BKA Advocates (formerly Barugahare & Company Advocates) is a legal practice of advocates and legal consultants in Uganda. It was established in the year 2000 and has an enviable reputation for professionalism, integrity and expertise in a diverse range of legal services. Our practice is based on core values of:
- Client service driven, clear written instructions, regular communication with and informed client consent.
- Professional integrity and ethical conduct.
- Understanding and execution of client instructions based on agreed outcomes.
- Competitive fees and value for money.
The firm is currently a partnership combining the legal and consulting practices of its partners, Patrick G. Barugahare, John B. Kabandize and Patrick Alunga Alvarez. Patrick G. Barugahare worked in private practice at partner level in Australia for over 10 years, where he gained well regarded specialist experience in commercial law practice. He relocated to live and work in Uganda in 1998 and continued legal practice with a number of law firms. He founded the firm in 2000. John B. Kabandize joined the firm in 2000 and after acquiring general commercial law and litigation practice experience became partner in 2006. Patrick Alunga Alvarez joined the firm in 2008 and was admitted to partnership in 2014.
The firm has 2 main divisions. The Legal Practice Division undertakes mainstream legal work in both commercial law transactions and litigation and general legal practice. The Consultancy Services Division specialises in legal consultancy work for government, development partners and other agencies. In addition, the Legal Practice Division undertakes general legal practice work including labour/employment law and other non-commercial law practice areas
The Commercial law practice is led by Patrick G. Barugahare and undertakes work involving a diverse range of commercial law transactions work as well as commercial litigation. Commercial transactions work areas include banking, insurance, company law (including receivership and liquidation), intellectual property (trademarks, design, patents and copyright), taxation, pensions’ law (including retirement benefit schemes advisory work) trusts and estate planning.
The Commercial Litigation and ADR practice is led by John B. Kabandize and Patrick Alunga Alvarez. It handles commercial litigation and ADR practice work including arbitration.
We also handle non-commercial law work including criminal law, employment/labour law, and family law.
The Consultancy Services Division undertakes legal consultancy work for government, development partners and other agencies including NGOs. Legal consultancy work in diverse areas including water and sanitation, environment, energy and mineral development, agriculture, public policy including legal, policy and institutional reform studies is undertaken by the division. Depending on the complexity and nature of the legal consultancy project work, this work can be undertaken by the firm’s staff alone or through consortia with other consultancy firms or individual consultants.