TripleOKLaw LLP has been shortlisted for an impressive ten categories at the 2023 African Legal Awards, including Law Firm of the Year. In the lead up to the awards, Africa Legal spoke to their team to find out how they achieved this.
TripleOKLaw LLP, based in Nairobi, Kenya, takes a holistic approach to meeting the diverse needs of its clients, and the partners believe this recognition in the awards’ shortlist is a testament to the firm’s commitment to providing exemplary comprehensive legal services across various industries and jurisdictions.
As a full-service firm with a pan-African reach, TripleOKLaw ensures that it has the necessary expertise and resources to address the diverse legal needs of clients operating in different sectors and regions. Maintaining a strong client-centric approach while offering a full spectrum of services is a priority for them.
Having one of the largest disputes practices in East Africa is also a great asset. Marysheila Onyango-Oduor, Deputy Managing Partner and Co-Head of Dispute Resolution, explains: “To provide the best possible outcomes for our clients, our disputes team collaborates seamlessly with our advisory and transactional lawyers to provide our clients with the advice they need to move thoughtfully in a fast-changing world.”
Their clients obviously feel safe in their hands, because TripleOKLaw has a solid track record of successfully handling complex legal matters across various practice areas and has worked on several multimillion-dollar matters, both contentious and non-contentious. These include defending the largest telecommunications provider in Kenya in an arbitration dispute, resulting in a substantial reduction of the claimed amount. The firm has also played a pivotal role in numerous cross-border transactions, including the sale of a stake in a leading healthcare and retail pharmacy chain.
TripleOKLaw is very proud to be a member of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, a Band 1 alliance of full-service law firms spanning 92 countries (including nine African countries), and believes this brings innumerable benefits to their clients. “Our membership in Meritas provides our clients with the highest standards of quality, practice capabilities, client satisfaction, cybersecurity, and more. The firm also has strategic relationships with leading law firms in jurisdictions where the network is not present, and this ensures seamless services for clients across these different jurisdictions,” noted Catherine Kariuki, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Telecommunications, Media & Technology.
“Meritas is the only alliance of law firms with an established means of monitoring and enhancing the quality of its member firms. In Meritas, there is an assurance of quality informed by the need to maintain quality client care and brand reputation,” added John Ohaga, SC, Managing Partner.
Innovation is another core value at TripleOKLaw LLP, and the firm continuously seeks new ways to enhance client communication and streamline processes. One of their innovations is the development of a client portal system which has revolutionised communication by allowing lawyers to upload documents and provide progress reports, enabling clients to access information conveniently.
Humanity is another big driving force at the firm and has kept them ahead of the curve in some respects. Known for genuinely caring about the wellbeing and success of clients, employees, business partners and the community, it is not surprising that the firm had an entrenched hybrid working model being tested even before the pandemic. “This human-centred approach allows the firm to provide not only tailored legal expertise, but also compassionate support to clients during challenging times, explained Ms Onyango-Oduor.
“We have a long track record of being first, in line with our revolutionary and visionary nature. We see beyond challenges by embracing innovation – the epicentre of what drives us to be our best to ensure that our clients succeed both today and tomorrow,” noted Ms Kariuki.
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