Firm Profile > Kervin & Barnes > London, England

Kervin & Barnes

Senior executives Tier 3

Employment boutique Kervin & Barnes, led by founding partner Gareth Kervin, attracts clients from the financial services industry for specialist advice on regulatory issues, post-termination business protection and litigation. The team regularly handles Employment Tribunal cases concerning whistleblowing, sex discrimination and equal pay. Other sector strengths include FMCG, recruitment and sport.

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Kervin & Barnes is an established boutique practice based in Mayfair providing first-class employment law advice to senior executives and companies in a range of sectors. The firm provides City-trained/experienced lawyers who develop close trusted relationships with clients.

The firm: Kervin & Barnes was founded by Gareth Kervin in 2009. From that time it has enjoyed sustained growth and developed a strong reputation for its advisory and litigation work.  The firm is regularly instructed on major restructuring/redundancy exercises and high value litigation on issues such as bonuses, restrictive covenants, equal pay, discrimination and whistleblowing.

Its client base has expanded steadily, working with clients such as West Ham United Football Club; Danone Waters (Volvic/Evian); Danone Dairies (Activia/Actimel); Ransomes Jacobsen; Star Actuarial; Nutricia; YouGov plc; Textron; Huntress and Planet Payment UK and a number of financial services companies. The firm is also regularly instructed by high-net-worth individuals.

Kervin & Barnes’ lawyers have practised in the City and in-house at financial services institutions. They are highly regarded, known for punching above their weight and being practically and commercially minded.

Types of work undertaken: The firm covers the full range of employment-related work, including general advisory, Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation, regulatory compliance and discrimination. Recent instructions include implementing a large-scale reorganisation and redundancy process, litigating restrictive covenants for businesses and employees, negotiating significant settlement packages, advising on protected disclosures and advising on the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The firm also provides training to HR teams.

Financial services: Kervin & Barnes offers expert employment law advice to financial services employees and employers in Mayfair and the City. Its employment lawyers have considerable experience working in this complex and demanding field of law, and regularly advise on both the employment and regulatory issues particular to the sector.

Recruitment: the recruitment industry is another sector in which Kervin & Barnes offers sector specific advice. Its lawyers have extensive experience working with all sizes of recruiters, and regularly advise on recruitment industry issues such as the Agency Workers Regulations, Conduct Regulations and IR35 led issues.

Retail: the firm also provides employment law advice for the retail sector, from small boutiques to large international enterprises. Retailers frequently face legal challenges from their employees, and the team has successfully defended and resolved claims on behalf of its retail clients.

Employers: the firm advises employers on a range of issues, including absence management, bonus schemes, business protection, confidential information, contracts and handbooks, disciplinary and grievance procedures, discrimination, equal pay, FCA matters, High Court litigation, family rights, national minimum wage, partnership, performance management, redundancy procedures, settlement agreements (compromise agreements), TUPE, unfair dismissal and business protection issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Gareth Kervin
Employment Gareth Kervin
Commercial Gareth Kervin
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gareth Kervin  photo Gareth Kervin Managing partner and client relationship manager for West Ham United, Danone, P&O…
 Lucy Truscott  photo Lucy Truscott Senior Associate
Number of UK partners : 1
Number of other UK fee-earners : 3
ELA (Employment Lawyers Association)

CLIENT: Star Actuarial (Louis Manson)
TESTIMONIAL: “Gareth poses the questions you don’t know you need to ask, along with the provision of no nonsense solutions.”

CLIENT:Huntress Search (Avtar Kang)
TESTIMONIAL: “Gareth managed to achieve a fantastic result for Huntress in a complex case.”

TESTIMONIAL:“Gareth is an extremely knowledgeable lawyer who always provides timely and professional advice.  Not only that, he has been a fantastic partner to our business and really understands what we as a company require.  He is always pleasant and fun to work with and we value his advice greatly.”

CLIENT:Aibel Group
TESTIMONIAL:“Kervin and Barnes offer direct and immediate access to a team of experienced lawyers that provide advice and guidance which is not only practical and commercial, but specifically tailored to the needs of our business.”

CLIENT:Hobark International UK
TESTIMONIAL:“The Kervin & Barnes Team are very prompt in their replies and knowledgeable on employment law issues. In particular, Lucy Truscott was very helpful in putting together our Staff Handbook and standard contract as well as tailoring specific contracts and further advising on pitfalls to watch out for. Kervin & Barnes are committed to protecting and promoting the interests of our company at the same time as carrying out work efficiently.”

CLIENT:A London Housing Association
TESTIMONIAL:“Lucy represented our organisation in a vexatious employment tribunal claim. The advice and services that she provided us with were of the highest standard and our organisation was saved consideration time and resource expense due to her expertise.”