Stephenson Harwood in African dispute double act

Stephenson Harwood has been instructed on two African disputes, securing a win on one and a Court of Appeal hearing on the other.

Led by senior associate Kamal Shah, the firm ­successfully represented east African companies Primefuels Kenya and Mirambo Holdings in a shareholder agreement ­dispute over the privatisation of the Kenyan and Ugandan railways.

Following an arbitration, the clients, which were ejected from conglomerate Rift Valley Railway Investments, have been reinstated.

Meanwhile, the firm will appear in the Court of Appeal for Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the state’s oil company, against oil contractor Ipco Nigeria, which is seeking a partial enforcement of a $200m (£108.25m) ­arbitration award.

Shah’s team for both disputes includes arbitration head Richard Gwynne. Nabarro partner Michael Hales acted for Rift Valley while Lovells partner Luci Angus is acting for Ipco.