arbitrations, including acting on the successful defence of the claims in the high profile OCENSA Pipeline Group Litigation.
Featured Commercial Litigation cases
“Kendrah is highly intelligent and grasps complex technical issues very quickly which makes both her client handling skills and paperwork exceptional.” – Legal 500, 2023
“Experienced beyond her years of call – reliable and user-friendly, she will be a go to for fraud cases going forward.” – Legal 500, 2022
Kendrah represents clients in a range of civil fraud and asset recovery claims both in the courts and arbitration.
Featured Civil Fraud cases
Prior to joining the Bar, Kendrah advised clients on a range of commercial disputes before arbitral bodies, including in the sports industry (please see the “Sports” link for further information on Kendrah’s sports arbitration work). For details of Kendrah’s commercial disputes experience, please see the “Commercial Litigation” section above. Kendrah has worked in Paris, Barcelona and Switzerland and is also able to work in French and Spanish.
“Kendrah Potts is great in hearings, very good with clients and incredibly experienced in sport matters.” “She is really intelligent, diligent and fantastic with clients.” “Kendrah has a deep knowledge of the field from both the athlete and governing body perspectives. She is an astute advocate and a master of case strategy and witness handling.” “She is absolutely brilliant at preparing a case.” – Chambers & Partners, 2023
“Kendrah is a superstar. She is extremely clear, concise and thoughtful in the advice she provides.” – Legal 500, 2023
‘She is formidably intelligent, diligent and sharp.’ – Chambers & Partners, 2022
A superstar; searingly intelligent, brilliant judgement, great client handling and a superb team player. – Legal 500, 2022
‘She has a really good knowledge of sports and is punchy and to the point.” “Kendrah is sensational.’ – Chambers & Partners, 2021
‘Has a depth of knowledge of the law, sports regulations and the sports industry that belies her year of call. Is both concise and comprehensive in her written and oral advice, is exceptional with clients, is quietly persuasive and passionate in her representation of clients.’ – Legal 500, 2021
Kendrah represents athletes, sports governing bodies, agents and clubs before a range of domestic and international tribunals and courts, including the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Sports Resolutions. She advises on all sports-related matters, including contract disputes, anti-doping rule violations, match-fixing charges, selection disputes, disciplinary matters, governance and corruption. Kendrah has acted on a number of cases involving challenges to decisions of sport governing bodies brought on the basis of the sports supervisory review jurisdiction or breaches of competition law. She also takes instructions in non-contentious matters, such as drafting and advising on regulations and governance issues.
Kendrah is on the arbitral and mediation panels of Sport Resolutions and sits on the Union Cycliste Internationale’s Arbitral and Disciplinary Panel, the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations disciplinary and arbitral panels and the British Equestrian Federation’s Anti-Doping Panel.
Kendrah was appointed to the Challenge Panel advising the UK Government on its review of UK Anti-Doping in 2017.
Kendrah was Legal Counsel to the international commission established by the Union Cycliste Internationale to investigate doping and related allegations of corruption and mismanagement in cycling. She also undertook a secondment to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games where she was the lead lawyer on sports integrity and anti-doping.
She is an editor for LawInSport and regularly speaks at conferences and publishes articles. Kendrah co-authored a new chapter on Misconduct in the Fourth Edition of Sport: Law and Practice published in March 2021.
Kendrah is currently instructed on a number of cases before CAS and first instance sport governing body tribunals, as well as on various player, club and agent disputes in Rule K arbitrations.
Featured Sports cases
Kendrah is a CEDR accredited mediator and is on the Sport Resolutions Mediation Panel. In acting as mediator Kendrah draws on her experiences as a solicitor in private practice and in-house, which provided her with a particularly good understanding of the commercial realities in which parties operate and which is often crucial to facilitating settlement.
Kendrah also sits as an arbitrator. In respect of commercial disputes, Kendrah is on the panel for the London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation.
In respect of sports disputes, Kendrah is on the following panels: Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators; Union Cycliste Internationale Arbitral Board; World Association of Kickboxing Organisations Arbitral Committee; and British Equestrian Federation.
Kendrah is frequently instructed on international litigation, including cases involving offshore jurisdictions and proceedings. Kendrah has considerable experience in dealing with cross-border issues and foreign law.
For details of Kendrah’s international commercial and civil fraud disputes experience, please see the Commercial Litigation and Civil Fraud sections above. Kendrah has worked in Paris, Barcelona and Switzerland and is also able to work in French and Spanish.
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