Signum Advocates is a modern and dynamic firm that provides a vast array of legal services. Established in 2014 with three Partners, the team has grown to include 13 members: 5 partners, 4 associates and 4 support staff members and still growing.
We are situated in Kampala but have affiliations with law firms in Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana and Zambia.
Our team of partners and associates have had training both in Uganda and the United Kingdom.
Our core purpose is “to nurture growth and offer peace of mind”. While in pursuit of the core purpose, we always strive to build relationships with the team and our clients, offer innovative solutions and build trust.
Signum Advocates is a team of fairly young professionals with the average age of 32 years. We are vibrant and eager to revolutionize the legal practice in Uganda. Quality, efficiency and responsiveness are a matter of personal pride to the team.
An understanding of the sector and business culture which each client operates in, is a given. Trust and accountability are the bedrock of all the firm's client relationships.
Signum Advocates Boosts Energy & Dispute Resolution Practices
Ugandan Law Firm Signum Advocates has enhanced its Energy and Dispute Resolution Practices with the appointment of Patson Arinaitwe & Batanda Gerald as Partners in its Energy & Dispute Resolution teams.
An experienced Energy & Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Patson joins from Sebalu & Lule, and will head the firm's team of experts across the Energy, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas sectors. Patson will also lend his credence to the Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Practice teams.
Patson brings to the team over nine (9) years experience, advising on some of the biggest energy and infrastructure projects and handling complex disputes at both trial and appellate levels as well as in arbitration. He has experience advising clients from different sectors including energy and extractive industries, petroleum, insurance, banking and finance, telecommunication, transport, agriculture among others. He is also experienced in litigation and has undertaken specialized training in trial advocacy, international arbitration and interest-based negotiation
In 2015, Patson was seconded through the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) to the global law firm of Mayer Brown International LLP in its London office and Blackstone Chambers in London-UK where he worked under specialized barristers and solicitors in projects and infrastructure work, power, mining, construction and engineering and international commercial arbitration with a special emphasis on Africa.
Patson holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Uganda Christian University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice of the Law Development Centre and a Master of Laws (with a distinction) in Oil and Gas Law of Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen-UK.
He is retained as a professional advisor to the bar course students at Law Development Centre and a visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Uganda Christian University. Patson has facilitated on a number of specialized trainings for both clients and professional bodies in his areas of specialization.
He has also authored a number of scholarly articles and treatises that have shaped the jurisprudence in Uganda. Patson is a member of the Uganda Law Society, the East African Law Society and Energy Institute, United Kingdom.
Signum Advocates were highly commended in the 2018 African Legal Awards
Signum have become the first Ugandan law firm to be highly commended at Legal Week's African Legal Awards this year in the African Law Firm of the Year - Small Practice.
Ian Mutibwa says "This is a milestone for Signum!"
Click here to find out more about the 2018 awards ceremony held on 7th September in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ian Mutibwa, Head of Tax at Signum Advocates, speaks to NTV News about understanding social media and mobile tax money.
You can learn more about Ian in this Africa Legal interview
Signum Tax Dossier 2018
TAX PROPOSALS 2018
The fiscal year in Uganda commences on 1 July and in each year, the Government proposes amendments to the Tax laws.
Anxiety looms at this time and many yearn to understand the meaning of the proposed changes to their day to day lives/livelihoods. We note that with the amendments in 2018, the government is looking at increasing its revenue collections and taxing many areas that were untaxed before.
For the business community and citizenry, the questions are the impact of the taxes in their day to day business and whether their particular business has been favored or otherwise by the taxman.
In this issue, we specifically review the implications of the 2018 Tax Proposals on the Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Fintech, Oil Gas and Mining, Housing, Banking and Finance industries and Multinational Businesses.