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Vaseline, Smirnoff risk removal from trademark registry

More than 2,000 products, including global brands like Vaseline, Smirnoff and Total Gas, risk losing their market protection in Kenya following the expiry of their trademark licences. The Kenya Industrial Property Institute (Kipi), the custodian of trademarks in the country, said it would clear 2,162 products from its register if their owners failed to renew […]

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Telemedicine services becoming the new normal in Kenya

Telemedicine, the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by telecommunications technology has gradually become acceptable.The evolution of Covid-19 in the world has concreted the absolute need to reduce movement to mitigate the risks of person-to-person infections as per the measures put in place by health authorities during the pandemic. A few years ago, Lawmark Partners […]

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New PAYE and VAT Rates in response to COVID-19

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on the global economy. With more than 1.4 million people infected globally, and 172 confirmed cases in Kenya, the government has implemented a raft of measures to address the pandemic. In relation to taxes, the Government has proposed various tax-related measures including the following: Reduction of Personal […]

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COVID-19 As Shield Against Breach Of Contract: Force Majeure Or Frustration

In the wake of the outbreak of a deadly virus in Wuhan, Central Republic of China, the World Health Organization acting swiftly on March 11, 2020, declared the virus which is now infamously known as COVID-19 a pandemic. The virus constitutes a public serious health risk as its spread is global, infecting people and causing […]

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New bid to save flat owners from rogue land developers

Apartment owners will now hold individual title deeds under a radical new plan proposed by the government. The Sectional Properties Bill of 2019, which is currently before Parliament and championed by Lands and Physical Planning, seeks to address the legal loopholes that have exposed flat owners to unscrupulous property developers. Read more

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Couples can now divorce at any time, court lifts three years limit

Couples married through civil process are now free to divorce any time. Initially, the law provided that couples in civil unions could only file for divorce after three years. However, Justice Reuben Nyakundi yesterday declared section 66 (1) of the Marriage Act that barred such couples from divorcing within the three years unconstitutional. According to […]

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Why new copyright law offends right to fair trial

The Copyright (Amendment) law which the National Assembly passed on Thursday, September 12 and signed by the President could end up doing the exact same thing, giving a huge blow to content creators. As the law currently is, everyone and anyone who creates content is at risk. Read more here

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High Court rejects equal sharing of matrimonial property

Marriage gold diggers have suffered a major setback after the High Court ruled that a provision in the Matrimonial Property Act that requires family property to be shared according to each spouse’s contribution is constitutional. Justice John Mativo made the decision in a petition that women lawyers had filed seeking to declare the provision a […]

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Six Skills for Best Managers

Some highly productive people go on to be very successful managers and why others don’t. While the best leaders are highly productive people, the most highly productive people don’t always gravitate toward leading others. Managers need to be aware that the skills that make individual contributors effective and highly productive are not the only skills […]

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Timelines for Swearing-in the next President of Kenya

The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 provides for the election of various public officials in a general election held on the second Tuesday of August in every fifth year. The date this year is 8 August 2017. The officials subject to the general election are: the President (and running mate – Deputy President) (Art 136), Governors (Article […]

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