Our Employment & Labour practice area has been recognised for its advice on contentious and non-contentious matters relating termination & dismissal, redundancy and discrimination and non-contentious matters including advisory on employment contracts, employment policies and procedures, review of HR manuals & policies, advising on staff restructuring. The practice advises clients in various sectors including banking & financial services, health services, non-governmental organisations, telecommunications and hospitality.
Chambers & Partners have consistently recognised our Employment & Labour practice area one of the market’s top practices. The firm was ranked Band 1 during the 2020 rankings. In 2019, the directory ranked the practice area Band 2 highlighting the team’s presence in the employment court stating, "They have senior lawyers who are doing some heavy lifting when it comes to employment disputes." In addition, Legal 500 also ranked the firm tier 1 in employment practice noting our strength in handling both contentious and non-contentious employment matters and our experience in handling redundancies, retrenchments, employee benefits and collective bargaining arrangements.
The firm has been involved in landmark employment disputes in Kenya including:
- Representing a Kenyan bank against a claim for constructive dismissal and discrimination of an employee. The award is set at USD 300,000.
- Representing a railway corporation in a claim worth USD 4.3 million 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.
- Representing a national airline in a class action for reinstatement of over 440 employees following a redundancy process undertaken wherein the Court was in favour of the employees and ordered reinstatement and back-pay of salary. The matter value is USD 1 million.
- Assisting a humanitarian organization, in the review and revision of the internal staff regulations.
- Representing a faith based community school operating from Mathare Valley (one of Kenya’s oldest and largest slums) on employment claims. The matter value is USD 3,000.
- Advising a multinational Information and Communications Technology company on the Employment Act, 2007 and the necessary regulatory compliance required.
- Representing a five-star luxury hotel in two employment claims of unfair terminations and fraud allegations against the employees.
- Representing a prominent building contractor in East Africa against two rival unions within the organisation The matter value is USD 50,000.
For more information about our Employment & Labour practice, please contact Chacha Odera (Managing Partner) or Geogina Ogalo-Omondi (Partner). Alternatively click here to download our Employment & Labour profile.