Kelvin is an experienced litigation lawyer and in addition has a niche expertise and understanding of the insurance sector. Kelvin qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 having trained with a firm in the South West. Kelvin was appointed to the Law Society Specialist Personal Injury Panel in 2004. Kelvin joined Trethowans LLP as a Partner in November 2010. Since joining Trethowans LLP he has been appointed to the Southampton Insurance Institute Council and to the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Legal Committee.
Kelvin is a member of FOIL (Forum of Insurance Lawyers) and was appointed joint head of its national EL/PL special interest group in 2009 and 2010. In 2011 he was appointed as head of the national costs sector focus team. He has published articles in various regional publications as well as in trade journals such as 'The Post Magazine' and 'The Solicitors Journal' as well as appearing in a lawyer training DVD for The College of Law, London.
Kelvin is recognised as a leader in his field in the 2013 UK-wide Chambers Directory panel for Defendant Personal Injury work. Comments from the Chambers Guide include:
Kelvin Farmaner "is praised by interviewees for his "down-to-earth, straightforward and practical" approach, as well as his "dogged determination" to achieve results for clients. He represented Cornish Mutual Assurance in a case where the claimant is alleged to have suffered injuries after being trampled by cows on a public footpath in a farm field."
Kelvin acts for Domestic and European Insurance companies mainly in connection with defending motor claims cases. Kelvin has also established a niche practice in relation to claims involving animals having acted for the successful party in the leading case of Mirvahedy v Henley which was decided in 2003 in the House of Lords (the case in which the court defined the responsibilities of keepers of animals under Section 2 of the Animals Act 1971). As a result of this he is also a member of the Equine and Animals Lawyers Association.
- Personal Injury - Mainly Defendant
- Insurance Litigation
- General Litigation