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).
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Batanda is a Partner at the Firm and heads the Litigation and Dispute resolution teams at the Firm. Prior to joining the Firm, he gained unrivalled litigation and dispute resolution experience from the Attorney General’s Chambers; Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Okalang and Co. Advocates. He has over ten (10) years of experience in legal practice.
He has appeared numerous times 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 has also been involved in a number of domestic and international arbitrations under the LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitration frameworks.
Batanda is a market leader in Arbitration, litigation and Dispute resolution. He represents numerous businesses, Non-Governmental Organizations, Corporations as well as several multinationals in several commercial, labour and civil disputes both at trial and appellate levels.
During his tenure at Attorney General’s Chambers, Batanda advised government on key matters in the oil and gas industry, arbitration briefs and other high-level disputes involving Government and bilateral arrangements.
Batanda is a lecturer at the Institute of Petroleum Studies, Kampala.
Master of Laws in Energy Law (Distinction), University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre
LLB (HONS) Makerere University
Member of the Uganda Law Society
Member of the East Africa Law Society
Member of the Christian lawyers Fraternity
Patson is a Partner at the firm and heads the Employment, Energy and Infrastructure teams. He is both Uganda and UK trained lawyer with over a decade experience in legal practice. Prior to Joining Signum, Patson worked with the Dispute Resolution, Energy and Infrastructure groups at Sebalu & Lule Advocates (DLA Piper Africa).
His immense experience has seen him advise on some of the biggest energy and infrastructure projects in Uganda and handle complex commercial disputes at trial and appellate levels as well as in arbitration. Patson has also been involved in a wide-ranging commercial arbitration practice, handling several domestic and international arbitrations under the LCIA, ICCA, UNCITRAL, ICAMEK arbitration frameworks.
Patson is also regarded a market leader in Employment advisory and Dispute resolution. He has acted for several businesses and multinationals in employment restructures, obtaining work permits, drafting and review of Human Resource documentation as well as structuring employee benefits schemes.
Patson chaired the Employment Law Cluster of Uganda Law Society that advised Parliament on the Labour Law reforms in 2020 and currently sits on the Court Users Committee of the Industrial Court of Uganda.
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.
Master of Laws (Distinction) in Oil & Gas Law, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Bar Course), Law Development Centre, Kampala
Special Diploma in Trial Advocacy, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, USA.
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Uganda Christian University.
Member, Uganda Law Society,
Member, East African Law Society;
Member, Energy Institute, United Kingdom,
Member, Uganda Chamber of Mines & Petroleum,
Member, Young International Arbitration Group of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA YIAG),
Member, Young ICCA (International Council for Commercial Arbitration)
Member, Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda
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