The politically contentious Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Bill, 2019 (“Bill”) was published on 21 June 2019 and will be considered before the National Assembly by the end of July 2019. The Bill requires every person who is a public officer as defined under the Public Service Act, including former presidents and former vice-presidents, to declare their liabilities and assets in their widest sense.
Our specialist litigators in Botswana have vast knowledge and experience in dealing with and resolving disputes through arbitration, litigation and mediation. They are passionate, dedicated and determined to get the best results for our clients.
We advise and represent national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and government entities in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our clients receive relevant, timely and effective advice based on our extensive expertise in litigation, arbitration, conciliation, mediation, negotiation and other means of pre-empting and settling disputes.
We are supported by DLA Piper’s Litigation, Arbitration and Regulatory group, which has more than 1,400 dispute resolution lawyers globally. This means we can manage matters anywhere in the world. In cross-border disputes, clients work through a single point of contact with their trusted Minchin & Kelly contact in Botswana. This relationship gives clients access to a wealth of experience and knowledge around the globe, and immediate access to a worldwide database of dispute resolution cases. This added value helps to save our clients time and money.
Our lawyers provide sound advice in relation to the full range of banking and finance transactions and related disputes.
For example, we are currently advising on a major litigation dispute involving the central Bank of Botswana.
Our lawyers act for most of the local and international insurance companies in Botswana as well as the government insurance scheme and international reinsurers.
We offer a full range of insurance-related services including transactional, regulatory, commercial dispute resolution, claims and opinions on claims.
- Jayne Cross ranked as Up and Coming Lawyer (Chambers & Partners 2019)
Our lawyers in Botswana have vast experience in conducting international arbitration, coordinating cross-border support as required.
We have seen significant growth in the number of arbitration instructions we are receiving through our Civil and Litigation team.
Experience has included advising:
- The liquidator of a failed bank in a claim for audit negligence worth approximately BWP200 million
- The creditor of an insolvent bank in a claim worth approximately BWP30 million
- A major pension fund in a contractual dispute involving approximately BWP450 million
- The liquidator of Pula Steel Casting and Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd in various disputes
- In a major arbitration in favor of a feedlot owner in a longstanding dispute with the Botswana Meat Commission
In the case of Baone Kealeboga & Another v Tidimalo Mercy Kehumile & Another, the Court of Appeal delivered a ground-breaking judgment in that it recognised for the first time in Botswana, the rights of children born out of wedlock as being equal to their counterparts born in wedlock.