Ernest Sembatya Kaggwa

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Ernest is part of the Firm’s litigation team. He specialises in corporate debt recovery including handling the related litigation, and in this regard has handled matters for several banks and corporate entities.

Ernest also advises on employment, land transactions and product liability issues. In addition, he handles company secretarial matters and acts as company secretary to a number of companies.

Ernest is a practicing Advocate of the High Court and a member of the Uganda Law Society and the East African Law Society. In 2010 Ernest was seconded to Stephenson Harwood, LL.P and Essex Court Chambers in London.

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

  • Advocate, High Court of Uganda
  • Uganda Law Society
  • East Africa Law Society
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre, Uganda (2001)
  • LL.B (Hons), Makerere University, Uganda (2000)

Career Summary

  • Partner, MMAKS Advocates
  •  Associate, MMAKS Advocates
  •  Legal Assistant, Mugerwa & Masembe Advocates

Areas of Expertise

  • General Commercial Litigation (Including Commercial fraud)
  • Arbitration
  • Corporate Debt Recovery
  • Employment Law

Top Matters

  • Acting for a commercial Bank to recover in excess of UGX 21 billion from a horticultural company
  • Acting for a commercial Bank to recover in excess of USD 20 million from an agricultural company
  • Acting for Uganda Investment Authority in an arbitration relating to the development of the Namanve Industrial Park
  • Acting for Coffee Marketing Board (in liquidation) in an action brought by over 1,000 former employees seeking for payment of redundancy
  • Acting for Total Uganda Limited in an empoyment case in which a former employee seeks for an award in excess of UGX 1 billion