Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation

On 22 October 2013, The Senior Master sitting in the High Court at the Royal Courts of Justice made a Group Litigation Order, “GLO”, (subject to the approval of the President of the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice) for the case management of any claims against the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, any other department, minister, or agency of HM Government, or any officials, officers or other person acting on behalf of HM Government, arising from or relating to events in Kenya between 20 October 1952 and 12 December 1963.

Such claims shall constitute and be known as the ‘Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation’.

Any solicitor with clients who wish to join the group litigation must immediately:

• Register that interest with the Law Society’s multiparty action group in the United Kingdom;
• Notify the Lead Solicitors: Tandem Law, 34 High Street, ManchesterM4 1QBUnited Kingdom;
• Join the Group Register held by the Lead Solicitor no later than 4pm UK time on 30 April 2014.

By that order of The Senior Master, no Claimant may be added to the Group Register after the closing date unless the Management Court gives permission.

Further details are available from the Lead Solicitors: Tandem Law, 34 High StreetManchesterM4 1QBUnited Kingdom

For people who think they may have a claim:

The High Court has ordered that no person may bring a claim after 30th April 2014 and therefore any person wishing to make a claim should do so before this date and therefore you need to act now.

In order to qualify to bring a claim within the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation, the following criteria must be met:

(1) You personally must have a claim for compensation arising from or relating to events in Kenya between 20 October 1952 and 12 December 1963.

In other words:

(a) You must have suffered some form of mistreatment during the time period indicated; and
(b) The mistreatment must have been inflicted by or on behalf of the State, whether British or Kenyan.

(2) You personally are prepared to give a witness statement and have a Kenyan Identity Card.

Tandem Law, 34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB, United Kingdom were appointed Lead Solicitors in the Group Litigation and are progressing claims.

Other solicitors progressing claims are:

GT Law, 25-27 Castle Street, LiverpoolL2 4TA
Knights Law, 29a Liverpool Road, ManchesterM3 4NQ

If you are unsure whether you have a claim, please speak to one of the firms of solicitors.

You are free to seek representation from any of the above law firms or any other of your choice. However, the above firms together already represent thousands of claimants in this action and it may be more appropriate to instruct one of the above.

The Register will close on 30 April 2014. No claims will be permitted to be entered onto the Register after that date unless permission is asked for and granted by the Court

Miller & Company Advocates have been appointed to represent Tandem Law in Kenya in relation to the Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation.

Miller & Company Advocates is one of the leading law firms in Kenya and has a long-standing reputation for its work setting legal precedents in the Kenyan courts. Tandem Law are the British-based lead solicitors in the Litigation.

Kenyan-based claimants should, in the first instance, contact Miller & Company Advocates if they believe they may have a claim before 30th April,2014.

The contact details for Miller & Company Advocates are as follows:-

Miller & Company Advocates
Standard Street, Bruce House, 13th Floor
P.O. Box 45707-00100, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 20 2248461, 2248467, 2228081
Cell: +254 727 531005, 736 248424, Fax: +254 20 2249754

Mama Ngina Drive, Sea View Plaza, 1st Floor
P.O. Box 90088 -80100, Mombasa, Kenya.
Tel: +254 41 2319483/4/5/90
Cell: +254 701 417522
Telkom Wireless:- +254 20 2317568, Fax: +254 41 2319489