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Year of Call: 2004


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Clerk: Duane Hitchman

Clerk: Kenya Mendoza


Kavan represents clients in disputes across the full spectrum of commercial-chancery litigation. He is ranked by the legal directories as a leading junior in several disciplines, reflecting his strength and expertise across the board, including in the fields of: insolvency and restructuring; property/ real estate disputes; and chancery-commercial litigation, where he is described as “unfailingly brilliant” and “one of the best barristers in the area” (see below). Kavan’s work is exclusively contentious and he is often on his feet, appearing in the Business and Property Courts of the High Court, in the specialist County Court lists, in Tribunals, and in the Appellate Courts in all of his fields of practice.

Kavan was nominated by Chambers & Partners as Company/Insolvency junior of the year.

The quotations below are all from the Chambers UK, Chambers Global, and Legal 500 guides.

  • There is no junior barrister who prepares a case better throughout and for trial. Meticulous and exacting, Kavan knows exactly the line to tread when presenting a case to the court and is absolutely uncompromising to devastating effect.

  • He is good at coming up with novel solutions to problems and thinks outside of the box. He is very commercial and easy to deal with

  • Kavan has a huge intellect and is really impressive to watch in court

  • An excellent advocate, solicitors always know that nothing will be missed and every stone will be overturned when Kavan is preparing a case for hearing

  • Confident and measured advocate

  • He is absolutely excellent with clients; he's very flexible and adaptable when relaying advice to the client and a safe pair of hands with a personable gravitas

  • An excellent technical operator with exceptional interpersonal skills and a reassuring manner with clients

  • Incredibly thorough and knows exactly how to present a case to a judge in the right way with consistently good results

  • Extremely intelligent, diligent and client-focused

  • Brilliant at what he does. Conscientious, client-friendly and always well prepared

  • He is very user friendly, excellent on the law, making it sound easy

  • Ever reliable, always thoroughly prepared and an excellent strategist

  • Extremely good on paper. Very usable. Responsive and helpful.

  • Unfailingly brilliant; one of the best barristers in the area.

  • If we want a top job done thoroughly, he is the person we call.

  • Highly intelligent, quick to get to the bottom of an issue, articulate and charming.

  • Goes above and beyond and does a top-quality job on any matter that he is instructed on.

  • Very clear-thinking, obviously extremely bright and…punches way above his call.

  • Very good at recognising problems before they happen, and then stopping them from happening.

  • Has developed a strong commercial chancery practice”; “his practice takes in property, insolvency and company law cases.

  • very effective at communicating with lay clients, very user-friendly, succinct and easy to understand, which is very helpful with lay clients.

  • Responsive and easy to work with, approachable, thorough and charming.

  • A wonderful opponent - very able and slightly deadly, knows exactly how to present a case to a judge and gets amazing results.

  • His advocacy skills are stunning; he patiently yet forcefully argues his client’s case and is unflappable he can apply the law in a second, and doesn’t panic, whatever the situation.

  • An engaging advocate who has a very good manner in court highly articulate and excellent on his feet

  • Has a masterful grasp of the law and as strong with strategic advice. His intellectual ability is unquestionably high, very clever and intuitive.

  • Kavan’s attention to detail is second to none and you can always be assured that he will have gone through the papers with a fine-tooth comb in order to ensure the best possible outcome so his advice is very strong.

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Kavan read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, before being called to the Bar with an ‘Outstanding’ classification (ranking in the top 10 of over 500 pupils in his year at bar school), and was awarded Lord Mansfield, Sir Robert Megarry and Hardwicke scholarships from Lincoln’s Inn as well as its Buchanan prize as the top scholar at his call.

Member of the Chancery Bar Association

Member of Commerical Bar Association

Member of the Property Bar Association

Member of the Insolvency Lawyers’ Association

Member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)

Member of INSOL International


Contributor to Butterworth’s Property Insolvency

Contributor to The Annotated Guide to Insolvency Legislation (Lexis Nexis)

Contributor to The Landlord & Tenant Factbook

Contributor to The Rural Law Notebook

Contributor to numerous articles in the Estates Gazette (Q&A section)

Contributor to PLC’s Property Litigation Blog

Contributor to Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law