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Legal Activities in East Africa 2024

Stephen Timm | Burundi; Comoros; Djibouti; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Kenya; Rwanda; Seychelles; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Tanzania; Uganda | 22 May 2024

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Report Coverage

Who Owns Whom’s report on legal services and activities in East Africa includes information on the size and state of the industry such as number of lawyers in practice, players, and corporate actions. Issues discussed include the presence of foreign firms, state interference, court backlogs, merger and acquisition activity, regional integration, gender transformation and qualifications. There are profiles of 22 companies including Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates, CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates, Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews and Oraro & Company Advocates in Kenya, MMAKS Advocates and AF Mpanga Advocates in Uganda, IMMMA Advocates and FB Attorneys in Tanzania.

Introduction

• The legal activities and services sector in East Africa is forecast to experience significant growth as the region is expected to be the fastest growing in Africa in 2024 and 2025.
• The region’s legal sector is concentrated in Kenya, followed by Tanzania and Uganda. Burundi and Rwanda are smaller markets.
• The number of lawyers in the region has grown rapidly in recent years.
• Kenyan law firms have increased their share of the top 50 law firms on the continent by headcount.
• The sector faces a number of key challenges including the independence of the judiciary and rule of law, as well as a high backlog of court cases.
• The sector is expected to experience an increase in demand for legal services driven by growth in mergers and acquisitions.

Trends

• A number of reports of unregistered or fake lawyers.
• Moves to regional integration.
• The digitisation of courts and case documents continues.
• The use of legaltech.
• There has been a significant increase in the number of lawyers in the region in the last 15 years.
• Women make up almost half of junior lawyers, but a minority of partners.

Opportunities

• Mergers and acquisitions are set to grow.
• Partnerships between local and foreign law firms eager to take advantage of the region’s growing legal sector.
• The use of legaltech by law firms is an opportunity for innovators.

Challenges

• Barriers for setting up a regional law firm.
• Compliance costs are growing.
• Cyber threats
• Large backlog of cases.
• Pass rates have declined in recent years.
• State interference, corruption, and rule of law.

Outlook

• The outlook for the legal services sector in East Africa is optimistic as the region is growing.
• More foreign law firms are likely to set up in the region, driven by a growing number of private-sector opportunities for their clients.
• Kenya is expected to be one of Africa’s five biggest legal markets in 2033, behind Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria and Algeria.
• The sector faces a number of challenges such as court backlogs, difficulties creating effective regional integration, state interference and corruption in the judicial system.
• There is some concern over the quality of legal education in the region.

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Legal Activities in East Africa
Legal Activities in East Africa 2024

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Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. REGIONAL INFORMATION 1
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 2
3.1 Industry Value Chain 4
3.2 Geographic Position 4
3.3 Size of the Industry 4
4. LOCAL 7
4.1. State of the Industry 7
4.2. Key Trends 18
4.3. Key Issues 18
4.4. Notable Players 18
4.5. Corporate Actions 20
4.6. Regulations 20
4.7. Enterprise Development and Social Development 21
5. AFRICA 21
6. INTERNATIONAL 24
7. INFLUENCING FACTORS 27
7.1 Economic Environment 27
7.2 Labour 28
7.3 Environmental Issues 30
7.4 Technology, R&D, Innovation 31
7.5 Input Costs 32
8. COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT 33
8.1 Competition 33
8.2 Ownership Structure of the Industry 33
8.3 Barriers to Entry 34
9. INDUSTRY SUMMARY 34
10. OUTLOOK 34
11. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 35
12. REFERENCES 35
12.1 Publications 35
12.2 Websites 36
APPENDIX 1 38
Summary of Notable Players 38
COMPANY PROFILES 40
AF Mpanga Advocates 40
Aman & Partners LLP (Bowmans Ethiopia) 42
Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates 44
CMS Daly Inamdar Advocates 46
Coulson Harney LLP (Bowmans Kenya) 48
Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews 50
FB Attorneys Ltd 52
IMMMA Advocates 54
Jared Kangwana & Co. Advocates LLP 56
Kaplan & Stratton Advocates 58
Kieti Law LLP (CDH Kenya) 61
KO Associates LLP 63
Kyagaba & Otatiina Advocates (Dentons Uganda) 65
MMAKS Advocates 67
MMC Asafo 69
NBMA Advocates LLP 71
Oraro & Company Advocates 73
RIVE & Co Ltd 75
S&L Advocates 78
Shonubi, Musoke & Co Advocates 80
TripleOKLaw Advocates LLP 82
Walker Kontos Advocates 84