FM Advocates is a leading full-service corporate and litigation law firm based in Kenya but providing a wide spectrum of legal services across the globe. Our team of six (6) top lawyers comprises of high caliber legal professionals with business acumen, innovation and market knowledge with client-driven flexibility. We believe in being straightforward and easy to deal with whilst delivering individually tailored practical and creative solutions.

We would be delighted to serve you. 

Founded in 2017

2 Offices

6 people in their team


Practice areas
Civil & Human Rights
Immigration
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
Lawsuits & Disputes
Insurance
Family
Employment & Labor
Criminal Defense
Bankruptcy & Debt
Consumer Rights

Languages spoken
English
Swahili

Social media

Practice areas

Civil & Human Rights

Civil Rights
Constitutional Law
Disability
Discrimination

The Firm is among the most highly regarded and respected litigation and dispute resolution law firms in the country.

Immigration

Asylum
Business Visa
Citizenship
Dependent Visa
Permanent Residency
Retirement Visa
Work Permit

We have a vibrant immigration law department that has successfully handled more than 2000 clients with immigration matters. We are revered nationally and regionally for our exceptional prowess in immigration law.

Intellectual Property

Copyright
Patent
Trademark

Our intellectual property (IP) lawyers specialize in intellectual property law, which involves rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artwork.

The firm’s IP lawyers secure and enforce legal rights to inventions, designs, and artwork. They also secure assets such as personal property and real estate. By doing so, the firm gives people incentives to improve creative works to gain a profit, which is beneficial to the community

The firm assists its client to

  • 1. Establish and protect intellectual capital;
  • 2. License inventions;
  • 3. Transfer proprietary technology;
  • 4. Draft licensing agreements
  • 5. Negotiate settlements; and
  • 6. Conduct IP asset due diligence

The firm’s IT lawyers represent the firm’s clients in the Courts and at the Kenya Industrial Property Institute.

The firm’s work portfolio in IT involves:

  • 1. Trademarks;
  • 2. Copyrights;
  • 3. Patents;
  • 4. Trade Secrets;
  • 5. Licenses; and
  • 6. Unfair Competition

Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate
Housing, Construction & Development
Foreclosure
Land Use & Zoning
Landlord & Tenant
Mortgage

The firm enjoys an especially sophisticated real estate practice with and unrivaled capacity and experience to handle the most complex transactions. Our capacity to deliver the highest quality service to match our clients’ business needs makes our firm stand ahead of its peers.

We advise buyers and sellers on real estate transactions of all kinds, whether they are structured as assets or share deals, individual or portfolio transactions, or joint ventures. Our clients include portfolio managers, project developers, investors, insurance companies and banks, while our area of expertise includes all relevant real estate law investment classes such as commercial, office, residential or specialty properties.

We offer advisory services during all phases of real estate financing, from due diligence and term sheet negotiation, through preparing and negotiating all types of financing documents, to active support in fulfilling requirements for disbursement, as well as any later syndication and restructuring. Our team has both extensive knowledge of the market, including focus areas such as office, retail, hotel, logistics and residential, and a thorough understanding of the individual needs of our clients. That mix results in constructive, practically oriented, efficient advisory services for all types of real estate financing. Our advisory services range from structuring financing transactions to drafting and negotiating financing agreements

We advise project developers and investors during all phases of project development, from property analysis and construction to realization of a project. We view project development as a multidisciplinary task. Dividing a project into individual legal areas such as public and private building law, property-related commercial law, corporate law, tax law and the like often leads to frictional losses. Legal advisers frequently lack an overall view because they are too preoccupied with their own subject areas

Lawsuits & Disputes

ADR Mediation & Arbitration
Appeal
Class Action
Litigation

The Firm is among the most highly regarded and respected litigation and dispute resolution law firms in the country. It has provided reliable and competent legal representation in a broad range of large-scale and complex litigation matters such as commercial litigation, constitutional litigation, judicial review and administrative law litigation, employment and labour relations matters and pension matters. The firm’s experience in the circles of litigation and dispute resolution spans handling high profile cases in the superior courts in Kenya as well as the subordinate courts and the major Tribunals established under various legislations

Drawing on past successful cases, the firm is well equipped to handle litigations of complex nature in the country. The Firm has acted for numerous clients in litigation matters in which landmark decisions which have been pronounced in favour of the Firm’s clients

Whereas the Firm’s approach places focus on risk mitigation and advising on how to stay out of court, our competent team of advocates always ensure clients are litigation-ready and provide the most suitable and strategic path for the legal representation. We have a deliberate policy of commitment to clients’ specific needs. The Firm’s litigation team is backed by a very capable and competent team of researchers who have an excellent grasp of the law.

Insurance

Bad Faith Insurance
Health insurance
Insurance Defense
Insurance Fraud
Life Insurance

The firm has insurance law specialists led by our able Managing Partner, Muteti Festus. We have assisted more than 1000 clients with complex insurance matters 

Family

Adoption
Child Abuse
Child Custody
Child Support
Child Visitation
Collaborative Law
Divorce & Separation
Domestic Violence
Father's Rights
Marriage
Military Divorce
Same Sex & LGBT

Be it divorce proceedings, matrimonial property division, pre/post nuptial agreements, adoption or child custody and maintenance matters, our firm is equipped to provide top notch representation to meet our clients’ expectations. 

Employment & Labor

Employment Rights
Hiring & Firing
Job Discrimination
Labor Law
Pension
Retirement
Sexual Harassment
Social Security
Wage & Hour
Wrongful Termination
Whistleblower & Qui Tam

We deliver these services on a continuing basis to employers on a wide range of employment and labour relations matters including termination and layoffs, occupational health and safety, collective bargaining, legal audits, legislative advice, drafting of employment contracts, dispute resolution.

Whereas we have endeavoured to assist our clients on implementing employment and labour relations practices that minimize potential conflict, we provide our clients with strong and effective legal representation in the event of disputes. Our team has successfully represented clients in the Employment and Labour Relations Courts (previously Industrial courts) and arbitration proceedings on various complex disputes relating to termination of employment, employee redundancy claims and so on.

Criminal Defense

Arrests & Searches
Bail Bond Service
Cannabis
Criminal Litigation
Drug Crime
Drunk Driving
DUI & DWI
Juvenile Law
Sex Crime
Speeding & Traffic Ticket
White Collar Crime

Our team of lawyers has an extensive experience in criminal litigation. In this regard, our criminal litigation department is stocked with four elite lawyers whose business is to win cases on behalf of our clients 

Bankruptcy & Debt

Bankruptcy
Debt & Collection
Credit Repair
Creditor

We have a fully-fledged Corporate Practice Department focusing on Bankruptcy Law, Company Law, Insolvency Law and Debt Collection. It is one of our strongest areas of practice. 

Consumer Rights

Auto Dealer Fraud
Civil Litigation
Consumer Protection
Legal Malpractice
Professional Malpractice

Our constitutional law department has competent lawyers with enviable wealth of of experience in consumer protection law

Our Partners and Associates

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Muteti Festus

Managing Partner

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Jackson Maroa

Head of Litigation Department

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Peter Makau

Head of Corporate Law Department

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Head of Immigration Law Department

Josphat Mutua

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Lydia Murage

Head of Real Estate Department

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Benjamin Oile

Head of Family Law Department

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