Employment & Labour


Our Employment & Labour practice area has been recognised for advising on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to termination & dismissal, redundancy and discrimination, employment contracts, employment policies and procedures, review of HR manuals & policies and staff restructuring. The practice advises clients in various sectors including banking & financial services, health services, manufacturing, 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 in 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.

Key Contacts

George Oraro SC

Founding Partner

Chacha Odera

Senior Partner

John Mbaluto, FCIArb

Deputy Managing Partner


    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.

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