Philip K. Murgor is a founder and the current Managing Partner of the firm. He offers invaluable work experience spanning a period of over 28 years in the legal profession as state counsel, private practitioner and as a former Director of Public Prosecutions.
He has also attended numerous seminars and training workshops dealing with diverse areas of law such as UK and US Comparative law, Public Procurement, Policy Strategy and Reform, Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes, Anti-money Laundering and Asset Recovery and Anti-drug Enforcement.
Philip was born on 4th July 1961. He graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1985 where he obtained his Honours Law Degree. The following year he obtained his Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law after successfully completing his pupilage at the firm of Dentons Hamilton Harrison and Mathews. Upon admission as an Advocate in 1986, Philip declined to seek employment in private law firms offering attractive terms in favour of an appointment as a Public Prosecutor in the State Law Office. In this way he believed he would serve the public and at the same time gain valuable experience.
Philip served as a State Counsel in the provinces and Nairobi from 1986 to 1992, during which period he successfully led, or assisted in prosecuting several high profile cases, including murder and treason. In 1992, he resigned from the public service and teamed up with his wife Agnes to manage Murgor & Murgor Advocates.
Amongst his first private briefs was to join up with a team of lawyers to represent the then President Daniel Arap Moi, in election petitions challenging his election as president in the 1992 General Election. In 1994 the firm through Philip was appointed by the Central Bank of Kenya to represent it in the Goldenberg multi-billion shilling civil litigation and has continued to represent it save for a break from 1998 to 2003.
In May 2003, Philip was unexpectedly appointed by the new President Mwai Kibaki to the position of Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), a post he was to hold for two years. His mandate was to overhaul and reform an ineffective and discredited public prosecutions department. During his tenure, he initiated several key and far reaching reforms to fully professionalize public prosecutions before returning to the firm in 2005. His reform programs attracted sufficient donor funding from USAID to enable the department relocate to ultra-modern fully equipped premises.
Philip holds a Masters in Law (LLM) in International Trade and Investments Law.
Lady Justice Agnes Murgor
Agnes K. Murgor was born on 15th August 1963 to Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Guy Muli. Her father the late Justice Mathew Guy Muli, a distinguished Kenyan jurist served as Legal Counsel to the East African Community, Judge of the High Court, Judge of the Court of Appeal, Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya and finally retired to private practice, before his passing in 2004.
Greatly inspired by her father, she joined the University of Buckingham to study law obtaining her honours law degree in 1987 after only two years of study. She did her pupillage at the firm of Dentons Hamilton Harrison and Mathews and was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in 1987.
She began her professional career in the same firm as a legal assistant in the Commercial Department. Thereafter, in search of
experience in major commercial law practice, she opted to join the public service where she served as a State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers in the Treaties and Agreements Department. During her time in the public service she represented and advised the government in numerous significant bilateral and multilateral transactions.
In 1990, she married Philip K. Murgor then a State Counsel in the Public Prosecutions Department of the State Law Office. Two years later, the two resigned and established Murgor & Murgor Advocates.
In May 2003, after Philip’s appointment as Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Agnes took over a two year brief to represent the Central Bank of Kenya in the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Goldenberg Affair. Her exemplary handling of the brief, earned her recognition by a leading daily newspaper as one of Kenya’s top ten lawyers.
In July 2007, Agnes took up an appointment with East African Breweries Limited as Legal Counsel and Group Company Secretary. Agnes is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Member of the Law Society of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya. She has a Masters Degree in International Business Law through the University of London International, an LLB Degree from University of Buckingham and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.
In December 2012, Agnes was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal of Kenya, where she is currently serving.