Desmond started as a Trainee Lawyer at Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates where he was later appointed as an Associate. He subsequently joined Daly & Figgis Advocates (now Daly & Inamdar Advocates) where he remained as a Partner in the Dispute Resolution practice until October 2017. Desmond joined Kieti Advocates LLP in 2017.

  • Advising a large retail supermarket chain on a debt restructuring plan that culminated in a Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) with hundreds of creditors.
  • Advising a leading food services franchisee on an appropriate business rescue mechanism under the Insolvency Act 2015. 
  • Successfully restraining the government from demolishing an estate of luxurious apartments along the coastal line of Mombasa worth KES 2 Billion.
  • Successfully defending a mortgage finance company in a claim for an alleged breach of undertaking worth KES 200 Million.
  • Successfully defending a commercial bank against a claim for shares worth KES 120 Million under an Employee Share Ownership Scheme (ESOP).
  • Successfully defending an international charitable organisation in a construction dispute worth KES 78 Million.
  • Acting for an estate worth KES 15 Billion in a landmark succession case at the Court of Appeal on whether estoppel can override statutory provisions on inheritance.
  • Advising various USAID funded projects on employment regulations, redundancies and drafting employment agreements.
  • Undertaking a wide range of commercial litigation in relation to guarantees, judicial review of government actions, winding up of companies and enforcement of securities.

Publications

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law & Kenyan Bar Admission
  • LLB, Bachelor of Laws, University of Leeds, England

Membership

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)