Senior Counsel Philip Mugo is demanding to be paid Sh360 million after representing Kenya Pipeline Company(KPC)in a multi-billion case back in 2014.
According to submissions to the court, Mugor sought to cross-examine KPC’s chief legal officer Stanley Manduku for non-payment after offering the company legal services.
The former Director of Public Prosecutions justified his request saying that he was seeking to establish whether the Government parastatal’s officer was trying to defraud him of his legal fees.
In response, Mr. Manduku argued against his cross-examination, noting that there was no justifiable basis for it.
Lawyer Murgor represented KPC in a case for a 450-kilometre pipeline from Nairobi to Mombasa worth Sh43 Billion before the Public Procurement and Administrative Review Board.
He also represented the company before a high court in a case seeking the tendering process halted over claims of discrimination.
The renowned lawyer won the case as the matter was dismissed, and the contract was awarded to a Lebanese company called Zakhem International Construction.
Murgor claimed that KPC has never paid him any money, which includes photocopying costs, instruction fees, and costs or appearing in court.
The senior Counsel noted that it was the company’s failure to settle the costs that prompted him to bill KPC in court.
Mr Mugo stated the then managing director Charles Tanui gave him the legal brief in the presence of the legal officer Gloria Khafafa on April 16, 2014.
The two parties have started negotiations, and the former Attorney-General Githu Muigai advised the pipeline company that the fee should not exceed Sh5million.
In an earlier application, Murgor moved to have Muigai and his law firm barred from representing the company in a dispute over his legal fees.
The lawyer was well known to Kenyans after he represented Sarah Wairimu, who allegedly murdered his Dutch husband Tob Cohen and dumbed him in a septic tank last year.