Coulson Harney
Member firm for Kenya

Firm Overview

Coulson Harney (part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group) is a corporate and commercial law firm providing legal advice and transaction services to a wide range of international and local clients. We have 14 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.

Coulson Harney is now one of the largest corporate law firms in Kenya and is highly-ranked in the international legal directories such as Chambers Global (Tier 1), Legal 500 (Tier 1) and IFLR. We have also earned several accolades such as: “Gold Category,” World Trademark Review (2013 and 2014), “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 recognised individually in Tier 1, Tier 2 and as Rising Stars.

Our main areas of practice are in corporate and commercial, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking and finance, capital markets, energy and resources, real estate, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Our dispute resolution practice has recently been greatly strengthened with the addition of three new partners in October 2014.

We advise clients from various industries and sectors. These include banks, insurance and financial services institutions, private equity funds, 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. We also work with many international law firms and other consultants.

Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group Coulson Harney is part of the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, a panAfrican legal advisory services firm with offices in Gaborone, Botswana; Nairobi, Kenya; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Johannesburg, Durban 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, Nigeria.

Doing business in Africa Differences in law, regulation and business culture can significantly increase the risk and complexity of doing business in Africa. Through the offices of Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group 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 (through Coulson Harney) and further afield around Africa.

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 calibre.