Jill Obuchunju Barasa

 

Position: Associate

Email: jill@oraro.co.ke

Telephone: 020 – 271 3 636/271 1 480

 

Background

Jill started her career with the firm in 2014, as a pupil (and is now an associate having risen through the firm’s ranks). A graduate of the well recognised University of Nairobi; she has experience working with clients in the Banking, Insurance, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Media and Hospitality industries. Jill has assisted in research and drafting of pleadings in diverse areas of law such as land law, insurance law, employment law, judicial review, landlord and tenant matters, defamation, constitutional petitions, international law, private prosecution, arbitration and banking law. She has also participated in a survey for the World Bank on the Ease of doing business index in Kenya for the year 2014.

Membership in Professional Societies

  • East Africa Law Society
  • Kenya Christian Lawyers Fellowship
  • Law Society of Kenya

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • Certified Public Secretaries (Part 1)
  • LLB(Hons.), University of Nairobi

Employment

  • Oraro & Co. Advocates
  • Muthaura Mugambi Ayugi and Njonjo Advocates
  • Omangi & Associates Advocates
  • Ochieng’ Ogutu & Company Advocates
  • APA Insurance Company(Head Office)
  • Roseline Odede and Company Advocates

Top matters

  • Assisted in providing legal advice to a large international construction company on construction law and employment law in Kenya, in respect of one of their upcoming projects
  • Assisted in researching and drafting submissions in relation to a defamation case, in support of a multinational financial institution
  • Assisted in a constitutional petition in support of a foreign multinational media company, whose advertising structures had been illegally demolished
  • Assisted in an application seeking to set aside an arbitral award on the grounds of public policy, breach of the right to a fair hearing under the Constitution and misconduct by an arbitrator
  • Provided legal advice to a huge international construction company on construction law and employment law in Kenya, in respect of an upcoming project being undertaken by the said company
  • Part of the team that represented a foreign multinational company in an appeal (before the Court of Appeal) arising from a High Court judgment in a claim for over USD 40.3 million (approximately KES 3 billion) in damages for breach of duty as bailee by attornment
  • Part of the team acting in a claim seeking the tracing and recovery of approximately USD 340 million (KES 34 billion) which was fraudulently siphoned from a Kenyan bank (it is one of the largest banking fraud disputes in Kenya). We successfully defended the client against a claim by the shareholders seeking to be enjoined in this suit, against stiff competition
  • Part of the team that successfully argued a judicial review application concerning the powers of the Council of Legal Education
  • Part of the team representing a client in a land matter in the Court of Appeal relating to a title dispute
  • Part of the team that assisted in a novel constitutional petition relating to the security of tenure of Kenyan judges
  • Part of a team that represented the official receiver of a bank in an appeal, (at the Court of Appeal) on an appeal relating to increased bank charges
  • Currently finalising on an extensive litigation audit for KCB Bank Kenya Ltd where we have reviewed approximately one hundred and seventy four (174) “legacy” cases
  • Conducted an independent legal audit of about seven hundred (700) cases for a leading sugar processing company. This involved a physical review of the files in respect of all seven hundered (700) cases with a view of establishing the nature of the cases, the exposure they posed to the company and if so, the monetary value of the claim or liability
  • We successfully represented Stanchart in a rare application seeking to have the Court of Appeal re-open, re-examine and set aside its decision. In addition, we sought to have the Court of Appeal declare its earlier decision a nullity and direct that the appeal be heard afresh

Insights

  • Consumer Protection Law in Kenya
  • Sweeping changes in Kenya’s disputes’ regime: The new Magistrates’ Courts Act, 2015
  • Doing justice: The new statutes changing Kenya’s dispute resolution system

  • Practice Areas