• Queens University, Belfast, Ireland - Master of Laws (LL.M) -1970
  • University of East Africa at Dar-es-Salaam - Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) -1968
  • John F. Kennedy scholar
  • International Bar Association
  • East African Law Society (President 2002-2004)
  • Uganda Law Society (President 1989-1991)
  • Uganda Arbitration Society
  • Notary Public
  • Commissioner for Oaths
  • Advocate in the Republic of Uganda
  • Uganda
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia

Numerous articles and treatises.

The Professor's latest book, on  'The Legal Aspects of the East African Community' was released in November 2015.

  • English
  • Luganda
  • Swahili

Professor Fredrick E SSEMPEBWA (SC)

Position: 
Founding, Senior Partner
Email: 
Telephone: 
+256-414-233770 / 233908

Professor Fredrick E. Ssempebwa, the other Founding and Senior Partner of KATS, is the Supervising Partner of all legal work undertaken by the Firm.

Seldom does one person combine success both in the academic and practice arenas, but Professor Ssempebwa has achieved just that. He has not only participated in groundbreaking litigation (he appeared in the first case brought before the newly instituted East African Court of Justice), but has been instrumental in the formulation of numerous laws in Uganda. As a celebrated Professor of Law at Makerere University in Uganda as well as the Universities of Dar-es-Salaam and Zambia, he has reached the pinnacle in the academic field.

Professor Ssempebwa has practiced law both within and outside the courtrooms with distinction for nearly fifty (50) years and he is a leading consultant in several areas of practice in Uganda.

He has meritoriously earned the title of “Senior Counsel” in the Ugandan Courts of Judicature and his outstanding scholarly record has made him a leading authority in Uganda on matters relating to Revenue Law and Taxation, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Conveyance and General Litigation. He is one of the most respected and most widely consulted lawyers in Uganda.

Professor Ssempebwa was a member of the 1995 Constitutional Commission which helped draft the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and was the Chairperson of the Uganda Constitutional Review Commission which was charged with reviewing the same Constitution six (6) years later. He was a member of the Committee of Experts charged with advising on the amendment of the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya, was enlisted to advise on the Constitution drafting exercise for the Republic of South Sudan.  He sits on the Judicial Service Commission of Uganda that makes recommendations for the appointment of Judges in Uganda.

Professor Ssempebwa has been instrumental in the drafting of various pieces of legislation, regulations and rules governing regulatory bodies including but not limited to; the Insurance Act, the Tax Appeals Tribunal Act and its Rules as well as the Uganda Communications Commission Rules. He was a Member of the Taxpayers Advisory Committee of the Uganda Revenue Authority(URA) from 2000 to 2002, a Member of the Minister of Finance Advisory Group on drafting the Income Tax Act, 1987 and a Consultant to the Ministry of Finance and the URA on forming the Tax Appeals Tribunal and drafting the aforementioned Tax Appeals Tribunal Act.

The Professor has on several occasions served as President of the Uganda Law Society (ULS), is a former President of the East African Law Society (EALS) and has also served in a ministerial capacity in the Government of Uganda. He sits on the Boards of several major corporate bodies and Government Parastatals in Uganda.

Professor Ssempebwa is a published author and has written extensively. He holds several awards of recognition and distinguished service from ULS, EALS and the Institute of Chartered Public Accountants  of Uganda (ICPAU).

His highly anticipated book "East African Community Law" was launched on the 27th November, 2015 at the EALS 20th Annual Conference and General Meeting in Zanzibar, East Africa.

On the 28th March, 2018, Professor Ssempebwa was awarded the Special Rank of Senior Counsel (the highest honor in the legal fraternity) by the Chief Justice of Uganda, Hon. Bart Katureebe.

Sample Professional Accolades

Professor Ssempebwa has been consistently recognized in Chambers and Partners: Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business:

  • The 2018 Edition notes that Professor Edward Fredrick Ssempebwa receives all-round praise from interviewees, who describe him as "one of the most distinguished names in the market." Recognised for his litigation expertise, he is also highly experienced in tax and constitutional law matters.
  • In the 2017 Edition, it was noted that the Professor is recognised by his peers as a strong name in the market. He has expert knowledge of tax law as well as constitutional law. 
  • In the 2016 Edition, he is lauded for posssessing particular expertise in constitutional matters, and it is observed that he also acts on commercial disputes relating to tax law. It is also noted that he assisted the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development with its procurement of a lead investor in an oil refinery.
  • In the 2015 Edition, it was observed that Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is a “brilliant and wise lawyer” with standout litigation experience and involvement in constitutional matters.
  • In the 2014 Edition, the Professor was described as "a veteran of the Kampala legal scene, whose advice is sought on constitutional matters and regional mandates too".
  • In the 2013 Edition, Edward Fredrick Ssempebwa is lauded by interviewees as "one of the eminent figures of the legal progession." His extensive knowledge base includes valuable expertise in constitutional matters.
  • In the 2012 Edition, it was recognized that 'Fellow Senior Partner Edward Fredrick Ssempebwa, is also a pre-eminent figure in the Ugandan legal world.'
  • In the 2011 Edition, it was noted that the Professor is the former head of the Constitutional Review Commission and is a renown litigator. ‘His capacity in constitutional law matters is very good.’
  • In the 2010 Edition, it was observed that Edward Ssempebwa focuses on litigation issues.
  • In the 2008 Edition, the Guide noted that; Founding Partners John Katende and Edward Ssempebwa are ‘greatly esteemed by the legal fraternity.'The ‘highly regarded’ Edward Ssempebwa is an important adviser and a key litigator in the local legal world… One market source praised his 'impressive influence' and ‘exemplary professionalism.’
  • In the 2006 Edition, the Professor was described as ‘excellent, cool headed and judicious. Edward Ssempebwa has impressed interviewers this year with his corporate and tax expertise, winning several prestigious appointments.'
  • In the 2004-2005 Edition, the Professor was praised as a ‘well-respected Senior Partner, a revenue and tax law specialist, who is also a Professor at Law at Makerere University.'
  • In the 2003 Edition, it was stated that 'interviewees name John Katende as an expert on Ugandan company law, whilst Edward Ssempebwa, Professor of Law at Makerere University, is an active litigator and advisor across the board. Their peers esteem them both for their substantial knowledge and experience.
  • In the 2000-2001 Edition, Professor Ssempebwa was commended as 'a lawyer of the highest order.' He was described as an authority on matters relating to Revenue Law and taxation and Constitutional Law.

In the IFLR 1000 - Guide to the World Leading Financial Law Firms; 2018 Edition, the Professor was ranked as 'highly regarded.' In the 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010 Editions, the Professor was ranked as a leading transaction lawyer. 

Specifically in the 2014 Edition, he was recognised as a leading legal figure in the region who has done considerable high profile work on national legislation (including on the Constitution of South Sudan).

For detailed information regarding transactions handled by this lawyer, please contact us at kats@kats.co.ug.

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Star Band 1 transactional lawyer by the Chamber and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2014 Editions Another veteran of the Kampala legal scene is Edward Frederick Ssempebwa, whose advice is sought on constitutional matters and regional mandates too.

Star Band 1 transactional lawyer by the Chamber and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2011 Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is the former head of constitutional review commission and is a renowned litigator. His capacity in constitutional law matters is very good.’

Star Band 1 transactional lawyer by the Chamber and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2008 The highly regarded’ Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is an important adviser and a key litigator in the local legal world… One market source praised his impressive influence and exemplary professionalism.’

Star Band 1 transactional lawyer by the Chamber and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2006 Theexcellent, cool headed and judicious’ Edward Frederick Ssempebwa has impressed interviewes this year his corporate and tax expertise, winning several prestigious appointments.

Star Band 1 transactional lawyer by the Chamber and Partners Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers 2004-2005 His ‘well-respected’ fellow Senior Partner, Edward Frederick Ssempebwa is a revenue and tax law specialist, who is also a Professor at Law at Makerere University.

 

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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 nine (49) 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.

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