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Hussein D. Gulam

Legal Associate
Litigation
Phone 1: +256 393 260 017
Phone 2: +256 393 260 330
Email: gulam@ug.aln.africa

BACKGROUND

Gulam is an Associate within the Firm’s Litigation Department. His focus area of practice is corporate commercial litigation and arbitration.

Gulam has appeared and assisted in a number groundbreaking cases in the fields of commercial arbitration, banking and finance, succession disputes, and construction law.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has previously worked as a Consultant for the East Africa Law Society and the Business Law Clinic at Makerere University. While studying for the Bar, Gulam clerked for a Justice of the Uganda Supreme Court.

Gulam holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from Makerere University and a First-Class Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre where he was the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Uganda Law Society
  • Member of the East Africa Law Society

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

2021:  Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (First Class Hons), Law Development Centre, Uganda

2020:  LL.B (Hons) Makerere University, Uganda

Career summary

March 2023 to date:                       Legal Associate, MMAKS Advocates

August 2021 to March 2023:        Legal Trainee, MMAKS Advocates

February to June 2021:                   Consultant, East Africa Law Society

2020 to 2021:                                    Judicial Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Uganda

August to September 2020:         Consultant for the Business Law Clinic, Makerere University (contract)

2019 to 2020:                                    Associate at the African Development Law Institute

2017 to 2019:                                     Research Assistant at the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC)

Areas of expertise

  • Civil litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration

Languages

  • English
  • Kiswahili
  • Luganda
  • Lusoga

Top matters Languages

  • Part of a team that successfully acted for the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited in resisting a challenge to the enforcement in Uganda of its USD153 million foreign arbitral award against AYA Investments (U) Ltd, the proprietor of the Pearl of Africa Hotel. The resisted challenge involved questions of arbitrability of the dispute, alleged inability to participate in the arbitral proceedings, allegations of bias, and other issues all of which were resolved in favour of the client.
  • Part of a team that successfully acted for the Uganda Bankers Association and thirty commercial banks in a Constitutional Petition by which the Constitutional Court quashed attempts by the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) to compel all commercial banks to divulge to it en masse the private information of all their customers and those customers’ personal and financial data contrary to the constitutional right to privacy.
  • Part of a team acting for a Canadian listed investment firm in a US$20m arbitration dispute against the Government of Uganda pertaining to mining concessions.
  • Part of a team that successfully acted for Stellar Properties Limited in arguing before the Uganda Commercial Court that although a Contract underlying the dispute contained a valid arbitration clause, there was no genuine dispute to refer to arbitration as the Defendant Uganda Government parastatal was incontestibly indebted to our client for UGX5.7Bn in rental arrears.
  • Part of a team acting for a Uganda government parastatal in an application to set aside an arbitration award on the basis that it was issued contrary to public policy through endorsement of a breach of mandatory procurement law.
  • Acting for several clients in various other commercial arbitrations seated in Uganda.
  • Part of a team advising and acting for 12 commercial banks in Uganda in a copyright infringement case relating to agency banking.
  • Part of a team acting for Mehta Electricals in a US$ 1.3m breach of contract claim against Roko Construction Limited.
  • Part of a team acting for Syova Seeds (U) Ltd in defence of a US$ 533,000 product liability claim.
  • Part of a team acting for BestPack Uganda LTD, TATA (U) LTD and other entities in numerous debt recoveries across various courts of law.
  • Part of a team which advised the Norwegian Refugee Council on the law governing Communal Land Trusts in Uganda.
  • Assisting in a litigation-based and mortgage-related recoveries for serveral commercial banks.
  • Acting for various individual and institutional clients in employment matters before various Labour Offices and the Industrial Court of Uganda.
  • Acting for various individual clients in relation to divorce, child custody, and property succession matters.