His career spans 30 years of practice during which he has been involved in numerous complex litigation matters as well as high value domestic and international arbitration cases. His expertise in the area has seen him attain the rank of Chartered Arbitrator from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). John is acknowledged as an expert practitioner in several areas of law such as administrative law, banking & finance, constitutional law, competition law, employment & labour law, property law, public procurement and sports law. He advises numerous blue-chip companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange, many private companies, and some of Kenya’s largest State Corporations. He sits on the boards of several companies and public tribunals.
John has been consistently recognized for his high-quality work and expertise in dispute resolution, including in the Legal 500 EMEA 2019 and 2020, Chambers Global Rankings 2019 and 2020 and Best Lawyers. John was declared 2010, 2016 and 2017 winner for Kenya in the Litigation category by the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards. As part of his passion for arbitration, John heads a movement of practitioners changing the landscape of alternative dispute resolution through several committees that accredit and train lawyers in the field of alternative dispute resolution. He is also a regular contributor to international legal publications including the Sports Law Review, International Comparative legal guides, Chambers and Partners Country reports and Legal500 Country Reports and others.
John has been the Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the last five (5) years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and, having recently attained the rank of Chartered Arbitrator, is now on the CIArb Presidential Panel of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is an experienced arbitrator and is recognized by Chambers Global as one of the leading arbitrators in Kenya. He sits on the board of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration established under the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Act, No. 26 of 2013 where he chairs the Legislative Review and Accreditation Committee. He is also an Accredited Mediator and is a member of the Mediation Accreditation Committee established under the Section 59A of the Civil Procedure Act where he chairs the Accreditation Sub-Committee. He is also the Chairman of the Sports Disputes Tribunal which is established under the Sports Act, 2013 and also chairs the Appeals Committee of the Advertising Standards Board.
John was recently conferred on the rank of Senior Counsel and adds chairing the National Steering Committee for the Formulation of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy to his great leadership record.
LLB (Hons.), Diploma in Law (KSL), Dip, International Commercial Arbitration