Cosima Wetende > Kaplan & Stratton Advocates > Nairobi, Kenya > Lawyer Profile

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates
9TH FLOOR, WILLIAMSON HOUSE
4TH NGONG AVENUE
PO BOX 40111-00100 NAIROBI
Kenya

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

Memberships

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)

Lawyer Rankings

Kenya > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Cosima WetendeKaplan & Stratton Advocates

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates fields one of the largest and most established teams in the market, with extensive expertise in contentious and non-contentious employment matters, along with a fully-developed pensions and employee benefits practice (including ESOPs). The team represents a range of well-known Kenyan corporates, public sector bodies, and local and regional arms of multinationals. It has achieved a series of headline court victories on behalf of clients, including successfully arguing that the Employment and Labour Relations Court has no jurisdiction to determine pension disputes. The immensely experienced Sam Wainaina is a leader in pensions work, while Esther Kinyenje is a key name for industrial relations disputes, including those linked to collective bargaining agreements. Cosima Wetende is another leading employment litigator.

Kenya > Dispute resolution

Kaplan & Stratton Advocates has one of the largest dispute resolution teams in the market, leading the profession in litigation and arbitration. The firm has an outstanding record in constitutional and judicial review cases, shareholder litigation and other commercial disputes. It has gained further recognition for its engagements in insolvency and receivership cases, tax disputes and international arbitrations. Fred Ojiambo is a doyen of the litigation and arbitration scene, while Peter Gachuhi is another senior name in the market. Nazima Malik is a leader in tax disputes, including transfer pricing cases. Esther Kinyenje and Cosima Wetende are prominent names in employment disputes. Peter Njeru is another name to note.