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Gikera & Vadgama Advocates: The Go-to Law Firm for Innovative Legal Services in Kenya

Today, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is a full-service law firm boasting six (6) able Partners who are widely and consistently lauded as top notch lawyers and leading experts in their respective fields of specialization.

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Gikera & Vadgama Advocates (GVA) is by many standards the most innovative law firms in Kenya. While many other law firms are steeped in tradition and afraid to try out new ideas, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates has built a reputation as the place where the boldest new ideas in legal practice are tested and proven. From being the first law firm in Kenya to have an in-house podcast to being the first law firm to host its own branded Golf Tournament, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is always ready to put new and good ideas to test in service of its clients.

The firm which is on its 11th year since establishment has steadily grown from humble beginnings to one of Kenya’s leading law firms with an increasing presence in the East African region and across Africa. It has achieved this by providing excellent and personalized service to its growing clientele combined with a bold and dynamic vision for the future of legal practice, the drive behind the quest for innovation at Gikera & Vadgama Advocates.

Today, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is a full-service law firm boasting six (6) able Partners who are widely and consistently lauded as top notch lawyers and leading experts in their respective fields of specialization. True to its mission of providing high quality and innovative legal services to clients, the firm remains committed to breaking new ground and embracing emerging practices in law and business to provide value-added and practical solutions to its clients.

Thus, in the middle of Covid-19 lockdown, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates launched the GVA Legal podcast, a bi-monthly podcast featuring knowledgeable lawyers and professionals from different sectors of the economy to help demystify topical legal issues of the day for the public and its clients. The Podcast is now in its 11th Episode and has so far addressed legal issues around employment and labour relations, work injury, marriage, adoption and impact of Covid-19 on employment, cancer and human resource policy.

As proof of the length to which Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is ready to go empower its lawyers and to provide clients with the best counsel possible, the GVA Podcast hosted by firm’s Dispute Resolution Associate Andrew Njenga, has even hosted advocates from other firms who are recognized experts in their field of specialization. These include Irene Kashindi, an expert in Employment Law and Partner at Munyao, Muthama & Kashindi, Leah Kiguatha, Marriage Law Guru and the Principal at Kiguatha & Company Advocates and Virginia Kimenyi, an Expert in Children and Adoption Law and the Principal at Kimenyi & Company Advocates.

Gikera & Vadgama Advocates made headlines as the first law in Kenya to host its own corporate branded Golf tournament, the GVA Golf for its lawyers and clients to interact in a relaxed environment. With the theme “When Golf Meets the Bar; That is perfect practice,” the tournament was hosted at the Royal Nairobi Golf Club and attracted participants from the firm’s corporate and private clients and service partners including Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).

Gikera & Vadgama Advocates is also one of the few law firms in Kenya to engage a leading marketing research firm to carry out a market survey of what its clients and non-clients think about the firm, its quality of service and what clients expect from it. According to TIFA Research in its findings, “the results were impressive, on the attribute of customer service, GVA scored over 95%; on quality of professional services, GVA scored over 95% and on perception, technical knowhow and quality of service delivery, the firm scored over 95% too.”

The findings of the market research partly informed the launch of GVA 2.0, the firm’s current strategic plan to inform its purpose, mission, vision and approach for the next decade, 2020 to 2030.  GVA’s purpose is “to provide High quality, innovative and reliable legal Services.” The firm is on a mission “to be the go-to law firm for professional and client-centric legal services.” The firm’s overriding vision is “to be a dynamic law firm recognized for exceptional, consistent and reliable legal services across Africa.”

The founding partner of Gikera & Vadgama Advocates Stephen Njoroge Gikera, his five (5) partners, five (5) associates and over fifty (50) paralegal and administrative members of support staff appear determined to build an innovative firm “suited to the modern economy and an interconnected world.” And while a strategic plan is not what one would expect from a law firm, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates clients have come to expect out of the box approach and solutions from the firm which clearly lives on the edge of innovation.

Gikera & Vadgama has six departments each headed by one of the firm’s partners namely, Stephen Gikera (Chairman of Partnership Board), Punit Vadgama (Senior Partner and Head of Infrastructure, Projects and PPPs), Kananu Mutea (Head of Dispute Resolution), Steve Ouma (Head of Corporate and Commercial Law), Stella Ojango (Head of Employment and Pensions Law and in-charge Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeits) and Emma Ochieng (Head of Personal Law). The firm has so far 3 branches in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nanyuki but seems poised to achieve unparalleled presence across Africa through partnership and digital innovations.

There is no doubt the innovative streak straddles every aspect of Gikera & Vadgama Advocates operations. In thought leadership, the firm has organized a number of world-class events for clients including Seminar for Zamara Pension Trustees and Legal Audit and Compliance Breakfast Training Event. And as if to prepare the clients for the future of innovation at Gikera & Vadgama Advocates, the firm is in the process of implementing GVA Kiosk, its proposed platform to offer over 150 legal document templates on demand for clients and others user in Kenya.

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A Toolkit for Customers on accessing Financial Services in Kenya

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By HMS Advocates LLP | info@hms.africa

Financial service providers such as banks, SACCOS and other institutions offer customers products and services that empower them to manage and grow their financial resources. As part of our Initiative to raise Financial awareness during Global Money Week, 2024 we have summarized some of the matters Customers should consider when accessing financial services:

  1. Tariffs and Commissions

As with any business, Financial Institutions charge customers for their products and services. These charges, more commonly known as Tariffs and Commissions, are levied on the Institutions offerings, and are not limited to fees charged on transactional accounts, loan accounts, credit cards and the various channels customers transact across. Financial institutions are required to advise their customers about applicable tariffs they will pay for day-to-day running of the account. Customers should be aware that it is best practice for these Financial Institutions to notify their customers at least 30 days in advance or before material account changes are effected.

  1. Loans and Change of Interest or Profit Rates

Interest Rates that are charged when a customer secures a Loan with a Financial Institution may from time to time be reviewed by their Financial Institution. In such an event the Financial Institution should inform their consumer on the change the interest rates on accounts and should provide notice in line with standard notification practice. For Islamic banking customers on the other hand term “Interest” does not apply but rather Profit and as per Shari’ah Principles, once a contract of financing has been signed between the bank and the customer, none of these parties has the right to change the profit rate, regardless of the fluctuation of rates in the market.

  1. Rights to accurate reporting and confidentiality

In as much Customers do make a lot of effort to repay their Loans there are circumstances under which some Customers have often found that their details have been inaccurately published by the Credit Reference Bureau therefore being detrimental to any future borrowings. Customers however have the right to dispute any inaccurate information published by the Credit Reference Bureau, including incomplete or inaccurate information and there are laws and regulations on how to settle these disputes.

  1. Closure or Freezing of Accounts

Some Customers may experience the closure of freezing of accounts. It should be noted that unless there are exceptional circumstances, a bank should not suspend or close an account without giving the account signatory at least a 14 day notice. However, if the Bank is required to freeze the account in compliance with statutory requirements or legal obligation, a post freeze notice should be given to the customer promptly.

  1. Reporting on Unclaimed Financial Assets

Lastly, Financial service providers such as banks are required on an annual basis to hand over to the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority any unclaimed deposits (cash, cheques, and other assets of financial value) that have not been accessed by the customer in over 2 years. Therefore, customers must ensure that they transact on their accounts so as to prevent their account from falling dormant. In conclusion, Article 46 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010) sets out laws and acceptable practices that the providers of goods and services should adopt when engaging consumers. In addition to the Constitution, the Consumer Protection Act 2012 prevents unfair business practices in consumer transactions. Both Financial Institutions as well as their customers should familiarise themselves with these laws.

About the Author: HMS Africa Advocates LLP is among the foremost innovative and full-service Law Firm in Kenya. The firm serves clients in diverse sectors and areas including Banking and Financial Sector, Real Estate and Construction, Corporate and Commercial Sectors and Litigation and Dispute Resolution. The firm  clients extend across the globe with a presence in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and Egypt. 

This article is for general informational purposes only, it is not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact HMS Advocates LLP at info@hms.africa.

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Top 25 Law Firms in Kenya 2024: Githuku & Githuku Advocates LLP

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GITHUKU & GITHUKU ADVOCATES LLP

Established in 2016| Partners: 2 | Principal Office: Nairobi

Contacts: Kose Heights, 3rd Floor, Apartment F 3.4, Argwings Kodhek Road, Hurlingham, Nairobi, Kenya.

Telephone: (+254) 725 759 887 / (+254) 723 634 410

Email: info@githukuadvocates.co.ke; githukuadvocates@gmail.com

Website: www.githukuadvocates.co.ke

Download: Githuku & Githuku Advocates LLP Profile (PDF)

The Firm

Githuku & Githuku Advocates LLP is a full-service law firm that constitutes of several advocates, legal consultants and a number of paralegal and administrative staff. The firm was established in April 2016 by the founding partners Hannah Wangui Githuku and Dianah Wanjeri Githuku. The firm’s vision is to provide legal services to all businesses, institutions or persons, to offer practical solutions to our clients and to be universally recognized as a full-service law firm.

The firm undertakes to embrace client’s needs and address them soundly by offering turn-around time, to enable them make informed decisions. The firm has a reputation for providing exceptional legal services. The firm lawyers are renowned for their commitment to excellence and for ability to find innovative solutions to the most complex of legal problems which clients recognize and value.

The firm currently has offices in the prestigious environs of Hurlingham area at Kose Heights Building 3rd Floor Suite F3.4 located on Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi. It has associate lawyers and consultants to enable the firm deal with matters across the country under one umbrella. The firm stands out for its resolve to provide amicable and effective solution-oriented services in a timely manner to its clients and offers the full spectrum of legal service and aid to a diverse clientelle base.

Practice Areas

Githuku & Githuku Advocates LLP offer a diversity of expertise in all areas of major practice. The firm lawyers offer a full complement of Legal Services in the following practice areas: Property and Conveyancing Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Tax Law, Constitutional/ Administrative Law, Competition Law, Contracts Law, Labour and Employment Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property Law, Notarial Practice, Family Law, Administrative and Public Law, Banking and Finance Law, Energy Law, Legal and Governance Audit, Probate, Succession and Trusts, General Litigation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Consultancy on matters of law and Entertainment Law.

Firm Partners

Hannah Wangui Githuku is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 15 years standing and the Partner in charge of Legal Research, Conveyancing and Commercial Department. She holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from the University of Nairobi, a Bachelors of Laws Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and one in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Human Resource Management. She is also a qualified Tax Agent. She has extensive high-level experience in Commercial matters, Conveyancing, Civil and Criminal litigation, Company Secretarial and Preparation and Reviews of Agreements for Sale, Leases, Transfers, Charges, Discharges of Charge, Chattel Mortgages, Debentures and Registration of Documents. She has recognized as one the top 100 lawyers in Real Estate and Finance Law in Kenya.

Dianah Wanjeri Githuku is the Partner in charge of Litigation, Consultancy, Taxation and Legal Audit Department, an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 14 Years standing, a Tax Agent, a Patent Agent, a Notary Public and Commissioner of Oath. She holds Bachelors of Law Degree from Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law and is pursuing her Masters in Leadership and Governance. She has broad experience in litigation and commercial law gained working for leading firms and the legal department of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) where she prosecuted complex and high value tax cases on behalf of KRA in Commercial, Constitutional and Judicial Review Divisions and Tax Appeal Tribunal. She has vast training and exposure in negotiation, drafting and management of contract, oil and gas contracting and trial advocacy.

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Top 25 Law Firms in Kenya 2024: John Bwire & Associates

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John Bwire & Associates Advocates

Established in 2016

Number of Partners: 3

Number of Associates: 3

Principal Office: Mombasa

Download PDF: John Bwire & Associates Advocates Law Firm Profile

Practice Areas and Expertise

John Bwire & Associates Advocates is one of the most vibrant and well-established upcoming law firms in Kenya with rich diverse legal practices and a highly knowledgeable and experienced legal team. The firm specializes in Real estate law, International law, Matrimonial and family law, Personal injury and medical malpractice, Debt collection, Tax services, Aviation law, Commercial law, Insurance law, Conveyancing, Appellate Litigation, Law Tort and General negligence, Human rights law and practice, Employment and Labour Law and Practice, Arbitration and alternate dispute resolution, Admiralty and Maritime law and Judicial review of administrative and government action. The firm also offers specialist legal services including Patents and Copyrights, Trademarks, mining and prospecting, tax planning and establishment and registration of pension and provident funds.

John Bwire & Associates Advocates provides a comprehensive range of legal services to all its clients that spans across various sectors. The firm’s expertise spans across a number of industries and sectors, including leading corporate, banking and financial institutions, government parastatals and regulators, as well as high net-worth entrepreneurs.

John Bwire & Associates Advocates is structured into two departments – The Litigation Department which deals with all litigation and The Commercial and Conveyancing Department which deals with all non-litigation work. Clients’ work is allocated and supervised by the partner in charge of the Department in which the work is done. Where the client wishes to have a contact partner to whom all their work is referred in the first instance, the firm is glad to arrange for that.

The Firm’s Approach and Facilities

John Bwire & Partners Advocates is always driven by the commitment to ensure excellence in provision of legal services and strives to provide a complete legal and advisory solution to clients through tailormade insights and experience. John Bwire & Associates Advocates keeps close contact with clients to reman connected to them and intimately understand their individual and business legal needs to offer added value.

The firm has also built enviable connections with local regulators and accumulated wealth of experience of and insights in dealing with and handling local issues, regional and cross-border legal services in all business aspects across jurisdictions using a “one-stop shop” approach. In addition, the firm lawyers have cultivated commercial legal skills in specialist areas to serve local and international clients better at national, regional and global stage.

The has modern office facilities that include computerized word processing and accounting systems. The firm has invested to take advantage of the digital revolution and remote access and is accessible online and offline in maintaining the advocate-client relationship. The firm’s clientele entails local, regional and international businesses including listed companies, banking and financial institutions, insurance companies, private equity funds, venture capital and institutional equity investors, telecommunication companies, project developers and financiers, multilateral lenders, industrial and commercial companies, real estate developers, professional firms as well as government and public organizations.

The Firm’s People

John Bwire & Associates Advocates team comprises Managing partner and three (3) senior partners supported by 3 legal assistants and about a dozen support staff. The Managing Partner Hon John Bwire previously he worked as a partner at Kithi and Company Advocates and as an associate at the firm of Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates and the firm of Nchogu, Omwanza & Nyasimi Advocates. His practice mainly focuses on Civil and Commercial litigation in the Court of Appeal, High Court, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Subordinate courts, Business Premises Rent Tribunal and quasi-judicial bodies with a bias in land matters, labour /employment disputes, public law, banking and commercial disputes, insurance and personal injury claims, arbitration, family and succession and admiralty, maritime and shipping claims. The Other Partners of the firm are Patience Tumaini Lugo and Daniel Chokaa Muliro.

Contact John Bwire & Associates Advocates

Physical Address: Palli House, 4th Floor Nyerere Avenue

Postal Address: P.O Box 98731-80100 Mombasa

Telephone: +254 412 222 035 | +254 (0) 722 629 941

Cellphone: +254 (0) 726 003 750

Email: info@jblaw.co.ke / bwire@jblaw.co.ke

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