Nairobi, Feb. 2 -- Prevention is better than cure so the adage goes. It sounds even better in Kiswahili where the wise men (and women?) of old said "usipoziba ufa utajenga ukuta".

Translated, "If you do not seal cracks, then you may be forced to build a wall when the wall falls".

These wise words hold in legal issues. Most businesses end up spending a lot of money "building walls" when all they could have done is "seal the cracks."

I am of the humble view that most of the commercial and business cases in court are preventable (well, unless your opponent is a frivolous and vexatious litigant).

Preventive lawyering enables businesses to save legal costs and time spent on litigation by adopting certain strategies.

I get concerned when I...