5 Easy ways to Preserve Your Mental Health

If there is one thing we can all agree is that we are all “Covid’-out”. I mean the amount of information and misinformation out there is insane. As you are sifting through this information, you have other worries e.g. will my children be ok? what about my parents? is our food supply sufficient? will I still have a job when this is all over? am I at risk of catching the disease? These worries and the gloomy messages all around are enough to cause severe illness and depression. In this article, I focus on some of the ways you can maintain your positivity and preserve your mental health in these uncertain times.

Coronavirus: 4 Focus Areas for In-House Counsel

A lot has happened since last Friday. Kenya has not only confirmed its first coronavirus case but also, taken steep measures to contain the spread of the virus. The President of the Republic recommended remote work policies as one of the control measures. Globally, the coronavirus outbreak has caused fear, panic, and pandemonium and created an environment ripe for compliance breaches. As in-house counsel, be on the lookout and safeguard your organisation accordingly. How?

How In-House Counsel can Protect Company Trade Secrets

Trade secrets differ from other forms of Intellectual property ("IP") in that the mode of their protection is not codified under Kenyan law. This does not mean that they are not important. In fact, if well protected, trade secrets can give an organisation a distinctive competitive advantage. This article considers ways in which in-house counsels can drive the trade secret protection agenda in their organisations. WHAT IS A TRADE SECRET? As stated in the preceding section, there is no legislation in Kenya governing trade secrets and hence no local definition of the term "trade secret". However, Kenya is a member of the...

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7 Habits Of The Highly Effective Pupil

Stephen R. Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” is a phenomenal book on personal effectiveness. For over two decades, the insights in the book have inspired and empowered people across diverse ages and professions. This is true even for legal practitioners. In my opinion, lawyers who practice effectiveness at the start of their careers are geared for success. This article illustrates some of the ways in which trainee lawyers can apply the 7 Habits and bolster personal effectiveness.

10 Key Words in the Data Protection Act

The Kenya Data Protection Act ("DPA")applies to all persons who handle personal data. For effective compliance, it is necessary to understand the Act's key terms. Outlined below, is my take on some of the key terms that may be relevant in your compliance journey. Data Protection Key Terms 1. Data Subject The DPA defines a data subject as any identified or identifiable natural person who is the subject of personal data. In other words, a data subject is any human being whose data is being collected, held or processed.  2. Personal Data Any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person i.e. a human...

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Help! My Employees Are Stealing From Me!

From my experience of working in corporate Kenya, I consider employee theft as one of the biggest risks facing businesses. In fact, according to a recent report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics the number of Kenyan workers convicted for employment related offences rose by 60% last year. Similarly, a recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report noted that in 2018, the incidences of cybercrime in Kenya rose by 167%.