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Company profile

The Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC) is a not-for-profit private company founded in 1997.    

We provide ADR services, training and consultancy to civil society, private and public sectors of 20 countries around the world.    

Our Directors all have a legal background and are accredited mediators with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London.

Anthony F Gross:  
Anthony heads a vibrant legal practice in Nairobi but strongly believes in resolving disputes out of court wherever possible.  He co-founded Kenya’s Dispute Resolution Centre in 1997, is an active Chartered Arbitrator, internationally registered mediator with CEDR London's Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and member of the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Panel of Mediators.  Anthony is a frequent public speaker and has conducted training programmes in both arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa and Nigeria.  

Brenda M Brainch:
Brenda is a internationally registered mediator with Europe’s Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and sits on the Board of the African Mediation Association (AfMA).  Brenda holds a UK law degree and has focussed her legal work on promotion of non-confrontational dispute management and resolution both in commerce and at community level.  She worked for many years with the UN and international corporations, and is a regular consultant, trainer and speaker on ADR matters to local and international organisations, and has worked with the governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Guyana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Canada.  Brenda is architect of a Village Mediation Programme in Malawi which has been developed as a generic model for use in other countries.  She is a frequent contributor to various professional journals which have included: East Africa's The Lawyer and the Commonwealth Lawyer.  

Rupert W Watson:
Rupert is an advocate of over 20 years standing, but one who never takes on litigation! He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR-accredited mediator and co-founder of the Dispute Resolution Centre.   Rupert is deeply committed to helping people resolve disputes outside the court system and has conducted training courses on mediation in Kenya, Rwanda, Syria, Portugal, Spain, Portugal and Afghanistan.  He is also a prolific writer, mainly on travel and natural history subjects, and has written two books on fish and baobab trees.  

DRC is privileged to have been advised by:

  • The Hon Lady Justice Aluoch, Judge of the International Criminal Court at The Hague and former Head of the Family Division of the High Court of Kenya
  • Mr Jonny Havelock, mediator, advocate and former Chair of the Kenya branch of the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Dr George Jones, mediator, former head of USAid Kenya, consultant in Institutional Development at the US International University of East Africa 
  • Mr Ameer Kassim-Lakha, Chartered Accountant and founding partner of Kassim-Lakha Abdullah & Co, member of the Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board of Kenya
  • His Excellency Mr Bethuel Kiplagat, mediator, Executive Chairman of the Africa Peace Forum, former Ambassador, former Chairman of the Nairobi Stock Exchange and AMREF
  • Mr Jimnah Mbaru, Chairman of Dyer & Blair and past Chairman of the Nairobi Stock Exchange
  • Dr Githu Muigai, University of Nairobi Professor of Law and member of the former Constitutional Review Commission
  • Mr Norman Mururu, quantity surveyor and former CIArb Chairman
  • Her Excellency Raychelle Omamo, former Ambassador of Kenya to France and former Chair of the Law Society of Kenya
  • Mr Albert Ruturi, Chief Operating Officer at Kenya Commercial Bank and former Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association




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‘Resolving conflict is rarely about who is right. It's about acknowledgement and appreciation of differences’
Thomas Crumm
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