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Kevin McCavish

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Shoosmiths LLP

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Kevin is Shoosmiths' national head of employment. He has particular expertise in advising on HR issues arising from complex reorganisational and structural changes within organisations, consultation on redundancies and business transfers, implementation of European works council and recognition agreements, as well as protecting intellectual property rights and goodwill. Kevin has considerable contentious employment law experience, enhanced by three years at the Bar, including appearances at the Employment Appeal Tribunal; he regularly represents clients in employment tribunal proceedings dealing with issues ranging from unfair dismissal and redundancy to lengthy and complex discrimination cases. He acted in the well-publicised case of Elaine Day against HRH The Prince of Wales; the highest value (£1.5m) gender reassignment case brought by Jessica Bussart, the well publicised dispute between Mr Rotterson and Fujitsu Limited concerning alleged comments made about the implementation of the Government’s National Health Service Database; and a major political party on positive discrimination in favour of female political candidates. Most recently, Kevin advised the BBC on its relocation to the Media City, Salford; a utilities company on a sensitive harassment claim lodged against a senior member of staff involcing a criminal investigation; and an asset management company on the termination of senior executives.


Trained Clifford Chance; qualified 1993; assistant solicitor Eversheds and Nicholson Graham & Jones 1994-98; called to the Bar, Middle Temple 1998; barrister 1998-2002. Co-author of Tolleys and Butterworth’s ‘Terminating Employment’, ‘Employment Law’ and ‘Working Time Directive’. Editor of Croners publication on ‘Employment Law and the European Union’ and appointed to Croners editorial board.




Employment Lawyers Association.


University of Cardiff (1989 BSc); University of London (1990 LLM Commercial and Corporate Law).


Mountain biking, skiing, tennis, travel.

South East: Human resources

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Within: Leading individuals

Kevin McCavish - Shoosmiths LLP

Within: Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

At Shoosmiths LLP, ‘advice is always given with the wider commercial context in mind’. The team is experienced in a range of employment work as well as business immigration matters. Jonathan Naylor leads the Reading practice and advises on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues; recently he successfully had claims against client Wilson James for unfair dismissal and discrimination dismissed on all grounds as completely unfounded. National department head Kevin McCavish has particular expertise in the financial services sector and also acts for international companies, being the client partner for Fisher-Price, HiT Entertainment and Calor Gas, among others. McCavish and pensions partner Heather Chandler acted for The National Trust on its re-acquisition of Shugborough Hall, which involved negotiating the terms of transfer relating to employees, collective consultation with employee representatives, individual consultation with employees and ultimately their hiring or dismissal. Paula Rome is highly regarded for CAC hearings, high-profile exits, non-contentious trade union work and employment work related to corporate deals. Clients also include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Old Mutual Global Investors and the Open University.

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