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 has consistently recognised our Employment & Labour practice area as one of the market’s top practices. The firm was ranked Band 2 during the 2021 rankings, with interviewed clients noting that they are "impressed by their follow-through on issues," further referring to the team as "extremely professional and knowledgeable." 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.

Recent Insights

The Employment (Amendment) Act, 2021: Pre-Adoptive Leave Entitlement to Employees

Keeping the Wheels of Justice Turning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Weathering the Storm: Steps an Employer Can Take to Mitigate the Effects of the COVID-19

Housing Fund Levy Set to Take Effect Next Month

Penalties for Non-Compliance With the Retirement Benefits Act, 1997s

Redundancy Process: Getting it Right


Related Services

Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Infrastructure


For more information about our Employment & Labour practice, please contact Chacha Odera (Senior Partner) or Geogina Ogalo-Omondi (Partner).  Alternatively click here to download our Employment & Labour profile.

Key Contacts
George Oraro SC
Senior Partner

 

 

E: goraro@oraro.co.ke

Chacha Odera
Senior Partner

 

 

E: chacha@oraro.co.ke