Pro bono

At KATS, we are committed to both individual and corporate social responsibility - initiating selfless actions for the benefit of others in our community.

PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION

"Commentators praised the firm's "unprecedented level of work, professionalism and sheer commitment" during the landmark Constitutional Petition to abolish the death penalty in Uganda" - Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006 Edition.

KATS has over the years been involved in ground breaking, law changing and jurisprudence creating pro bono litigation.

One of the outstanding cases in this sphere is the case of Susan Kigula and 416 Ors v Attorney General (Constitutional Petition No.6 of 2003). We successfully handled up to appellate level at the Supreme Court, a Constitutional Petition by four hundred seventeen (417) death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty in Uganda. This was the first class action by all prisoners on death row in any one country seeking to have the death penalty abolished, in the world.

The widely celebrated ruling of the Supreme Court case created a worldwide legal precdent and jurisprudence and led to the abolition of all mandatory death sentences in Uganda. Since 2001 there has not been a single Government execution in the civilian arena in Uganda.

This ruling has been relied upon and led to the abolition of the mandatory death penalty in eight (8) other African countries. In neighbouring Kenya, it inspired the then President of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki, to commute to life imprisonment, the death sentences of over four thousand (4,000) prisoners on death row in Kenya.

The Firm has continued for several years, to handle mitigation hearings on behalf of several death row inmates affected by the ruling, the last of which have only just been concluded in 2015, a conclusion to pro bono litigation initiated thirteen (13) years before, in 2002.


GENERAL PRO BONO REPRESENTATION

"The 21 - lawyer firm, the largest and oldest in the country, is particularly admired for its pro bono and cross-border work" - Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyer's for Business, 2006 Edition.

KATS continuously provides free legal services to private indigent persons that require legal representation. We do a considerable amount of pro bono litigation work for various local Non Governmental Organisations (NGO's), Human Rights organisations and the Uganda Law Society (ULS), in which we have successfully protected our client's interests. We appear in court and conduct negotiations on behalf of these clients to ensure that they are not unfairly deprived of justice, merely because they cannot afford legal services.


FINANCIAL AID

At Katende Ssempebwa and Company Advocates, one of our core values is giving back. To us, giving back time, money and services are measures of equal importance. We believe that the unique passions and talents of our team provide important value to our community.

KATS occasionally provides some financial assistance to outstanding law students with admissions to top tier international law schools.

The firm also annually provides sponsorships to law students from the Law Development Centre, local universities including but not limited to Makerere University and Uganda Christian University, to participate in local, regional and international moot competitions such as the Phillip C. Jessup Interational Law Moot Court Competition in the United States of America and the All Africa Human Rights Moot Court Competition.


CHARITY WORK 

Members of the KATS team routinely volunteer their time and financial support to various charities such as the Sanyu Babies Home, Make the Children Smile (MTCS) which are charitable organisations supporting needy children.

Our lawyers also advise and serve on boards of numerous hospitals, educational institutions and charitable organisations.


MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS

Uganda is one of the youngest countries in the world with majority of it's population under the age of fifteen (15). As such, we are passionate about  investing in the youth, as they will determine the direction our country shall take. Several lawyers at the firm mentor the youth and regularly give motivational speeches at local universities law faculties, to encourage and empower them to pursue their dreams and equip them with practical advice for success in their chosen field.

Some lawyers at the firm also assist in the coaching of mock trial teams in the international moot competitions such as the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in the United States of America and the All Africa Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

ABOUT KATS

We are a full service advisory Law Firm providing any and all legal and related advisory services in a variety of legal practice or business areas. KATS has over forty six (46) years' experience in the industry, providing world class legal services and has been consistently and internationally recognised year after year as the number one Law Firm in Uganda by Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business, IFLR 1000 - Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms and the Legal 500 the benchmark league tables for lawyers worldwide.

Get in touch

  • Physical Address
    Radiant House
    Plot 20, Kampala Road
    P.O.Box 2344, Kampala
    Uganda
  • +256 - 414 - 233770/ 233908
  • kats@kats.co.ug