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Why Lawyer Adil Khawaja is The Man to Watch

Dissecting the world of Lawyer Adil Khawaja

There is this one most renowned lawyer in Kenya called Adil Arshed Khawaja.

He has dealt with complicated land issues, and regularly advises on eco-conveyancing for clients in the tourism sector and the Government of Kenya.

He recently advised and submitted a report to the Government of Kenya as a member of the Taskforce to inquire into Forest Resource Management and Logging Activities in Kenya.

The report has been instrumental in having key officials in various agencies investigated for corruption charges, the legal framework being discussed for amendment, and assisting the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in its implementation plan to turn around the sector inquire into Forest Resource Management and Logging Activities in Kenya.

He has also served as a director on the National Environment Council, and as a Trustee to the Friends of Conservation and Care for Wild Kenya as well as the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Adil Khawaja

Adil Khawaja Wikipedia descriptions market him as the Managing Partner in Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews.

According to a blog that profiles best advisers around the globe, the 48-year-old Adil has over 20 years of experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate, joint ventures and private equity, commercial litigation, and arbitration.

Lawyer Adil HHM

In 1990, Adil enrolled for his LLB Hons which he attained in 1993. He was enrolled as a trainee at Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews till 1994. This was the year he did his Diploma in Laws(Bar finals) from Kenya School of Law.

In 1995, a week after he sat for his Bar finals, he was promoted to an ASSOCIATE at the Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews law firm. He has been at the position for half a decade.

In 2001, Adil Khawaja was announced as the PARTNER by the CEO of Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews law firm. He has been a partner at the firm till 2013.

Between 2007-2010, Adil Khawaja was the designated Law Society of Kenya Elections Scrutineer. During this period, Lawyer Adil was seconded by Law Society of Kenya to the Judiciary Committee responsible for the renovation of the new Commercial Courts at Milimani.

Lawyer Adil Khawaja has a Masters Degree in Law from Kenya’s most notable Higher learning institution The University of Nairobi. The University of Nairobi was ranked 7 among the top 10 universities in Africa in 2020 by the African Exponent.

Adil Legal 500

After 2013, Adil Khawaja was recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000Legal 500 and Chambers Global.

These are internationally recognized legal directories and the biggest foundation for the new appointment. He was named the Managing Partner at Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews law firm where he still holds the same position to date.

On their blog, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (HH&M) states to be one of the largest law firms in Kenya, consistently rated as a top-tier firm in Kenya by clients and international directories. The firm has 12 partners, I shall name them later.

Adil Dentons

Adil Khawaja is the Managing Partner in Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews. Dentons describe him as one of the most renowned lawyers in Kenya having dealt with complicated land issues and regularly advises on eco-conveyancing for clients in the tourism sector and the Government of Kenya.

In 2018, Dentons, the world’s largest law firm announced a combination with Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews (HH&M), one of the largest firms in Kenya. The combination made HH&M — which dates back to 1902, making it one of the oldest firms in Africa, part of Dentons Africa.

“Clients in East Africa, and clients wanting to do business there, will benefit from high-quality legal service on a truly global scale that only Dentons can offer. Our clients have access to the deep local knowledge that is provided by lawyers who are both in and of the communities they serve,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons.

HH&M has been associated with Dentons for more than 10 years and is the third-largest firm in Kenya by partner headcount.

Adil Khawaja KCB

adil Khawaja DP RUTO
Adil Khawaja and KCB’s Joshua Oigara

Adil is highly recognized in Kenyan’s business circles for his legal expertise and holds board positions in various companies. Currently, he is the chairman of KCB Bank Kenya Limited and sits on the board of Al Futtaim Automotive -CMC Motors Group and Kenya Power Company Limited.

Adil Khawaja Foundation

He runs a foundation that has been actively involved in Community Involvement and Pro Bono

  • Appointed Board of Trustees Kenya Wildlife Service. Chairman of the Human Capital and Finance Committee, 2011 – 2014
  • Honorary Warden Kenya Wildlife Service, 2004 – 2013
  • Board of Trustees Friends of Conservation. A non-profit wildlife conservation organization, 2006 – 2011
  • Law Society of Kenya Committee seconded to the Judiciary, Committee responsible for the renovation of the new Commercial Courts at Milimani, 2007 – 2011
  • Law Society of Kenya Elections Scrutineer, 2007 – 2010
  • Member of the National Environment Council under the National Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act, 2005 – 2009

Adil Rhino Charge

Adil Khawaja
Adil Khawaja at the rhino charge awards

In 2018, Adil Khawaja was invited to be a new @RhinoArk Director and he graciously accepted. The third Highest Cash Sponsorship was won by Car 44 (Adil Khawaja, Mario Brigetti, Abid Khawaja, Jameel Sheikh, Massimiliano Brigetti, Nelson Lekamisi) having raised KES 16,217,000.

In 2019, The Victor Ludorum, an award that takes into consideration both the charge distance and fundraises, was won by Adil Khawaja’s Team AK-44 of car 44. The team fundraised a total of KES 17,000,003 which was the second-highest fundraising team.

Adil Khawaja Contacts

In 2018, Chamber Globals referred to Lawyer Adil as someone who; “has the ability to give tailor-made solutions within a short period. He’s practical, efficient, and caters to our every legal need.

He is a man with a vast connection. Here is a table of a few people he has worked within his area of expertise and pro-Bono projects.


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