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Justice Steven Gatembu Kairu Biography, Education, Career & Major Rulings

Justice Steven Gatembu Biography, Education, Career & Major Rulings

Justice Steven Gatembu was named by President of the Appellate Court Justice Daniel Musinga as one of the seven judges who will hear the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) case from June 29 to July 2, 2021.

Justice Gatembu is a well-known and respected name within the corridors of justice. He has ruled in several major cases in the country.

As an Arbitrator, he has adjudicated upon numerous disputes between parties and rendered Awards and has been trained as a trainer of trainers in Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, California State University California USA.

He was born on July 20, 1960, in Kiawairegi, Murang’a County. He was born to Mzee Edward Kairu Kenya.

Mzee Kinya passed away in 2019 and was laid to rest in August that year in a service attended by former Chief Justice David Maraga alongside several judges.

Justice Steven Gatembu Major Rulings

Justice Gatembu has in the course of his career deliberated in several key cases.

In 2017, he deliberated on the election petition filed by Martha Karua challenging the win of Anne Waiguru as Kirinyaga governor.

He also ruled on the case of Finleys Kenya, where workers moved to court to stop the company from laying them off.

Justice Gatembu will be part of the seven-judge bench that will hear the BBI appeal case from June 29 to July 2.

Justice Steven Gatembu Curriculum Vitae

FULL Name                   :        STEVEN GATEMBU KAIRU

Address:        P. O. Box 51385, 00200 – Nairobi, Kenya Tel: 244445/6/7/8 • Fax: 244449 • Cell: 0722-510109 Email: [email protected]

Date of Birth:        20th July 1960

Nationality:        Kenyan

Profession:        Advocate of the High Court of Kenya,

Member Law Society of Kenya

                                      Commissioner for Oaths, Notary Public

                                      Partner – Kairu & McCourt Advocates

                                      Lecturer at Law, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of the Law University of Nairobi.

                                      Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Education:        Masters of Laws, (LL.M) (Banking Law) Boston University, Boston, MA, USA.

                                      Bachelor of Laws, (LLB) (Hons), University of Nairobi, Kenya

                                      Diploma, Kenya School of Law, Nairobi, Kenya.

Languages:        English

                                      Kiswahili

                                      Gikuyu

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Justice Steven Gatembu Key Qualifications

Steven Gatembu Kairu has been a Lecturer in Commercial Law in the Faculty of Law, the University of Nairobi since 1990, where he teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure and Practice, Banking Law, HIV/Aids and the Law, the Law of Torts, Law of International Institutions.  He holds an LLB degree from the University of Nairobi [1984] and an LLM degree from Boston University [1990].

Steven Kairu is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators member.  He has practiced law in Kenya as a litigation lawyer since 1985.  He is a Partner in Kairu & McCourt Advocates, a law firm established in 1993.

As an Arbitrator, he has adjudicated upon numerous disputes between parties and rendered Awards and has been trained as a trainer of trainers in Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, California State University California USA.

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Justice Steven Gatembu Professional Experience

1993 – Present:     Partner, Kairu & McCourt Advocates, Nairobi Kenya

                             Have undertaken Civil Litigation in the High Court and the subordinates courts and the Court of Appeal as well as Arbitration Proceedings in the following areas;

                             Banking Law:

                             Disputes involving negotiable Instruments and other bearer instruments; Securities including legal mortgages, legal charges, guarantees, and indemnities; Chattels mortgages, hire purchase and debt collection, and foreign exchange transactions.

                             Commercial Law:

                             Enforcement and defending claims arising under contracts; Analysis and interpretation of different contracts, including opinions thereon; Carriage, freight, and transport; and credit card and consumer litigation.

                             Insurance Law:

                             Accident cases, claims arising from insurance policies, third-party risks.  Liability under workmen’s compensation and general insurance disputes.

                             Arbitration:

                             Have been involved in Dispute Resolution both as Arbitrator and Counsel in Commercial Arbitrations, Construction Industry Arbitrations.

1990 – Present:     Lecturer, University of Nairobi, Kenya

                             Lecturer at Law, Commercial Law Department, Faculty of Law.  Taught subjects include:

                             Alternative Dispute Resolution (including negotiation Mediation and Arbitration) and supervision of Dissertations, Civil Procedure, and Practice, Banking Law, Law of Torts, Law of International Institutions HIV/Aids, and the Law.

1990 – 1993:        Associate, Kimani Kairu & Company Advocates, Nairobi, Kenya

                             Trial Lawyer, Civil Litigation in the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Subordinate Courts.  Enforcement of financial institutions lenders’ rights, the realization of properties, legal opinions, matrimonial causes, banking, commercial law, employment law, and insurance law.

1986 – 1988:        Associate, Kimani Kairu & Company Advocates, Nairobi, Kenya

                             Trial Lawyer, Civil Litigation in the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Subordinate Courts.  Enforcement of financial institutions lenders’ rights, the realization of properties, legal opinions, matrimonial causes, banking, commercial law, employment law, and insurance law.

1985 – 1986:        Legal Assistant, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews Advocates, Nairobi, Kenya

                             Trial Lawyer in Banking Law Section, Court Department, Banking, Civil Litigation, enforcement of statutory and non-statutory remedies, and commercial law.

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Justice Steven Gatembu Other Experience

March 1991:             Kenya: Participated in workshop on “Development of teaching materials for 8:4:4: syllabus, Faculty of Law” held at Masinga Dam Lodge, Kenya.

July 1991:                 Kenya: Participated in a training seminar on “Legal Aspects of Debt Management” organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in conjunction with East African Development Bank (EADB) at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi.

July 1992:                 Tanzania: Participated in the Inter-University Council for East Africa International Trade and Investments Law subjects meeting held at Hotel 77 Arusha, Tanzania.

September 1992:      Kenya: Presented paper at a seminar “The Role and Duties of Company Director” at the School of Professional Studies.

March 1999:             Kenya: Participated in Law Society of Kenya/Canadian Bar Association Seminar on ADR at Utalii Hotel, Nairobi.

November 2000:       Kenya: Participated in The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – Special Member Course at the Mayfair Hotel, Nairobi.

March 2001:             Kenya: Participated in The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Seminar on Mediation – Nairobi.

September 2004 –

October 2004:          USA: Completed Alternative Dispute Resolution Training of Trainers Workshop at the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, California State University, Sacramento.

January 2005:          Kenya: Fida Kenya – Resource Person – ADR Awareness Workshop for Members of the Civil Society Nairobi.

March 2005:             Kenya: Member committee of the ADR Task Force of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators tasked to work with Rules Committee of the Judiciary.

March 2005:             Kenya: Participated in The Law Society of Kenya – Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights, Kenya.

July 2005:                 Kenya: Kenya Law Reform Commission – Workshop on the Development of a Policy and Legal Framework for Small Claims Court.  Presented paper by Mr. Okech-Owiti on “The necessary and viability of small claims Courts of Kenya”.

July 2005                  Tanzania: Participated in Inter-University Council for East Africa and Makerere University, Faculty of Law Meeting on Legal Education in East Africa.

August 2005:            Kenya: Participated in The Law Society of Kenya – Seminar on Capital Market’s Authority, Nairobi Stock Exchange and Central Depository System.  Session Chair.

August 2005:            Kenya: Fida Kenya – Trainer, ADR training and mediation clinic.

October 2005:          Kenya: Attended Fast Track Fellowship Assessment Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

November 2005:       Kenya: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators- Mock Arbitration.

February 2006:        Kenya: Attended The United States Mission to Kenya and The Kenya School of Law Conference on Ethics in Government, The Judicial Process and Court Administration.

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