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Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has tremendous contentious and advocacy skills and sets the benchmark in public procurement, banking disputes and insurance cases. It impresses in judicial review proceedings and recently experienced an increase in tax and employment disputes. Notably, the group represented Kenya Electricity Generating Company in a judicial review application in the High Court concerning the award of a tender to Rentco East Africa that was subsequently terminated. Kiragu Kimani and Michi Kirimi are noted for public procurement, judicial review and tax disputes. The seasoned Kenneth Fraser SC has a great reputation.

Members of Kaplan & Stratton Advocates’ large dispute resolution team ‘all specialize in particular areas and bring professionalism to the firm’ giving it a ‘top position’ in the market. Specialists include tax disputes leader Nazima Malik, employment and competition expert Esther Kinyenje, and public procurement authority Peter Gachuhi. Fred Ojiambo, James Muthui, Cosima Wetende and Peter Njeru are also highly regarded. The firm recently brought a judicial review application on behalf of British American Tobacco Kenya.

Oraro & Company Advocates has tremendous disputes pedigree, including in mainstream commercial disputes, succession disputes, tax litigation, employment disputes and ADR. George Oraro SC is an outstanding practitioner, as is Chacha Odera, while Walter Amoko is singled out for his ‘excellent preparation’ and recommended for his expertise in public procurement and judicial reviews; he recently acted for East Africa Capital Partners in an unprecedented anti-suit injunction before the Kenyan courts. Noella Lubano is up and coming.

Anjarwalla & Khanna continues to lead the market in anti-corruption, fraud and forensic investigations, including a rising number of cases linked to cybersecurity. Moreover, the group continues to represent Africa Oil in a judicial review application before the High Court of Kenya, which challenged a decision of the Ministry of Energy. Aisha Abdallah is an outstanding practitioner and Daniel Ngumy is a leader in tax litigation; senior associate James Wairoto is recommended.

Bowmansprovides solution-driven advice, is highly responsive’ and at the forefront of contentious restructuring, insolvency and receivership matters; the team recently acted for the directors and certain shareholders of Imperial Bank in connection with disputes arising from the bank’s receivership. It also impresses in arbitration, including international and domestic proceedings, and remains a market leader in IP litigation. Anthony Njogu is praised for his ‘professional and engaging manner’ and ‘clear and well thought out advice’. Evans Monari is noted for commercial and public sector expertise and Sean Omondi for employment disputes, and Terry Mwango is a ‘very strong litigator’ who delivers ‘sensible advice that resonates with global companies’.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has demonstrated a strong commitment to arbitration and has a market leading reputation for procurement cases. It defended Golf Course Hotel (K) in arbitration proceedings brought by a contractor. Kamau Karori is ‘one of the top litigation lawyers in the country’ and Martin Munyu is recommended for insurance litigation.

Tripleoklaw Advocates has a sizeable practice covering both litigation and arbitration. The firm represented the Central Bank of Kenya in cases linked to banks entering receivership. It is also recognised for environmental disputes, constitutional work and competition law cases. James Oduol is a fine litigator, John Ohaga is outstanding in arbitration and Elias Masika is a leader in environmental cases.

Daly & Inamdar Advocates has extensive High Court and Court of Appeal experience and a large team sitting in its Nairobi and Mombasa offices. The versatile department is led by Samir Inamdar.

MMAN Advocates impresses in the tax litigation field and recently experienced growth in insolvency cases. Jomo Nyaribo leads the team that represented Standard Chartered Bank Uganda in connection with insolvency proceedings and an enforcement action against a borrower that had operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

Mohammed Muigai Advocates remains a go-to firm for constitutional and administrative law cases. Mohammed Nyaoga has an outstanding record as a leading advocate and continues to be noted for his public procurement expertise. And Geoffrey Imende is recommended for public sector and judicial review cases, as well as employment and commercial disputes.

Walker Kontos Advocates remains most active in corporate recovery and receivership work, in addition to intellectual property and employment disputes. The firm defended Energizer against an injunction brought by Eveready East Africa to prevent Energizer from appointing new distributors of its products in the East and Central Africa region. Paul Ogunde and Gregory Karungo are the principal partners.

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