Employment & Labour

Our Employment & Labour practice advises on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and has been recognised as the “go to” labour and employment law firms by leading legal directory Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

We provide our clients with practical and commercial responses to a broad spectrum of employment issues including employment contracts, unfair terminations disputes, redundancy, pensions and collective bargaining support.


The firm has been involved in landmark employment disputes in Kenya including:

  • Representing Kenya Railways Corporation in a claim brought by its former employees to enforce an award made by the Industrial Court and a claim for unfair dismissal after a strike which led to their dismissal. (Ongoing)
  • Advising an international research organisation on the restructuring the review of employment contracts and policies. (Ongoing)
  • Defending Kenya Breweries Limited in a claim of unfair termination on account of redundancy. (Ongoing)
  • Representing a leading Commercial Bank against a claim for constructive dismissal and discrimination of an employee on the basis of pregnancy. (Ongoing)
  • Acting for a Pension Scheme in defending a judgement by the Retirement Benefits Tribunal for the sum of in excess of USD 70 million by former employees of Telkom Kenya Limited. (2018)
  • Representing Kenya Reinsurance Corporation after the former Managing Director sued the corporation for unfair and unlawful termination of employment. ( 2018)
  • Representing a five-star luxury hotel in two employment claims of unfair terminations and fraud allegations against the employees. ( 2018)
  • Acting in an appeal challenging the decision of the Superior Court that held that the clients proposed redundancy and in particular the notices contravened clause II of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Section 40 of the Employment Act. ( 2017)
  • Acting in an appeal challenging the decision of the Superior Court that held that the clients proposed redundancy and in particular the notices contravened clause II of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and Section 40 of the Employment Act. ( 2017)
  • Representing the construction company against two rival unions within the organisation with respect to the monetary contribution to the social security fund to both formal and informal workers. (2017)
  • Representing Kenya Airways Plc in a class action for reinstatement of over 440 employees following a redundancy process. ( 2014)

Recent Insights

Permission to enter and work: What foreigners need to know about working in Kenya

New directives affecting work permits in Kenya

Strength in numbers: The way forward in collective bargaining agreements

Employed or not? Comparing employees and independent contractors

Redundancy process: Getting it right

At the very least: Basic minimum conditions of employment

Medicare in the employment context


Related Services

Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Infrastructure

Key Contacts
George Oraro SC
Senior Partner

 

 

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

Chacha Odera
Managing Partner

 

 

E: chacha@oraro.co.ke