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.
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.
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
Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring & Infrastructure
For more information about our Employment & Labour practice, please contact Chacha Odera (Senior Partner). Alternatively click here to download our Employment & Labour profile.