Kenneth W. Akide, SC: The 45th President of LSK and Gentle Giant of Law in Kenya
Kenneth Wabwire Akide is truly a giant of the legal profession in Kenya being one of the most knowledgeable, experienced and recognized lawyers in the country. As an advocate of the rank of Senior Counsel who has practiced law for more than a quarter of a century and distinguished himself in legal practice and public service, Akide remains very accessible to clients and courteous to colleagues, a trait that has won him the trust of his many clients, most of whom are leading blue-chip companies in Kenya.
Indeed, the current state of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) makes many lawyers in practice and in-house remember and miss the days of Senior Counsel Akide at the helm of LSK with nostalgia. As the 45th President of LSK from March 2010 to March 2012, Senior Counsel Akide served the society with distinction goes down in the annals of Kenya’s history as the LSK President who was in office during the promulgation of the current Constitution of Kenya and the man who led LSK council in doing its part to midwife the country’s transition into the current Constitutional dispensation.
Senior Akide oversaw the first election of LSK Representatives to Judicial Service Commission in December 2010 with Florence Mwangangi and Ahmednassir Abdullahi being elected the Female and Male Representatives respectively. He also led the process of nominating LSK Members to the inaugural membership of Constitutional Commissions without any controversy. It is in recognition of his exemplary service to the legal and public service in Kenya that President Mwai Kibaki conferred Akide the rank of “Senior Counsel” on 11th December 2012.
Consistent Excellence in Practice of Law
But before and after he was the 45th LSK President, Senior Counsel Akide always excelled in the practice of law. He is the Founding and Managing Partner of Akide & Company, the law firm he founded in 1996, where he practices law along with 2 other partners and a handful of associates. Akide & Co. Advocates is one of Nairobi City’s foremost commercial and dispute resolution law firms which is committed “to providing world class legal services to effectively address the legal issues of its clients.”
Senior Counsel Akide is a very experienced and highly sought-after legal counsel and consultant for his wealth of experience and wide exposure given his status in the legal profession and his many years in legal practice. As the Managing Partner of Akide & Co. Advocates, Senior Counsel Akide’s main responsibilities include offering legal advice to clients as well as laying out winning strategy for his clients in both transactions, deals and matters in court and other forums. He also assists clients in conveyancing and guiding real estate projects, negotiating and drafting commercial agreements, leases and mortgages.
Senior Counsel Akide is also involved in the day to day running of the firm where he plays a key role in the overall leadership, managing and guiding over dozen-member team at the firm. He is also called upon from time to time to offer legal advisory especially in the areas of corporate governance, energy law, natural resources, mining and extractives, constitutional law and devolution, environmental law and advocacy and insurance law.
Outstanding legal practice and recent relevant experience
Akide & Company lawyers including Senior Counsel Akide stand out for their outstanding legal practice and recent relevant experience in commercial transactions and conveyancing, litigation and ADR, environmental law, constitutional law and governance, insurance law, natural resources and extractives law, corporate governance, procurement law, joint ventures, privatization and trust law. George Munene is the Partner in charge of Commercial and Conveyancing while Martha T. Mwakio is in charge of Litigation and ADR.
Senior Counsel Akide, a Certified Public Secretary (CPS), heads the Corporate Governance and Emerging Law Areas Practice. Together with his team, he has successfully executed complex mandates that include incorporation of companies, private, public and foreign companies and subsidiaries, purchase of assets by companies, mergers & acquisitions including company spin off and establishment, competition law, joint ventures, inward and outward bound investment and finance, risk control and management.
In Litigation and ADR, Senior Counsel Akide and his team have acted for high net worth clients including corporates and individuals in numerous proceedings in all courts and tribunals including constitutional petitions, judicial review matters, and Election petitions. The firm has also advised and represented clients in ADR matters including Arbitration and Mediation. Most of the firm’s legal team are qualified arbitrators with Senior Counsel Akide being a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Kenyan Chapter. The firm has also assisted in instituting and prosecuting several public interest litigation matters as part of their pro bono legal practice.
Seasoned Corporate Leader and Public Servant
Senior Counsel Akide also has wide experience and perspective in several legal areas serving as the board member of various public institutions. Previously he served as a Member of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), National Council on the Administrative Justice, Public Complaints Committee under the National Environmental Management Authority, Insurance Advisory Board, Insurance Appeals Tribunal, Advisory Council of URAIA Trust, Council of Legal Education and Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee of the CLE Board.
Senior Counsel Akide graduated from University of Nairobi with an LLB (Hons) Degree and proceeded to Kenya School of Law where he obtained a Diploma in Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1996 and has remained an active member of the Law Society of Kenya in good standing. He represented the Law Society of Kenya in Workshops and Symposia on various fields of law during his tenure. He has attended several courses in law and International Commercial Arbitration, both locally and abroad. In addition, he is a Member of Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS), East African Law Society and International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Kenya.