Lydia Owuor is an Associate in the Conveyancing and Bank Securities practice at IKM. Lydia holds LLM and LLB degrees from the University of Nairobi, and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and is a member at the Law Society of Kenya as well as the East African Law Society. Lydia has extensive experience in banking and securities as well as conveyancing.

Career

Lydia began her legal career in October 2007 as a Legal Assistant at Kale Maina & Bundotich Advocates (KMB Advocates). She later became an Apprentice at the same firm under the Advocates Training Programme of the Kenya School of Law. Lydia was appointed as an Associate in the Conveyancing and Securities department at KMB in October 2009 upon being admitted to the Bar where she practiced until December 2014. Lydia joined IKM in January 2015 and is now a dedicated member of the team.

Credentials

Education

  • University of Nairobi, Master of Law (LLM) in Environmental Natural Resources law (2012 – 2012)
  • University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Law (LLB) (2003 – 2007)
  • Kenya School of Law, Diploma in Law (2008)

Professional Qualifications

  • Law Society of Kenya
  • East African Law Society
  • Post Admission Experience: 6 years
  • Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2009)

Key experience

  • Involved in the review and preparation of a standard template for microfinance group lending. Lydia has been instrumental in the perfection of microfinance security documents and other support services for the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB) microfinance team.
  • Acted for various clients - including property developers, owners of commercial buildings, individuals and corporate persons, in the purchase and sale of various properties (commercial, residential and agricultural); the extension of leasehold terms; and the sub-division and amalgamation of properties. Transactions involved negotiating, preparing and approving terms of sale agreements, preparing transfers, approving leases, registering transfers, leases and security documents at the Land Office, and generally advising clients on legal issues arising thereof.
  • Acted generally for at least 10 commercial banks in Kenya on security documentation, including charges, mortgages, guarantees and debentures of varying amounts.
  • Participated in the KMA Centre (Upper Hill) joint venture project where she was involved in streamlining the joint venture/investment vehicles which entailed advising on and overseeing all necessary stipulations to be fulfilled; and the drafting and reviewing of relevant documents, including Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Special Purpose Vehicle, Shareholders and Share Purchase Agreement, sample documents to project future undertakings, transactions to the investors (such as leases, deeds of assignment, partial discharge, deed of variation and indemnities) and other accompanying documents.

Experience record

  • 2007

    Pupil/Legal Assistant – Kale Maina & Bundotich Advocates

  • 2009

    Associate Advocate – Kale Maina & Bundotich Advocates

  • 2015

    Associate, Conveyancing and Bank Securities practice – IKM

Languages spoken

  • 100
English - Excellent
  • 80
Kiswahili - Good