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The ‘very responsive’ team at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews provides ‘superior service standards’ and demonstrates ‘in-depth knowledge of the law’; it has a broad skillset but has experienced an uptick in constitutional, public procurement, banking and insurance cases. Recent mandates include acting for Teachers Service Commission in a teachers’ pay dispute, which involved a strike. Kenneth Fraser SC is ‘an astute thinker’, ‘walks the journey with the client’ and has ‘deep knowledge’, especially in the banking industry. Kiragu Kimani has ‘a methodical and detailed approach’ and is an astute litigator in tax, commercial and administrative law disputes, whereas George Murugara is highly regarded for land and environmental cases. The ‘skilful and persuasiveMichi Kirimi handles litigation and arbitration.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates’ responsive team has ‘industry knowledge’ and particular expertise in disputes over EPC contracts. Other growing areas of work are tax and employment litigation, in addition to which the firm is at the forefront of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It represented African Development Bank in a Court of Appeal case that clarified the issue of immunity of international organisations. The sizeable team includes outstanding litigator and advocate Fred Ojiambo; commercial and employment disputes experts Esther Kinyenje and Cosima Wetende; head of tax disputes Nazima Malik; Peter Gachuhi, who is a ‘well-connected’ expert in commercial litigation and arbitration; and James Muthui, who is ‘very involved’ in cases, especially intellectual property disputes.


Miller and Company Advocates

Miller and Company Advocates was established in 1998 by managing partner Mr Cecil Guyana Miller, with the aim of being the global pacesetter in the provision of quality and timely legal services to its clients. The firm has received special recognition from the Conveyancing and Security Review Panel of Advocates for a leading financial institution for being one of the law firms with the fastest response and turnaround times.

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Oraro & Company Advocates has an outstanding dispute resolution practice. ‘Specialist litigator’ and reputed advocate George Oraro SC, who has ‘seniority and presence’, represented Telkom Kenya in a headline case arising from a redundancy programme carried out in 2006, which resulted in an out-of-court settlement in December 2015. Chacha Odera is also hugely experienced in litigation and ADR, especially in banking, employment, insolvency and asset tracing cases. Commercial litigation team head Walter Amoko has a fine record in procurement and projects cases.

Anjarwalla & Khanna’s practice is ‘very detailed and professional, yet very compassionate’, combining ‘business acumen’ with ‘strong specialised teams’; it has leading expertise in complex investigations. Other areas of strength include land and environmental disputes, international arbitration and IP cases. The firm represented Africa Oil in contesting a judicial review application filed in the High Court of Kenya seeking to challenge the decision of the Ministry of Energy to award Africa Oil exploration licences and production sharing agreements in respect of four exploration blocks. ‘Star lawyerAisha Abdallah is ‘very knowledgeable’ and heads the litigation department, in which Daniel Ngumy is noted for tax disputes.

Bowmans has an impressive record in commercial, energy, employment and IP litigation, as well as growing capabilities in international arbitration and ADR. It represented Metroplex Shopping Mall in cross-border arbitration proceedings against Shoprite Checkers Uganda. IP litigation and public procurement expert Anthony Njogu, commercial disputes leader Evans Monari and employment law expert Sean Omondi are recommended.

Tripleoklaw Advocates’ ‘strong’ team has ‘good internal cohesion’ and provides ‘good-quality legal services in a timely manner’. The firm has a traditional emphasis on contentious work, with a strong presence in ADR. Recent work includes acting for Galba Mining in connection with a corporate fraud by minority shareholders. James Oduol is ‘a good litigator’ that is ‘passionate about ADR’ and John Ohaga is ‘a top litigation advocate’.

Daly & Inamdar Advocates is a renewed force in dispute resolution following the integration of Inamdar & Inamdar Advocates in 2016. The large litigation team has extensive High Court and Court of Appeal experience. It is increasingly active in employment cases. Samir Inamdar has an outstanding reputation.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has an impressive mix of commercial litigation and arbitration work, particularly procurement cases. It defended the Republic of Kenya in International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) arbitration proceedings filed by Cortec Mining Kenya. Kamau Karori is the lead partner.

Mohammed Muigai Advocates is recommended for constitutional and administrative law cases, with Mohammed Nyaoga being singled out for his strength in public procurement disputes. Geoffrey Imende is also a market-leading litigator.

The ‘helpful’ team at Walker Kontos Advocates is recognised for debt recovery and receivership work. The practice is ‘responsive and swift’, has ‘deep knowledge of the law’ and provides ‘cost-effective’ advice. It acted for Gulf African Bank in a successful debt recovery action against Al Jalal Enterprises through the sale of Sunrise Shopping Mall. The ‘reliable and easily accessible’ Paul Ogunde is ‘articulate on the legal position and knowledgeable’. Gregory Karungo is also recommended.

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