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Kenya’s economic growth has given the local legal market ample opportunity to demonstrate its sophistication and capabilities. Local law firms are building resources and areas of expertise, with individual practitioners also becoming increasingly specialised; many have trained internationally, especially in the UK, and standards are high.

Kenyan firms are also developing cross-border connections. Anjarwalla & Khanna, for instance, is part of the Africa Legal Network, an alliance of firms covering 12 jurisdictions. In addition, Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates is part of DLA Piper Africa, an alliance of law firms across the continent, and Coulson Harney Advocates is part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa group established by South Africa’s Bowman Gilfillan.

While Kenyan firms have sought to be more active in cross-border matters, developments of note on a domestic level include the demerger of Hamilton Harrison & Mathews and Oraro & Company Advocates, which chose to separate only a few months after combining; the latter essentially returns to having a core focus on dispute resolution, thanks in part to the presence of the highly acclaimed George Oraro. Daly & Figgis Advocates is now known as Daly & Inamdar Advocates.

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