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THE LAWYER AFRICA | Commercial Lawyers Hall of Fame Kenya 2023

These are the 75 Most Distinguished Commercial Lawyers in Kenya in 2023.

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THE LAWYER AFRICA | COMMERCIAL LAWYERS HALL OF FAME | KENYA 2023

THE LAWYER AFRICA | TOP COMMERCIAL LAWYERS IN KENYA 2023 list top commercial lawyers in three categories, namely, Commercial Lawyers Hall of Fame | Kenya 2023 (featuring the Most Distinguished Commercial Lawyers in Kenya), Top 100 Commercial Lawyers in Kenya 2023 (featuring the Leading Commercial Lawyers in Kenya) and Up-and-Coming Commercial Lawyers in Kenya 2023 (featuring the Most Promising Commercial Lawyers in Kenya.

In coming up with the Commercial Lawyers Hall of Fame | Kenya 2023, THE LAWYER AFRICA Team went to very great lengths to balance between featuring established and famous commercial lawyers from the Big Law Firms (which dominate the commercial law scene) and including emerging commercial lawyers who are leading elite teams (mostly made of alumni of Big Law Firms) that are doing important commercial law work in Top Boutique Law Firm like NBMA Advocates LLP (ENSafrica), Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (Kieti Law LLP), CM Advocates LLP, McKay Advocates and Clyde & Co among others.

We also feature Former Senior In-House Lawyers, C-Suite Members and Boardroom Leaders (like Eliud Ogutu, Jacqueline Oyuyo, Dr. John Simba, Macharia Njeru and Atanas Kariuki Maina) who are back in private practice and are increasingly being sought after to do critical commercial law work that require seasoned hands with benefit of both inhouse and external lawyer outlook. The paucity of Senior Counsel (only have three) amongst the 75 distinguished commercial lawyers in the Commercial Lawyers Hall of Fame | Kenya 2023 as compared to the preponderance of Senior Counsel (the count is not less than 26) amongst the 50 distinguished litigation lawyers who made it to the Litigation Hall of Fame | Kenya 2023 point to the need for deliberate affirmative action to improve the number of Commercial Lawyers (read Non-Litigation lawyers) who ascend to the rank of Senior Counsel in Kenya in coming years.

These are the distinguished lawyers listed in THE LAWYER AFRICA | COMMERCIAL LAWYERS HALL OF FAME | KENYA IN 2023 in Alphabetical Order:

  1. Abdikadir Mohammed SC, Abdikadir & Abdikadir Advocates
  2. Ahmed Mahmoud, Mahmoud Gitau Jillo Advocates
  3. Andrew Mugambi, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
  4. Arthur Igeria, Igeria & Ngugi Advocates
  5. Ashwini Bhandari, CMS Daly Inamdar
  6. Atanas Kariuki Maina, Kimondo Gachoka & Co. Advocates
  7. Binti Shah, ENSafrica | NBMA Advocates LLP
  8. Boniface Ndumia, G&G Advocates LLP
  9. Caroline Ayugi, MMAN Advocates
  10. Catherine Nyiha, Nyiha Mukoma & Company
  11. Charles Wamae, Wamae & Allen Advocates
  12. Cornelius Kigera, Bowmans Kenya | Coulson Harney LLP
  13. Crispine Odhiambo, Citadel Law Africa | KO Associates LLP
  14. Cyrus Maina, CM Advocates LLP
  15. Daniel Ngumy, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
  16. Daniel Ochieng’ Ogola, Ogola Okello & Company LLP
  17. David Lakerei, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya | IKM Advocates
  18. David Nyakundi Bonyi, Simba & Simba Advocates
  19. Derek Ndonye, MNM Law Group
  20. Dr. Benjamin Musau, B M Musau & Company, Advocates LLP
  21. Dr. Dan Kagagi, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP
  22. Dr. Daniel Wanjau, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
  23. Dr. John P.N. Simba, Simba & Simba Advocates
  24. Dr. Kenneth Kiplagat, Okoth & Kiplagat Advocates
  25. Dr. Njaramba Gichuki, Wanyaga & Njaramba Advocates
  26. Dr. Wilfred A. Mutubwa, Dr. Mutubwa Law Offices
  27. Eliud Ogutu, Ogutu & Associates
  28. George Kashindi, Munyao, Muthama & Kashindi Advocates
  29. George Moibi Mose, Meritad Law LLP
  30. Godwin Wangong’u, Mboya Wangong’u & Waiyaki Advocates
  31. Hamish Keith, CMS Daly Inamdar
  32. Jacqueline Oyuyo Githinji, UMSIZI LLP
  33. Jacqueline Waihenya, JWM Law LLP
  34. James Mburu Kamau, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya | IKM Advocates
  35. Jane Mbatia, Kamotho Maiyo & Mbatia Advocates
  36. Jane Michuki, Kimani & Michuki Advocates
  37. Jane S. Mwangi, Robson Harris Advocates LLP
  38. Jared Kangwana Jnr, Clyde & Co. Advocates
  39. Jinaro Kibet SC, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP
  40. John Syekei, Bowmans Kenya | Coulson Harney LLP
  41. Joyce Karanja, Bowmans Kenya | Coulson Harney LLP
  42. Julius Wako, CMS Daly Inamdar
  43. Kamami Christine Michira, IKM Advocates LLP
  44. Kamau Mbugwa, Mbugwa, Atudo & Macharia Advocates
  45. Karim Anjarwalla, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
  46. Macharia Njeru, Macharia-Mwangi & Njeru Advocates
  47. Mary Chege, EMSI & Associates
  48. Michael Kontos, Walker Kontos
  49. Mugambi Nandi, KN Law LLP
  50. Mwangi Kariuki, Namasaka & Kariuki Advocates
  51. Mwangi Kibicho, J.K. Kibicho & Co. Advocates
  52. Nelson Ashitiva, Ashitiva Advocates LLP
  53. Nigel Shaw, ENSafrica | NBMA Advocates LLP
  54. Njau Mukuha, RONN Law Advocates LLP
  55. Paras Shah, Bowmans Kenya | Coulson Harney LLP
  56. Patrick Ikimire, Kaplan & Stratton
  57. Patrick Ogola, O&M Law LLP
  58. Patrick Rugo, Muthoga Gaturu & Co. Advocates
  59. Peter Hime, Kaplan & Stratton
  60. Peter Oiboo Morintat, McKay Advocates
  61. Peter Waiyaki, Mboya Wangong’u & Waiyaki Advocates
  62. Philip Coulson, Bowmans Kenya | Coulson Harney LLP
  63. Prof. Albert Mumma SC, Prof. Albert Mumma & Co. Advocates
  64. Richard Harney, Bowmans Kenya | Coulson Harney LLP
  65. Richard Omwela, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews
  66. Rose Nduati-Mutero, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
  67. Sam Wainaina, Kaplan & Stratton
  68. Sammy Ndolo, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr | Kieti Law LLP
  69. Samuel Karanja, KMK Advocates
  70. Shitul Shah, CMS Daly Inamdar
  71. Sonal Tejpar, ALN Kenya | Anjarwalla & Khanna
  72. Stephen Mallowah, TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP
  73. Suzanne Muthaura, MMAN Advocates
  74. Vikram C. Kanji, A.B. Patel & Patel LLP
  75. William Maema, DLA Piper Africa, Kenya | KM Advocates

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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.

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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.

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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)

WHO IS IRENE KIWOOL?

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.

WHAT IS MY TRACK RECORD?

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.

NOTABLE UPGRADES:

  • 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

UNLOCKED REGISTRATIONS 

  • 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.

WHY THE PACT AGENDA?

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  

  • 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

ACCOUNT

  • 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

  • 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.

TRACK

  • 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.

CURRENT ROLES THAT ALIGN WITH THE PACT AGENDA

  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

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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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