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Cosima Wetende

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Work +254 20 2841000
Email:
Web:
www.kaplanstratton.com
Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Work Department

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Position

Partner

Career

Cosima is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya for over 15 years and has been a partner in the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department since 2008. She is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Cosima has considerable experience in advising and representing clients on a broad spectrum of commercial disputes, employment law, insolvency and security realisation, company law, tracing claims and private international law. Cosima’s clients are from diverse sectors both locally and internationally including finance, manufacturing, agriculture, health, advertising, humanitarian and donor agencies and religious organisations. Some of the notable matters Cosima has been instructed on include: providing advisory services on Kenyan law for an international law firm in a United States class action suit relating to allegations of breach of international human rights; successfully represented an international hotel chain in a major fraud by employees valued at approximately KES 90 million (approximately USD 1.4 million); and part of the defence team that represented an international audit firm in a class action suit filed by depositors of a collapsed bank for KES 2.6 billion (approximately USD 40 million).

Languages

English
Kiswahili

Member

Law Society of Kenya
Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 
International Bar Association

Education

University of Nairobi Masters in Law (Hons)
Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Diploma Kenya School of Law
University of Nairobi Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Upper Second Class Honours)
Catholic University of Eastern Africa Bachelors in Social Sciences (First Class Honours)


Kenya

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is a market leader across the board and is especially noted for procurement, tax and employment disputes, and for arbitration. The large team features a number of senior names including Fred Ojiambo, Peter Gachuhi, Nazima Malik, James Muthui, Cosima Wetende, Esther Kinyenje and Peter Njeru. The team acted for Kenya Commercial Bank Pension Fund in a precedent-setting case involving a claim that the fund's computation was erroneous and grossly undervalued the retirement benefits.

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Employment

Within: Leading individuals

Cosima Wetende - Kaplan & Stratton Advocates

Within: Employment

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is a leader in both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team has had pivotal roles in a series of landmark judgments, creating jurisprudence for issues such as redundancy exercises. The firm is at the forefront of industrial relations and collective bargaining arrangements; it defended Amadeus East Africa against a headline employee claim alleging breach of constitutional and other rights. The department leverages 'good use of litigation experience to inform legal opinions', is 'aligned with client's needs', 'very professional' and 'takes time to understand the timelines on each assignment and the depth of work required'. Cosima Wetende is a leader in employment litigation and Esther Kinyenje is noted for trade union and industrial relations disputes. Sam Wainaina 'has extensive experience' in employment and pensions issues.

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