Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Fred Ojiambo
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Has an enviable reputation for its disputes work and undertakes a number of high-profile cases. Represents an array of important local and international clients. Has significant expertise in both litigation and arbitration and receives instruction on mandates in the areas of intellectual property, employment and insurance.
Strengths Clients are impressed with the team's knowledge: "The team at Kaplan & Stratton keep abreast of developments in their individual areas of expertise, are quick to give advice - even at short notice - and are clear and concise in the advice they give."
Interviewees go on to praise the firm for its workload capacity and value for money: "They have good resources so can give good advice quickly. They also offer fair prices and billing flexibility."
Work highlights Acted for the Executive Office of the President of Kenya on an important case concerning the integrity of the judiciary after complaints were made against a High Court judge.
Represented African Development Bank in a case which forced clarification of the law with regard to the immunity of international organisations.
Defended Coca-Cola in a claim against it regarding the alleged non-payment of full duties and taxes on certain shipments.
Significant clients Kenya Breweries, Tata Chemicals Magadi, Unilever, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Prudential Life Assurance.
Fred Ojiambo has an exceptional reputation in dispute resolution matters. He is regarded as a "great lawyer" and a "veteran litigator," thoroughly deserving of his Band 1 ranking. He has acted on significant corruption matters and is highly praised for his skills as an arbitrator.
Peter Gachuhi is a respected litigator, with recent experience in competition, intellectual property and insurance disputes. He acted for Safarilink Aviation on a USD1.3 million claim relating to an aviation accident.
Commentators say of Nazima Malik that "her advice is always on point." She acted for the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kenya on a tribunal investigating the misconduct of a High Court judge. She is experienced in large-scale cross-border fraud and corruption investigations.
Esther Kinyenje has notable experience in competition, commercial and employment disputes and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Kenya Branch.
Cosima Wetende is active in all areas of dispute resolution, including litigation, mediation and arbitration. She is particularly well known for her employment work.