Kabo Motswagole

Leaders in Law endorses Kabo Motswagole as our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Botswana. If you wish to get in touch with Kabo, please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Motswagole has received legal training both in Botswana, at the University of Botswana and in the United States at Fordham University Graduate School of Law in New York City. He is also an Admitted and Practicing Attorney of the High Court of Botswana and other courts of the Republic of Botswana; he is a Member in good standing of Botswana’s only Bar Association, The Law Society of Botswana. He also serves as the current Chairperson of the Botswana Press Council Media Complaints Committee. Mr. Motswagole is also a Member of the Architects Registration Council Professional Practice and Disciplinary Committee. In addition to the above he is also a certified Conveyancer, Republic of Botswana and a Notary Public, Republic of Botswana.

Prior to his employment at Motswagole & Company Mr. Motswagole was a Senior Associate Attorney at Monthe Marumo & Company (Incorporating Molatlhegi & Associates). In the summer of 2012 up until 2013, he was a Research Assistant at the Leitner Centre for International Law and Justice (New York) where he worked on projects at the Centre which included sustainable development projects, energy law and policy behavior, mining beneficiation, Corporate Social Responsibility, Foreign Domestic Investment and Aid and Development. Mr. Motswagole and his team of international graduate students in Accra, Ghana oversaw these projects.

Mr. Motswagole was a lead Team Member in Mining Beneficiation and Corporate Social Responsibility of Mining Companies in Ghana on behalf of Anglo Gold Ashanti (Formerly Ashanti Goldfields), still under the Leitner Program on Africa, Accra Ghana.

In 2011 before heading to the United States Kabo did some local legal work. He was an Attorney at Law and Conveyancer at Mosojane Legal Consultancy; a lawfirm he helped create. At this firm he was a team leader in the general Litigation and Conveyancing Department. Where he worked alongside a former judge, the Honourable Justice John Z Mosojane. He took up the role after a stint as a Research Assistant for The Hon Justice M T Motswagole in the year 2010.

Firm Description:

Motswagole & Company is a Boutique Lawfirm located in Gaborone, Botswana. It was established in 2014 by Mr Kabo Godfrey Motswagole, a former Senior Associate at a Top 3 Botswana Lawfirm, Monthe Marumo & Company.

Motswagole & Company aspires to be recognized as a highly professional, dynamic, citizen-owned and managed, and socially responsible law firm in Botswana. We aim to establish an unrivalled reputation for our utmost integrity and efficient service delivery. Our primary goal is to exceed clients’ expectations.

Our Vision

Motswagole & Company aspires to be recognized as a highly professional, dynamic, citizen-owned and managed, and socially responsible law firm in Botswana.

We aim to establish an unrivalled reputation for our utmost integrity and efficient service delivery. Our primary goal is to exceed clients’ expectations.

Our Mission

Our mission is to establish trust and confidence in our clients by committing ourselves to providing timeous and quality services to our clients.

We focus on a result-oriented approach whilst ensuring that clients receive fair value at all times.

Our People

Motswagole & Company promotes enthusiasm and commitment in its beneficiaries and stakeholders.

We encourage individuals who are prepared to go the extra mile on behalf of our clients.

Resources

In a high challenging and changing legal environment, Motswagole & Company appreciates the importance of secured accessibility to a wide range of resources for the development of our business and the improvement of our service delivery to our clients.

In this regard Motswagole & Company maintains its own regularly updated law (database) library comprising pleadings, legal texts on various law subjects, law reports, legal periodicals and other publications.

Technology

Our investment in technology has put us a step ahead in our service delivery on a number of key areas. We have since installed an improved computer systems link within our offices thus guaranteeing easy access to information to our professional staff at all times. We have also provided access to the Internet at all times, guaranteeing a greater research bandwidth.

Motswagole & Company has laptop computers for each of their professionals and a Desktop for their Receptionist. All printing is done wirelessly, including from mobile gadgets and devices.

 

Parks Tafa

Parks Tafa is the Managing Partner at Collins Newman & Co, the largest law firm in Botswana, and has been with the Firm and in private practice for over 26 years.

He is one of the leading lawyers in Botswana, with an outstanding track record of a long career with considerable experience as a business-transactional lawyer, having been involved in many large transactions and acted in several ground-breaking matters for prominent clients both in Botswana and from elsewhere.

Professional Qualifications:

– Bachelor of Laws – October 1991 (University of Botswana)
– Attorney of the High Court of Botswana – November 1991

Accolades:

– Parks is consistently ranked by Chambers Global as a Band 1 leader in his field.
– PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 recognises Parks as a top corporate and commercial lawyer.
– IFLR 1000 2013 and 2014 recognises Parks as leading lawyer in Energy and Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa.
– Co-author of Construction and Projects Overview in Botswana article featured in Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2013/2014.

Career Summary:

– 2004 to present: Managing Partner, Collins Newman & Co.
– 1996 to 2004: Partner, Collins Newman & Co.
– 1991 to 1995: Associate, Collins Newman & Co.

About Us:

Since 1977, Collins Newman & Co (“CNC”) has provided premier experience in the corporate, commercial and mining fields and has become known for its dynamic, resolution focused and client oriented approach. The firm contributes a significant amount of experience in all areas of law in Botswana, acting for a broad spectrum of financial institutions, multinational and national corporations, and most state enterprises.

Transactions range from complex mergers and acquisitions, mining, banking, finance, telecommunications and infrastructure work to mainstream corporate and commercial activities.

CNC has undertaken a large share of listings, debt-capital markets work and other mandates, and remains the preferred firm for cross-border transactions and foreign direct investments. The firm also serves as legal advisor and counsel to the Government of Botswana.

 

Mboki Chilisa

Mboki Chilisa is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Botswana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mboki directly using the contact details listed above.

Mboki is the proprietor of the firm, having acquired same from Peter Collins in 2012 after being Peter’s professional assistant for the previous 6 years. Mboki has been an attorney of the High Court of Botswana for the past 12 years. His practice areas include Employment Law, Commercial and Property Law as well as Administrative and Constitutional Law.

Mboki specialises in Employment Law and has represented large corporations and trade unions in many ground-breaking cases. These include contentious briefs such as the 2011 public sector strike; the case in respect of the right of civil servants to vote in political primary elections and the appeal by the President of the Republic of Botswana, Attorney General and others against NALCGPWU in respect of the constitutionality of Section 4 of the Court of Appeal Act relating to judges’ conditions of contract.

Mboki Chilisa provides advice to corporates on restructuring and redundancy exercises, disciplinary proceedings and all aspects of employments law. He is the first-choice attorney in Gaborone where employment law is concerned and has earned that reputation through many successful results in all the Botswana courts.

Firm Overview:

Collins Chilisa Consultants is a vibrant, mid-sized law firm that provides tailored legal advice to clients both in Botswana and those seeking to enter the Botswana market. Our broad client base includes large and small businesses, government parastatals, major banks and corporates, not-for-profit organisations and private clients. Our professionalism, combined with our friendly and energetic approach, has made Collins Chilisa Consultants a trusted legal advisor to many of Botswana’s diverse organisations, both big and small.

Jayne Cross

Jayne Cross is the Partner heading the Civil & Corporate Litigation Division. Her area of expertise is in the field of insurance law, commercial and civil litigation.

Jayne started her legal career in 2009. She joined Minchin & Kelly (Botswana) in 2010 as an associate. In April 2016 she was appointed Partner.

Firm Overview:

The firm was established in 1890 by Spencer Augustus Minchin in Mafikeng, South Africa, the then capital of the Bechuanaland Protectorate. Reginald Kelly joined the firm in 1919 resulting in the firm adopting the name “Minchin & Kelly”. After Bechuanaland Protectorate attained independence in 1966 to become the Republic of Botswana, Minchin & Kelly opened up an office in the new capital, Gaborone. Since its establishment the firm has been a key player in the legal landscape of Botswana with notable historic achievements such as registering the first title deed, advising the Colonial Government, participation in the law revision commission and registering the first private township in Botswana.

Minchin & Kelly (Botswana) is a member of DLA Piper Africa. DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning the firm to help clients with their legal needs around the world. DLA Piper Africa was founded to further formalise and reflect the unique relationship which DLA Piper has developed over years of working with carefully selected local law firms. The firms that are members of DLA Piper Africa are all leading independent law firms in their jurisdictions. The firms are highly rated and respected by peers and clients.

Edward William Luke

Leaders in Law endorses Mr Edward Luke II as our exclusively recommended Arbitration Law expert in Botswana. If you wish to get in touch with Edward please use the contact information provided above.

Mr Edward Luke II the Managing Partner of the firm, is one of the leading lawyers in Botswana with a wealth of local and International experience, and is listed in Who’s Who of Southern Africa, and the International Who’s Who of professionals in Washington D.C. He has further enhanced his reputation through his briefings in high profile cases in Botswana.

Mr Edward Luke II is an international arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of arbitrators in the UK, Kenya and Zambia. He is a fellow of the Southern African Arbitrators association in Sandton South Africa. Mr Luke has also spoken at several international arbitration conferences.

Mr Luke was born on 28 March 1960 in Freetown, Sierra Leone and educated in England, Scotland and the United States of America.

Education

Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (B.A., 1982); university of London (LL.B., hons., 1985); Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (B.L., 1986). Author: “The lawyer Who Defended himself in jail,” Holborn School of Law Review, 1985. Academic Tutor, Holborn School of Law, 1986-1987. Chambers of Sir Simon Tuckey Q.C., London, 1987. Barrister-at-Law, Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, California, 1987-1989. Attorney at Law, Botswana , 1989-present.

Memberships

Rand Club of Johannesburg; Rotary Club of Gaborone. Member: International Bar Association (Committee Rappoteur for Botswana, 1991-1992); Commonwealth Lawyers Association; Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa; Society of Conservative Lawyers of England; Inns of Court of California; Honorary Member Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales, Vice Chair to the Foreign Legal Consultant Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law; Vice Chairman ABA International Criminal Law Committee; Member of the steering Group for the International Litigation Committee of ABA International. Chapter chair for Botswana of the New York State Bar Association International Law Section.

Legal Services:

  • Banking & Finance – Banking Law; Corporate Finance; Financial Services Law;
  • Business & Industry – Mergers & Acquisitions;
  • Criminal Law – Criminal Defense; White Collar Crime;
  • Debtor & Creditor – Debt Recovery;
  • Employment – Labour;
  • Insurance & Reinsurance – Insurance Defense; Insurance Fraud;
  • Intellectual Property – Copyright; Patents; Trademark;
  • International Law – Customs Law; International Investments; International Trade;
  • Litigation – Arbitration; Commercial Litigation; Mediation

Luke & Associates

The firm has a broad based general practice with a reputation for offering a full range of quality legal services. The firm frequently works with numerous firms of International repute in several jurisdictions around the world. We provide a diverse range of corporate and commercial legal services required by companies, financial institutions and government bodies. We are recognized in Botswana as one of the leading firms in the fields of banking and finance, corporate and financial services, insurance, real estate, and litigation. We have advised on financial, commercial and regulatory issues in the banking and financial services sectors.

We were recently voted as the third best law firm in Botswana in the Business and Financial Times magazine, a considerable achievement in light of the fact the firm is only 16 years old.

We have developed an expertise in reviewing, interpreting and drafting legislation as well as in the area of commercial and transactional work.