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Eric Karuti

Eric Karuti

Senior Associate, IKM Advocates

Eric Karuti represents clients in wide-ranging dispute resolution work. He handles complex litigation and arbitration proceedings in the fields of financial services, employment, legislative drafting, public interest litigation and insurance law.  

Eric has represented various public bodies, devolved governments, government agencies, private companies and individual clients in various courts and tribunals.

He also offers policy and legal advisories to financial institutions, in addition to safeguarding their interests in proceedings lodged before various courts and tribunals.

Eric has also participated as both lead and assisting counsel in proceedings leading to landmark decisions, including decisions emanating from the Supreme Court.

Experience has included advising:

  • An Electronic Payment Service provider in complex arbitration proceedings involving among other issues, breach of a Revenue Collection Agreement
  • A notable financial institution in a complex multi-million shilling dispute, involving an application for injunctive reliefs, wherein the institution had sought to exercise its Statutory Power of Sale over numerous housing block units situated in an upcoming prime market area
  • Numerous debt recovery proceedings on behalf of various financial institutions, such as proceedings involving Banks’ exercise of the Statutory Power of Sale
  • A county government in a claim lodged at the Employment and Labour Relations Court involving an employee’s fraudulent reinstatement to payroll

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Kenya (2016)


  • University of Nairobi, LLM Masters of Laws, (On-going)
  • Kenya School of Law, Diploma in Law (2014 - 2015)
  • Catholic University of Eastern Africa (2010-2013)

Prior Experience (Optional)

  • 2023 to date, Senior Associate, IKM Advocates, DLA Piper Africa in Kenya.
  • 2020 to 2023, Associate, IKM Advocates, DLA Piper Africa in Kenya.
  • 2018 to 2020, Associate, Nairobi-based law firm.
  • 2016 to 2017, Associate, Nairobi-based law firm.
  • 2016 to 2016, Intern, German-based Non-Governmental Organization.
  • 2015 to 2016, Legal Assistant, Nairobi-based law firm.

Memberships (Optional)

  • Member of the Law Society of Kenya
  • Member of the East Africa Law Society
  • Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

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