Litigation Associate Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Job Title: Litigation Associate

Job Ref.: BMES-292840

Location: Nairobi

Department: Litigation

Position Reports to: Managing Partner

Position May Accept work from: Other Staff on shared responsibilities.

Position Supervises: May be responsible for assigning, directing, and reviewing the work of other support personnel.


Job Purpose: Gain valuable and real-world legal experience by advising and representing clients during all phases of the litigation process, from the initiation of a case to the discovery period through trial and post-trial findings and appeals.

Working Relations

Internal Relations:

  • All company staff
External Relations
  • Court Registries
  • Suppliers
  • Government Offices
  • External Advocates
  • External Court Clerks
Key Responsibilities

Litigation Practice

  • Commencement of Action
  • Participate in initial client interview.
  • Conduct fact investigation and analysis.
  • Conduct background investigation of parties and witnesses.
  • Interview witnesses, including obtaining affidavits or written statements.
  • Obtain photographs, documents, and physical evidence from third parties.
  • Analyze documentary evidence, including preparation of chronologies.
  • Draft complaint and necessary motions (Plaintiff)
  • Draft Defence and necessary motions (defendant)
  • Communicate and monitor throughout case the client’s adherence to litigation requirements.
  • Participate in formulation of discovery plan.
  • Draft discovery requests such as requests for production, interrogatories, requests for copies, and requests for admissions.
  • Prepare motions, such as to compel discovery or for sanctions.
  • Conduct legal research relating to pleading and motion preparation
  • Prepare witness files (documents, summaries, questions).
  • Prepare client for giving his/her deposition.
  • Attend deposition and take notes on testimony.
  • Prepare digests of depositions.
  • Assist in editing video depositions.
  • Organize and analyze documents.
  • Analyze billing records and prepare damage analysis.
  • Screen responsive and privileged documents.
  • Control numbering and history of documents produced and received.
  • Review and summarize records and transcripts.
  • Locate and make recommendations on expert witnesses. Provide documents for expert’s review.
  • Draft demand letters (on behalf of plaintiff).
  • Draft status letters to client, analyzing merits of case.
  • Conduct Pretrial Preparation and prepare PreTrial documents.
  • Organize and prepare exhibits.
  • Draft witness outlines and questions.
  • Coordinate scheduling of witnesses.
  • Assist in preparation of witnesses.
Attend trial
  • Take notes –Handle exhibits –Coordinate witness arrival at trial –Manage deposition transcripts for use at trial Post-Trial and Appellate Work.
  • Summarize trial testimony.
  • Draft bill of costs.
  • Draft notice of appeal.
  • Obtain and prepare Record of Appeal.
  • Attend and conduct hearings.
  • Prepare pleadings and motions for execution and attachment.
  • Draft settlement agreements.
  • Draft withdrawals.
  • Draft motions and stipulations for dismissal.
  • Conduct legal research.
  • Draft correspondence to client, witnesses, experts, and others.
  • Prepare summaries of concerning cases.
  • Draft legal opinions and maintain legal opinions database.
General Duties
  • Serves as backup for other positions in the department.
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned.
Key Skills / Competencies
  • Exceptional Client focus.
  • Interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work effectively within resource and time constraints.
  • Leadership and people management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of court and administrative hearing rules and procedures.
  • Knowledge of legal document filing procedures in the relevant registries.
  • Strong Research Skills:-Legal research methods using Westlaw and LexisNexis; principles of Internet research.
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Ability to apply and follow complex instructions and/or guidelines as appropriate in the performance of support activities.
  • Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations occurring as a result of workloads and/or deadlines.
Experience & Requirements
  • Minimum of Bachelor of Laws (Upper Second Class)
  • Admission to the Roll of Advocates
  • 5 years’ experience in drafting litigation and commercial legal documents in a busy law firm
Application Guidelines:

Interested candidates who fully meet the above requirements should send their applications along with a detailed Curriculum Vitae indicating expected salary and their daytime contact, to (Subject of the email should be the title of the POSITION APPLIED FOR & THE JOB REF)

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Updated: July 29, 2016 — 7:15 am