Senior Counsel John Ohaga, the Managing Partner of TripleOKLaw LLP, is one of Kenya’s most accomplished and awarded lawyers who is highly-regarded as a dispute resolution expert. Admitted to the bar in 1990, John has had an outstanding legal career spanning 31 years that has seen him handle numerous complex and precedent setting litigation matters, preside over high value domestic and international arbitration cases and manage an elite team made up of some of Kenya’s most venerated and all-round dispute resolution practitioners as co-head of the dispute resolution practice at TripleOKLaw. He has also stood out as the leader of one of Kenya’s most enduring and leading law firms for the last 25 years, steering it from mid-size law firm, to Africa’s Top 50 law firms in 2021 at No. 39 with 36 lawyers, one of the only three non-alliance law firms from Kenya and whole of East Africa to make it to the coveted list celebrating the 50 biggest law firms in Africa.
John was conferred the rank and dignity of Senior Counsel, the highest level of professional recognition for lawyers, by the President of the Republic of Kenya in July 2020. He was named Kenya’s Lawyer of the Year in 2020 in the 3rd Edition of Nairobi Legal Awards in December 2020, having been the 1st Runner Up Lawyer of the Year and won the Pupil Master of the Year in 2019 as recognition of his commitment to mentoring young lawyers. In 2021, he was the only Kenyan Finalist for the Partner of the Year Award 2021 at the African Legal Awards in September 2021. He was also featured as one of the Top 50 Arbitrators in Africa by The Legal 500 in Arbitration Powerlist 2021: Africa and Africa Arbitration Academy in 2020. In 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2021, John was the winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards (Litigation) in Kenya.
As Managing Partner, John has been hailed as a great team leader by both his clients and lawyers and one who has succeeded in building a legal team at TripleOKLaw described by the Legal 500 as “very well organized and clearly synergized.” Through his leadership, the firm enjoys a strong reputation for integrity and providing approachable, responsive, solution oriented, practical and valuable legal services to clients. The Legal 500 quotes a decision maker of one of TripleOKLaw clients who aptly defines John Ohaga as a leader “who delegates and allows his team members to explore and think through and agree on all possible interventions for further discussion. When we have met with him and his team, he has allowed them to fully express themselves and share and propose workable interventions.”
As a legal practitioner and litigator, John is acknowledged as an expert lawyer in several areas of law including administrative law, banking and finance, constitutional law, competition law, employment and labour law, property law, public procurement, and sports law. He advises numerous blue-chip companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, private companies, and some of Kenya’s largest State Corporations. He has regularly represented clients before all levels of the Kenyan courts for the last 31 years and is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Global 2021 as one of the Top 10 Outstanding lawyers in dispute resolution in Kenya and one who “displays an astute understanding of dispute resolution processes.”
As a Chartered Arbitrator, John is one Kenya’s elite Arbitrators and sits on the CIArb Presidential Panel of Arbitrators and is described by The Legal 500 as “a genuine leader in arbitration.” He has represented parties as counsel in several arbitration proceedings and acted in numerous disputes as either Party Appointed Arbitrator, Sole Arbitrator or Presiding Arbitrator. Due to his passion for arbitration, John was appointed Chairperson of the National Steering Committee for formulation of the ADR Policy by the Attorney General of Kenya, the team of leading ADR practitioner and experts reviewing ADR policy in Kenya. He is a member of the Judiciary’s Mediation Accreditation Committee and Chair of its Accreditation Committee as well as a member of the Judiciary Taskforce on the Implementation of the Court-Annexed Mediation Programme. He has also been the Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the last 5 years.
Senior Counsel John Ohaga has written extensively and presented numerous papers on dispute resolution especially Domestic and International Commercial Arbitration. He presented a paper on Commercial Practice and Developments in East Africa at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) 2016 in Mauritius among others. His legal alerts and insights have been published in leading legal portals including the Lexology, Mondaq and The Law Reviews (Sports Law Review). He is the co-author of the Kenyan Chapters on International Arbitration Laws and Regulations (2021) and Gambling Laws and Regulations (2021) of the International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG). He also co-authored the Litigation Trends and Developments 2021, a Chambers & Partners Practice Guide, on Litigation in Kenya.
John is a board member of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) where he chairs the Legislative Framework, Rules and Accreditation Committee and was programme director of the very first Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Conference. He is Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal, Chair of the Appeals Committee of the Advertising Standards Board, Member of Board of Trustees of the Mpesa Foundation and Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Member of Law Society of Kenya, East African Law Society (which recently appointed him to lead its Arbitration Committee), International Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Council for Commercial Arbitration and International Association of Managing Partners.
He graduated from University of Nairobi with LL.B Degree in 1989, a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law in 1990 and a Diploma in International Arbitration from Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) in 2018. He qualified as Member of the CIArb (MCIArb) in 2007, was admitted as Fellow of CIArb (FCIArb) in 2012, installed as a Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb) in 2018 and Accredited as a CIArb Mediator same year. He has completed an Advanced Arbitration Course, CIArb Course on Construction Claims and Fast-track to Fellowship Assessment. He holds a Certificate in Sports Arbitration from Kuala Lumpur Centre for International Arbitration (2017) and a Certificate in Negotiation and Leadership from Harvard Law School (2019). He is presently pursuing an LLM in International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary, University of London.
John did his pupilage at Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates (Dentons HHM today) and worked at the firm as Legal Assistant after admission for 3 years from 1990 to 1993. From 1993, he was an associate at R.A. Kassam & Company Advocates where he left to co-found the firm of Onyango, Ohaga & Company Advocates with Tom Onyango in 1996 as the Managing Partner. In 2002, after the firm merged with two others, he became the Managing Partner of Ochieng, Onyango, Kibet & Ohaga Advocates. In 2013, when the firm expanded and renamed TripleOKLaw Advocates, LLP, the partners retained him as Managing Partner to this day. Besides legal practice, John is an elite Sportsman and Former Rugby International Player for Kenya from 1987 to 1995 and a member of Mean Machine Rugby Team that won Kenya Cup in 1989 and 1990.
Top Lawyer | Kenya Podcast, Episode 5: Dr. Wilfred Mutubwa, Dr. Mutubwa Law Advocates
Dr. Wilfred A. Mutubwa is a Chartered Arbitrator (C. Arb) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb); Chairman Emeritus of the CIArb- Kenya Branch and African Arbitration Association’s African Arbitrator and ADR Practitioner of the Year 2023. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in good standing with a post-Admission experience of 18 years. He holds LL.B (Honours) and LL.M Degrees and LL.D focusing on International Economic Law from the University of South Africa. His research focuses on Trade and Investment Dispute Resolution systems in African regionalism and integration efforts. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law; a Post Graduate Diploma in Arbitration (CIArb –UK); and a Post Graduate Diploma in International Arbitration from the Africa Arbitration Academy. He is an Accredited Mediator by CIArb–UK and the Court Annexed Mediation Programme (CAMP) of the Kenyan Judiciary.
He is the founding Principal at Dr. Mutubwa Law Advocates; he is a senior Lecturer and Dean of the School of Law, Mt. Kenya University. He is also a course Director and Tutor in Arbitration and Mediation at CIArb-UK. He previously taught Commercial Transactions at the Kenya School of Law and Riara University.
He was recently appointed as one of the Court Members Representing the Republic of Kenya to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the leading treaty arbitration organisation in the world. He is currently a member of the Task Force appointed by the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya on ADR and specifically mandated to roll out Court Annexed Mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
He is an Arbitrator listed on London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC); the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA); the Kigali International Centre for International Arbitration; the African Arbitration Association (AAA); and the CIArb President’s Panels. He also serves on the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) international Arbitration Panels. He is a fellow of the Africa Arbitration Academy.
In 2021 he was appointed by the President of the Republic of Kenya to serve on the KNHR Commission Selection Panel, and by the Chief Justice of Kenya to serve as a Member of the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal. He was conferred with the exemplary recognition of the Order of the Grand Warrior of the Republic of Kenya by the President in the year 2021.
He has experience in over 60 Arbitrations and Mediations, as arbitrator, Mediator and Party Representative. He is currently serving in five investor-state arbitral references at the PCA. He has published a book, Commercial and Investment Arbitration: An African Perspective; and over 30 Articles on the subject in peer reviewed Journals. During his tenure as the Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya branch, he authored the State of Alternative Dispute Resolution Report (ADR) in Kenya, 2021. He has spoken in numerous conferences and has taught as a guest/visiting Lecturer in various universities including Strathmore University and University of Pretoria.
In 2017, he was recognised by IArb Africa as one of the top 100 Arbitrators in Africa. In 2020 he was named as one of the Top 50 rising Arbitration Personalities in Africa. In 2021 he was named by the Business Daily as one of the top 40 under 40 personalities in Kenya. In December 2022 hew was named top 30 Promising Arbitration Practitioners in Africa by the Africa Arbitration Academy; and ADR Practitioner of the year by the Nairobi Law Society Trust. He was also recognised as the ADR Practitioner of the year in the Nairobi Legal Awards. In October, 2023 The Lawyer Africa recognised him as a Top Arbitrator in Kenya.
Top Lawyer | Kenya Podcast, Episode 3: Gladys Mwangi, Nderi & Mwangi Advocates
Gladys Mwangi is a highly skilled Senior Legal Expert and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 17 years’ experience in providing a wide-range of cost-effective legal services that foster innovative approach in resolution of legal disputes. She specializes in Commercial Law and Family Law, where she offers both litigation and mediation services. In 2023, she was listed as one of TOP 100 LITIGATION IN KENYA IN 2023 for being one of the most distinguished litigators in Kenya.
Gladys is highly regarded as a Disputes Lawyer with a well-earned reputation of resolving complex legal disputes through litigation and mediation in the most efficient manner. She is highly skilled in court documentation and making persuasive arguments in court. She has prosecuted and defended many cases in superior courts, specialized courts and Tribunals in the Republic of Kenya. Recently, Gladys published what has become a popular textbook, Civil Litigation in Kenya, cementing her position as the emerging leading authority in the area.
Gladys is a Partner at Nderi and Mwangi Advocates in Charge of Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department. She is also the founder of Accord Mediation Chambers. She believes that commercial and family disputes can be resolved harmoniously by applying ADR (especially mediation) where litigation is not ideal. Hence, Accord Mediation Chambers compliments the dispute resolution legal services provided by Gladys and her team at Nderi & Mwangi Advocates. In addition, Gladys is very proficient in drafting and reviewing complex and specialized contracts. Gladys is also a trainer and has been engaged to offer bespoke legal training to small groups, corporates and NGOs in Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning and Labour laws.
Aside from her legal practice, Gladys is a respected Law Intellectual and a Lecturer of Law at Kenyatta University School of Law where she has also served as the Deputy Director of Students affairs. She is an active Member of Law Society of Kenya and East African Law Society and has served as a member of the Gender committee which supports society in making policies and driving discussions on matters of gender and law.
Gladys holds Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. She also holds Master of Laws (LLM) in Law, Governance and Democracy from the University of Nairobi. In addition to being an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she is a certified and accredited Mediator ( by the Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators (ICMC) and the Judiciary of Kenya), a Certified Secretary (CS) and member of Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS), a Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.
For more information on Gladys Mwangi, her book and services, visit her Website: https://gladysmwangi.com for more.
Dr. Kariuki Muigua’s 21 Years Journey to Top Arbitrator in Kenya 2023
The Top Arbitrator in Kenya 2023, African Arbitrator of the Year 2022 and African ADR Practitioner of the Year 2022 has 21 years as Arbitrator and ADR Practitioner under his belt. This is what informed our award of the Top Arbitrator in Kenya 2023 as a befitting tribute to mark more than two (2) decades of excellence as Arbitrator, Mediator, Adjudicator, Scholar, Mentor, Author, Leader and trendsetter in Arbitration and ADR Practice. Dr. Kariuki Muigua is the second Arbitrator to be declared the Top Arbitrator in Kenya, the first to be to be awarded the Inaugural CIArb Kenya Lifetime Achievement Award and to be declared both the African Arbitrator of the Year and the African ADR Practitioner of the Year and the first East African to become African CIArb Trustee 2019 to 2022 (now emeritus).
Dr. Kariuki Muigua’s ADR career started in 2002 when he took the Special member course in 2002 leading to membership of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). In the same year, he also became a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (2002). In these two decades, Dr. Muigua has since consistently and excellently practiced ADR as Arbitrator, Mediator, Scholar, Publisher, Leader and Consultant and earned numerous awards and recognition as a leading ADR Practitioner in Kenya.
Three years after qualifying as Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Dr. Kariuki Muigua graduated with Master of Laws (LL.M) in 2005 from the University of Nairobi specializing in Environmental Law, Natural Resource Conflicts and Dispute Resolution especially mediation. He continued to undertake domestic and international commercial arbitrations as well as facilitating training of new members at the CIArb (Kenya).
Dr. Muigua completed Arbitration Module 4 Course leading to Fellowship to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) in October 2010. He also undertook the Certified Professional in Managing Workplace Conflict from the Mediation Training Institute (International). The following year, on 2nd December 2011, he successfully defended his PhD Thesis titled “Resolving Environmental Conflicts in Kenya through Mediation” at the University of Nairobi on 02/12/2011 focusing on the areas of Public Participation, Mediation and Environmental Democracy. Dr. Muigua graduated with Diploma in Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) in 2012.
In 2012, Dr. Kariuki Muigua was elected Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya branch) where he served for the next 3 years up to 2015 being actively involved in the organization and coordination of the Institute activities and promotion of use the of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods in Kenya. His tenure was pivotal as it marked the constitutional transition period which included efforts to spearhead the mainstreaming of ADR methods into the justice system as envisaged under Article 159 of the Constitution culminating in launch of the Court-Annexed Mediation Pilot in 2015. He was awarded the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Chairman’s medal with a citation for exemplary service in December, 2015.
Dr. Muigua has also served the Council of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya) and as a Member and Past Chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Information Technology (IT) and Member of the Legal Committee of the Institute. He also founded the Alternative Dispute Resolution Journal, the Official Journal of the Chartered Institute of the Arbitrators (Kenya Branch). He is a Member of Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) International Panel of arbitrators and Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) Panel of International Arbitrators, Panel of Domestic Arbitrators and Panel of Domestic Mediators.
In January 2015, Dr. Muigua was conferred the rank of Chartered Arbitrator, the highest status of an Arbitrator. In the same year, he was also admitted as an Accredited Mediator by the Mediation Training Institute (International). In 2019, he was voted unopposed as the CIARB Regional Trustee for Africa where he represents Africa at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Board of Trustees which is responsible for all the monies as well as the strategic direction of the Institute. In 2020, he was appointed by the Attorney General as a member of the National Steering Committee for Formulation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy, 2020 representing the Academia.
Indeed, in September and 2012 he was engaged as a Consultant by Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution and IDLO in preparing a report on the “Framework for the Consolidation and Harmonization of National Policies, Strategies and Legislative Instruments Relating to Access to Justice in Kenya.” In August 2013, he was engaged as a Consultant by the Kenya Land Alliance in preparing a “Review and Analysis of its draft ADR guide and Training Manual with a view to improve on its contents and structure to match the intended use of offering guidance in resolution of land disputes.”
To date, Dr. Kariuki Muigua continues to serve as the Tutor and Assessor at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Kenya where he researches and teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods at all levels. He has published numerous articles and papers on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Dr. Muigua is also the author of the leading books on ADR in Kenya: Resolving Conflicts through Mediation in Kenya (2013) and Settling Disputes through Arbitration in Kenya, the Edition (2022) which are available for free download in Kariuki Muigua & Co. Advocates as part of Social Responsibility and mentorship to upcoming Arbitrators.
Importantly, Dr. Kariuki Muigua has been ranked among the top 10 arbitrators in Kenya for the last five (5) years in a row by the prestigious Chambers & Partners Lawyers Directory as having “an astute understanding of arbitration and mediation” and being at the forefront of ADR in Kenya. In 2021, he scooped the three top ADR Award in Kenya, namely, CIArb (Kenya) Lifetime Achievement Award, Law Society of Kenya ADR Practitioner of the Year Award and ADR Publisher of the Year Award. Thus, as he commemorates 20 years of ADR Practice, Dr. Kariuki Muigua has clearly earned the reputation and respect of his peers as a leading ADR Practitioner in Kenya and across Africa. In 2023, Dr. Kariuki Muigua was nominated by the Republic of Kenya as a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
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