Kevin Dermot McCourt

Partner

LLB (Hons), Barrister - Lincolns Inn, Dip. (KSL)

Kevin Dermot McCourt is a founding Partner of Kairu and McCourt Advocates. He started the firm in 1993 with the aim of offering a specialized, efficient, accountable and reliable legal practice. Today the firm still stands on the same principles under his leadership and represents Companies, Businesses, Non-Governmental Organizations, Individuals, Parastatals and various Government Departments.

Kevin is a graduate of the University of North London and Kenya School of Law. He was admitted as a Barrister of Lincolns Inn in 1985 and as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in November 1987. He worked as a Legal Advisor to a governmental charitable interest group in London, a legal intern at Archer & Wilcock Advocates and as an Associate Advocate of Kimani, Kairu & Company Advocates before starting Kairu & McCourt Advocates.

He has further undergone professional training in Human Rights and Sectoral Studies focusing on Kenya’s’ future Policy Reforms from International of Commission of Jurist and from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Alternative Dispute Resolution from California State University, Sacramento and Justice Advocacy from Justice Advocacy Africa and the Mombasa Law Society.

He has vast experience in Civil, Criminal Litigation and Arbitration. He has undertaken Litigation in the Court of Appeal, High Court and in the Subordinate Courts and specializes in Corporate - Commercial Law, Banking Law, Conveyancing and Land Law, Insurance Law and Contract Law..

Valentine Mwende Wanyoike

Managing Partner

LL.M (International Economic Law), LL.B, Dip. (KSL) CPS 1, Patent Agent, Arb.

Valentine joined the firm in 2003 as Associate Advocate and made Partner in 2005. She has been serving as Managing Partner since 2013

She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she attained a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second) in 2001 and subsequently a Master’s Degree in International Economic Law from the same University in 2016. She holds a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in 2003. She is also a registered Patent Agent, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public.

She has undergone professional training in Negotiating, Financing and Resolving Disputes in Oil and Gas Transactions; Fundamental Considerations of Oil & Gas Transactions; Patent Drafting and Prosecution; Registration and Structuring of Real Estate Investments Trusts; Arbitration and Mediation under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Kenya; Public Private Partnership’s Transactions and Corporate Governance amongst others.

In over 15 years of practice Valentine possesses significant experience in structuring commercial transactions, legal audit and pre-transaction due diligence, post-project audit and divestment in Private Equity Practice and Public/Private Partnerships. She is also proficient in real estate and property transactions and projects.

Valentine is meticulous, fast-thinking, courteous and ethical. She is confident in her ability to deliver and always prepares for the worst which give the firm’s clients confidence in the knowledge that they are in good hands.

Joyce Wamucii Ndumia - Partner

Qualifications:

LL.B, Bachelor of Laws University of Nairobi, Diploma Kenya School of Law (2004); CPS (K).

Joyce is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of the Law Society of Kenya and has been practising law in Nairobi, Kenya since admission in 2004. She was admitted into partnership in December 2007. She graduated from University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second Class Honours) and is a CPS (K). She has undertaken a Corporate Governance Course through the Centre for Corporate Governance (Kenya).

She has practised as a Commercial lawyer and Civil Litigator for almost 12 years. She has undertaken and acquired experience in the preparation of commercial securities and other commercial instruments and documents, She has acquired experience as a Litigator in the Court of Appeal, High Court and in the Subordinate Courts handling briefs in various areas including Banking Law: Negotiable Instruments and other bearer instruments; Securities including legal mortgages, legal charges, guarantees and indemnities; Chattels mortgages; Hire purchase and debt collection and foreign exchange transactions.

Areas of Practice
•Commercial Law & Company Secretarial – Incorporation and Registration of Companies, drafting contracts and agreements. Preparation of various other Company documents, Compliance and Corporate governance guidance.
•Conveyancing – Preparation of Charges and Mortgages, Debentures, Leases, Transfers and Conveyances, Tenancy Agreements, Power of Attorney and Sale Agreements
•Intellectual Property – Registration, assignment and renewal of Trademarks in Kenya , Challenging/Defending Trademarks, registration of patent and industrial designs, payment of annual maintenance fees on behalf of clients. Advising clients on Intellectual Property rights protection and Intellectual Property Litigation
•Specialised Legal Consultant for Insurance Companies, in charge of providing Specifically tailored legal Consultancy services in; Insurance Litigation, Risk Assessment and Risk Management for claims, Claims audit, Claims Management and Settlement and Setting up office/legal systems for clients.
•Labour Policies and Compliance – Legal advice on various Labour requirements and compliance including representing clients with trade disputes in various fora. Advised, drafted various collective bargaining agreements and represented clients in trade union negotiations on collective bargaining agreements, formulated labour and Human Resource policies and guidelines in some of our client’s corporations.
•International and Local Consultancies - advise international and local organisations on legal, regulatory and compliance requirements in international commercial law, public management, governance and joint ventures.

Christine Makena Kirimi

Christine joined Kairu & McCourt Advocates in 2009. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Moi University in 2006 and thereafter got a Post-Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law in 2007. She was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in 2008, having attained a postgraduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law

Christine has been extensively involved in wide-ranging Commercial Litigation and possesses quite experienced in handling briefs pertaining to Debt Recovery, Insurance, Banking, Industrial and Labour suits.

Currently, Christine offers clients strategic advice on a multiplicity of Commercial Transactions, Real Property and conveyancing, Corporate and Business law and company and has particular expertise in: Monitoring and advising clients on Compliance and available Legal Solutions, Drafting Agreements, Memoranda, Undertaking due diligence for various Commercial Transactions and Research relevant legal materials concerning Commercial Transactions, various legal rights and obligations.

Christine’s practical thinking and real-world experience in project delivery her a distinctive insight into her clients’ business needs and enables her to offer a combination of legal experience and corporate strategies to complement corporate efficiency, effectiveness and management.

She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the East African Law Society.

Peter W Manda
Associate
Peter W. Manda joined the firm in 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws Degree. He Post-Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law and was admitted to the Bar in 2017.

In his time at the firm, he has steadily acquired vast experience in a range of Commercial Litigation and Insurance Matters. Peter has a well-honed understanding of Commercial Litigation, Consumer Protection and Competition Law, Banking and Insolvency Law, Debt Recovery, Insurance Law, Immigration Law, Environmental Law and Succession Law.

While in the firm, he has sharpened his expertise in advising client on Legal recourses before, during and after trial, prosecuting and/or defending a variety of Civil, Commercial and Criminal Suits, researching relevant legal materials and preparing legal briefs and opinions, to a variety of individual and corporate clients, drafting Wills as well as represent and advise the executors and administrators of various estates.

Peter’s unwavering commitment to a client’s needs in addition to his astute practice makes him versatile and resourceful individual in the firm.

Peter is a Member of the Law Society of Kenya and the East African Law Society.

Nancy Nyambura Kibaara
Senior Associate
Qualifications: LL.B Moi University (2007); Diploma Kenya School of Law (2010) Nancy was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in November 2010. She joined the Firm in the year 2011 she is a graduate of the Moi University where she attained a Bachelor of Laws Degree and subsequently a Diploma in law at the Kenya School of Law. She has further training on insurance law; strategic management and business management Nancy has acquired vast experience in her seven years of practice. She is conscientious, unflagging, and principled. She is self-assured and upbeat in execution of her duties. She constantly strives to deliver. Her primary areas of practice are: Insurance Law, Commercial Law and Litigation; negotiations; preparation of corporate reports; research and claim analysis for insurance companies

Karimi Wandiri (consultant)

Karimi is the Lead Intellectual Property Law Consultant at Kairu & McCourt Advocates. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Masters degree in Intellectual Property from the University of South Africa. She was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 2006.

Karimi has over a decade of experience leading and being part of teams working within the Intellectual Property related sectors bringing legal insight in entertainment and Information Technology related projects. She engages and advises various institutions, industry leaders and government departments in all aspects of Intellectual Property. She has acquired an extensive portfolio in assessment and review of intellectual property and application towards protection of assets as well as an assortment of matters in relation to auctioning suits.

A creative at heart, she is committed to working with practitioners in the creative Industries, promoting knowledge of Intellectual property law and the development of robust policies for creatives as an integral part of the African Economy as a whole.

She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya, the East African Law Society and is also a registered Patent Agent.

Elizabeth Wanjiku Waichigo (consultant)

Elizabeth Wanjiku Waichigo holds over 13 years of experience as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. She is the lead Insurance law Consultant at Kairu & McCourt Advocates, she specializes her practice areas in Insurance law and has an efficiently firm grip on the handling of Insurance claims process and Litigation.

She has practiced as an Insurance lawyer for over 10 years and she served as an Executive Board of Director at Directline Assurance Co. Ltd.

She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi where she attained a Bachelors of laws in 2003. She holds a diploma from the Kenya School of Law and was admitted to the Kenya bar in 2005. She has acquired a Certificate of proficiency (COP) at the Insurance Training and Education Trust, Kenya. She has also undergone professional training on Negotiations Skills and undertaken a Corporate Governance course through the centre of Corporate Governance (Kenya).

Naomi H. Kinuva (Associate)

Naomi H. Kinuva is an Associate in the firm. She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and the Kenya School of Law and holds a Diploma in Social Work and Social Development, Bachelors of Law Degree and a Diploma in Law. She was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 2018.

Naomi has been with the firm of Kairu & McCourt since 2016; and is now an Associate in the Litigation & Debt Recovery Department dealing with various aspects of Civil and Commercial Litigation, Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Insurance Law, Conveyancing (including litigation) and Labour-related Litigation.

Naomi has a diverse background which includes volunteer work in a slum-based youth programme, TV anchor and an International NGO dealing with human rights.

Her experience makes her comfortable with a wide array of briefs and clients, as well as flexible and committed to delivering solution-based legal services.

Naomi is a member of the Law Society of Kenya.

Njigina Esther Macharia (Associate )

Njigina Esther Macharia is an Associate of the firm. She was admitted to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 2018.  She is an alumnus of The Catholic University of Eastern Africa and holds a Bachelors of Law Degree and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

Njigina began her legal practice with the firm of Kairu & McCourt Advocates in 2016 as an intern and thereafter undertook her articles of pupillage with the firm where she was exposed to various aspects of Conveyancing and Civil Litigation. She has a passion for diverse dispute resolution fora. Particularly, she handles matters in the Commercial, Environment and Land, Employment and Labor Relations, Family and Criminal Court. She also has experience in other aspects of Civil Litigation including debt recovery, Insurance law matters.

She understands clients’ needs and strategic objectives, and has the ability to meet those objectives by providing balanced and pragmatic solutions rooted in the law.

Njigina is an agile litigation advocate who is attentive to detail, apt in responding to urgent Court matters, hardworking, polite and a team player.

She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya and the East African Law Society.