Top Law Firms in Kenya in 2019

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Are you in search of competent legal representation in any matter? Well, here is a list of the top law firms in Kenya. Lawyers are always in the right place to help organisations, individuals, and groups with legal problems and to further the public good.

In Kenya, currently, there are very many law firms that are mushrooming all over the city as Law schools churn more graduates. It is, therefore challenging to identify the top best law firms in Kenya.

Best law firms in Kenya

Here are the top best law firms in Kenya for all your legal needs.

1. Coulson Harney LLP

Coulson Harney LLP has one of the largest commercial and corporate legal practices in Kenya. This elite law firm is among the best law firms found in Kenya. The firm provides quality transaction services and legal advice. Moreover, Coulson and Harney’s lawyers have amassed experience in various sectors of the economy and different countries. For instance, the Nairobi office has multiple projects in:

  • Ivory Coast
  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Uganda
  • Rwanda
  • Zambia

This law firm specialises in the following areas of representation:

  • Dispute resolution
  • Intellectual property
  • corporate and commercial
  • Banking and Finance

Additionally, Coulson Harney has enjoyed a close partnership with Bowman Gilfillan, which traces its roots in Johannesburg since August 2008. This ensures the firm operates under the best practices.

2. Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) as a top Law firm in Kenya

Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K) is the largest corporate law firm in Eastern Africa, with over 90 lawyers, and is generally considered the leading full-service corporate law firm in Kenya. The firm has offices in both Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya’s leading commercial centres.

A&K works closely with ATZ Law Chambers, its affiliate office in Tanzania. They also have established an office in Dubai. Anjarwalla Collins Haidermota (AC&H), a legal consultancy firm that provides corporate and commercial legal services and is the first African firm to be licensed in the UAE.

In 2017, A&K was named  ‘African Law Firm of the Year – Large Practice’  by Prestigious African Legal Awards for the third year in a row and for the fourth time in the last five years.

Moreover, the firm practices in the following areas:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital markets
  • Competition
  • Forensic, investigation and compliance
  • Corporate Mergers and acquisition
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Tax

3. Denton Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (HH&M)

Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews is one of Kenya’s top best law firms with a tradition of excellence dating back to 1902. Over the years Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews has built up a reputation as an innovative, experienced, responsive and highly-skilled firm. Therefore, having the capacity and technical expertise to offer practical legal solutions to both corporate and individual clients.

The firm’s main areas of practices include:

  • Arbitration
  • Business Set-up
  • trust and Consumer Protection
  • Constitutional and Administrative
  • Employment, Employee Benefits, and Immigration
  • Estate Planning
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity
  • PPPs and Privatisation
  • Public Procurement
  • Regulatory Advice and Compliance
  • Restructuring, Insolvency, and Bankruptcy.

4. Walker Kontos

Walker Kontos was founded in Nairobi in 1988. The firm offers a full range of commercial and corporate legal services in East Africa. Therefore, it ranks among the top best law firms in Kenya. Moreover, the firm is always ranked among the best leaders by international publications like IFLR, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

Walker Kontos has grown to comprise nine partners and 11 associates. The firm strives to be a one-stop-shop for its clients, with client-care and client satisfaction being our primary objective.  The firm’s clients represent a broad spectrum of industries at home and abroad and include some of the more recognised blue-chip brands.

Walker Kontos has acted in milestone and some of the most significant M&A and corporate finance transactions in East Africa.  Besides, the firm has a solid reputation in civil litigation, particularly in the fields of banking, finance and administrative law.

The firm has entered into a strategic alliance with global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to be able to widen its opportunities.

5. Iseme, Kamau & Maema (IKM) Advocates

Iseme & Company Advocates was founded in 1987 by the late Michael J Iseme.

The firm is a leader in the market in Kenya and ranks among the top best law firms. Moreover, IKM advocates are in a strategic alliance with DLA Piper, a global law firm, and DLA Piper Africa, a regional partnership across Africa. Therefore placing the firm is in a unique position to act on local, regional and international legal matters.

The firm operates on four pillars:

  1. clients
  2. reputation
  3. commitment
  4. approach

6. Prof Albert Mumma & Company Advocates

This law firm is among the top law firms in Kenya that has an excellent reputation in consultancy and legal practice. The company operates under the following values: Teamwork, integrity, strategic alliance as well as client focus.

Moreover, its worth to note that the company has been at the forefront of some Legal reforms in Kenya.

Its areas of practice include:

  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Property law, construction law, and governance
  • Employment and labour relations
  • Public procurement
  • Non-profit organisation law

7. MMC Law Africa

Muriu Mungai and company advocates is a company that was established in Kenya in 1995. As at today, the company has two offices, its headquarters in Nairobi and the other office in Mombasa.

MMC Africa Law is part of a developing seamlessly integrated legal service delivery platform, the “Transafrika Law Group” (“TLG”).  Through which the Firm and its affiliated law firms in the TLG Network, aim to deliver the highest quality legal services to clients who operate across national boundaries in Africa and around the world.
MMC Africa Law offers its clients the close collaboration of a boutique Kenyan firm, and together with its affiliate network of firms, they offer the depth and breadth of legal talent found in leading international law firms.
Its main practice areas include:

  • Corporate practice
  • Real estate and property law
  • Dispute resolution
  • Banking and finance
The other unique advantage of this law firm is that it gives back to society in various ways. For instance, it has a Young leaders program as well as other volunteer services.

8.Musyimi and Company Advocates

Musyimi and company advocates is a renowned law firm in Kenya. The law firm ranks among the top best firms in Kenya. On top of its values, the company is governed by the following values:

  • The dignity of human beings
  • Justice
  • Integrity
  • Humility

The firm has specialised in a few practice areas which it has excelled in. These areas include:

  • Litigation
  • Family and Children Law (including Adoptions);
  • Property Law/Conveyancing; and,
  • Corporate and Commercial Law

9. Miller and Company Advocates

Miller and company advocates are focused on being the pacesetters in the provision of quality litigation services to its clients. The firm has a unique angle in that it has the quickest turn around in the conveyance of securities review panel of advocates.

On top of all these, the firm has a team of diverse individuals who are highly motivated and passionate about serving clients. The firm practices in a broad spectrum of areas which include but are not limited to:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Family Law
  • Equity markets
  • Trust and wills
  • Oil, Energy, and Gas
  • Mining and Natural resources

Moreover, the company has a foundation that is spread on various issues in society, such as environmental conservation, education, livelihood support, social support, among others.

10.Daly and Inamdar Advocates

Daly & Inamdar Advocates (“D&I”) is the merged firm of Daly & Figgis, Advocates and Inamdar & Inamdar, two of the oldest legal firms in Kenya. D&I is the Kenyan member firm of Mackrell International, a leading international law firm network. The firm is also a member firm of Denton NextLaw Global Referral Network, the world’s biggest legal referral network of law firms.

D&I is governed by five “C’s” which are, in our view, essential to providing client satisfaction. These are:

  1. Competence
  2. Commercial outlook to legal problems;
  3. Cost-effectiveness
  4. Compatibility with corporate culture; and
  5. Complete Integrity

Some of the charities that D& I has supported by way of donation and staff participation in various events are:

  • Operation Smile – a charity that performs medical surgery to correct palate deformities in children.
  • The Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon
  • The Matter Heart Run (previously known as Dettol Heart Run)
  • Safaricom Challenge/Lewa Foundation – a charity Run to raise money for Building Schools for the Lewa Community in Laikipia District, Kenya.

Conclusion on the top best law firms in Kenya

It is essential to understand that there are so many law firms mushrooming in Kenya. One is therefore advised to do prior research on whichever law firm they decide to engage. Moreover, make sure that the Law firm that you select to hire specialises in your area of need.

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