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We possess extensive experience in civil and commercial litigation and commercial arbitration. We have been involved in several landmark cases in the fields of banking and financial law, construction, tax, commercial agreements, insurance, real estate, employment, regulatory affairs, product liability, insolvency and debt recovery, and in specialized spheres of law such as constitutional law, procurement, expropriated properties, utilities, employee benefits and aviation negligence. We possess the local knowledge to apply the regulatory, economic, political and cultural context to legal issues and develop competitive case strategies.

We represent clients in numerous key business sectors across all levels of the local and regional judicial system, including the East African Court of Justice. Our dispute resolution lawyers work closely with the firm’s other practice areas to provide a seamless and fully integrated service.

Notable recent work highlights include:

  • Acted for British American Tobacco Uganda in prosecuting a landmark economic rights constitutional petition to challenge the Tobacco Control Act 2015 before the Constitutional Court.
  • Acted for Standard Chartered Bank Uganda before the First Instance and Appellate Divisions of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in a US$ 12 million dispute founded upon a claim on a guarantee issued by Standard Chartered Bank.
  • Acted for the National Social Security Fund, the country’s statutory provident fund, in its challenge of a US$ 20 million arbitral award before the Supreme Court.
  • Acted for Sinohydro, the EPC contractor for the construction of the US$ 2 billion 900 MW Karuma hydro-power dam, in suits filed by third parties against the Government of Uganda and SinoHydro seeking to challenge the contract award to Sinohydro.
  • Acted for British American Tobacco Uganda in a GBP 5.8 million contract dispute with a group of tobacco farmers before the Supreme Court of Uganda, including in landmark post-judgment proceedings that invoked the inherent powers of the Supreme Court.
  • Advised Uganda’s national roads agency, in arbitration proceedings under the International Chamber of Commerce, for a US$ 48 million breach of contract claim against a roads contractor.
  • Acted for the Civil Aviation Authority, the aviation industry regulator, in successfully defending a landmark US$ 20 million aviation negligence claim before the Court of Appeal.
  • Acted, with successful results, for UAP-Old Mutual Insurance Uganda in defending high-value insurance fraud (faking of death) litigation.
  • Acted for Nairobi Java House, East Africa’s leading gourmet restaurant chain, in a landmark trademark law dispute against a business competition regarding the registrability of the word ‘java’.
  • Acted as co-counsel to Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank, Diamond Trust Bank and Centenary Bank (as representatives of the entire banking industry) in the challenge of a statutory instrument that sought to impose a parallel trade licensing regime for the banking sector.
  • Acting for Uganda’s leading cement-manufacturing company in appellate proceedings before the Court of Appeal in a US$ 120 million dispute over the proprietary rights to a limestone mining area.
  • Acting for a leading telecommunications company in challenging an award of extra-compensatory damages following the termination of an executive-level employee before the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for TOTAL E&P, Tullow Operations and CNOOC Uganda in a landmark and complex lawsuit that challenges the validity and legality of exploration and production licences issued to the oil companies, including a challenge of the Government of Uganda’s constitutional trustee ownership of mineral resources.
  • Acting for TOTAL E&P, Tullow Operations and CNOOC Uganda in a complex, multi-million dollar tax dispute with the Uganda Revenue Authority.
  • Acting for the National Social Security Fund in its defence of a claim of non-payment lodged by Alcon International Limited before the High Court of Uganda arising out of a construction financing arrangement.
  • Acting as co-counsel to eleven commercial banks in a landmark class action lawsuit filed against the banking industry seeking to halt the imposition of bank charges for over-the-counter transactions.