Maxim Advocates

To uphold the clients’ interests above all.

Maxim Advocates

To offer practical solutions in a timely manner.

Maxim Advocates

To have respect and reverence for all stake holders.

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Our Mission and Vision

Maxim Advocates is a leading boutique Kampala firm of Advocates with an international network who offer a full spectrum of legal services on all aspects of commercial and corporate law. The firm is staffed by highly trained and experienced professionals all of whom have significant international experience which gives Maxim sizable influence in key practice areas.


Our work is focused on commercial law and general civil law, both fields where we have gained the relevant experience and practical skills. Working for our clients, we aim to fully satisfy their current and future needs, be it in shaping their legal relationships, in avoiding legal problems or in negotiating.


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Company Values

Our Core Values

Our core values define the way we execute our long-term and short-term goals and strategies including how we work and relate to our clients, colleagues and the community at large.


Core Principle One

To uphold the clients’ interests above all.


Core Principle Two

To offer practical solutions in a timely manner.


Core Principle Three

To have respect and reverence for all stake holders.


Core Principle Four

Act with Intergrity and honesty in all dealings.

Our services

Reliable law firm with high-quality legal services

Maxim Advocates has a wealth of experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law in Uganda . Our areas of specialisation include business venture establishment (including incorporation of companies, limited liability partnerships, registration of business names, etc), corporate regulatory compliance, preparation of commercial agreements, joint venture structuring, enforcement and drafting of collateral agreements. We offer intuitive insights into complex corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, take-overs and cross border transactions.  We provide our clients with advice on deal structuring, due diligence, legal regulatory compliance requirements, disclosures and closings, private equity and venture capital, share splits, share swaps, share subscriptions, shareholder agreements and other corporate and commercial agreements.

Advising clients on the negotiation and drafting of all agreements in the mining business, including agreements for dealing , exploration, mining and other services in the mining business, and agreements for acquisition and disposal of mineral rights. * Advising clients on all permits required under Ugandan law to conduct operations under all types of mineral rights, and the requirements for retention of such permits;

We team together with consultants assess, design and help implement processes, controls and compliance programmes that mitigate the risk of financial crime, including fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing, anti-trust and misconduct. Our comprehensive compliance programmes focus on governance and risk assessments, as well as building practical and strategic controls around prevention, detection and deterrence.

Our team is experienced in Local and International banking and finance laws, regulations, customs and general practices. Our Advocates combined have worked on lending and securities documents; local banking compliance rules and regulations; bank-customer regulations; registration of securities at respective registries; and recovery and litigation proceedings at every level of the judicial system.

We are well aware that employment, labor and benefit issues are complex and challenging for every business. Our lawyers who possess a solid background in Labour matters and practice provide seamless and integrated advice throughout one’s employment process, from recruitment to retirement, to help clients anticipate and avoid employment disputes, as well as deal effectively and sensitively with collective bargaining and workers’ trade union issues.

We have a professional team that offers a myriad of services that aid our clients efficiently plan their estates. These services include: –

  • Advisory and consultancy services to educate the clients on the best vehicle and structure of estate planning as according to their personal wishes.
  • Drafting and safekeeping of wills and codicils
  • Administration of intestate estates (estate without wills).
  • Setting up of private family trust
With a team composed of some of professionals our clients are bound to enjoy full representation and quality services. Client satisfaction is our goal while at the same time maintaining confidentiality, round the clock access to legal advice and quick turn-around time with respective drafting of documents.

Only the finest

Meet our Attorneys

There’s a reason that our reputation precedes us: our 20-year history in Africa has garnered us some of the top reviews in the personal injury industry.


Sheila Namahe

The Firm’s managing Partner, Sheila Namahe, who heads up the China Practice, has studied, lived and worked in China. She knows the law, the language and the ways and methods of operation both in China itself and by Chinese companies seeking to invest in Africa. She has highly placed contacts with both Chinese authorities and the relevant government entities in East Africa. The China practice is highly specialised, highly confidential and has assisted many companies achieve objectives significantly in excess of those they initially anticipated.


Mugabi Silas Kahima

MUGABI SILAS KAHIMA is a constitutional, civil, commercial, land and criminal Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and one of the partners of MAXIM Advocates. Silas focuses his practice on litigating Public Interest, Civil, Commercial, Land, Criminal and general litigation. Silas has defended clients from individuals to companies in Uganda. He has experience in managing all aspects of litigation and case handling from start of a case through the trial; with notable successful outcomes.


Notable successful election petition cases include;

  • Oleny Charles Ojok Vs Oromait Michael & EC; Election Petition No. 03 of 2011 (Soroti) -successfully defended
  • Akabwai Hilda Penlope Vs Amodoi Cyrus Imalingat; Election Petition No. 01 of 2011 (Soroti) - successfully defended
  • Buwembo Habib Vs Kato Lubwama & 2 others; Election Petition No. 42 of 2016 -successfully prosecuted.
  • Mbaju Jackson Vs Thembo Gideon Mujungu & EC; Election Petition No. 09 of 2021-successfully defended
  • Lydia Wanyoto Mutende Vs EC & Connie Nakayenze Galiwango; Election Petition No. 02 of 2021 – pending Appeal in the Court of Appeal
Other noteworthy cases among many others include;
  • Legal Brains Trust Vs Hassan Bassajjabalaba & 18 others; Const. Petition No.4 of 2012 -part of petitioner's legal team.
  • Karungi Susan Vs Celtel t/a Zain Uganda C.S No. 354 of 2010; Celtel Vs Karugi Susan HCCA No. 101 of 2011; & Celtel Vs Karungi Susan CACA No. 73 of 73 of 2013 - successfully prosecuted & upheld on appeal in both High Court and Court of Appeal.
  • Human Rights Network for Journalists & Legal Brain Trust Vs UCC & 6 others HCMC No. 219 of 2013 (sim card case)
  • Alai Dada Vs Hoima Catholic diocese & others Masindi HCCS No. 003 of 2013 (formerly HCCS No. 513 of 2001) - successfully defended.
  • Yewagnesh Birigwa Vs Herbert Walusimbi & 3 others HCCS No. 52 of 2014 -successfully defended.
  • Uganda Vs Sirage Bakaleke & Others -successfully defended
  • Kigarama Peoples Cooperative Savings & Credit Society Limited & 7 others Vs The Registrar of Cooperative Societies & 7 others, Mbarara High Court Miscellaneous Cause No. 017 of 2019 -successfully defended


Mercy Kiwanuka

Mercy joined Maxim Advocates ini September 2015. She holds an honours law degree from Makerere University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre having received the Uganda Law Society Award for being the third best overall student of the year 2014/2015. She is an associate with the firm and is involved in legal research, preparation of briefs and transaction documents. Her areas of expertise are corporate and commercial law, employment and land transactions.

Of Counsel

Jonathan Treacher

With over 30 years of legal and corporate experience, including being a Board member of publicly quoted firms, Jonathan brings a wealth of experience to the Firm. Jonathan has been admitted to the Bar in the Illinois, Florida and Washington DC and has been in Uganda for over 12 years. He has a Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law and an MBA from the London Business School. He also has a Certificate in Public and Private International Law from the Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands. Jonathan also heads up the office in London.

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Maxim Advocates is a leading boutique Kampala firm of Advocates with an international network who offer a full spectrum of legal services on all aspects of commercial and corporate law. The firm is staffed by highly trained and experienced professionals all of whom have significant international experience which gives Maxim sizable influence in key practice areas.

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Imperial Mall,First Floor F05 Plot M79, Lugard Avenue Entebbe P.O.Box 29285.Kampala Uganda

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Fri: 6:00 - 21:00


Sat: 10:00 - 15:00

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