MEMBERSHIPS

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • International Bar Association
  • Fellow – The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch)
  • Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

ADMISSIONS

  • Advocate – High court of Kenya
  • Commissioner for Oaths

EDUCATION

  • Kenya School of Law – Bar Qualifying Examinations
  • University of Nairobi Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Upper Second Class Honours)

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Kiswahili

BACKGROUND

Esther Kinyenje is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Her main areas of practice are civil litigation, arbitration and mediation in the following areas:  commercial law, competition, environmental law, intellectual property, employment matters, construction, administrative and public law, private and public international law claims, product liability, insolvencies and receiverships & security realization. Esther handles matters in all the 3 court categories and also acts as counsel and arbitrator in various commercial arbitrations.


EXPERIENCE

  • Successfully defended a class action suit by former employees of Unilever Kenya claiming approximately USD 4,200,000;
  • Advisory services on debt recovery/insolvency options for an international financier(OPIC) and successfully opposed debtor’s injunction application – amount owed over USD 5,000,000;
  • Successfully represented James Finlay & Sotik Tea in a judicial review claim for USD 14,000,000.
  • Successfully defended a Government parastatal  in a complex arbitration claim for approximately USD 4,600,000 in respect of a claim by contractors for the construction of a housing estate;
  • Successfully defended a class action employment suit against a Government parastatal (KPA) for K.shs. 192,000,000;
  • Representing various multinational tea companies in a constitutional reference relating to their right to property in respect of tea plucking machines;
  • Representing various companies at the Competition Authority;
  • Representing Oryx Energies in an environmental licensing dispute at the National Environment Tribunal and the High Court;
  • Various advice and legal actions for protection of trademarks and patents including actions for infringement.  Representing Unilever PLC & Unilever Kenya in a trademark infringement case in relation to its well known mark “LUX”, representing Safepark in several industrial design infringement appeals; jointly successfully defended Kartasi Limited in a patent infringement case;
  • Currently acting as an arbitrator in various commercial disputes;
  • Board member of the Nairobi Centre of International Arbitration.

RANKINGS AND ACCOLADES

  • Top Tier Firm 2018
  • IP Stars Tier 1 17 logo 2
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  • WTR-2014