1.The ruling herein relates to an application dated 21st February, 2022, brought pursuant to the provisions of Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act Cap.16 Laws of Kenya, and Rule 7 of the Advocates (Remuneration) Order, 2014. The Applicant seeks orders that the certificate of costs in respect of the taxation order made on 24th November, 2021, for the sum of Kenya Shillings Four Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty-Nine and Seventy Cents (Kshs. 468,549.70/=) be adopted as judgment and decree of this court together with interests at 14% per annum from 4th December, 2019, being one month from the date of presentation of Applicants/Advocates Bill to the Respondents/Client, until payment in full.
2.The Applicant further seeks that the Respondent/Client bears the costs of this application.
3.The application is supported by grounds on the face thereof, and an affidavit sworn by one Jael A. Onyango, an Advocate practicing in the Firm of Owiti, Otieno & Ragot Advocates.
4.The application is premised on the grounds that the Applicant was retained by the Respondent/Client to represent her inKisumu Elrc Cause No. 198 Of 2017: Stephen Maenya Ogutu v Great Lakes Hotel Limited and that indeed the Applicant represented the Respondent and that fact is not disputed.
5.The Applicant avers that the Advocates/Applicant’s costs in the matter were taxed on 24th November, 2021, at Kenya Shillings Four Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty-Nine and Seventy Cents (Kshs. 468,549.70/-) and a certificate of costs issued.
6.The Applicant avers that the Certificate of costs is neither opposed nor has it been set a side by the court by way of review, nor is there any reference filed on the taxation.
7.The Applicant further avers that the Client/Respondent has neither settled the sum of Kshs. 468,459.70/- nor paid any interest accrued thereon. The Applicant states that she is entitled to the interest accrued on the amount of the costs from 4th December, 2019, being 30 days from the date of presentation of its Bill to the Respondent until payment in full in accordance with Rule 7 of the Advocates (Remuneration) Order.
8.I have appraised the application herein, the grounds and affidavit in support thereof. I note that the Respondent/Client has not opposed the application despite service.
9.The Applicant’s prayer is that the certificate of costs in respect of the taxation order made on 24th November, 2021, be adopted as judgment and decree of this court, together with interests at 14% per annum from 4th December, 2019, until payment in full.
10.The basis of the prayer herein, is that the Applicant is entitled to the costs and disbursements in the certificate of costs from the date of judgment till payment in full in accordance with Rule 7 of the Advocates Remuneration Order.
11.Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act empowers this court to enter judgment in favour of an advocate on taxed costs, except where a certificate of costs has been varied or set aside or where there is a dispute as to retainer. In the case of Lubulellah & Associcates vs N.K. Brothers Limited (2014) eKLR the court observed that:
12.It is evident that the Certificate of Costs dated 29th November, 2021 has not been set aside nor altered, and hence the same is final as to the amount of costs covered therein. (See D Njogu & Company Advocates V Kenya National Capital Corporation  eKLR)
13.Accordingly, the court finds that the Applicant is entitled to the judgment as provided for under Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act and is hereby granted in the sum of Kshs. 468,549.70/-
14.On the issue of interest, Rule 7 of the Advocates Remuneration Order provides for interest at 14% per annum and which is payable from the 30th day after the day the Bill of costs was delivered to the Respondent.
15.No evidence has been tendered in the form of an affidavit of service as prove of the date when the Bill was served upon the Respondent. The evidence on record is only in relation to the Advocate/Client Bill of costs that was served upon the Respondents on 16th July, 2021 and notice of hearing of the instant application. Consequently, I allow interest at 14% per annum from the date of taxation.
16.In whole, the Certificate of costs issued on the 29th November, 2021, is hereby adopted as a Judgment and Decree of this court, and Interest at 14% per Annum with effect from 24th November. 2021.
17.I make no orders as to costs.