Karen Phiri 
Senior Associate


Profession: Attorney, Conveyancer & Notary
Nationality: Malawian
Languages: English
Years with the firm: 6


LL.M in International Finance and Banking Law (University of Liverpool)

LL.B (University of Botswana) 2010

Professional Qualifications

Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of Botswana 2011

Admitted as a Conveyancer and Notary Public 2011

Professional Memberships

Member of the Botswana Law Society

Associate Profile

Karen Phiri is a Senior Associate in Armstrongs’ Litigation and Arbitration Department. She undertakes the bulk of her work in the High Court and Industrial Court of Botswana.

Karen’s specialisations include litigation in particular involving interpretation of Parliamentary Acts including the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Act, the Botswana Power Corporation Act, the Electricity Supply Act; cross border debt recovery and commercial litigation; company liquidations; debt collection for commercial banks and corporate entities; conduct of trials in corporate labour disputes; general legal opinions in corporate governance, general company law, indemnities, general contract law; property law, insurance law, and workman’s compensation claims; drafting, reviewing and vetting commercial agreements including finance lease agreements, suretyships, general lease agreements and sale and purchase agreements; defending claims for damages resulting from negligence and preparation of Briefs for Counsel.

Karen’s sought after expertise in the field of litigation provides her with the opportunity to act as advisor to multinational corporations, statutory corporations, commercial banks, non-bank financial institutions and international non-governmental organisations.

Voluntary Work Experience

Karen was selected as one of the 1,000 young leaders (from 49 Sub-Saharan African countries) to participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, is the flagship program of the U.S Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organisations, institutions, communities, or countries.

Co-founding Trustee of the Molaya Kgosi Women’s Leadership and Mentorship , Established under the Molaya Kgosi Trust since October 2011. Responsibilities include: Project planning and execution; provision of legal advisory services and review; vetting and drafting Trust agreements; public relations officer for the “HerStory” Women who made Botswana documentary (2012); relationship manager and facilitator for the BeMobile “Six degrees of separation” networking series.

Providing legal advice on Botswana law to listeners on Yarona FM Radio Station’s weekly legal feature , ‘Talk to my Lawyer‘ – The Express Show.

Specialises In:

Corporate & Commercial Litigation
High Court Debt Collection
Industrial Court Litigation
Liquidations & Insolvencies
Opinions on Regulatory Compliance & Corporate Governance