Philip K. Murgor
K. Murgor is a founder and the current Managing Partner of the firm. He
offers invaluable work experience spanning a period of over 21 years in
the legal profession as state counsel, private practitioner and as a former
Director 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 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.
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 found 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 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.
Areas of Practice
Civil and criminal litigation, local and international
commercial arbitration, international investments
law, international business transaction law, international
intellectual property law, international commercial
contracts, capital markets, immigration, sports law arbitration,
mediation and negotiation, public procurement,
insurance, investment, aviation, shipping, energy,
reconstruction, media, employment mergers and
acquisitions, due diligence and related areas.
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