Firm Profile > Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews > Nairobi, Kenya

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
PO BOX 30333-00100

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has a strong record in financings, restructurings and capital markets issuances; project finance and commodity finance are particular fortes. Andrew Mugambi has an outstanding reputation, while Richard Omwela provides further senior level gravitas and Adil Khawaja and Lorna Mainnah are leaders in real estate finance. Sigee Koech is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela


Has the expertise and required experience to advise clients in banking and finance and gives top notch services. It is dedicated, reliable and easily accessible.

Always willing to go an extra mile to serve clients.’

The merger of Dentons and Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has brought on board diverse expertise, making the firm stronger and better skilled than its peers.

Sigee Koech is very responsive and went out of her way to ensure the transaction was closed.

Key clients

Africa Logistics Properties

SBM Bank (Mauritius)


Government of the Republic of Kenya

Kenya Bankers Association

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has a rich heritage in dispute resolution, thanks, in part, to the presence of Kenneth Fraser and Kiragu Kimani, who was recently appointed senior counsel, resulting in the practice being the only one in Kenya with two SCs.  Banking and insurance cases remain a particular forte for the group, which also leads the market in employment and tax cases. Judicial review and constitutional cases are another area of particular experience. Michi Kirimi is also highly recommended for employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Fraser

Key clients

Kenya Bankers Association

Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission

ZTE Corporation

Nation Media Group

Kenya Power & Lighting Corporation

Employment Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is outstanding in employment disputes and also has a strong track record handling non-contentious matters. Its recent workload includes advising on disciplinary processes, performance improvement plans, employment termination processes, redundancy processes, and the drafting and review of employment contracts. Michi Kirimi is highly rated, while Lorna Mainnah and senior disputes specialist Kenneth Fraser  are other key names. Ezra Makori is the name to note at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Fraser; Richard Omwela


Dentons is very good at keeping records up to date, pre-emptively chasing and preparing the client for court appearances and generally being very helpful.

The individuals we have interacted with value time, are concise in their thinking, penetrative in their solutions and show agility in dealing with individuals who are problematic.

Outstanding knowledge and deep expertise on industrial relations and industrial relations-related litigation. Extremely responsive and front-footed.’

Michi Kirmi and Ezra Makori have delivered outstanding services. They are willing to assist at the drop of a hat and are thorough with a high attention to detail. Michi Kirmi is very prompt and one of the most pleasant counsels that I have worked with thus far. My experience is that these two individuals go the extra mile which is invaluable.

Ezra Makori is extremely responsive, proactive, and strategic, instilling confidence in his clients that matters are being well handled, even in an unpredictable legal system, and on emotive issues, such as industrial relations.

Key clients

Deutsche Gesellschaft Fur Technishe Zusammenarbeit

GTZ-International Services

Research International East Africa

G4S Kenya

Balton CP

Neolife International

Rural Electrification Authority

GEMS Cambridge International School

Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is a key name for PPP and infrastructure projects. The practice frequently handles projects on the side of government and state-entities. It remains heavily involved in Kenya's Roads annuity programme, an initiative to upgrade 10,000km of roads. Andrew Mugambi is highly rated and recognised for his government connections. Daniel Muriu Wanjau is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Mugambi

Key clients


Government of Kenya

Kenya National Highways Authority

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA)

Africa Geothermal International (Kenya)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is increasingly sought after by foreign clients and has made additional inroads in the competition and private equity fields. Andrew Mugambi has an outstanding record, while Richard Omwela and Daniel Muriu Wanjau provide further senior level gravitas.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela

Key clients

Africa Power

GEMS Africa

Avendale Investments

Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has an excellent record in large-scale conveyancing and also handles big-ticket commercial and residential developments. Recent work includes handling green developments and community projects outside of Nairobi. Managing partner Adil Khawaja and Lorna Mainnah are highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Richard Omwela


A transaction which seemed complicated and unclear, became simple and easy to follow. They finalised my conveyance in good time, addressing all the loose ends, even those I was unaware of.

Lorna Mainnah is exceptionally knowledgeable, efficient at her work and protects her client’s interests very well. She goes the extra mile to ensure that you are provided with all the information and guides you to make the best decision.

Lorna Mainnah stood out for me as being exceptional. She not only is accessible and available at all times but was also responsible for the ease with which the transaction was done.

Adil Khawaja’s knowledge of the Kenyan and global environment is a great strength of the firm and he has managed to create a great team of associates who are always helpful and availble. Adil’s negotiation skills are extraordinary and his kindness  always benefits all.

Key clients

ALP North Two

Tundra Holdings

AFRIGO Development

The British High Commission


The firm:Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is one of Kenya’s highly acclaimed law firms, with a tradition of excellence dating back to 1902. We have built up a reputation as an innovative, experienced, responsive and highly-skilled firm with the capacity and technical expertise to offer practical legal solutions to both corporate and individual clients. We are one of Kenya’s largest law firms with a dedicated team comprised of 13 Partners and 43 Associates who are supported by a team of over 80 legal assistants, administrative and paralegal staff. We offer legal services to clients all over Kenya and have our primary office in Nairobi and a second office in Mombasa.
Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews provides a full range of legal services to an extensive client base which includes local and foreign companies, individuals, state corporations and Non-Governmental Organizations.

Recent experience: 

Banking and finance: Advised Africa Logistics Properties on its $26m financing from Stanbic Bank Kenya and Standard Chartered Bank South Africa.

Dispute resolution: Represented the Ethics & Anti-Corruption Commission in challenges against its investigation into allegations of corruption made against several prominent personalities.

Employment: Advised an acquaculture business on a restructuring process, which required redundancies and acted in a subsequent case brought by one of the employees seeking damages and reinstatement.

IP: The firm handles a large portfolio of IP work for international and local clients such as Merck, Anheuser Busch, Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, Adams & Adams, Rotam Agrochem International Limited, eBay Inc, Commercial Bank of Africa Limited, Reed Smith and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Privatization and Projects: Advised PricewaterhouseCoopers (Japan) and the World Bank Group on a study on the resilience of PPP infrastructure in Kenya.

Real estate: Advised ALP North Two on the negotiation and preparation of the sub-leases connected to Kenya’s first grade A logistic and distribution warehouse park.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Richard Omwela
Litigation Ken Fraser
Litigation Kiragu Kimani
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Adil Khawaja
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Andrew Mugambi
Litigation Michi Kirimi
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Daniel Wanjau Muriu
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Lorna Mainnah
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Sigee Koech
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Winifred Gitao
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Nafysa Adam Abdalla
Litigation Ezra Makori
Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Peter Okaalet Jr
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Kenneth Fraser  photo Mr Kenneth Fraser Kenneth Fraser SC is the Head of the Litigation Department. He specialises…
Mr Adil Khawaja  photo Mr Adil Khawaja Adil Khawaja has 23 years’ experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate,…
Mr Kiragu Kimani  photo Mr Kiragu Kimani Kiragu has over 28 years’ experience in constitutional matters, tax litigation, procurement…
Ms Michi Kirimi  photo Ms Michi Kirimi Michi has over 18 years’ experience in successfully guiding her clients throughcomplex…
 Lorna Mainnah  photo Lorna Mainnah Oct 2013 to date: Partner, 2007 to Oct 2013: Associate
Mr Andrew Mugambi  photo Mr Andrew Mugambi Andrew Mugambi specialises in corporate and commercial law work including mergers and…
Mr Daniel Muriu Wanjau  photo Mr Daniel Muriu Wanjau Daniel is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya having been…
Mr Richard Omwela  photo Mr Richard Omwela Richard Omwela has been in legal practice for the past 37 years…
Number of lawyers : 60
Law Society of Kenya
Contacts : Senior partner: Richard Omwela (
Contacts : Managing partner: Adil Khawaja (
Other offices : Mombasa