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Timothy Lugayizi

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

BACKGROUND

Timothy is a Senior Associate at ALN Uganda  | MMAKS Advocates, one of the leading law firms in Uganda. He is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Team and is mainly involved in commercial litigation. 

He holds an LL. B (Hons.) degree from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. 

Timothy completed the 2018 Webber Wentzel Litigation Associate Foundation Programme in Johannesburg and has featured in the prestigious Chambers and Partners Litigation Guide 201 as a co-author of the Law and Practice in Uganda. 

Timothy is a Christian interested in public speaking and sports, specifically football. He has been fortunate to participate in several ground-breaking commercial litigation and is quickly gaining recognition in the market.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Advocate, High Court of Uganda
  • Member, Uganda Law Society
  • Member, East African Law Society

professional qualifications 

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre, Uganda
  • LL. B (Hons.), Makerere University, Uganda 

career summary

2023 – date                  Senior Associate, MMAKS Advocates, Uganda

2021 – 2022                 Principal Associate, MMAKS Advocates, Uganda

2013 – 2021                 Associate, MMAKS Advocates, Uganda

AWARDS

29th January to 1st February 2018       CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION IN WEBBER WENTZEL LITIGATION ASSOCIATE FOUNDATION PROGRAMME A course conducted in Johannesburg, Sandton city, by a top South African Law Firm called Webber Wentzel

areas of expertise

  • General Litigation
  • Banking Litigation
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Tax Litigation
  • Family Law
  • Arbitration and Mediation

TOP MATTERS

  • Acting for Uganda Bankers Association and all Commercial Banks in Uganda in a Constitutional Petitiom challenging the exercise of URA’s powers under Sections 41 and 42 of the Tax Procedures Code Act, 2014 and declaring the said provisions unconstitutional following the issuance by URA of Notices pursuant to those provisions, on all commercial banks requiring them to provide the bank account details of all their customers.
  • Acting for Crane Bank Limited in a Supreme Court Appeal seeking to set aside an award of USD1,530,000 in damages for fraud in the sale of mortgaged property made by the Court of Appeal. The Appeal was allowed with costs to the Bank in the Supreme Court and all the lower Courts. 
  • Acting for Bank of Uganda in defending a suit against it for breach of copyright through the use of a monument based on the Plaintiff’s sculpture on the face of the UGX20,000 note for which the Plaintiff sought general damages of UGX1,000,000,000 for the UGX20,000 note and this could have resulted in a potential liability in excess of UGX6,000,000,000 in respect of the monuments appearing on other Ugandan currency notes.
  • Acting for Tullow Uganda Limited and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty (Jointly referred to as “Tullow”) in defending a Suit and seeking to invalidate the dispute between URA, Government of Uganda and Tullow which resolved the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) payable on the Farm-Downs by Tullow to CNOOC and TOTAL at USD250M in place of the USD407.1M that had been adjudicated by TAT. The Suit was dismissed on a preliminary objection raised by us.
  • Acting for Bank of Uganda (BOU) in a Judicial Review suit where the Applicant who was the Executive Director of Top Finance Bank Limited (which had been granted a Class 5 Credit Institution Licence), had been removed from office by Bank of Uganda (BOU) as regulator for not satisfying the fit and proper threshold to hold such office. The Applicant sought to challenge BOU’s decision to remove him from office on the basis that it was done without adherence to the rules of natural justice. The Court dismissed his application with costs and found that BOU had properly exercised its power as regulator to remove the Applicant from office and it was done in adherence with the rules of natural justice. This decision was key in further shaping the financial institution industry as it clearly spells out the role of BOU as regulator in such matters.
  • Acting for Centenary Bank Ltd, East African Development Bank, Harveen Gadhoke, George Opiyo, Mukono Industries (U) Limited and Hussein Muhammed in defending a suit seeking special damages of Ug. Shs. 32,430,499,381/= for, among others, breach of loan facility contracts and fraud in sale of mortgaged property. The suit was dismissed with costs and an award of US$ 3,432,744 was made in favour of the Defendant Banks as the loan sum due.
  • Acting for Samsung Electronics East Africa Limited (“Samsung”) in a tax dispute involving a Value Added Tax (VAT) Assessment made against the Uganda branch of Samsung for a total sum of UGX1,736,337,566. The Tax Appeals Tribunal agreed with our submission that services provided by the Uganda branch of Samsung to its head office (outside jurisdiction) cannot be said to be a service delivered to “another person” since the two entities are one and the same for VAT purposes. VAT is therefore not due in those circumstances.
  • Acting for the Uganda Law Society (the statutory body that represents Advocates in Uganda) in a matter where we successfully challenged and struck out a provision in the Trade Licensing laws that through an amendment had created a second avenue for licensing of law firms through local government authorities while there already existed specific legislation which provided for the same licensing.
  • Acting for the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd in defending and registering for execution in Uganda a USD153m Arbitral Award against a defaulting borrower Hotel Group and carrying out the execution of the Award.
  • Acting for Retired former Chief Justice Wako Wambuzi in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal a defamation suit against Red Pepper Publications Ltd in which our client was awarded damages of UGX200,000,000, which is currently the highest damages award in a defamation suit in Uganda.
  • Acting for Uganda Breweries in a tax dispute against Uganda Revenue Authority in which we were challenging an assessment of over UGX58B as Ad Valorem Import Duty computed under a different method of assessment under the Fourth Schedule to the East African Community Customs Management Act 2004 (EACCMA) from the one applied by our client when it self-assessed for the said tax. The matter was settled by consent filed before the Tax Appeals tribunal.