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Kenyan Arbitrator Gets Global Recognition

Chambers and Partners, the world’s most prestigious legal ranking agency has, for the first time, ranked Mr Paul Ngotho, a Kenyan Chartered Arbitrator and Chartered Surveyor. It describes him in the 2020 ranking as “a very detailed person who is very personate about anything that he does”. In addition to arbitrating disputes, he represents clients in arbitration.

That assessment resonates with the finding of a judge in a reported Kenyan court case that, Mr Ngotho, “… needs to be commended for indulging the parties … The Arbitrator’s neutrality did not stop there…he made …indulgent directions…”

“I am delighted and deeply humbled” he says about the Chambers and Partners recognition, which comes closely after he was awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC) by the President of Kenya in December 2019.

He is a fulltime arbitration practitioner and author. His current research interests are arbitrator integrity, expert evidence, diversity and reforms in the international arbitration arena.

Chambers and Partners, which produced its first ranking in 1990, identifies the best lawyers and law firms globally and has a separate category for leading arbitrators. Its London staff of about 200 editors conduct independent research and in-depth interviews in more than 20 languages, ranking over 80,000 lawyers in more than 185 jurisdictions all year round.

The researchers investigate and assess a firm’s recent work in a particular practice area by speaking to clients and other lawyers as well as reviewing information provided by the firm. Rieta Ghosh, who oversees all research and editorial content at Chambers & Partners previously worked for a corporate intelligence research company.

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