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Regulated Professions Legal Advisory

A Legal Department for Your Professional Business

As a professional and a service provider in a professionally regulated industry, you require a legal partner that understands the unique needs and challenges of your business. Whether you are thinking about setting up your professional practice or you already have a firm and are faced with routine legal challenges, CM Advocates LLP has a solution for you.

Become a Client

We understand that a professionally regulated business operates in an industry with additional regulatory requirements from relevant regulatory bodies. We therefore provide legal solutions that address peculiar industry requirements for business setup, corporate governance, employment matters, tax compliance, debt recovery, capital raising and business succession that takes into consideration the sometimes strict and stringent regulatory profession compliance requirements.

Why choose us

We draw from our multidisciplinary team of real estate, family law, probate and succession, corporate law, private wealth, commercial law and tax law experts who understand the intricacies of professional practice business. We offer you practical and business critical advice on all potential legal and business aspect of your professional field. Our portfolio of clients include professionals and professional firms such as :

  • Real Estate Agents
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Doctors
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Certified Public Secretaries
  • HR Practitioners, Procurement Specialists
  • Laboratory Technicians
  • Radiologists
  • ICT Professionals


Corporate Services

Our team of corporate lawyers work in partnership with your professional firm to give solutions through:

  • registration of business entities through which firms operate, advising on license requirement and engaging the relevant bodies to help you procure the required licenses.
  • drafting the key agreements to govern the relationship between shareholders (if a company) or members (if an LLP) and advising generally on corporate governance in respect of such arrangements.
  • restructuring of ownership advising the firm on corporate procedures or transactions, including on any sale of shares or assets include advisory during restructuring of the business, adding of new partners or shareholders, exit of a shareholder/partner as well handling matters related to separation between partners or shareholders;
  • advising in relation to ongoing commercial matters, including on the drafting and negotiation of key contracts with suppliers and customers, the protection of intellectual property or on data protection/compliance issues.
  • advising on directors’ duties and liabilities for those involved in management of the firm, or in respect of their outside interests.
  • advising on individual rights and duties as members or shareholders of the firm.

Employment Solution

We advise professionals and professional firms on a number of employment issues, including:

  • disciplinary and grievance issues, capability procedures and suspensions;
  • business protection including confidentiality, restrictive covenants and ‘team move’ situations;
  • sexual misconduct in the workplace (or outside) issues;
  • allegations of bullying;
  • remuneration and bonus disputes;
  • data protection/GDPR issues;
  • redundancies and re-structuring;
  • dismissal/termination of employment;
  • unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims;
  • partnership/LLP Agreements;
  • partnership/LLP terminations.

Immigration Advisory

We advise foreign investors and businessmen who would like to set up professional practice in Kenya on a variety of immigration related issues including:

  • application of business visas, and multiple entry visa;
  • processing of work permits and passes for investors, missionaries, expatriate employees and other foreigners wishing to work in Kenya on a long- term or short- term basis;
  • application for tax compliance certificates (TCC) for the employer and employee, as required for the processing of work permits;
  • processing of permanent residency applications;
  • processing of dependents as well as pupil/- student passes;
  • application for asylum in Kenya;
  • application for dual citizenship;
  • application for Kenyan citizenship; and
  • general immigration law advisory.

Tax Compliance

We routinely partner with you to ensure that your business is tax compliant by preparing and/or reviewing tax computations and filing of returns such as:

  • annual corporate and personal taxes,
  • instalment taxes
  • monthly VAT and withholding VAT filing
  • monthly withholding tax filing
  • monthly excise duty filing
  • monthly PAYE filing
  • monthly rental income tax filing
  • review of tariff classification while importing goods

Debt Recovery, Restructuring and Insolvency

Our debt recovery practice units work in collaboration with your business to promptly and efficiently recover debt owed to you. We understand the role of debt recovery as a debt management tool and provide you with practical solutions that offers court litigation process as a last recourse.

Our Debt recovery solutions include:

  • investigations and asset tracing
  • debt collection,
  • schemes of compromise
  • debt recovery with a particular bias on civil litigations both in the Magistrates Court and High Court and receivership and insolvency.


Should need arise, we help you conduct investigation within your professional business practice that aims to:

  • help you secure and protect your enterprise value by quantifying damages.
  • identify, collate, and analyze information and data in order to reconstruct the underlying transaction and resolve complex financial transactions.
  • provide reports of our findings which, inter alia, reconstruct and offer insights on how impugned transactions or activities were carried out
  • enable us to provide expert testimony, on your behalf, in fraud cases, insurance fraud, conflict of interest and breach of trust claims, intellectual property infringement claims, lost profits, valuations, breach of contract, breach of warranties claims, malicious civil proceedings, business interruption, environmental claims as well as construction claims.

Wealth Management & Family Business Succession

We provide you with the best practical legal advice on wealth management and family business succession and put in place relevant structures to provide certainty on what happens when your business survives you

We advise on wealth management and family business succession tools including:

  • drafting of domestic and foreign wills and codicils
  • set up of family trusts
  • pre-nuptial agreements
  • restructuring family businesses
  • international families
  • individual and business tax plannin
  • deeds of gifts (gift intervivos)
  • granting and revocation of powers of attorne

Regulatory and Civil Defence Litigation

We provide regulatory and civil litigation defense services for our clients, who are the subject of a complaint to, or an intervention from, their respective regulators.

We also offer legal advice and defend you or your business in civil litigation regarding professional negligence.

Legal Training

On need basis or upon recommendation we routinely provide our professional clients with legal training on:

  • data protection,
  • confidentiality, and disclosure obligations;
  • directors’ duties and board management
  • wealth management and business succession
  • effective drafting of terms of business and limitations of liability;
  • professional conduct and ethical obligations, including conflicts;
  • tax
  • employment and labour matter

Related blogs & news

Issue 1 - April 2019

On 10" June this year (2019), we shall be celebrating our 5th year since inception. During these past years, our firm has grown from an initial team of two to a team of about forty, two thirds of whom are advocates. ...

Huduma Number is here

Attached, is information on the recently launched "HUDUMA NAMBA" for your reference....

CM Advocates at 5

We would like to thank you for your business throughout the past years. You have been critical to our integral growth and success in our first 5 years, and I look forward to working with you in the coming years....

Issue 2 - July 2019

CM Advocates LLP marks a major milestone in its journey. As we turn 5 this June, in line with its vision - To be the leading leagal service provider in East African Community......

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For a long time, Kenya has lacked a comprehensive personal data protection legislation which has been quite necessary in this age of digital use and access. This has exposed citizens to the risk of their personal data being misused. ...

Other Practice Areas

Anti-bribery & Anti-corruption

Our team is well versed in providing excellent strategic advice, which often results in cases being discontinued or in not-guilty verdicts at trial.

Aviation Law

CM Advocates is well versed in handling diverse legal and commercial matters related to aviation including litigation, corporate work, employment contracts, real estate contracts, passenger claims, baggage and freight claims and other related matters.

Capital Markets

Our clients include private companies, public listed companies, funds, investors and government institutions. We advise on all aspects of capital markets transactions.

Commercial / Business Law

Commercial law (also known as business law), which is an omnibus phrase for a range of legal services designed to support businesses in making money from their products and services, is indispensable in everyday business activities.

Constructions & Infrastructure Law

CM Advocates LLP walks with you in your construction journey from the construction project conception, design and planning, project procurement, project finance, project implementation and operation and maintenance

Tax Law Advisory

At CM Advocates, we offer timely, independent, innovative and results-driven tax advisory services.

Non-Compete, Non-solicit and Trade Secrets Practice

Our Non-Compete, Non-Solicit, and Trade Secrets Practice is tailored towards protecting your interests on termination of an employer-employee relation or other contractual engagements.

Wealth & Private Clients

Our Family Law specialists are at the vanguard of family law matters and provide service to both local and international clients. We understand that family issues can be difficult for those involved. Therefore, we approach each case with the openness and care due to such trying issues, offering personalized guidance and assistance.

Real Estate, Banking & Finance

We handle conveyancing and all types of property-related transactions and deals including sales and purchases, leases and licenses, estate planning and administration, real estate venture transactions, construction transactions, change of user and extension of leases and banking security documentation for both local and international clients.

Shipping, Logistics & Admiralty Law

Admiralty or maritime law deals with nautical issues and p1ivate maritime disputes. It is composed of both domestic law on maritime activities and private international law gov-erning the relationships between private parties operating or using ocean-going ships. At CM Advocates, we have a vibrant admiralty and transportation law practice focusing on transactional matters, dispute resolution, legal and regulatory compliance and general mari-time and trucking transactions.

Forensics & Investigations, Risk & Compliance

Working together with our associated forensic audit and corporate investigation company, our aim at CM Advocates LLP (hereinafter “CM Advocates”) is to combine our respective skills and provide our clients with a world-class integrated legal, compliance, forensic and investigative service.

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