Role and Functions of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK). The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is an organization mandated to advise and assist members of the legal profession, the government and the larger public in all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya. It was established by an Act of Parliament – It was established by an Act of Parliament – The Law Society of Kenya Act (Chapter 18 of the Laws of Kenya). The current LSK Act, came into effect in 1992. The LSK has over 20,000 practicing advocates in its membership.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is Kenya’s premier bar association, with membership of all practicing advocates, currently numbering over seventeen thousand members. It has the mandate to advise and assist members of the legal profession, the government and the larger public in all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya. The Society was established by an Act of Parliament – The Law Society of Kenya Act (Chapter 18 of the Laws of Kenya). The Law Society in its present form was formed in 1948 by section 3 of the Law Society of Kenya Ordinance, 1949. That Act was later repealed by the current Law Society of Kenya Act, which came into force on 30th October, 1992.
Law Society of Kenya
Chief Executive Officer
|Mercy K. Wambua
Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Membership
The Law Society of Kenya membership consists of all practicing advocates in Kenya, numbering over seventeen thousand. By law, one must be a member of the Law Society of Kenya in order to practice as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
The Law Society of Kenya also has special and honorary membership. Special membership is conferred upon application to persons who possess the requisite legal qualifications. Honorary membership is conferred by the Council on any person whom it may think fit so to honor. Honorary membership may be conferred for life or for such period as the Council may in any case deem appropriate
The Law Society of Kenya and its members are also members of the East Africa Law Society, the African Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Criminal Bar Association, and the International Bar Association.
WHO CAN BE A MEMBER OF THE LAW SOCIETY OF KENYA?
- Any advocate who is a member of the society by virtue of section 28 of the Advocates act.
- Any person admitted to membership of the society under section 6 of the Law Society of Kenya Act.
- Any person elected as an honorary member of the society under section 7 of the Law Society of Kenya Act.
- Any person who may have at any time previously been a member of the society and who complies with the regulations of the society for the time being in force.
- Any of the following persons who applies for membership of the society in the prescribed manner may be admitted as a member of the society by the council:
– Any person mentioned in section 9 of the Advocates Act.
– Any other legally qualified person for the time being resident in Kenya.
- Provided that no person who hyas been expelled from membership of the Society shall thereafter be admitted as a member thereof under this section without the authority of a special resolution.
- The council may elect as an honary member of the society any person whom it may think fit so to honor, either for life or for such a period as the council may in any case deem appropriate.Subject to the provision of the sections 27 and 28 of the Advocates Act, every member of the society shall pay the society such annual subscription as may be prescribed from time to time.
Benefits of LSK membership
The LSK acts as an information channel keeping members and the wider profession informed of legal developments of interest via its networks.
The LSK is the perfect forum to strengthen connections with practitioners in Kenya. As a member of LSK you’re able to participate on committees, deliver topics at Law Society of Kenya conferences and seminars and take advantage of the Society’s networking opportunities.
Learning and Training
Each year some CLE events are staged around Kenya, from specialist events that address numerous areas of practice. Expert practitioners and leading representatives from government and regulatory bodies present extensive programmes – where participants can get actively involved in discussion and debate.
The Core Functions and Objectives Of The Law Society Of Kenya (LSK)
The Society has the mandate to advise and assist members of the legal profession, the government and the larger public in all matters relating to the administration of justice in Kenya. According to Section 4 of the LSK Act 2014, the objects for which the Society was established are:
- To assist the Government and the courts in matters relating to legislation, the administration of justice and practice of law in Kenya;
- To uphold the Constitution of Kenya and advance the rule of law and the administration of justice;
- To ensure that all persons who practice law in Kenya or provide legal services in Kenya meet the standards competence and professional conduct that are appropriate for legal services they provide;
- To project and assist the members of public in Kenya in matters relating to or ancillary or incidental to the laws;
- To set, maintain and continuously improve the standards of learning, professional competence and professional conduct for the provision of legal services in Kenya;
- To determine, maintain and enhance the standards of professional practice and ethical conduct and learning for the legal profession in Kenya;
- To facilitate the acquisition of legal knowledge by members of the Society and ancillary service provider, including paralegal through promotion of high standards of legal education and training;
- To represent, protect and assist members of legal profession in Kenya in matters relating to the conditions of practice and welfare;
- To formulate policies that promote the restructuring of legal profession in Kenya to embrace the spirit, principles, values and objects of the Constitution of Kenya;
- To facilitate the realization of a transformed legal profession that is cohesive accountable, effective & independent;
- To establish mechanisms necessary for the provision of equal opportunities for all legal practitioners in Kenya;
- To protect and promote the interest of consumers of legal service and the public interest generally by providing a fair, effective, efficient and transparency procedures for the resolution of complaints against legal practitioners;
- To develop and facilitate adequate training programmes for legal practitioners; and
- To do all such other things as are incidental or to the foregoing functions.
On 16 January 2012 the Law Society of Kenya(LSK) identified several public officials have been mentioned adversely in various reports on issues ranging from corruption to economic crimes. The LSK advised voters not to vote those mentioned in the report as they had previously compromised. The report was titled Realising Integrity Law:Walking the Talk
Below is a list of Chairpersons of the LSK:
- Humphrey Slade – 1949-950
- N.S. Mangat, Q.C. – 1950-1951
- L. Kaplan – 1951-1952
- J. Sorabjee, Q.C. – 1952-1953
- C.F. Schermburucker – 1953-1954
- J.M. Nzareth, Q.C. – 1954-1955
- Ivor Lean, Q.C. – 1955-1956
- Justice Madan, Q.C. – 1956-1957
- J.A. Mackie-Robertson, Q.C. – 1957-1958
- Justice Chanan Singh – 1958-1959
- J.O. O’Brien Kelly – 1959-1960
- Justice Madan – 1960-1961
- A.E. Hunter 1961-1962
- Satish Gautama 1962-1963
- Justice Harris 1963-1964
- B.T. Modi 1964-1965
- S.M.C. Thomson 1965-1966
- G.S. Sandhu 1966-1967
- K.B. Keith 1967-1968
- E.P. Nowrojee 1968-1969
- P. Le Pelley 1969-1970
- S.N. Waruhiu 1970-1972
- M.Z.A. Malik 1972-1973
- J.A. Couldrey 1973-1974
- Ramnik Shah 1974-1975
- S. Sangale 1975-1976
- P.J. Ransley 1976-1977
- K.C. Gautama 1977-1979
- S. Amos Wako 1979-1981
- Lee Muthoga 1981-1982
- Mutula Kilonzo 1982-1984
- G.B.M. Kariuki 1984-1986
- Joe Okwach 1986-1988
- Fred Ojiambo 1988-1990
- Paul Muite 1991-1993
- F.W. Kagwe (Ag) 1992-1993
- Willy Mutunga 1993-1995
- Paul Wamae 1995-1997
- Nzamba Kitonga 1997-1999
- Gibson Kamau Kuria 1999-2001
- Raychelle Omamo 2001-2003
- Ahmednasir M Abdullahi 2003-2005
- Tom Adhiambo Ojienda 2005-2007
- Okong’o Omogeni 2007-2010
- Kenneth W. Akide 2010-2012
- Eric Kyalo Mutua 2012-2016
- Isaac E.N Okero 2016-2018
- Allen Waiyaki Gichuhi 2018-2020
- Nelson Havi – 2020 – 2022
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