Brigitte Kusiima

Brigitte Kusiima Byarugaba

M: (+256) 77 296 1803

T: (+256) 41 424 1233

Brigitte is a Partner at the firm. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University, Uganda, and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Uganda.

She is a member of the East Africa Law Society and the Uganda Law Society.

She specialises in commercial and corporate law. Her expertise includes employment and immigration law, advising both local and international clients across financial institutions, telecommunications, and aviation.

She has worked on a wide range of employment related matters. She has drafted and or reviewed HR manuals for several firms both local and international. She has litigated a number of cases in the industrial court setting precedents in employment law related matters. She was also seconded to the East African Development Bank in Kampala where her core tasks included updating its electronic loans and leases securities register, the preparation of legal opinions, drafting loans, employment and similar documentation.

Her expertise in these areas have earned her a nod from IFLR1000, which has since tagged her as a Rising Star in financial services, technology and communications, as well as aviation matters in Uganda. She is also a dual nominee in the Women in Law awards under the Uganda Law Society. She has also been recognised by a national daily newspaper as one of the influential women in the profession.

She has been invited on a number of occasions to facilitate at the Makerere Law School as part of the mentoring programme.

She has co-authored various articles on a number of topics in her area of practice.

Brigitte serves as a Board Director to a number of companies and provides guidance on good corporate governance practices.

Experience includes:

  • Advised foreign and local companies on incorporation requirements, licences and laws for new companies in Uganda.
  • Preparation of legal due diligence reports on local laws, policies and regulations in various transactions including but not limited to banking and financing laws, land transactions, labour and immigration, tax and intellectual property.
  • Advising on securities including instances where security will be shared by different banks, syndicated loan facilities, drafting of the necessary security documents and registration.
  • Acting for a number of banks as desk officer in the registration of securities including conducting transfers, registering mortgages, creating leases, registration of caveats and follow up of criminal matters.
  • Various commercial litigation matters as well as representing clients before the specialised courts in mediations, and arbitrations before the courts and appointed arbitrators.
  • Advising corporate clients on labour, employment and pension benefits, drafting and reviewing of employment contracts and negotiation of settlements.
  • Advising corporate and other clients on immigration issues including acquiring work permits, dependent passes, special passes and such other similar passes as issued by the Immigration Authority.