Munyao, Muthama & Kashindi (MMK) Advocates Employment and Labour Relations Practice has been recognized in the 2021 Edition of the Chambers Global Guide as one of the Top 10 Law Firms in Kenya in the employment practice area alongside some of the biggest law firms in Kenya.
Chambers Global Guide, one of the world's premier legal directory, describes MMK Employment Law Practice as"knowledgeable and competent," with a team that "is well coordinated and dedicated to its work." It adds: "The culture of the company is to give very well-researched and detailed information."
The Guide describes MMK as "known for respected employment and labour relations practice handling a breadth of contentious and non-contentious work. Its notable disputes capabilities cover issues such as constructive dismissal and terminations, with extensive experience appearing before the Employment and Labour Relations Court and Appellate Court…complemented by its advisory practice, including investigations."
The Chambers Guide notes that MMK "advises a range of public and private organisations from the education, manufacturing and governmental sectors." The highlight work for MMK Employment Practice is acting "on behalf of Safaricom in defence against claims of unlawful dismissal and termination." Safaricom is Kenya's leading Telcom and one of the largest companies by market capitalization listed in the Nairobi Stock Exchange.
At the same time, MMK Partner and Head of Employment Law Practice Irene Kashindi is ranked in Band 1 as one of the Top Three Employment Lawyers in Kenya. This is the third time Irene is ranked in the top 1 tier by Chambers Global Guide and remains the youngest lawyer to feature at the top of Employment Law Practice at par with industry gurus some of whom have been in practice twice as long as her.
Chambers Global Guide explains her top ranking in 2021 thus: "Irene Kashindi is widely lauded as one of the field's most prominent lawyers, with a practice encompassing contentious and non-contentious work. She is regularly instructed by notable regional employers in sectors including telecoms and consumer goods in connection with executive dismissal and labour disputes."
In terms of feedback, Chambers Global Guide states that clients consider Irene Kashindi to be "thorough and very professional" and appreciate her for going "above and beyond what is required." She has previously been described by the Guide as "excellent," "informed, professional and proactive", "a formidable employment lawyer with significant contentious and non-contentious mandates" and "in demand in employment litigation."
Irene is a seasoned litigator who was in December 2020 feted as one of the four top lawyers in the country and awarded "Lawyer of the Year" by the Law Society of Kenya, Nairobi branch. Irene sub-specializes in employment and labour relations for which she has established outstanding reputation and expertise. She represents and advises a wide portfolio of clients in nearly all aspects of employment and labour related matters.
She recently (2020) co-authored "Kashindis' Digest of Employment Cases," currently the leading publication analysing key court decisions on important labour law issues. Irene is the Law Society of Kenya's representative in the Employment Court's Rules Committee and actively participates in bar-bench activities.
Irene's other practice areas are; Commercial and Civil Litigation, Tax and Revenue, and Public Procurement. She is a Board member of the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board, a quasi-judicial body that determines public tender disputes in Kenya. Formerly a partner in Dentons Hamilton Harrison and Mathews, Irene joined Munyao, Muthama & Kashindi in 2018 and has over 13 years' experience in legal practice.
Irene is acting for a five-star hotel in a multi-million appeal in the Court of Appeal on claims made by over 70 claimants. She is also representing the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) in various multi-million employment and labour relations matters in various courts. Recently, she successfully defended a County Assembly in proceedings instituted by a member of County Executive to challenge his impeachment.
Besides Chambers Global Guide, MMK Employment Practice have been ranked by other world-leading legal directories for their exemplary legal work. In 2018 and 2020, Legal500 recognized Irene as "recommended for employment disputes." She was also the recipient of the International Law Office Client Choice Awards 2018 for Litigation.
Munyao, Muthama and Kashindi (MMK) is a progressive and fast growing firm known for its vibrant and result oriented teams and developed key competencies in dispute resolution, employment law and labour relations, aviation, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, energy and natural resources, telecommunication media & technology, insolvency, regulatory work and tax. The firm has 6 Partners and 6 Associates.