John Carr-Hartley

Managing Partner


Profession: Attorney
Nationality: Motswana
Languages: English
Years with the firm: 29


B.A. LL.B. (University of Natal) 1989

Professional Qualifications

Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of Botswana 1991.

Fellow of the Botswana Institute of Arbitrators.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Botswana Law Society

Member of High Court Case Management & Records Committee

Member of High Court Liaison Committee

Partner Profile

John Carr-Hartley is the Managing Partner of Armstrongs, in addition he heads up the Litigation and Arbitration Department. John is renowned for his litigation and arbitration expertise, particularly in the fields of civil engineering and building disputes.

With more than 29 years’ experience in the field of Litigation, John conducts the bulk of his work in the High Court and Court of Appeal. His position as one of Botswana’s most experienced and sought after Litigation Attorneys is further entrenched by his numerous accolades achieved in this area of practice. His knowledge proves invaluable to clients who require representation in court.


Deputy Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC)

Honorary Life Member of Tshomarelo Okavango Conservation Trust

Founder Trustee of Chobe Wildlife Trust and Khama Rhino Sanctuary

Visiting Lecturer at the University of Botswana


Audi Properties Proprietary Limited (Property owning)

Gametrackers Botswana Proprietary Limited, Game Viewers Proprietary Limited and Xaxaba Camp Proprietary Limited – all part of the Belmond Hotels Group

Beryllium Proprietary Limited (Property owning)

Delta & Ocean Air Proprietary Limited (Air charter and Property)


Since 2007, John has consistently ranked in the highest category in Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for General Business Law.

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. – Chambers, The World’s Leading Lawyers.

Specialises In:

Corporate & Commercial Litigation
Building & Civil Engineering Arbitrations
Liquidations & Insolvencies
Defence of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Claims
Aircraft Accident Reviews & Aviation Litigation