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Akampurira & Partners (Uganda)

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Akampurira & Partners
HeadquartersFlag of Uganda.svg Communications House, Plot 1 Colville Street, Kampala, Uganda
No. of offices2
No. of attorneys5
No. of employees9
Major practice areasCivil & Criminal Law[1][2]
Key peopleMichael Akampurira (Managing Partner),[3] Lorenzo Andrew Kamparuzah (Senior Partner)
RevenueUnknown
Date founded1994 (Kampala)
FounderMichael Akampurira[4]
Company typePartnership

Akampurira & Partners: Advocates, Solicitors, Legal Consultants, Commissioners for Oaths & Notaries Public[5] formerly known as Akampurira & Co. Advocates is a Ugandan law firm headquartered in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.[4] It is a private legal practice firm founded in 1994. Since then, the firm has maintained its presence majorly in the legal practice areas of Civil and Criminal[6] litigation.[1][7][8] The firm first gained prominence in the year 2000 when they unsuccessfully defended Kooky Sharma,[9] an Indian Businessman, in a highly publicized murder-trial at the time. Kooky Sharma, was in 2000 eventually sentenced to death[2] for murdering his wife, Renu Joshi, by electrocution in December 1997 at their home on Martin Road in Old Kampala.[10] That was after a prolonged court-battle by the firm that ended in the Supreme Court[11] with the court of last resort upholding the judgements of the Court of Appeal and the High Court.[10][12]

Offices[edit]

  • Flag of Uganda.svg Kampala (1994)
  • Flag of Uganda.svg Kabale (2013)

History[edit]

Akampurira & Partners was founded by Michael Akampurira[3] in 1994 as Akampurira & Co. Advocates. It later changed its name to Akampurira & Partners in the early 2000s. Over the years, the firm has maintained its presence majorly in the legal practice areas of Civil and Criminal litigation. The firm's clientele includes corporations, financial institutions, Governments, Non Governmental Organizations plus individuals. The firm opened up a branch in Kabale town in 2013 to serve corporate clients in Western Uganda.[4][13]

Membership[edit]

  • Uganda Law Society (ULS)[4]
  • East African Law Society (EALS)
  • Justice Law & Order Sector (JLOS)[6]
  • Minority Rights Group International (MRG)
  • Kituo Cha Katiba (KCK)

Notable cases[edit]

  • In 2000, Akampurira & Partners unsuccessfully represented Kooky Sharma in a murder case, Criminal Appeal No.44 of 2000, between Kooky Sharma and Uganda.[2] Kooky Sharma was pardoned in 2012 by President Yoweri Museveni on humanitarian grounds,[14] a move that left a bittertaste in the mouths of many women-activists.[10]
  • In 2003, Akampurira & Partners successfully represented Arvind Patel in Criminal Application 1 of 2003 between Arvind Patel and Uganda.[15]
  • In 2005, Akampurira & Partners represented Crown Beverages Ltd in HCT-00-CC-MA-0181 OF 2005 (Arising out of HCT-00-CC-CS-0710 of 2003) between Crown Beverages Ltd and Stanbic Bank Uganda Ltd.[16]
  • In 2008, Michael Akampulira, the firms's founder, was successfully behind MISC APPLICATION NO. 205 OF 2008 (Arising out of Misc. Cause No. 94 of 2008) between Nester Byamugisha & himself and LDC.[17][18]
  • In 2009, Akampurira & Partners represented T.N. Bukenya in a forceful eviction case against National Housing and Construction Company Limited (NHCC).[19]
  • In December 2013, Akampurira & Partners represented Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga in a land row in the western district of Kanungu that threatened to split the family of the Vision group CEO.[8]

Clients[edit]

Akampurira & Partners has been involved with the following notable clients:

  • Crown Beverages Ltd, the makers of Pepsi in Uganda[16]
  • DFCU Bank
  • AIDS Information Centre
  • Association of Microfinance Institutions of Uganda
  • Sage Group
  • Housing Finance Bank
  • Robert Kabushenga, the CEO Vision Group[8]
  • Nina Mbabazi, daughter of Amama Mbabazi[1][7]

Practice areas[edit]

Akampurira & Partners specializes in the following legal disciplines:

  • Civil & Criminal Law[1][2]
  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial Arbitration[1]
  • Environment Law
  • Insurance
  • Revenue & Taxation
  • Property & Real estate
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Employment Law
  • Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution

See also[edit]

  • Law Development Centre
  • Uganda Law Society

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Mbabazi daughter runs to Museveni over Shs 3bn debt". The Observer (Uganda).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Kooky Sharma and Anor v Uganda (Criminal Appeal No.44 of 2000)". ulii.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Museveni, Mbabazi sign anti-Kadaga petition". Daily Monitor.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Member Details". Uganda Law Society.
  5. "Notaries in Uganda". Yellow. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Access to justice (Criminal) Working Group". JLOS. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Museveni Faces Suit over Shs3.5bn Debt Acquired by Nina - See more at: http://chimpreports.com/index.php/news/politics/19262-museveni-faces-suit-over-shs3-5bn-debt-acquired-by-nina.html?print#sthash.7PfjiyBv.dpuf". ChimpReports. External link in |publisher=, |title= (help)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Kabushenga family in property row". The Observer (Uganda).
  9. "Uganda: Kooky Hires". AllAfrica.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Activists bitter over release of murder convict Sharma Kooky". Daily Monitor.
  11. "Kooky's Last Appeal for Life Starts". HighBeam Business.
  12. "SHARMA KOOKY MUST DIE IN CUSTODY SOME WHERE; MUSEVENI IS A BIG JOKER". [williamkituuka.blogspot.com William Kituuka Kiwanuka].
  13. "Michael Akampurira". Linked in.
  14. "President Museveni pardons Sharma Kooky". New Vision.
  15. "Arvind Patel v Uganda (Criminal Application 1 of 2003)". ulii.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Crown Beverages Ltd v Stanbic Bank Uganda Ltd (now merged with UCBL) - HCT-00-CC-MA-181 of 2005 arising from HCT-00-CC-CS-710 of 2003". ulii.
  17. "Byamugisha & Anor v LDC". ulii.
  18. "Law dons cleared". New Vision.
  19. "National Housing & Construction Limited vs T.N.Bukenya". ulii.

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