Coulson Harney
Member firm for Kenya

Firm Overview

Coulson Harney is a Kenyan corporate and commercial law firm providing legal advice and transaction services to a wide range of international clients and local Kenyan clients. We have 10 partners and over 30 lawyers with qualifications and work experience drawn from private legal practice and both the public and private sectors in Kenya, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Our team of lawyers works on Kenyan domestic matters and transactions, and on international and cross-border advisory mandates for a wide range of clients.

The commitment and skill of Coulson Harney’s team of advocates has moved Coulson Harney up the rankings of the international legal directories such as Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR. The most recent of these was the recognition of the firm as Tier 1 in Corporate and Commercial by Chambers Global. We have also earned several accolades such as: Gold Category, World Trademark Review (2013), Deal of the year 2012 (Africa Investor), and Cross-Border Law Firm of the Year in Kenya (Global Law Experts 2012). Various members of our team have also been recognized individually in Tier 1, Tier 2 and as Rising Stars.

The main areas of practice are in corporate and commercial, banking and finance, capital markets, energy and resources, real estate, intellectual property and dispute resolution.

We advise clients from various industries and sectors; these include banks, insurance and financial services institutions, manufacturing and services companies, technology and telecommunications companies, energy and resource companies, infrastructure, transport and construction companies, property development companies, agriculture and farming concerns, hotels, tourism and conservation organizations, local businesses, companies listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange, government and non-governmental organizations as well as private individuals.

Doing business in Africa Differences in law, regulation and business culture can significantly increase the risk and complexity of doing business in Africa. At Coulson Harney our aim is to assist our clients in achieving their objectives as smoothly and efficiently as possible whilst minimizing legal and regulatory risks, both within Kenya and further afield around Africa.

We advise clients from the public and private sector doing business in Kenya and across the African continent. We also work with many international law firms and other consultants and their clients on Kenyan and regional matters and transactions. Whether our clients need a single point of engagement for a cross-border project or simply need local advice in the country they are working in, our firm is recognized for providing professional legal services of the highest caliber. We draw on our unique knowledge of the African business environment, and an in-depth understanding of the socio-political climate, to advise clients on a wide range of technical legal issues.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group Coulson Harney is a member of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group. The group advises clients throughout Africa. The group has offices in five countries in Africa – Gaborone, Botswana; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Kampala, Uganda. The firm has a “best friends” relationship with leading Nigerian firm, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie which has offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt.