History

10 YEARS OF GROWTH

This year marks the tenth anniversary of GVA’s existence, a journey that has been a compelling narrative of hard work, lucky breaks, triumph over adversity and, sometimes, fun. It all started on the 1st of May 2010 when Stephen Njoroge Gikera took the plunge, left his relatively secure job at the Attorney General’s Chambers and founded S.N Gikera and Associates. With just two members of staff and four files, the firm was established at its first location on the ground floor of Bemuda Plaza on Ngong Road. Its focus then was Dispute Resolution with a bias towards Litigation.

Such was the success of the firm that it precipitated a huge demand for its services, not just in Nairobi, but in Mombasa as well. Consequently, the Mombasa branch was set up in 2012 in the city centre with its primary focus being Conveyancing and Commercial Law.

THE JOURNEY

2013 - Punit Vadgama Joined the firm

In 2013, another milestone was reached when Punit Vadgama joined the firm. The firm then became Gikera & Vadgama Advocates (GVA) to reflect these changes. Punit became Senior Partner and Stephen, Managing Partner. Punit had been Partner at Sharpley Barret for three years and brought to GVA his Commercial Law experience. But the relationship between the partners predated their admission to the bar. They had been friends from Law School and had even attempted business ventures in other sectors of the economy.

2015 - Opportunity in Mt. Kenya

In 2015, an opportunity arose in the Mt. Kenya region necessitated by clients who had presence in the area. A branch was started in Nyeri and eventually moved to Nanyuki in 2016 because of its more cosmopolitan outlook.

GVA has grown in leaps and bounds. From the original three staffers, the firm now has more than 40 people with fully fledged departments like Accounting, Marketing & PR and Human Resources. Having run out of space in the Ngong Road premises, even after adding a floor, the firm moved to its present Westlands location in 2015. The Mombasa branch also outgrew its premises and moved to bigger spacious offices that it occupies to-date.

2020 - Over 100 clients

GVA is an exemplar of commitment to clients. It has continued to offer personalized legal services where it is not just the merits of a case that are evaluated but also an understanding of each client from a deeper perspective. As such, legal arguments are discussed but more importantly, their commercial implications or nuanced ramifications on the bottom line. In all matters, GVA is guided by the Advocates Remuneration Order. From the original four files, GVA now represents many clients including government agencies. It has over 100 corporate clients, no mean feat for a firm that has been in existence for just 10 years. Instructively, the original four clients still maintain GVA services, their loyalty being the outcome of successful resolution of the four files.

Caring for the community

At GVA, we believe in giving back to the community. This is in a number of ways; Our advocates routinely take on pro bono cases, most of which have successful outcomes. We sponsor a number of homes for orphaned children. Scholarships are also provided for bright but needy students. So far 20 students have been beneficiaries. We offer business support to fledging entrepreneurs, walking them through the vagaries of operations in constantly shifting economic times. We also sponsor sports events, having held a GVA golf tournament in Nairobi and Nanyuki Motor Sport where the Nanyuki Rally Team donned on GVA colours. We involve ourselves in environmental conservation efforts. We have contributed towards the fencing and reforestation of Mt. Kenya. Perhaps closest to the hearts of many, is our involvement with the Nairobi Hospice who offer palliative care to cancer patients.

Build individual creativity

At GVA, we facilitate a conducive working environment where staff are allowed to exercise their individual creativity. There are clearly defined career paths that many have taken advantage of, rising through the ranks from junior associates to partners. Training and exposure of staff to best practices is facilitated by GVA both locally and internationally. In addition, many have been mentored by the firm, who have since set up their own firms but continue to collaborate with GVA on various assignments.

Core Values - TEDD

GVA’s growth has been phenomenal. A reflection of the last ten years reveals the firm’s core values to be Team-Oriented, Excellence, Diligent and Dependable (TEDD). At GVA, we do not stick to the beaten path but go out of the way to tailor solutions suitable for clients and circumstances. Having built a firm foundation over the past 10 years, we intend to capitalize on it over the next 10 years. In a world that is run by global brands, GVA’s brand equity will place it at the top among the best.

THE NEXT 10 YEARS

We have embarked on a strategic plan dubbed GVA 2.0. This will involve embracing technology to leverage on a constantly changing business environment, international partnerships, broadening of the partners’ committee, internship programs to harness talent and training interns both locally and internationally to align them with global best practices.

Even then, at GVA, care will be taken to ensure that as we move from a heavily localized entity to an international outlook, our core values are not lost. We intend to grow our charitable causes by dedicating a percentage of our earnings to these. Our scholarship fund continues to grow. Finally, our acts of charity will be aligned with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the intention of teaching one to fish, getting them to have fish for a lifetime, not just giving them fish for a day!

Areas of Practise
Advocates
Support Staff
Cases Won

OUR STRENGTH

95%

Dispute Resolution

85%

IP & Anti-Counterfeit

80%

Employment & Pensions

95%

Corporate & Commercial Law

80%

Infrastructure & Projects

75%

Personal Law

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