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Bowmans is strong in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters: the group is especially active in corporate restructurings, redundancy processes, general advisory work, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), outsourcings, high-level contract terminations and enforcement of restrictive covenants. Rainbow Field is recommended for employee transfers in M&A transactions, Angela Waki is noted for outsourcing and joint employment contracts and Sean Omondi for employment disputes. George King, formerly an associate, left the firm.

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has a ‘top-notch’, ‘solid’ and ‘reliable’ practice, which is recognised for redundancy exercises and employee transfers. Michi Kirimi is ‘thorough’, ‘responsive’ and delivers ‘appropriate and in depth advice’, while Irene Kashindi is also recommended for employment disputes and defended BATUK against claims for alleged wrongful dismissal by 18 former employees. Kenneth Fraser SC provides further senior-level gravitas.

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates has a market-leading advisory practice with an impressive client base of local and international NGOs and major corporates. The large team offers a ‘perfect’ service, a ‘personal’ relationship, ‘accurate advice’ and is ‘always available’. It advised Uber on the review of its restrictive covenant agreements and employment contracts. Senior figure William Maema specialises in employment law and senior associate Christine Njau is recommended for immigration matters.

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has appeared in many of the largest employment cases of recent years. The team provides ‘fast turnaround times’, has ‘specialists in an array of operational areas’ and, in recent highlight work, successfully defended Bayer East Africa against an allegation of unlawful redundancy and discrimination. Cosima Wetende has an ‘excellent understanding of labour law, labour relations and negotiations’ and Esther Kinyenje is also highly regarded. Sam Wainaina is recommended for employment and pensions matters.

Oraro & Company Advocates is a major player in employment, notably in restructuring and redundancy exercises, as well as in disputes. It represented TelPosta Pension Scheme in defending a judgment by the Retirement Benefits Tribunal relating to claims by former employees of Telkom Kenya. George Oraro SC, Chacha Odera and Noella Lubano are outstanding practitioners.

Tripleoklaw Advocates has a hugely impressive corporate client base, which it frequently represents in significant court disputes. It continues to act for Kenya Airways in a claim of unlawful termination of a contract for employment. John Ohaga is the key partner.

Anjarwalla & Khanna advises a number of major corporates and NGOs on a mixture of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, such as restructurings, redundancies and share ownership programmes. Rosa Nduati-Mutero and Sonal Sejpal are recommended for compliance and advisory matters. Aisha Abdallah, who is regarded as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for employment disputes, defended Alliance One Tobacco (Kenya) against claims made by former employees and a labour union.

Daly & Inamdar Advocates has a mixed contentious and non-contentious practice that has particular experience with share option schemes for substantial corporates. It advised Safaricom on the structuring of its employee share ownership plan. Shitul Shah is the key contact for non-contentious employment issues.

MMAN Advocates is recommended for employment and pensions work. The firm advises a number of major corporates on their pensions and employee benefit schemes. Carole Ayugi is a leader in pensions matters.

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