Georgina Ogalo-Omondi

 

Position: Partner

Email: georgina@oraro.co.ke

Telephone: 020 – 271 3 636/271 1 480

 

Background

Georgina has extensive experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) of commercial and employment matters. She has advised clients across a broad range of industry sectors on mergers & acquisitions, employment related issues (employment agreements, policies and procedures, collective bargaining, regulatory advice business structuring, terminations, industrial relations and dispute resolution). She is particularly known for her expertise in employment and labour relations and has been involved in some of Kenya’s most prolific employment disputes and ranked by international leading legal directory Chambers Global in its 2017 report. She has also served as guest faculty member at the Strathmore Law School, lecturing on litigation in the Employment and Labor Relations Court (ELRC). Georgina has also undertaken arbitration and litigation in the following areas: Commercial law, Banking, Insurance, Environment and Land Law, Arbitration, Family law, Probate and Administration.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • East Africa Law Society
  • Law Society of Kenya
  • Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • LLB, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • BCom(Economics), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Employment

  • Oraro & Co. Advocates
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • National Council for Law Reporting (now known as Kenya Law Reports)

Accolades

  • Chambers Global 2017 lauds Georgina saying,” A senior associate who is involved in a number of the firm’s biggest cases, alongside key partners. Sources acknowledge her for her handling of mid-level employment disputes.”

Top matters

  • Representing a company against two rival unions within the organisation (Kenya Concrete, Structural, Ceramic Tiles, Wood Ply & Interior Designs Workers Union and Kenya Building, Construction, Timber, Furniture and Allied Industries Employers Union). We also provided employment advisory services on the National Social Security Fund
  • Representing the client (one of Nairobi’s top five star luxury hotels) in two employment claims, revolving around claims of unfair termination and fraud allegations against the employees. We also advised the hotel on its internal HR policies and contracts
  • Representing a claimant on a pro bono basis in the Employment and Labour Relations Court (ELRC) on a claim for unpaid wages and underpayment. We were appointed by the Court to represent the claimant and got a successful award
  • Representing a faith based community school operating from Mathare Valley (one of Kenya’s oldest and largest slums) on employment matters
  • Representing Sightsavers in a suit on unfair dismissal against one of its employees
  • Acting for AKUH,N before the ELRC in a challenge against proposed potential redundancies of upto five hundred (500) staff
  • Advised Save the Children (Kenya) on the re-alignment of their human resource policy to current labour law
  • Advising Diamond Trust Bank on re-aligning their human resource policy for compliance purposes
  • Advised Imperial Bank to ensure that their human resources policies were up-to-date with local labour laws
  • Represented Nairobi Business Park Limited (NBPL) against trespass and prevention of ongoing construction on Phase II of Nairobi Business Park by the Kenya Forest Services (the property in dispute was thousands of acres)
  • Represented a healthcare client in a dispute concerning an infringement of privacy
  • Advising Population Council on several employment matters
  • Advising a multinational ICT company, regarding employment law and regulatory compliance
  • Advised Bidco Oil Refineries on “their unionisation” process
  • Part of the team defending Kenya Airways in the ELRC against a class action for reinstatement of employees following a redundancy process
  • Advised a multinational client through disciplinary processes and termination of employees as regulated under the Employment Act, 2007 and extensively reviewed its HR policy
  • Advised a non-governmental organisation through a redundancy process following withdrawal of funding for specific areas necessitating downsizing of staff
  • Advised a local financial institution on redundancy process following merger and restructuring of functions
  • Successfully obtained orders and enforcement for the return to Kenya, of minors illegally removed from the court’s jurisdiction, during the pendency of children’s custody proceedings
  • Represented foreign beneficiaries in a local probate and administration matter involving a large estate especially in regard to protecting the assets in the estate pending hearing and determination of the matter
  • Advising on the scheme of distribution or re-organisation of assets in a large estate under probate and administration proceedings
  • Part of the team, defending an insurer against a claim arising from the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya, claim for damages within an exclusion clause under the policy, against liability for civil commotion and riot
  • Assisting Counsel in a commercial arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Assisting Counsel in an Application for Immunity before the COMESA Court of Justice in Zambia and advising PTA Bank on the application of this application

Insights

  • Redundancy process: Getting it right
  • Sweeping changes in Kenya’s disputes’ regime: The new Magistrates’ Courts Act, 2015
  • Step lightly: Matters to consider during M&A deals in Kenya
  • At the very least: Basic minimum conditions of employment
  • STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: THE WAY FORWARD IN COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS
  • PERMISSION TO ENTER AND WORK:WHAT FOREIGNERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WORKING IN KENYA
  • EMPLOYED OR NOT? COMPARING EMPLOYEES AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

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