Ugandan Law Firm Signum Advocates has enhanced its Energy and Dispute Resolution Practices with the appointment of Patson Arinaitwe & Batanda Gerald as Partners in its Energy & Dispute Resolution teams.
An experienced Energy & Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Patson joins from Sebalu & Lule, and will head the firm's team of experts across the Energy, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas sectors. Patson will also lend his credence to the Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Practice teams.
Patson brings to the team over nine (9) years experience, advising on some of the biggest energy and infrastructure projects and handling complex disputes at both trial and appellate levels as well as in arbitration. He has experience advising clients from different sectors including energy and extractive industries, petroleum, insurance, banking and finance, telecommunication, transport, agriculture among others. He is also experienced in litigation and has undertaken specialized training in trial advocacy, international arbitration and interest-based negotiation
In 2015, Patson was seconded through the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) to the global law firm of Mayer Brown International LLP in its London office and Blackstone Chambers in London-UK where he worked under specialized barristers and solicitors in projects and infrastructure work, power, mining, construction and engineering and international commercial arbitration with a special emphasis on Africa.
Patson holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Christian University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice of the Law Development Centre and a Master of Laws (with a distinction) in Oil and Gas Law of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen-UK.
He is retained as a professional advisor to the bar course students at Law Development Centre and a visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Uganda Christian University. Patson has facilitated on a number of specialized trainings for both clients and professional bodies in his areas of specialization.
He has also authored a number of scholarly articles and treatises that have shaped the jurisprudence in Uganda. Patson is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East African Law Society and Energy Institute, United Kingdom.
Batanda, a dispute resolution connoisseur, joins the Firm as a Partner from the Attorney General’s Chambers. In his seven-year enviable stint at the Attorney General’s Chambers, he litigated in the East African Court of Justice, Common Market for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COMESA) Court, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court, High Court and various Tribunals and Commissions. He also advised government on key matters in the oil and gas industry shortly before joining the Firm.
He holds a Master of Laws in Energy Law (with a distinction) from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland; Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Makerere University and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. He is also a lecturer at the Institute of Petroleum Studies, Kampala.
Patson and Batanda, join an already diverse team of specialized attorneys, and brings the total number of Partners at Signum to six (6).
Kenneth Muhangi, Managing partner and head of Technology, Media & Telecoms teams at the Firm comments: "We are elated to have Patson & Batanda join the Signum family. Their expertise in Energy, Infrastructure, Employment and Dispute Resolution will undoubtedly reinforce Signum’s position as a specialized law firm of tomorrow."
Full profiles and team bios available at www.signumadvocates.com
Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), are among the driving forces of Uganda's growing economy. The invention of new technologies and modes of communication creates challenges to the regulators who sees to regulate and oversee the TMT availability to the public and to also exercise control over the service providers. The legal framework regulating TMT in Uganda is still undergoing evolution as the regulators struggles to keep up with the emerging new trends.
The TMT sector of Uganda has over the years grown, embraced and recognized new technologies and telecommunication some of which have been adopted with reservations. REGULATION There are two independent authorities/Regulators of technology, media and telecommunications in Uganda: The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC).
This is an independent entity created under the Uganda Communication Act 2013(UCC Act) to implement the provisions of the UCC Act in accordance with the Laws of Uganda, with the principal goal of developing a modern communications sector and Infrastructure in Uganda, in conformity with the operationalization of the Telecommunications Policy
Batanda joined the Firm as a Partner in January 2018 from the Attorney General’s Chambers; Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
In his seven-year stint at the Attorney General’s Chambers, he litigated in the East African Court of Justice, Common Market for Eastern, Central and Southern Africa (COMESA) Court, the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Constitutional Court, High Court and various Tribunals and Commissions.
Batanda is also a holder of a Masters in Energy Law from the University of Aberdeen and advised government on key matters in the oil and gas industry shortly before joining the Firm.
Batanda is also a lecturer at the Institute of Petroleum Studies, Kampala.
Patson is a Partner at the firm and spearheads the Employment, Energy and Infrastructure teams. He is both Uganda and UK trained lawyer with over ten (10) years of experience in legal practice. Prior to Joining Signum, Patson worked with the Dispute Resolution, Energy and Infrastructure groups at Sebalu & Lule Advocates.
Patson has for the last ten (10) years advised on some of the biggest energy and infrastructure projects and handled complex disputes at both trial and appellate levels as well as in arbitration. He was part of the core team at Sebalu & Lule (DLA Piper Africa) that handled numerous commercial and labour disputes for Standard Chartered Bank, Umeme Ltd, Total E&P, Tullow Oil, Sinohydro Corporation Limited, Root Capital Inc, Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited, Barclays Bank of Uganda Limited, Centenary Bank, Hima Cement Limited, Nakasero Hospital, Rift Valley Railways Limited among others from different sectors.
Patson is also regarded a market leader in employment advisory and dispute resolution. He is the current Chair of the Employment Law Cluster of Uganda Law Society and sits on the Court users committee of the Industrial Court. He has represented majorly employers in numerous landmark employment suits that have shaped the employment law jurisprudence in Uganda.
Patson runs a wide-ranging commercial arbitration practice, and he has been involved in a number of domestic and international arbitrations under the LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitration frameworks.
In 2015, he was seconded to the global law firm of Mayer Brown International LLP in its London office and Blackstone Chambers in London as part of the prestigious International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) Programme with a special emphasis to the African Market. Patson worked under notable solicitors and barristers in both non-contentious and contentious briefs.
Our construction industry experience covers commercial buildings, roads, rail and dams. We possesses industry experience and expertise whether we are acting on relatively simple construction schemes or highly technical projects.
We advise on the issues arising out of every type of construction and engineering project, including: Transport, Infrastructure, Oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream),
Power, renewable energy, Mining, Commercial property and Housing, Healthcare and education and Insurance. We provide advice on procurement, contracting and risk allocation processes for both public and private infrastructure projects, including representing both employers and contractors in negotiations and overseeing operational contracts in respect of contract changes, interpretation, potential disputes, policy and legislative changes and shareholder or lender changes.
We also advise on related construction project matters such as contract management, land acquisition, disputes and project financing. We advise on front-end contract strategy and contract documentation, risk management and dispute resolution. Our understanding of the industry means that our advice is commercial and client focused.
Our construction lawyers work seamlessly with our tax, corporate and real estate practices to provide a fully integrated service.
Our front-end project services include:
Risk management and dispute resolution services
We advise on every type of dispute arising out of construction and engineering projects, such as those relating to payment, valuation and measurement, change orders, delay and disruption, building defects, design and other professional liabilities, contract termination, the insolvency of contractors or owners, and the enforcement of security
We advise clients how best to mitigate the risk of disputes during the implementation phase and how to use the various dispute resolution mechanisms which are available. This includes representing clients during the pre-action stages, which can result in the successful resolution of claims without recourse to formal proceedings, and, where necessary, using alternative methods such as mediation, expert determination and dispute adjudication. Where formal proceedings cannot be avoided, we have years of experience acting for clients in local courts, including Commercial Court and local arbitrations.
Our risk management and dispute resolution services include:
Our Intellectual Property (IP) team is unique in its strength in advising on both contentious and transactional IP matters and tech Law. We advise a number of local and multi-national companies on a wide range of Intellectual Property issues, including securing registration of trademarks, designs and patents, IP opposition proceedings, acquiring and licensing IP, advising on copyright relating to your website or products enforcing and defending IP in litigation and other dispute resolution proceedings. We also draft commercial agreements, and help you license your IP or sell your online business.
We take a multidisciplinary approach to today's emerging issues in the development, protection and exploitation of intellectual property assets. We have a full-service IP practice that is fully integrated with other practices.
Our lawyers select the right options to fit each client’s business sector and strategy, whether they are assessing an IP portfolio, performing due diligence for an acquisition, securing a patent, trademark, trade secret or copyright, or using litigation to resolve business disputes over infringement or misappropriation.
Our services include;
Law, Innovation and 'Uberfication' of Legal Services in Uganda,“Outsourcing internal and cross-border digital contracting in an era of digital services technology”
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The film and television industry in Uganda has blossomed tremendously over the past decade. The digital age has had a dramatic impact on both rights exploitation and rights protection in the television and film industries. National boundaries no longer have the importance they once had and content deals and rights infringement have to be considered in a global context.
The film and television industry is facing a constant challenge to prevent privacy which has increased in recent years by the ease of distribution of content through new media. We assist our clients in the prevention of unauthorised exploitation of their content.The digital age has also created opportunities for our clients.
The film and television industries are adapting at a rapid pace to the changing demands of consumers as to when and by what means they have access to television content as a result of the increase of on-demand services. Deals for the distribution of content often transcend national boundaries, and our global expertise enables us to advise on the biggest multi-jurisdictional transactions in this area.
If the production and exploitation of a film or television programme does not go according to plan, we have a dispute resolution team capable of resolving disputes in the media industry.
We also have experience of preventing distribution of television programmes where the content infringes our client's rights in relation to confidentiality, privacy and defamation
Sybella is an IT administrator at the firm. She is a holder of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science(Hons) from Makerere University Uganda.
While at Signum Advocates, she has offered invaluable expertise and creativity to all the IT queries and any issues that arise.
She is competent and a team player.
Signum Advocates is a modern, progressive international law firm that strives to meet the ever changing, unique and diverse needs of our clients hence clearly ear-marking us as “the preferred corporate firm of choice”.
The firm’s partners have had the opportunity to handle some of the most complex business transactions in London, Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. We also provide tax and legal services to various prominent private and public companies and organizations that have an impact on the local, regional and international business scene.
Our approach enables the delivery of effective and practical results to our clients. We are known for our skilful work in highly complex matters, offering breadth and excellence that is unrivalled across most practice areas. Our excellent working ethos is a key advantage in ensuring that our clients get the quality services and value for their money.
In providing Tax and Legal solutions, we have a strong drive for good commercial sense and a multi-faceted approach to problem solving. We have developed a first-rate public image as an efficient law firm with excellent public relations both locally, regionally and internationally.