James is recognized as one of Kenya’s leading litigation lawyers. He is an astute Dispute Resolution practitioner, with a career spanning over 30 years.

Described as a captivating presence in the courtroom, James is a master of constitutional interpretation and has successfully argued important cases on recognition and enforcement of fundamental rights in the Constitutional Courts.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, James is versatile and experienced in diverse areas of complex commercial litigation encompassing tax law, banking law, insurance law and many others. As Senior Partner and co-head of the Alpha Dispute Resolution team, he has litigated several landmark cases that have made important contributions to jurisprudence in Kenya. James advises many high-profile individuals and corporate clients in a variety of sectors ranging from automotive, banking, manufacturing, construction; as well as public sector institutions.

James’ vigour and enthusiasm in the pursuit of the rule of law, has been rewarded by being recognized internationally as a distinguished practitioner over the years. Most recently being his Tier One ranking in Dispute Resolution by Chambers Global 2019 and 2020 as well as Legal500 EMEA 2019.

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators


LLB (Hons.),

Diploma in Law (KSL),

LLM The Role of Law in Development and Economic Law,


Law Society of Kenya
East African Law Society
Commonwealth Lawyers Association
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators