Armstrongs Ranked In Highest Band By Chambers Global 2017
Once again Armstrongs has been ranked in the top echelon of law firms in Botswana by Chambers Global 2017, an independent and international legal rankings directory. Commendation from Chambers is particularly significant as Chambers recognises achievement in 190 countries worldwide making it the largest research firm in the industry.
Chambers assess achievement on the basis of technical legal ability, commitment to client, professional conduct, commercial astuteness, diligence and timeous delivery. Chambers awards recognition to law firms and to individual attorneys on the basis of thousands of client interviews, feedback from peers, leading industry commentators, and lawyers which makes top ranking by Chambers notable.
Individual rankings are also awarded in Chambers Global, and this year only fourteen of the country’s top lawyers have been recognised with four of Armstrongs’ team members forming part of this elite selection. Three of the firm’s Partners have been ranked among the country’s leading lawyers. Managing Partner, John Carr-Hartley and Partner, Sipho Ziga have been ranked in the top tier, Band 1 Category and Partner, Mark McKee in the second highest, Band 2 Category. Senior Associate, Tatenda Dumba, receives her first ranking in this year’s edition as an ‘Associate To Watch’ in the Senior Associate division.
Chambers reports our client reviews as follows:
This leading firm has a formidable corporate reputation and is regularly instructed by international clients to advise on competition issues. Further recognised for its high-profile clientele from the banking and mining sectors. Broad range of expertise that includes strength in capital markets and labour and employment. Also receives particular praise for its outstanding litigation capabilities.
Sources place the firm highly for business law: “In terms of corporate law they have always been up there; they are considered a top corporate law firm.” Clients are particularly pleased at the service and the quality-price ratio: “Nothing to improve, really good, one of the best firms in Botswana. You really feel you get value for money.”
John Carr-Hartley is identified by a broad range of sources as a leading litigator who excels in arbitration. He has significant experience handling high-value disputes and frequently represents clients from the insurance industries. He earns praise from a broad range of sources for his enviable strength in dispute resolution. He is described as “a very hard worker, very thorough and a very diligent guy.”
The “very knowledgeable” Sipho Ziga retains a remarkable reputation in the commercial sector. He works extensively on contract negotiations for corporate transactions. According to clients, “he has a very good understanding of the local market, is very well versed and very approachable.”
Mark McKee is recognised for his active presence in the energy, mining and natural resource sectors. He also has significant experience in finance and is complimented by interviewees for his corporate expertise. One commentator said: “In corporate and commercial matters he has impressed me and is experienced.”
Tatenda Dumba enters the rankings following on from enviable feedback that points to her growing capabilities. She has experience in handling due diligence for commercial and corporate matters. Sources enthuse: “She is very impressive, someone to keep your eye on.” These exemplary results establish Armstrongs as one of Botswana’s leading law firms.