Lawyer Profiles



KATS has built an impeccable track record in litigation and has been involved in several ground breaking and landmark litigation cases that have shaped the legal landscape of East Africa.  Many of these cases have become compulsory reading for East African law schools.

The firm's reputation in this field is such that clients with major litigation matters who may routinely use other firms, turn to KATS whenever the stakes are really high or where the work requires original and unusually complex input.

The litigation practice falls into three categories; Civil & Commercial, Criminal and Constitutional.

Civil & Commercial

The Civil & Commercial litigation practice includes, but not limited to; general and complex Commercial litigation, Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Debt Recovery & Receiverships, Banking & Finance, Class actions, Consumer protection, Contract law, Employment, Insurance law, Environmental, Energy, Oil & Gas law, Property / Real Estate, Professional liability, Medical negligence, Tax & Compliance, Family law & Administration of Estates,  Trademark and Copyright related litigation.

Legal arguments are comprehensively researched, logically developed and simply and convincingly tailored for specific courts.  K&S boasts an impressive record of success at all stages of litigation.

In addition to defending law suits, K&S routinely advises in-house counsel and corporate management on how to minimise their liability exposure in the day to day running of their businesses.


The Criminal law practice is renown nationwide. The firm has represented clients in numerous high profile criminal proceedings.  In a recent matter, K&S was retained by the Government of Uganda to prosecute the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) top brass who were accused of corruption, abuse of office and treason.

K&S is routinely instructed by corporate clients to carry out private prosecutions and maintains links with various private investigation firms in Uganda.  K&S handles private investigations on behalf of clients.

The Criminal team includes a litigator who previously worked with the Ministry of Justice's Department of Public Prosecutions and as a State Attorney with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions handling criminal prosecutions.

K&S also supports pro bono litigation work for various local non-governmental organisations (NGO's), Human Rights organisations and the Uganda Law Society (ULS).


The 2011 Edition of the Chambers and Partner's Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers lauded one of the firm's senior partners, Professor Edward Frederick Ssempebwa, as follows: “His capacity in constitutional law matters is very good and "Still 'the best known firm in town', this practice is admired not only for its excellent commercial and corporate departments, but also for its Senior Partner's contributions to academic life, government reviews and constitutional law”.


KATS favours the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) forum and generally regards the courtroom as a remedy of last resort. The firm has qualified Arbitrators and Mediators who have handled arbitration and mediation both locally and internationally. KATS has been involved in a substantial amount of arbitration, mediation and negotiation proceedings and have secured countless out of court settlements on behalf clients; saving the client time, expense and other unforeseeable constraints of unnecessary litigation.

The firm advises clients in industry specific arbitral proceedings such as Oil & Gas and commodities. KATS lawyers are often called upon as arbitrators in complex commercial disputes and have appeared before arbitral tribunals for investors and disputes involving Oil & Gas and Power projects as well as infrastructure disputes.


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