By Charles Kanjama
The 6th Edition of the prestigious Nairobi Legal Awards gala and ceremony, held on Friday, November 3, 2023 at Safari Park Hotel, was a glittering affair that brought together about 600 legal luminaries, practitioners and stakeholders from various sectors.
Dubbed “The Vanguard Edition”, this year’s cycle aimed to acknowledge and celebrate the legal professionals who had fearlessly ventured into unchartered territories, pushing the boundaries of what was possible in the pursuit of justice and legal excellence.
Through the theme, we highlighted the innovative spirit within our legal community, the commitment to change, and the willingness to adapt to new challenges and opportunities.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of 22 awards across multiple categories, each representing a distinct facet of legal excellence.
From distinguished litigators to trailblazing legal scholars and corporate organisations, the winners reflected the diverse talent and dedication present in Nairobi’s legal community.
The gala also featured keynote addresses from esteemed guests, shedding light on current legal trends, challenges and the evolving role of the legal profession in our society.
We thank Hon Justice Luka Kimaru (Judge, Court of Appeal), Mr John Gachora, MBS (MD, NBA Bank Ltd), and Ms Christine Agimba (Chair, Kenya Law Reform Commission), for gracing the event as Guests of Honour. Their insightful presentations sparked engaging discussions among attendees, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose.
The journey towards the gala was made possible through the dedication and unwavering commitment of many individuals.
We express gratitude to our dedicated Trustees and the LSK-Nairobi Branch Council, whose foresight and passion in nurturing this initiative since inception is greatly appreciated.
We also thank the organising committee, comprising the Technical Committee and the Secretariat, who worked diligently to ensure a seamless organisation of the event.
The College of Assessors and the esteemed Jury also played a pivotal role in maintaining the high standards and impartiality of our awards process. We are grateful to them.
We also thank our sponsors for their generous support, which was instrumental in making the gala a success.
Lastly, we thank each attendee for being a part of the NLA Gala. Your presence is a testament to the significance of this event, and your support is what makes it truly special.
In conclusion, the NLA Gala 2023 was a resounding success, honouring excellence, fostering unity, and inspiring the legal community to continue striving for the highest standards of professionalism.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and participants who contributed to making this event a memorable celebration of legal brilliance.
The full list of NLA Awardees 2023 is available here.
Charles Kanjama SC is the NLA Trust Chairman