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Hiram has over 10 years litigation experience in the full spectrum of commercial disputes emanating mainly from the energy and natural resources, financial services, insurance, media, and Real Estate sectors. His specialization includes commercial litigation, procurement, employment, and arbitration.

Hiram also advises and litigates on labour disputes, public procurement disputes, land and environment disputes, constitutional, human rights, and judicial review issues.

Hiram’s clients include the Government of Kenya, County Governments and independent commissions of the government, global pharmaceutical companies, cement manufacturing companies, insurance companies, regional banks and other financial institutions, multinational tea growing and processing companies, oil exploration companies and state corporations in the oil industry. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked as an Associate in two Nairobi based law firms.

Experience has included advising:

  • Baker Hughes EHO Ltd on employment disputes arising from redundancies
  • Kenyan government in constitutional petitions challenging the constitutionality of various state appointments by the president and cabinet secretaries
  • A global energy company in a constitutional petition on a large-scale power project in Lamu in which the project is being challenged due to environmental and health concerns
  • Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd in a compulsory acquisition dispute of its land valued at USD1 million
  • Standard Chartered Kenya Ltd in disputes arising from its exercise of statutory power of sale
  • A global pharmaceutical in a constitutional petition seeking to stop the importation into Kenya through a tender valued at USD16 million over safety concerns
  • Kenya Pipeline Company (a state corporation) in judicial review proceedings challenging a procurement of material to be used in the maintenance of an oil pipeline
  • Mombasa Cement Ltd in a claim for USD16 million being compensation against a top insurance company in the region
  • Safaricom Limited in a claim for USD4 million instituted against it by its sales agents whose contracts were terminated for engaging in fraudulent action
  • Nation Media Group in defamation claims and an intellectual property dispute
  • The county government of Kitui in a construction arbitration dispute instituted against it by a contractor

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Kenya (2008)

Education

  • Kenya School of Law, Diploma in Law (2007)
  • University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Laws LL.B. (2006)

Prior Experience

  • 2022 to date, Legal Director, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2020 to 2021, Legal Director, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2017 to 2020, Senior Associate, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2011 to 2017, Associate, IKM, DLA Piper Africa member firm in Kenya
  • 2010 to 2011, Associate, Nairobi-based law firm
  • 2008 to 2009, Associate, Nairobi-based law firm

Memberships

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • East Africa Law Society

How timelines hurt access to justice in public tender cases

In any country's legal system, the ability to access justice is an important part of the social contract. Public procurement law, just like any other field of law, should promote socio-economic development through the fair allocation of resources (including government purchasing). In this article, we will be looking at some of the laws regulating public procurement disputes in Kenya and explaining how some of them might be impeding the goals mentioned above.