Adil Khawaja is a seasoned lawyer and managing partnet for the formidable outfit Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews.
World renowened business new site Bloomberg profiles his impeccable career. The 48 years old has 23 years’ experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate, environmental and planning law, commercial litigation and arbitration.
He is termed as one of the most renowned lawyers in Kenya with respect to real estate, project development, planning and environmental law.
In 1990, Adil enrolled for his LLB Hons which he attained in 1993. He was enrolled as a trainee at Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews till 1994. This was the year he did his Diploma in Laws(Bar finals) from Kenya School of Law.
In 1995, a week after he sat for his Bar finals, he was promoted to an ASSOCIATE at the Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews law firm. He has been at the position for a half a decade.
“has the ability to give tailor-made solutions within a short period. He’s practical, efficient and caters to our every legal need.”Chambers Global, 2018
In 2001, Adil Khawaja was announced as the PARTNER by the CEO of Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews law firm. He has been a partner at the firm till 2013.
Between 2007-2010, Adil Khawaja was the designated Law Society of Kenya Elections Scrutineer. During this period, Lawyer Adil was seconded by Law Society of Kenya to the Judiciary Committee responsible for the renovation of the new Commercial Courts at Milimani.
Lawyer Adil Khawaja has a Masters Degree in Law from Kenya’s most notable Higher learning institution The University of Nairobi. The University of Nairobi was ranked 7 among the top 10 universities in Africa in 2020 by the African Exponent.
Adil Legal 500
After 2013, Adil Khawaja was recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000, Legal 500 and Chambers Global. These are internationally recognized legal directories. The biggest foundation for the new appointment. He was named the Managing Partner at Hamiltons Harrison and Mathews law firm. He is still in that same position to date.
On their blog, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews (HH&M) states to be one of the largest law firms in Kenya, consistently rated as a top tier firm in Kenya by clients and international directories. The firm has 12 partners, I shall name them later.
Adil Khawaja is the Managing Partner in Dentons Hamilton Harrison & Mathews. Dentons describe him as one of the most renowned lawyers in Kenya having dealt with complicated land issues and regularly advises on eco-conveyancing for clients in the tourism sector and the Government of Kenya.
In 2018, Dentons, the world’s largest law firm announced combination with Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews (HH&M), one of the largest firms in Kenya. The combination made HH&M — which dates back to 1902, making it one of the oldest firms in Africa, part of Dentons Africa.
“Clients in East Africa, and clients wanting to do business there, will benefit from high-quality legal service on a truly global scale that only Dentons can offer. Our clients have access to the deep local knowledge that is provided by lawyers who are both in and of the communities they serve,” said Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons.
HH&M has been associated with Dentons for more than 10 years and is the third-largest firm in Kenya by partner headcount.
Adil is highly recognised in Kenyan’s business circles for his legal expertise and holds board positions in various companies. Currently, he is the chairman of KCB Bank Kenya Limited and sits on the board of Al Futtaim Automotive -CMC Motors Group and Kenya Power Company Limited.
Adil Khawaja Foundation
He runs a foundation that has been actively involved in Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- Appointed Board of Trustees Kenya Wildlife Service. Chairman of the Human Capital and Finance Committee, 2011 – 2014
- Honorary Warden Kenya Wildlife Service, 2004 – 2013
- Board of Trustees Friends of Conservation. A non-profit wildlife conservation organisation, 2006 – 2011
- Law Society of Kenya Committee seconded to the Judiciary, Committee responsible for the renovation of the new Commercial Courts at Milimani, 2007 – 2011
- Law Society of Kenya Elections Scrutineer, 2007 – 2010
- Member of the National Environment Council under the National Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act, 2005 – 2009
Adil Rhino Charge
In 2018, Adil Khawaja was invited to be a new @RhinoArk Director and he graciously accepted. Third Highest Cash Sponsorship was won by Car 44 (Adil Khawaja, Mario Brigetti, Abid Khawaja, Jameel Sheikh, Massimiliano Brigetti, Nelson Lekamisi) having raised KES 16,217,000.
In 2019, The Victor Ludorum, an award that takes into consideration both the charge distance and fundraise, was won by Adil Khawaja’s Team AK-44 of car 44. The team fundraised a total of KES 17,000,003 which was the second-highest fundraising team.
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