Name: Ochiel Dudley
Firm Name: Bond Advocates LLP
Country: Kenya
Expertise: Dispute Resolution

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Professional Biography:

Ochiel Dudley is our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution expert in Kenya on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Ochiel directly using the contact details listed above.

Endorsed by Advisory Excellence

Ochiel Dudley is a Supreme Court of Kenya regular with many landmark wins. He has developed appellate advocacy expertise by arguing 30+ Supreme Court cases and 100+ Court of Appeal cases.

Ochiel is a Master of Laws (Law Governance and Democracy) from the University of Nairobi. He holds a certificate in Constitution Building in Africa (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary) and a certificate in Policy Formulation and Legislative Drafting (MTI, Nairobi).

He is a trial expert and an alumnus of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (US) and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (UK). He is a trainer of trainers in the art of Trial Advocacy. Ochiel Dudley is also a Certified Professional Mediator and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Ochiel Dudley sits on the National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law) Board.

At Bond Advocates LLP, Ochiel Dudley focuses on public interest litigation, constitutional and judicial review, media law, employment law, family law, intellectual property, data protection, digital rights and arbitration.

Ochiel Dudley assists Katiba Institute as a Senior Litigation Counsel on public interest litigation. He is the Law Society of Kenya 2018 PIL/Pro Bono Jurist of the Year Award Winner. Ochiel Dudley is a 2023 Top 100 Litigation Advocate in Kenya according to The Lawyer Africa.

Membership in Professional Bodies

Ochiel’s active memberships include:

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Society for Public Law (ICON-S)
  • Environmental Lawyers Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)
  • International Lawyers Assisting Workers Network (ILAW Network)
  • African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL)
  • International Commission of Jurists (ICJ, Kenya)
  • Cartoonists’ Legal Advisory Network (CRNI)
  • Legal Empowerment Network (NAMATI).
  • Media Legal Defence Initiative (Media Defence) lawyers’ network
  • Data Privacy and Governance Society of Kenya.
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) licensed patent agents

Career highlights

  • 2nd Runners Up, Litigation Practitioner of the Year, Nairobi Legal Awards, 2023
  • Obtained favourable orders prohibiting adverse regulator action against six TV Kenyan stations censured for their live broadcast of political events
  • Led the team appearing for the International Commission of Jurists as Amicus in the 2022 Kenyan Presidential Election Petition.
  • Conducted the trial of a landmark environmental challenging the construction of a USD 2 billion coal-fired power plant at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Kwasasi, on the shoreline of Manda Bay, Lamu, Kenya.
  • Prevailed in two Supreme Court arguments to compensate 6,000 evicted residents of two Nairobi informal settlements.
  • Advised multiple film-makers on navigating the movie and film classification landscape in Kenya argued the Rafiki film case and obtained orders which enabled the film to be played for a week in Kenya hence qualify for the global Oscars Awards.
  • Struck down, across the years, five pieces of legislation limiting the right to freedom of expression in Kenya through offences like sending offensive messages, criminal defamation, sedition.
  • Successfully litigated data privacy concerns in the USD 78.6 million Huduma Namba digitial identity project.
  • Defended a state corporation manager from prosecution for claims that the USD 13 million 1.7 Kisumu Oil Jetty project was unplanned and payments unapproved.
  • Argued 30+ Supreme Court and 100+ Court of Appeal cases hence developing expertise in appellate advocacy

Firm Overview:

Bond Advocates LLP is a top law firm located at Top Plaza, Kilimani, Nairobi, Kenya. Our founding partners boast a combined 50+ years of experience as some of the best lawyers in Kenya. We are a top-notch litigation and commercial law firm serving local and international clients.

The mission of Bond Advocates LLP is to be the best law firm in Kenya by creating meaningful experiences for each client. One client at a time. We uphold excellence, professionalism, integrity, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility in our work.

Bond Advocates LLP has a trustworthy reputation for giving trusted solutions. Our word is our bond.

Bond Advocates LLP has signed up to the United Nations Global Compact. Hence, Bond Advocates LLP commits to align its strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. We also commit to take actions that advance societal goals.

Bond follows the Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) framework and is a woman-owned business.