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Kenneth W. Akide, SC: The 45th President of LSK and Gentle Giant of Law in Kenya

Kenneth Akide is a lawyer who has literally been there and done it having practiced law for more than a quarter of a century and sat at the helm of many corporate entities. His leadership was proven in steering LSK through the transition into the Constitution of Kenya 2010 dispensation.



Kenneth W. Akide, SC, the 45th President of the Law Society of Kenya and Managing Partner of Akide & Company Advocates

Kenneth Wabwire Akide is truly a giant of the legal profession in Kenya being one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and recognized lawyers in the country. As an advocate of the rank of Senior Counsel who has practiced law for more than a quarter of a century and distinguished himself in legal practice and public service, Akide remains very accessible to clients and courteous to colleagues, a trait that has won him the trust of his many clients, most of whom are leading blue-chip companies in Kenya.

Indeed, the current state of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) makes many lawyers in practice and in-house remember and miss the days of Senior Counsel Akide at the helm of LSK with nostalgia. As the 45th President of LSK from March 2010 to March 2012, Senior Counsel Akide served the society with distinction goes down in the annals of Kenya’s history as the LSK President who was in office during the promulgation of the current Constitution of Kenya and the man who led LSK council in doing its part to midwife the country’s transition into the current Constitutional dispensation.

Senior Akide oversaw the first election of LSK Representatives to Judicial Service Commission in December 2010 with Florence Mwangangi and Ahmednassir Abdullahi being elected the Female and Male Representatives respectively. He also led the process of nominating LSK Members to the inaugural membership of Constitutional Commissions without any controversy. It is in recognition of his exemplary service to the legal and public service in Kenya that President Mwai Kibaki conferred Akide the rank of “Senior Counsel” on 11th December 2012.

Consistent Excellence in Practice of Law

But before and after he was the 45th LSK President, Senior Counsel Akide always excelled in the practice of law. He is the Founding and Managing Partner of Akide & Company, the law firm he founded in 1996, where he practices law along with 2 other partners and a handful of associates. Akide & Co. Advocates is one of Nairobi City’s foremost commercial and dispute resolution law firms which is committed “to providing world class legal services to effectively address the legal issues of its clients.”

Senior Counsel Akide is a very experienced and highly sought-after legal counsel and consultant for his wealth of experience and wide exposure given his status in the legal profession and his many years in legal practice. As the Managing Partner of Akide & Co. Advocates, Senior Counsel Akide’s main responsibilities include offering legal advice to clients as well as laying out winning strategy for his clients in both transactions, deals and matters in court and other forums. He also assists clients in conveyancing and guiding real estate projects, negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, leases and mortgages.

Senior Counsel Akide is also involved in the day to day running of the firm where he plays a key role in the overall leadership, managing and guiding over dozen-member team at the firm. He is also called upon from time to time to offer legal advisory especially in the areas of corporate governance, energy law, natural resources, mining and extractives, constitutional law and devolution, environmental law and advocacy and insurance law.

Outstanding legal practice and recent relevant experience

Akide & Company lawyers including Senior Counsel Akide stand out for their outstanding legal practice and recent relevant experience in commercial transactions and conveyancing, litigation and ADR, environmental law, constitutional law and governance, insurance law, natural resources and extractives law, corporate governance, procurement law, joint ventures, privatization and trust law. George Munene is the Partner in charge of Commercial and Conveyancing while Martha T. Mwakio is in charge of Litigation and ADR.

Senior Counsel Akide, a Certified Public Secretary (CPS), heads the Corporate Governance and Emerging Law Areas Practice. Together with his team, he has successfully executed complex mandates that include incorporation of companies, private, public and foreign companies and subsidiaries, purchase of assets by companies, mergers & acquisitions including company spin off and establishment, competition law, joint ventures, inward and outward bound investment and finance, risk control and management.

In Litigation and ADR, Senior Counsel Akide and his team have acted for high net worth clients including corporates and individuals in numerous proceedings in all courts and tribunals including constitutional petitions, judicial review matters, and Election petitions. The firm has also advised and represented clients in ADR matters including Arbitration and Mediation. Most of the firm’s legal team are qualified arbitrators with Senior Counsel Akide being a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Kenyan Chapter. The firm has also assisted in instituting and prosecuting several public interest litigation matters as part of their pro bono legal practice.

Seasoned Corporate Leader and Public Servant

Senior Counsel Akide also has wide experience and perspective in several legal areas serving as the board member of various public institutions. Previously he served as a Member of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), National Council on the Administrative Justice, Public Complaints Committee under the National Environmental Management Authority, Insurance Advisory Board, Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Advisory Council of URAIA Trust, Council of Legal Education and Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee of the CLE Board.

Senior Counsel Akide graduated from University of Nairobi with an LLB (Hons) Degree and proceeded to Kenya School of Law where he obtained a Diploma in Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1996 and has remained an active member of the Law Society of Kenya in good standing. He represented the Law Society of Kenya in Workshops and Symposia on various fields of law during his tenure. He has attended several courses in law and International Commercial Arbitration, both locally and abroad. In addition, he is a Member of Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS), East African Law Society and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya.


Eric Kivuva: Reset and Calibrate for a Nairobi LSK Branch that Delights Members

“My vision is for a Nairobi Branch that delights members because things work as they should to improve practice, welfare, and mentorship,” Eric Kivuva.




Eric Kivuva, Senior Partner at McKay Advocates and Nairobi LSK Branch Chair Candidate

By Eric Kivuva, Nairobi LSK Branch Chair Candidate 2024-2026

Nairobi Branch has had stability over the last few years but we seem to have stagnated on protecting and advocating for improvements in the practice environment and have become superficial about the real welfare issues of members. The time is nigh for us to reset our leadership and the branch. It is time to replace stagnation in practice with progress; Public relations in member care with results-oriented action; silence with empathy, disconnection with engagement. It is time for a reset and calibration of the branch for positive, progressive impact on our practice and welfare.

My Promise: To make Nairobi branch a truly world class branch when it comes to championing a better practice environment and more opportunities for members.

My Agenda: Our practice environment is not conducive for many advocates because of the bottlenecks that exist. We must prioritize practice matters if each one of us is to have a thriving practice so that you can not only meet your needs but also have a little more to create positive impact in the society.

My Reset and Calibrate Agenda

Agenda 1: Protect and Progress Practice Areas

  • Diligently follow through with implementation of CUCs and Bar-Bench Committee recommended actions.
  • Be proactive in monitoring changes in the legal sector and take measures to ensure advocates are not negatively affected by those changes.
  • Eliminate bottlenecks in practice areas specifically by championing efficiency at all registries i.e. Land Registries, Court Registries, Company Registries and KIPI.
  • Support the fight against corruption in the judiciary and the elimination of facilitation fees.

Agenda 2: Adoption of Emerging Practice Areas

  • Establish the emerging practice areas committee
  • Encourage greater collaboration with inhouse counsel to widen the practice space
  • Develop a simple guide to practice management

Agenda 3: Mentorship and Unity of the bar

  • Institute a practice mentorship program within the branch to equip members with skills and tools to help them build thriving practices.
  • Expand branch social activities and increase the frequency of the events to involve as many members as possible.

My Track Record

I have made significant contributions to the Nairobi branch without holding an elected position.

  1. I have been a staunch supporter of the Nairobi Branch, contributing through member donations and sponsoring numerous branch events.
  2. ⁠I played a pivotal role in establishing one of our most beloved traditions, the Nairobi Branch Quiz Night, alongside our esteemed first chair, Charles Kanjama, to foster camaraderie among members.
  3. ⁠I offered leadership during the organization of the first-ever LSK elections debate, where I not only facilitated as the MC but also ensured the event’s seamless execution.
  4. ⁠I contributed to the conceptualization of the Nairobi Legal Awards in 2021 organized by the Nairobi Branch and the inaugural Nrb Branch Christmas carols event.
  5. ⁠I consistently support the Nairobi branch financially and has served as a speaker at multiple branch events, most recently at a cocktail organized by the branch in August 2023.
  6. ⁠In recognition of my unwavering dedication, I was honored with the Committed Service Award in 2022, bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate exceptional commitment to branch activities.

There is no question that Nairobi LSK Branch holds a special place in my heart and that makes me the ideal candidate to lead the LSK Nairobi branch to new heights in the next two years.

My Vision for Nairobi Branch

My vision is for a Nairobi Branch that delights members because things work as they should to improve practice, welfare, and mentorship.

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Irene Kiwool: My Track Record and Call to PACT for Better Nairobi LSK

Irene Kiwool is calling for a PACT towards a Progressive and an All-Inclusive LSK Nairobi Branch Bar.




Irene Kiwool is running for LSK Nairobi Council Member 2024-2026 on PACK Agenda.

DownloadIrene Kiwool’s Manifesto for Nairobi LSK Council Member 2024-2026(PDF)


I am an advocate with 14 years post admission experience and a partner at Muchemi & Co. Advocates. For the past 6 years, my unwavering dedication and commitment to the bar has been evident through active participation on several Nairobi Branch Committees. This engagement has not only sharpened my legal acumen but has also allowed me to make meaningful contributions and impact to our legal community. I believe it is this commitment and dedication to our legal practice that led to my nomination as the Commercial and Conveyancing Practitioner of the Year in 2022 and listed among the Top 100 Real Estate and Finance Lawyers in Kenya in 2023.


Dedicated Leadership and Service

I have served diligently on the following committees:

  • Lands Liaison Committee
  • Commercial Practice Committee
  • ICT and IP (KIPI) Liaison Committee
  • Judicial Review Bar -Bench Committee
  • Devolution and Law Reform Committee
  • Ardhisasa Technical committee

Legal Practice Protection and Reform

I have played a pivotal role in safeguarding the legal practice and spearheading key reforms that support our profession and protecting our bread and butter.  Notable contributions include:

  • The gazettement of the Regulations on Electronic Conveyancing (The Land Registration (Electronic Transactions) Regulations, 2020),
  • The gazettement of The Regulations on Extension and Renewal of Leases (Land Extension and Renewal of Leases) Rules, 20l7.)
  • Development of a comprehensive Conversion Manual, which guides practitioners on the process to convert Land Titles and Deeds issued under the repealed land laws.
  • The manual is available on the Ministry of Lands Website.

Proactive Advocacy for Efficient Systems

I have been at the forefront lobbying and driving for improvements on the Ardhisasa System, to enhance its user-friendliness, responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness. Through my proactive engagements, we have achieved significant upgrades, unlocked key registrations at the Nairobi Registration Unit and facilitated the development and dissemination of training materials on the use of the Ardhisasa system.


  • Filing of Consolidated applications
  • Introduction of a Progress Status bar to track registration status
  • Reduced timelines for the registration of Foreign Accounts
  • Enhanced system functionalities including editing applications
  • Comprehensive upload capabilities for chargee’s covenants, previously limited to 500 words activation of several registration forms conducting
  • Searches without proprietor’s consent through an Advocate account for unconverted or unenumerated properties cleared by Ministry of Lands


  • Long -term leases through the Memorandum of Understanding between Ministry of Lands and LSK
  • Where modules are inactive registration is manual by seeking exemption from the Registrar
  • Manual registration for inactive modules by requesting for an exemption to register through the Chief Land Registrar
  • Transfers by Chargee
  • Deed of Variations of Charges
  • Replacement of lost Titles and reconstruction of the register.


I am committed to honoring the PACT (Protect, Account, Champion and Track), by continuing to serve members, this time as a council member. With your vote, together, we can bring inclusivity, integrity, innovation and impactful change to our resident bar.


  • Protect members bread and butter by prioritizing practice issues and defend against challenges from whatever source. Develop a proactive stance to anticipate and mitigate risks before they impact our members.
  • Lobby for the establishment of a Practice Forward Committee aimed at monitoring emerging challenges in the legal practice, focusing on the welfare of Advocates, the emerging areas of legal practice and recommending implementable solutions. This initiative would ensure that Advocates are well supported and equipped to navigate the evolving complexities of the legal field.
  • Lobby for creation of an online Nairobi Branch Members Directory that is publicly accessible, allowing Members of the public to easily locate and engage legal counsel thereby increasing visibility and accessibility for our members.
  • Lobby and develop a tracking mechanism to weed out masqueraders and unqualified persons through a justice multi- stakeholder approach


  • Advocate for Accountability and Transparency of Branch operations and financial affairs.
  • Lobby for the adoption and implementation of a stakeholder and institutional accountability tool to monitor and enhance service delivery across key partner institutions (the courts; the Land Registration Units, BRS, Ecitizen, KRA, Registrar of persons, Tribunals among other’s). This tool will aim to ensure transparency, responsiveness and efficiency, proactively addressing challenges and optimizing resource utilization Advocate for prudent utilization of Branch funds to maximize the benefits to our members.


  • Champion and spearhead legal reforms that reflect current needs and future challenges with the aim to strengthen and grow members’ practice.
  • Champion for strategic networking engagements, collaboration and knowledge exchange.
  • Establish dynamic forums and platforms for members to leverage expertise and access valuable resources thus contributing to members individual growth, overall development and innovation within the legal practice.
  • Champion and spearhead the drafting and publication of a comprehensive manual that provides guidance on electronic conveyancing aiming to streamline and enhance conveyancing practice.


  • Establish a tracking system to regularly assess the welfare support mechanisms in place, ensuring they effectively contribute to the progression and growth of members.
  • Track the effectiveness of the mentorship program and develop strategic policies to expand the pool of mentors and enhance the quality of mentorship.
  • Lobby for the establishment and implementation of a performance metric’s system to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of branch committees. This metrics will be reviewed periodically to foster continuous improvement.


  1. Member of the Co -ordinating Committee that is tasked with the mandate to co-ordinate the review of the National Land Policy.
  2. Member of the Nairobi Lands Justice Working Group whose mandate is to identify the root causes and address systemic and endemic challenges in the administration of land justice in Nairobi County.
  3. Member at the Lands and Housing Sector Board Committee at KEPSA and public Policy and Advocacy Committee at KPDA.
  4. Member of the Kenya School of Law Mentorship programme.

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Njoki Mboce: I am Members Project for LSK President




By Njoki Mboce for LSK President 2024-2026 Team

Today, LSK faces an existential threat from those who seek to compromise its mandate by aligning with the regime in ongoing attempts to undermine the place of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and erode the Rule of Law. This has the potential to regress the country to a state of impunity and dictatorship reminiscent of the past.

In such turbulent times, the LSK requires a leader who is resolute, decisive, and impartial. Harriet Njoki Mboce is this suitable leader, with a firm reputation, who will speak Truth to power in the face of encroaching dictatorship.

The actions of a candidate are a mirror of who they are, and what they will be in office. If a candidate wants the office at all costs, and abuses members’ trust to get there, they will have no integrity while in office. Harriet Njoki Mboce is unequivocally the LSK Members’ project. Boldly and firmly acting to defend Independence of the BAR, institutions, and the Rule of Law, she has maintained this commitment throughout her campaigns for President of LSK. This offers a strong basis to fearlessly champion members’ interests and protect the BAR from capture by the State and unscrupulous cartels.

Growing up, I dreamt of being a Navy Officer. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I would one day be seeking the Presidency of an organisation previously led by impeccable names such as SC Gibson Kamau Kuria, SC Pheroze Nowrojee, SC Paul Muite, SC Hon Dr. Willy Mutunga (CJ Emeritus) and SC Raychelle Omamo, among others. It has taken resilience and a high dose of firm, and bold commitment to get here.

LSK requires a leader to withstand the pressure within and without, and to take the heat on behalf of the membership, whenever the Country and the Society’s living tenets come under threat. This resilience as a quality in the President of LSK enables me in a big way to see the wider horizon of the environment we operate in, to prepare for the storms and to boldly and firmly focus and act on our bigger mandate.

Come elections day, 29th February, 2024, I invite members to ask themselves: Which candidate shows real signs that they will not be corrupted, will run an accountable organisation and will sustain the moral and probity to place the LSK on a path of Independence? I humbly seek your vote to bring this desire home. Please vote for the Member’s project, Harriet Njoki Mboce, HSC for President of The Law Society of Kenya (2024-2026)

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