Three Kenyan law firms ranked among best in the world

Raila Odinga's senior legal counsel also placed in the Legal 500 top tier ranking

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Three Kenyan law firms have been ranked among the top best in the list of the world’s leading advocates.

The ranking, released by London-based Legal 500 magazine, placed Kenyan firms, Iseme Kamau and Maema Advocates (IKM), Oraro and Company Advocates, and TripleOKlaw Advocates in Tier One Category of lawyers.

Tier One category recognizes a small set of law firms that have been in existence since independence and have the financial depth to attract and retain best talent.

The magazine stated that Kenya has one of the most sophisticated legal market in Africa.

Kenya’s corporate lawyers raked in cash from other areas such as construction and energy given the Nairobi’s strategic positioning as a regional commercial hub.

Anjarwalla & Khanna along with Coulson Harney were the two Kenyan law firms that made the top tier grade.

Oraro & Company Advocates partner, George Oraro, was placed in the Legal 500 top tier ranking in the field of dispute resolution.

He represented Telkom Kenya in a prolonged labour row with over 2,000 sacked employees who eventually walked away with a Sh 1.8 billion compensation.

Oraro is among Kenya's top advocates and serves as the senior legal counsel to NASA Presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

Based on litigation and dispute resolution, Fred Ojiambo, a senior partner at Kaplan & Stratton, and Aisha Abdallah of Anjarwalla & Khanna were recognized as the field’s star lawyers.

Karim Anjarwalla, Amyn Mussa and Mona Doshi were feted for acting as legal counsel in Two Rivers Mall.

Chacha Odera, a managing partner at Oraro & Co, is named as having “a strong record in employment disputes” for successfully representing Telkom Kenya in a high-stakes labour dispute.

IKM managing partner James Kamau and lawyer Beatrice Nyabira were the legal brains behind a consortium of banks that financed the $2 billion Lamu coal plant.

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