Why Uhuru’s lawyer topped the list in ranking

President Uhuru Kenyatta's lawyer Fred Ngatia.

“Top litigator Fred Ngatia of Ngatia & Associates is considered a heavy-hitter and the go-to guy when you want to get things done. He produces brilliant legal arguments in court. In addition to significant commercial cases, he is frequently instructed on public interest cases.”

That is the statement of a global that ranked Uhuru’s lawyer the best dispute resolution lawyer in Kenya.

The ranking by Chambers and Partners cited Mr Ngatia for handling public interest cases, especially the landmark case at the Supreme Court in 2018, which led to the abolishment of mandatory death sentence.

According to the firm, which audits lawyers and law firms across globally, the ranking is categorised into band one to six, with those in band one ranked the highest and band six the lowest.

Mr Ngatia was ranked in band one as the highest among top lawyers in the country besides Senior Counsels Fred Ojiambo, George Oraro and Kenneth Fraser.

Others in this category are Mr Chacha Odera, Mr James Ochieng Oduol, Mr John Ohaga, Kiragu Kimani and Mr Njoroge Regeru.

Mr Ojiambo was lauded for successfully representing a multilateral organisation in the Court of Appeal in a precedent setting case that clarified the issue of immunity for international bodies and helping in arbitrating a Sh3 billion dispute involving construction companies.

For Mr Oraro, the audit firm said he is held in high esteem by his peers and clients as one of the top legal minds in Kenya with a career spanning 42 years.

“Oraro specialises in highly complex banking, commercial, employment and labour and tax disputes that have led to numerous landmark decisions contributing to the development of Kenya’s jurisprudence,” concluded the firm.

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