NOTABLE PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS
ARMSTRONGS, ONLY BOTSWANA LAW FIRM RANKED IN HIGHEST BAND BY CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2019
Once again Armstrongs has been ranked in the top echelon of law firms in Botswana by Chambers Global 2019, 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. This year Armstrongs is the ONLY law firm in Botswana to be ranked in the highest ‘Band 1’ category!
Chambers assess achievement on the basis of technical legal ability, commitment to clients, 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 seventeen of the country’s top lawyers have been recognised with three 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.
“Pre-eminent and distinguished law firm able to advise on the full spectrum of commercial and corporate law. A recent focus has been on financing transactions, notably in the real estate sector, while energy and mining are further areas of activity. Also acts on high-profile mandates in the dispute resolution space, with the team praised for its work in competition, construction and employment matters.
Strengths – Clients appreciate the team’s “ability to represent legal issues coherently, clearly and with sheer simplicity.”
Another source lauded it as “the premier law firm in Botswana at the moment,” highlighting both the calibre of its work and its long-standing reputation in the country.
Notable practitioners – Experienced litigator John Carr-Hartley is noted for his strength in arbitration relating to construction and engineering disputes. Widely lauded as both a “really good” and “very strong litigator,” he handles a wide range of contentious matters, including insolvency and insurance claims and commercial litigation. He is the managing partner of the firm and heads the litigation and arbitration department.
Prominent practitioner Sipho Ziga is widely acknowledged as a “very strong lawyer in the corporate and commercial space.” Recognised for his abilities by a roster of international clients, he has a broad practice and significant experience in banking and finance, capital markets and M&A. He is also noted for his knowledge and expertise in the mining sector.
Mark McKee is well established in this market and respected for his strength in the corporate and commercial sphere. He heads the commercial department of the firm and draws on significant experience to advise on both transactional and regulatory matters, notably in the energy sector. He is also recommended for his work in the mining and infrastructure sectors and can handle banking and finance matters with aplomb.
These exemplary results establish Armstrongs as one of Botswana’s leading law firms.
Once again Armstrongs has been ranked in the top-tier of law firms in Botswana for 2016 by Chambers Global, an independent and international legal rankings directory. Recognition from Chambers is particularly significant as Chambers recognises achievement in 190 countries worldwide making it the largest research firm in the industry.
Chambers awards recognition to law firms and to individual attorneys on the basis of thousands of client testimonials, feedback from peers and leading industry commentators, which makes top recognition by Chambers noteworthy. Chambers assess achievement on the basis of technical ability, commitment to clients, timeous delivery and professionalism.
Armstrongs has also achieved individual recognition for outstanding achievement in commercial transactions and litigation. This year only thirteen of the scores of attorneys in the country have been ranked and three of those are our very own. 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.
Chambers reports our client reviews as follows:
Clients are impressed, saying: “I am very happy with all aspects of their work. The turnaround is very quick, the work is accurate and detailed and they are accessible and available.”
John Carr-Hartley receives extensive praise for his exceptional litigation and arbitration practice, with sources describing him as “very clear and very elegant” and remarking that “he enjoys being in court and is very thorough.” He handles a broad range of disputes, including those relating to medical malpractice, labour and construction law.
Clients say Sipho Ziga is “very accessible, results-oriented and very deadline-focused.” He has a strong reputation for mining work in Botswana.
Mark McKee is experienced in energy and natural resources. Sources note he is a “highly recommended and knowledgeable chap.”
PMR Africa has consistently awarded Armstrongs the Diamond and Gold Awards in the category of Legal Firms for Botswana. “Armstrongs Attorneys is the 2015 winner in the category Legal Firms and will be receiving the Diamond Award, the highest Award, with an excellent score.”