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Dispute Resolution — Kenya


Hamilton Harrison & Mathews - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Ken Fraser SC
- 5 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-established firm demonstrating top-drawer capability in high-profile commercial disputes and constitutional petitions. Often sought out for its expertise in high-stakes litigation, with expertise in mobile lending, insurance and real estate cases. Represents clients from a diverse array of sectors, including energy, transport and banking.

Strengths Clients emphasise the firm's prowess in contentious matters, labelling it "a world-class firm delivering world-class service."

Other interviewees go on to praise its stellar track record in disputes, saying: "They've got some of the best legal minds and one of the best reputations in Kenya. I'd recommend them highly. They really know what they're doing."

Work highlights Represented Kenya Wildlife Service in a KES105 billion case relating to the halted construction of Phase 2A of the standard gauge railway project, which forms a key part of the Kenyan government's Vision 2030 initiative.

Significant clients Emirates, Scania Credit Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Peers agree that Ken Fraser SC is "without doubt a top-tier lawyer." He remains a prominent expert in disputes relating to tax, debt recovery and receiverships, and acts for a number of leading banks. He also represents several energy companies and public utilities in significant litigation matters and constitutional petitions, and is noted by sources for his meticulous approach.

Michi Kirimi is a strong litigator with notable expertise in employment and financial services disputes. Her highlights also include acting for an energy company in an approximately USD100 million case arising from its termination of a pipeline construction contract. Clients say: "She's detail-oriented but at the same time able to see the bigger picture. She makes sure the client's best interest is at the heart of the advice she delivers."

Respected practitioner Kiragu Kimani is frequently active in Court of Appeal cases. His expertise encompasses tax and general commercial litigation, as well as disputes occurring in the energy sector.

About the Team (content provided by Hamilton Harrison & Mathews )

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews’ Dispute Resolution Department is one of the largest litigation teams in the country with over 15 advocates handling a wide variety of matters at all levels of the courts including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The Litigation Department also has experience in successfully representing clients in various quasi-judicial tribunals including the National Environment Tribunal and the Business Premises and Rent Tribunal and in arbitration proceedings.

The Litigation Department has specialised practice areas including commercial litigation in particular banking, insurance, energy, public procurement, constitutional and administrative law, tax and land litigation. This ensures that clients receive specialised advice and that matters are dealt with efficiently. The members of the team are members of various Bar-Bench Committees which ensure that they are involved in discussions that affect court processes and are able to advise the firm’s client’s accordingly.




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Kaplan & Stratton - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Fred Ojiambo SC
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Formidable disputes department providing considerable breadth of expertise. Frequently mandated by global companies and regional banks to represent them in major insolvency litigation, as well as cases relating to lending, public procurement and employment. Additionally well versed in tax matters and high-profile criminal and human rights cases.

Strengths A source remarked: "It's the most respected firm in town, for sure. I've interacted with a number of partners and they all give sound advice."

One interviewee went on to praise the team's tenacity, stating: "They're willing to dig in and fight for the principle," and adding that the firm's litigators have the ability to be "tough in the face of considerable resistance."

Work highlights Defended I&M Bank against a claim of more than KES40 billion brought against it by a commercial borrower.

Successfully represented Siemens in a USD10.5 million dispute following the termination of a tender by a state entity.

Significant clients Unilever Kenya, BAT Kenya, OPIC, Coca-Cola East and West Africa, Safaricom.

Notable practitioners

Fred Ojiambo SC is widely respected for his remarkable career in dispute resolution. A renowned litigator, he continues to handle a number of very high-profile commercial and criminal cases, including a pro bono matter in which he acted for the families of three individuals allegedly murdered by state security agencies. Interviewees are quick to praise his "great advice" and regard him as "a good guy to have on big matters."

Highly respected litigator Peter Gachuhi remains a prominent figure in the disputes sphere, frequently representing clients in competition matters, as well as insurance, construction and environmental cases.

Nazima Malik is highlighted by sources for her impressive handling of tax and public procurement cases, advising a stellar clientele of global companies. A source said: "She's the most respected lawyer for tax disputes - she has handled many of the biggest transfer pricing cases in the country. What I like most is the amount of time she gives me as a client. She really learns to understand your business before she acts."

Esther Kinyenje is particularly well regarded for her advice to employers, notably in industrial relations disputes. She is also very active in general commercial cases and recently counselled OPIC on its opposition to a claim by which a borrower attempted to prevent the realisation of a security.

Cosima Wetende remains active across all areas of dispute resolution, notably advising on cases relating to employment. She is also well equipped to assist with construction and insurance cases.

James Muthui is developing a strong disputes practice, both in litigation and in arbitration. He handles energy, intellectual property and employment disputes and is recognised by interviewees for his deft handling of land and property cases. Clients say: "He's a good litigator and really responds quickly. He's very on top of things and always on time."

About the Team (content provided by Kaplan & Stratton)

Our lawyers specialise in solving complex business disputes swiftly and effectively. We aim to provide solutions that ensure the most favourable outcome for our clients corresponding to their business needs.

We offer a full range of legal services, with teams specialising in civil litigation, commercial litigation and arbitration. With greater dependence now placed on alternative dispute resolution our lawyers have experience in advising on international arbitration and mediation.



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Oraro & Company Advocates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: George Oraro SC and Chacha Odera
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading litigation department renowned for its prowess in banking and receivership cases, as well as representing major clients in energy, land and company law matters. Remains prominent in the employment sphere and has further notable experience in tax and construction proceedings.

Strengths Peers continue to regard this firm as a "top player" in the dispute resolution arena, with other interviewees adding: "The firm continues to lead the way and has great litigators."

Work highlights Continued to act for Turkana County government on a constitutional petition regarding district boundaries and the alleged marginalisation of the county's population as a result of restricted access to water, food, healthcare and education.

Acted for East Africa Capital Partners on a novel anti-suit injunction.

Significant clients Bidco Africa, East African Breweries, Kenya Airways, Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank.

Notable practitioners

George Oraro SC is held in exceedingly high esteem by the Kenyan legal community. Peers note that he is a "very, very good courtroom lawyer" and "very well respected for his opinions and advice." He is often involved in novel cases and is recognised for his frequent appearances at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He is also regularly called upon to serve as an arbitrator.

The eminent Chacha Odera is widely recognised as a leading disputes lawyer, particularly in the areas of banking and finance and employment. In a career of close to 30 years, he has acted for a number of major local and regional banks on significant litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution matters. Peers remark that he is "very strong, particularly in employment cases," and one adds: "I've got great respect for him."

Walter Amoko's reputation is considered to be on the rise, with him handling an increasing number of highly significant cases relating to PPPs and public procurement. He is equally well versed in land matters and has also been influential in a number of key regulatory rulings, including in the TMT sector.

Noella Lubano is particularly well regarded in the field of arbitration. Peers say: "She's definitely a talent for the future." She has recently played a notable role in several important fraud and asset recovery cases.

About the Team (content provided by Oraro & Company Advocates)

For over four decades we have built a reputation as a market leader in disputes, working on some of Kenya’s biggest disputes and contributing to Kenyan jurisprudence. For instance we successfully represented Standard Chartered in the case of Intercom v. Standard Chartered (a landmark Kenyan case in banking law and illegality). Our areas of specialty include banking and finance, construction, manufacturing, not-for-profits, PPP and telecommunications. We represent large local, regional and international organizations in complex, high-value commercial and tax disputes. We are also a go-to firm for high profile constitutional cases. We also offer clients ADR solutions, to mitigate cost and time spent in disputes.


In May 2015, we made a significant lateral hire – bringing on one of the country’s young and upcoming tax experts – Lena Onchwari (Senior Associate). Lena, who holds a LLM in International European Tax law has brought great tax expertise to the firm’s tax team, which is led by the firm’s Senior Partner George Oraro SC who in March, 2017 was inducted into the LSK’s Roll of Honour. Our firm is known for having one of the largest dispute resolution teams, with 14 qualified lawyers including two of its recent 2017 lateral hires Gibran Khalid Darr (Senior Associate) and Sandra Kavagi (Associate). Gibran (formerly of Tariq Khan and Associates Advocates) and Sandra (formerly of Lutta and Company Advocates) have both significantly bolstered the firm’s capacity in the area. 


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Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Karori Kamau
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent in arbitration and commercial litigation, with notable prowess in debt recovery and a range of other specialisms. Increasingly active in cases relating to public procurement and constitutional petitions. Advises an impressive array of banks, government entities and multinational companies.

Strengths Sources praise the team's responsiveness and all-round skill in the area of dispute resolution. One peer further remarked: "IKM are great. They're excellent litigators."

Clients continue: "They're easy to talk to and readily available. The quality of service is extremely good."

Work highlights Defended the Kenyan Ministry of Mining in a USD2.8 billion arbitration against Cortec Mining concerning the ministry's alleged breach of the UK-Kenya bilateral investment treaty.

Significant clients East African Breweries, Co-operative Bank, Stanbic Bank.

Notable practitioners

Karori Kamau was described by one client as "very sharp and very commercially minded." Another added: "He's very good at bringing together two opposing parties and finding a commercial resolution." In addition to his prowess in litigation, he is also well respected for arbitration work. He has advised on a number of significant disputes in sectors ranging from banking to real estate.

Martin Munyu is often mandated on construction, insurance and employment disputes. He defended Kenya Commercial Bank in a dispute against one of its debtors relating to the bank's statutory right to sell assets in order to recover a debt. Clients recognise that "he really knows his way around the courtroom."

About the Team (content provided by Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates)


Our Dispute Resolution (DR) team, which is one of the strongest in Kenya, offers a full range of services in all areas of Kenyan law, with the exception of criminal, family land disputes and matrimonial causes. The department has a very good reputation in the market and is recognised for its excellence in the various areas of dispute resolution and has as a result been retained by, among others, blue chip companies and the Government of Kenya, to represent it in several high profile cases. As part of corporate social responsibility, the firm also offers pro-bono services in deserving cases. The team is renowned for engaging with clients at every stage of the cases they handle to ensure the client not only gets value for money but is also fully informed of all aspects of the cases.

The Dispute Resolution  team aims to identify and execute the most advantageous solutions for clients; whether through litigation proceedings or other forms of dispute resolution. The Department has also gained recognition in the area of election petitions and matters relating to Constitutional and Judicial Review.



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Mohammed Muigai Advocates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded litigation and arbitration team handling IP, employment, tax and construction disputes, among others. Particularly esteemed for its procurement expertise and well equipped to undertake constitutional work.

Strengths Sources acknowledge the team's involvement in significant disputes, saying: "They're involved in very high-profile litigation and we've found them to be very good."

Other interviewees point to its impressive talent pool, saying: "They've got some good up-and-coming lawyers."

Significant clients Barclays Bank of Kenya, Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenyatta University, Nation Media Group, Gulf African Bank.

Notable practitioners

Senior partner Mohammed Nyaoga is held in high esteem by peers in the dispute resolution market. He continues to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and is considered "very, very good" by market commentators. He is currently chair of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Kenya.

Geoffrey Imende is managing partner at the firm and a respected litigator. He has notable experience in the areas of procurement, energy and construction disputes, and is also well versed in constitutional and human rights cases.

Guto Mogere is noted for his increasing prominence in the market. He undertakes a diverse range of litigation and arbitration, notably for major employers and banks. He has additional experience in judicial review work.

Emmanuel Wetang'ula is noted by sources for his expertise in criminal law. Interviewees say: "He's really good." He acts at all levels of the Kenyan courts and also has a strong track record in matters relating to public law.

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TripleOKLaw Advocates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: James Ochieng' Oduol and John Ohaga
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned team highlighted for its increasing market standing. Mandated on high-profile commercial disputes, notably those relating to construction and PPPs, as well as commercial contract cases. Acts for the Central Bank of Kenya on a number of matters, including several arising from the government's interest rate cap.

Strengths Sources commend the team as "very strong court lawyers" who are "highly capable."

Work highlights Acted for Amu Power in a dispute over the environmental impact of a proposed 1,050 MW coal-fired power plant in Lamu County. The PPP project is valued at USD2 billion.

Successfully represented Kenya Pipeline Corporation at the Court of Appeal in a contractual dispute with Glencore, which subsequently proceeded to the Supreme Court.

Significant clients Coca-Cola East & Central Africa, Bidco Oil Refineries, Kenya Airways, Libya Oil Kenya.

Notable practitioners

James Ochieng' Oduol garners stellar feedback from peers, who consider him to be "very good on his feet." He is highly regarded for his recent work on behalf of the Central Bank of Kenya, which includes an approximately USD432.4 million suit filed against Imperial Bank's former directors following an alleged fraud.

John Ohaga is widely regarded as "a very, very fine lawyer," particularly in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Sources add that he is "very strong in arbitration" and "a top lawyer, without any doubt." He acts for major corporate and state entities on a broad range of commercial disputes.

Eugene Nyamunga continues to be recognised for his experience in constitutional law and public interest cases. He is now head of the firm's emerging markets department.

About the Team (content provided by TripleOKLaw Advocates)

TripleOKLaw Advocates acts for both Kenyan and international clients in a broad variety of disputes. The litigation team is the first port of call for most blue chip companies when faced with urgent or complex disputed.

The department brings together experience in the diverse fields of dispute resolution with unique courtroom presence and a huge research team to provide clients with stellar dispute resolution services.

The department has a robust alternate dispute resolution team with three fellows of the chartered institutes of Kenya and UK, each specialising in different aspects of ADR. It also has accredited mediators and is therefore able to offer holistic and tailored advice on the best dispute resolution avenues available to each set of disputes.

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Njoroge Regeru & Company Advocates - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Njoroge Regeru
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm handling high-profile litigation and arbitration. Demonstrates formidable expertise in the financial services sector, representing a number of leading banks, as well as acting on IP and employment disputes. In the commercial sphere, the team is frequently instructed by regional and international companies on shareholder disputes and matters relating to the sale and delivery of goods.

Work highlights Acted for the directors and shareholders of Imperial Bank on a range of matters stemming from the bank's receivership, including a series of litigations involving allegations of fraud.

Acted for a UK company on a challenge to the Ministry of Mining's decision to revoke its prospecting licences.

Significant clients Safaricom, Del Monte Kenya, Kenya Revenue Authority.

Notable practitioners

Njoroge Regeru is recognised for his increasing prominence in arbitration matters, as well as his deft handling of court litigation. Peers say: "He's one of the leading lawyers in this market, for sure." He is recognised for his work on high-profile disputes, particularly in the banking sector.

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Anjarwalla & Khanna - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Aisha Abdallah
- 1 partner
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents an impressive client roster in diverse commercial disputes relating to oil exploration licences, commercial contracts, concession agreements and long-term leases, among other matters. Developing notable expertise in anti-corruption and anti-bribery investigations.

Strengths Clients are quick to highlight the team's clear communication, good judgement and research skills, with one remarking: "Their transparency, and the way they involve us at all stages - from planning and research to execution - is a reassurance to us as clients."

Other sources comment: "We had a very positive experience collaborating with them."

Work highlights Represented Rift Valley Railways in its litigation against Kenya Railways and the government of Kenya over the government's termination of a concession agreement.

Acted for Heineken on a KES5.6 billion cross-border dispute stemming from its decision to terminate existing distribution agreements in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Significant clients Africa Oil, Kasarani Investment Holdings, Lake Turkana Wind Power, Kipeto Energy, Mitsubishi Electric.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Aisha Abdallah is described by sources as "everything you'd want in a cross-border partner. She had a good conceptual sense of where we needed to go." She frequently handles anti-corruption investigations and related litigation.

Senior associate Faith Macharia is praised for her impressive technical knowledge and is involved in a number of cases in the oil and gas and financial services sectors, including corporate investigations. One interviewee remarked: "I was very impressed. She gives very good insights and is always on top of facts and strategy. She's definitely a rising star."

About the Team (content provided by Anjarwalla & Khanna)

Anjarwalla & Khanna’s Dispute Resolution team handles complex and high value disputes. With a large and multi-office team, we advise on a wide range of contentious matters, including shareholder disputes, contractual claims, insolvency, real estate, environment, intellectual property, fraud, tax, maritime law and regulatory compliance. The team is increasingly advising on cross border matters and assisting with forensic investigations. We are also experienced in using alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration.  

We are leading in the market in expertise on internal investigations prompted by regulatory enforcement agencies, an area that is currently growing in the Kenyan market and in which we are ahead of the local competitors. However, we also work hard to keep our clients out of the court process, and therefore are able to advise our clients where alternative dispute resolution methods are required. We assist our clients to create a strategy that enables settlement of matters out of court.

Some of our deals include:

  • Acting for Heineken Group in connection with a disputed termination of distribution agreements.
  • Acting for Gulf African Petroleum Corporation, in connection with a disputed proposed sale of its entire issued share capital to Total Outre-Mer S.A, by its employees, amongst others.

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Bowmans (Coulson Harney) - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Evans Monari
- 5 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing commercial disputes practice representing major clients in the natural resources, shipping and banking sectors, among others. Often instructed on cross-border litigation and arbitration, with notable skill in IP, competition and investment-related disputes.

Strengths Clients say: "They're fantastic. I love working with them. They meet my expectations and they're very creative in coming up with solutions."

Interviewees continue: "They are always available and very flexible. They have taken the time to understand our business and therefore give us very high-quality advice. They are also value for money."

Work highlights Defended MultiChoice Africa before the Competition Tribunal in a case concerning exclusive broadcasting rights, the outcome of which will have implications for the pay-TV model in Kenya.

Acted for Aviation Industry Corporation of China on an environmental litigation case valued at approximately KES10 billion.

Significant clients Wananchi Group, Base Titanium, Dalbit Petroleum, Genghis Capital, Ericsson Kenya.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Evans Monari is "very well regarded and has many solid years behind him." Clients recognise him for his "good understanding of the commercial issues at stake. He gets to the heart of things quickly."

Anthony Njogu impresses clients with his "responsiveness and ability to rise to the occasion," as well as his "ability to translate business information into legal argument." Sources add: "He brings a wealth of experience and has a real aura about him. He has a real mastery of his subject." His expertise includes public procurement and IP.

Sean Omondi is often mandated on employment and labour disputes, where he demonstrates notable skill in lay-offs and collective bargaining, as well as policy advice. He is also involved in a number of general commercial disputes.

About the Team (content provided by Bowmans (Coulson Harney))

We deliver practical legal solutions to the highest international standards both in Kenya, and Africa. We provide our clients with clear, relevant and timely legal advice and actively pursue all possible avenues of dispute resolution in order to assist them in achieving their objectives and managing their legal risks with as little disruption to their business as possible.

We are proud to be regarded as one of the pre-eminent dispute resolution teams in Africa. Our services include litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. In addition, the size of our team means that we are able to offer a high degree of specialisation across a variety of areas. We are proactive in resolving disputes in the best interest of our clients, emphasising the need to be efficient and expedient in the chosen course of action.

Our lawyers have vast expertise in trial advocacy in local courts, tribunals and statutory bodies. Our team also offers alternative dispute resolution services which include settlement negotiations, arbitration and mediation where necessary. The lawyers at Bowmans Coulson Harney have a vast amount of experience of advising on complex and large-scale transactions.

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Senior Statesmen

Pheroze Nowrojee Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

The eminent Pheroze Nowrojee of Pheroze Nowrojee Advocates continues to be regarded as a go-to lawyer for constitutional matters and high-profile public interest cases. Peers extol his prowess as an "excellent court lawyer."

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Kenneth A Fraser SC

Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

From the Chambers Global guide

Peers agree that Ken Fraser SC is "without doubt a top-tier lawyer." He remains a prominent expert in disputes relating to tax, debt recovery and receiverships, and acts for a number of leading banks. He also represents several energy companies and public utilities in significant litigation matters and constitutional petitions, and is noted by sources for his meticulous approach.

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Ngatia & Associates

From the Chambers Global guide

"Top lawyer" Fred Ngatia of Ngatia & Associates maintains his formidable reputation for litigation. He is highly esteemed by peers, who consider him "very eloquent" and "very good on his feet."

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Oraro & Company Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

The eminent Chacha Odera is widely recognised as a leading disputes lawyer, particularly in the areas of banking and finance and employment. In a career of close to 30 years, he has acted for a number of major local and regional banks on significant litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution matters. Peers remark that he is "very strong, particularly in employment cases," and one adds: "I've got great respect for him."

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James Ochieng' Oduol

TripleOKLaw Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

James Ochieng' Oduol garners stellar feedback from peers, who consider him to be "very good on his feet." He is highly regarded for his recent work on behalf of the Central Bank of Kenya, which includes an approximately USD432.4 million suit filed against Imperial Bank's former directors following an alleged fraud.

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Kaplan & Stratton

From the Chambers Global guide

Fred Ojiambo SC is widely respected for his remarkable career in dispute resolution. A renowned litigator, he continues to handle a number of very high-profile commercial and criminal cases, including a pro bono matter in which he acted for the families of three individuals allegedly murdered by state security agencies. Interviewees are quick to praise his "great advice" and regard him as "a good guy to have on big matters."

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George O Oraro SC

Oraro & Company Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

George Oraro SC is held in exceedingly high esteem by the Kenyan legal community. Peers note that he is a "very, very good courtroom lawyer" and "very well respected for his opinions and advice." He is often involved in novel cases and is recognised for his frequent appearances at the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He is also regularly called upon to serve as an arbitrator.

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Oraro & Company Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Walter Amoko's reputation is considered to be on the rise, with him handling an increasing number of highly significant cases relating to PPPs and public procurement. He is equally well versed in land matters and has also been influential in a number of key regulatory rulings, including in the TMT sector.

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Kaplan & Stratton

From the Chambers Global guide

Highly respected litigator Peter Gachuhi remains a prominent figure in the disputes sphere, frequently representing clients in competition matters, as well as insurance, construction and environmental cases.

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C. Waweru Gatonye

Waweru Gatonye & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Waweru Gatonye of Waweru Gatonye & Co is very well regarded for his tax and competition expertise. He garners praise from across the market, with sources remarking: "He's a tough opponent to go up against, and he does very detailed preparation."

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Wamae & Allen Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Allen Gichuhi is the senior partner of Wamae & Allen Advocates and noted for his impressive track record in contentious mandates. He has represented major hospitality and oil and gas clients and also possesses considerable expertise in banking disputes.

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Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Karori Kamau was described by one client as "very sharp and very commercially minded." Another added: "He's very good at bringing together two opposing parties and finding a commercial resolution." In addition to his prowess in litigation, he is also well respected for arbitration work. He has advised on a number of significant disputes in sectors ranging from banking to real estate.

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Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

From the Chambers Global guide

Respected practitioner Kiragu Kimani is frequently active in Court of Appeal cases. His expertise encompasses tax and general commercial litigation, as well as disputes occurring in the energy sector.

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Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

From the Chambers Global guide

Michi Kirimi is a strong litigator with notable expertise in employment and financial services disputes. Her highlights also include acting for an energy company in an approximately USD100 million case arising from its termination of a pipeline construction contract. Clients say: "She's detail-oriented but at the same time able to see the bigger picture. She makes sure the client's best interest is at the heart of the advice she delivers."

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Kaplan & Stratton

From the Chambers Global guide

Nazima Malik is highlighted by sources for her impressive handling of tax and public procurement cases, advising a stellar clientele of global companies. A source said: "She's the most respected lawyer for tax disputes - she has handled many of the biggest transfer pricing cases in the country. What I like most is the amount of time she gives me as a client. She really learns to understand your business before she acts."

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Mohammed Muigai Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner Mohammed Nyaoga is held in high esteem by peers in the dispute resolution market. He continues to represent clients in a wide range of litigation and is considered "very, very good" by market commentators. He is currently chair of the board of directors of the Central Bank of Kenya.

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TripleOKLaw Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

John Ohaga is widely regarded as "a very, very fine lawyer," particularly in the area of alternative dispute resolution. Sources add that he is "very strong in arbitration" and "a top lawyer, without any doubt." He acts for major corporate and state entities on a broad range of commercial disputes.

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Band 2

Njoroge Regeru & Company Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Njoroge Regeru is recognised for his increasing prominence in arbitration matters, as well as his deft handling of court litigation. Peers say: "He's one of the leading lawyers in this market, for sure." He is recognised for his work on high-profile disputes, particularly in the banking sector.

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Band 3

Mohammed Muigai Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Geoffrey Imende is managing partner at the firm and a respected litigator. He has notable experience in the areas of procurement, energy and construction disputes, and is also well versed in constitutional and human rights cases.

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Band 3

Bowmans (Coulson Harney)

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Evans Monari is "very well regarded and has many solid years behind him." Clients recognise him for his "good understanding of the commercial issues at stake. He gets to the heart of things quickly."

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Band 3

Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Martin Munyu is often mandated on construction, insurance and employment disputes. He defended Kenya Commercial Bank in a dispute against one of its debtors relating to the bank's statutory right to sell assets in order to recover a debt. Clients recognise that "he really knows his way around the courtroom."

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Band 3

Kishore Nanji Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Mombasa-based Kishore Nanji of Kishore Nanji Advocates is a respected litigator and continues to represent clients in an array of commercial disputes. He is considered "an excellent lawyer" by market commentators.

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Band 4

Anjarwalla & Khanna

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of department Aisha Abdallah is described by sources as "everything you'd want in a cross-border partner. She had a good conceptual sense of where we needed to go." She frequently handles anti-corruption investigations and related litigation.

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Band 4

Kaplan & Stratton

From the Chambers Global guide

Esther Kinyenje is particularly well regarded for her advice to employers, notably in industrial relations disputes. She is also very active in general commercial cases and recently counselled OPIC on its opposition to a claim by which a borrower attempted to prevent the realisation of a security.

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Band 4

Mohammed Muigai Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Guto Mogere is noted for his increasing prominence in the market. He undertakes a diverse range of litigation and arbitration, notably for major employers and banks. He has additional experience in judicial review work.

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Band 4

Bowmans (Coulson Harney)

From the Chambers Global guide

Anthony Njogu impresses clients with his "responsiveness and ability to rise to the occasion," as well as his "ability to translate business information into legal argument." Sources add: "He brings a wealth of experience and has a real aura about him. He has a real mastery of his subject." His expertise includes public procurement and IP.

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Band 4

TripleOKLaw Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Eugene Nyamunga continues to be recognised for his experience in constitutional law and public interest cases. He is now head of the firm's emerging markets department.

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Band 4

Walker Kontos

From the Chambers Global guide

Paul Ogunde of Walker Kontos frequently handles financial services and insurance disputes. He is noted for his depth of knowledge and demonstrates further notable experience in constitutional petitions. Clients remark: "He has been involved in litigating on matters of public interest which have had a tremendous impact on the legal environment."

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Band 4

Bowmans (Coulson Harney)

From the Chambers Global guide

Sean Omondi is often mandated on employment and labour disputes, where he demonstrates notable skill in lay-offs and collective bargaining, as well as policy advice. He is also involved in a number of general commercial disputes.

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Band 4

Shapley Barret & Co

From the Chambers Global guide

Desterio Oyatsi of Shapley Barret & Co is regarded as "a very good court lawyer" and is recognised for his strong track record in commercial disputes. He is currently chair of the board of directors of Commercial Bank of Africa.

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Band 4

Emmanuel Wetang'ula

Mohammed Muigai Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Emmanuel Wetang'ula is noted by sources for his expertise in criminal law. Interviewees say: "He's really good." He acts at all levels of the Kenyan courts and also has a strong track record in matters relating to public law.

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Band 4

Kaplan & Stratton

From the Chambers Global guide

Cosima Wetende remains active across all areas of dispute resolution, notably advising on cases relating to employment. She is also well equipped to assist with construction and insurance cases.

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Up and Coming

Oraro & Company Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Noella Lubano is particularly well regarded in the field of arbitration. Peers say: "She's definitely a talent for the future." She has recently played a notable role in several important fraud and asset recovery cases.

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Up and Coming

Kaplan & Stratton

From the Chambers Global guide

James Muthui is developing a strong disputes practice, both in litigation and in arbitration. He handles energy, intellectual property and employment disputes and is recognised by interviewees for his deft handling of land and property cases. Clients say: "He's a good litigator and really responds quickly. He's very on top of things and always on time."

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Up and Coming

MMAN Advocates

From the Chambers Global guide

Jomo Nyaribo of MMAN Advocates is earning a name for himself in the Kenyan legal community as an up-and-coming litigator. Sources note his increasingly active caseload.

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Associates to watch

Anjarwalla & Khanna

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior associate Faith Macharia is praised for her impressive technical knowledge and is involved in a number of cases in the oil and gas and financial services sectors, including corporate investigations. One interviewee remarked: "I was very impressed. She gives very good insights and is always on top of facts and strategy. She's definitely a rising star."

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