Eric Mutua is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of more than 26 years good standing having been admitted to the bar in 1995. He is also a Certified Public Secretary, a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenyan Chapter. He is the Managing Partner of E.K. Mutua & Company Advocates.
Mr. Mutua is an astute litigation lawyer who has handled numerous complex commercial and constitutional litigation. He is a recipient of MEA African Legal 100, an award conferred upon the best 100 African lawyers in litigation. He is also well established as a commercial lawyer, legal consultant, legislative drafter and expert in Mining Law and Extractive.
In litigation, within 5 years of his admission to the bar Eric made headlines after successfully representing Eric Keter, an International athlete, at the Court of Appeal, against Kenya Amateur Athletics Association having been unfairly denied opportunity to represent Kenya at the Sydney Olympics in year 2000.
Recently, he argued the landmark Mitu-bell case, which case featured prominently in the recently concluded interview for the position of Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya, at the Supreme Court. Judgement in the said case was delivered on 11th January 2021.
Eric has extensive experience in commercial litigation and international arbitration. One of his ground breaking commercial law cases is the Kenya Airports Authority litigation against Kamlesh Pattni, where the court set aside an Arbitration award of a sum of Kshs. 7.8 Billion when it agreed with him on the recognition and binding nature of International Arbitral proceedings to Kenyan courts and tribunals.
Eric is also a legal consultant and has handled many assignments for established institutions especially in the area of mining rights and extractives. He acted as a consultant in negotiating the Benefit Sharing Agreement for the Mui Basin Coal Project in Kitui County. He has been a UNDP consultant on Extractive Industry and developed the report on “Review of Policy and Legislative Framework in Extractive Industry and Consideration of Women, Youth and Vulnerable-A comparative study of Turkana, Kitui and Kwale Counties.”