At A. B. Patel & Patel we strive to build and maintain long term professional relationships with our clients and collaborate with our clients to successfully achieve their goals.
All advocates are experienced in their chosen fields and they take time and effort to keep up with latest developments and the business environment.  The partners of the firm have often been invited to contribute at seminars and workshops.
The expertise within the firm enables us to handle the largest and most time-critical transactions when required.
The firm has 2 departments:-

  • Commercial and conveyancing
  • Commercial litigation.

The firm advices on and prepares trade and project finance, debt restructuring and security documentation for banks including syndicated loan arrangements and facilities.
The commercial department undertakes mergers, takeovers and acquisition projects with requisite due diligence and documentation involved in such projects.  The commercial practice also includes drafting and settling of commercial and trade agreements, joint venture agreements and partnership agreements and structures.
In the firm’s commercial practice, in addition, provides a wide and comprehensive range of legal services. Including:-

  • Banking
  • Corporate structures and incorporations of limited companies and foreign registered company.
  • Commercial shipping and aircraft documentation
  • Intellectual property
  • Labour and employment
  • Family law administration of estates, wills and trust

In the conveyancing practice, the firm provides a wide range of services for residential transactions to multi-residential/commercial developments, advising on the Kenyan law and dealing with regulatory requirements for sale and lease and transfer of properties for both local and overseas clients.
The firm provides advice on day to day client’s business needs.  These are varied from incorporation start-ups, corporate and management structures and shareholdings, regulatory and environmental compliance matters, procurement and employment contracts.

To name a few of the sizeable projects that A.B. Patel & Patel have been involved with:-

  • Setting up of the first world class golfing and residential resort, on the Kenyan Coast, the Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort.  The brief included settling the initial documentation including joint venture agreements and structures, followed by sales documentation, development and home owner’s rules and regulations and the golf club membership rules.
  • Setting up of the first world class marina development.  The brief included advising on acquisition of the property detailing the structure, sales and leasing of apartments, commercial areas, Marina and boating centre, hotel and management structures to run and operate the development.
  • Setting up a multinational trading house for a consortium of oil dealers based in Kenya and across the East African region.  The firm had to deal with joint venture and shareholders agreements and setting up of corporate structures.
  • In drawing up and setting up hospitality and procurement agreements between several oil companies, across the East African borders.
  • Advising on the sale of shares on of the largest food based industries in Kenya. The transaction value (debt and equity) worth over $60 million.
  • Advising on and completing a cross border transaction relating to sale of shares of an international shipping agency based in the Indian Ocean islands, Kenya and Southern Africa.  Transaction value of over $25 million.
  • Advising and completing on investment in a private company by a venture capital fund company into a Kenyan company.
  • Advising an international company on acquisition of shares in an offshore company holding interests in Kenyan companies with interests in conservancy areas and tourist lodges.  Having undertaken a complete due diligence of the structures of the companies.

  • Advising and setting up of conservancy areas in the Maasai Mara and Amboseli region of Kenya and settling of agreements relating to acquisition and leasing of land from the community and obtaining approvals from various authorities.
  • Advising on a purchase of an edible oil industry - value over $ 5 million.
  • Acted for Kenyan Entity on the purchase of a commercial aircraft, having to deal with regulation requirements and advising on structures.
  • Acted for an international aviation company (on instructions from an International Law firm) on regulatory
requirements registration of aircraft and mortgagees interest in Kenya and giving an opinion on the lease and security documentation form a Kenyan perspective.
  • Acted for a Kenyan entity to acquire land and setting up of the first oil tank farm in Kenya and having to deal with regulating requirements and hospitality agreements..
  • The firm has a well-established track record for providing professional services in complete litigation matters in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Courts in Kenya and also representing clients in Arbitration and complex commercial matters.  The firm has a strong general commercial and corporate law litigation practice with Kenya cases and its borders.
    Admiralty & maritime

    i. Ship arrests for claims of ownership, insurance mortgagee’s claims, cargo interests under charter parties and bills of lading contracts, demurrage claims, general average claims and wages claims.

    ii. Advising on the appraisal and sale of vessels;

    iii. Undertaking and defending litigation involving marine insurance claims on behalf of ship owners, charterers and interest through P&I Clubs;

    iv. Acting in matters involving salvage and towage claims and pollution claims.
    Recently, the firm successfully represented an international ship owner, on a first ever case in East Africa on a General Average Claim against cargo consignees arising from a piracy incident.  Another such case was dealt with by the firm on behalf of ship owners in Tanzania.  Te firm has been retained to act on a first ever claim by an inherent provider relating to the damage to the undersea cable.


    i. Enforcing and recoveries under security documents;
    ii. Defense litigation, particularly against actions of injunctions to prevent mortgage sales by financiers.

    Corporate Law
    Shareholder disputes, receivership and winding up of companies.

    Construction litigation
    A.B. Patel & Patel has been instructed on one of the layout, construction claims in Kenya.
    The firm has successfully challenged Government Agencies on proposed implementations and approvals with clients having successful in implementing their projects.
    The firm has successfully represented private clients before the public procurement complaints, Review & Appeals Board.

    General Litigation
    i. Actions of judicial Review and prohibition against administrative orders;
    ii. Claims in defamation, negligence;
    iii. Enforcement of foreign judgments and awards;
    iv. Pension funds disputes
    v. Family law and matrimonial