Precious Gondwe

Precious Gondwe is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Botswana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Precious directly using the contact details listed above.

Precious is qualified as an Attorney in Botswana and also as a Solicitor in England and Wales and in Scotland.

Precious holds an LLB from the University of South Africa and is currently Master of Law – Corporate Law candidate. Precious is admitted as an Attorney of the Courts of Botswana, and as a Conveyancer and Notary Public.

Precious Gondwe worked for one of Botswana’s most reputable law firms as a junior non-equity partner for 6 years and has practiced as an attorney in the UK for 2 years.


  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) University Of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Master of Laws (LLM) (Candidate) University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • Google Certified Digital Garage Licensee
  • SRA Candidate: Admission as a Solicitor in United Kingdom & Wales.

Firm Overview:

Precious & Partners is a world class, Pan African corporate legal practice with vast legal expertise. We render world class legal services, tailor suited for the client.

Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana. It’s known for the Gaborone Game Reserve, sheltering native animals like wildebeest and impala, plus resident and migratory birds. To the city’s southwest, rhinos and giraffes inhabit the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Footpaths lead to city views at the summit of Kgale Hill. In the city center, the National Museum and Art Gallery displays art and cultural artefacts.

Rizwan Desai

Rizwan Desai is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in Botswana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rizwan directly using the contact details listed above.

Rizwan is the Founding Partner of Desai Law Group and Head of Corporate. He is qualified as an Attorney in Botswana. He also qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and in Scotland and as an Attorney in New York.

Rizwan practised at a major United Kingdom law firm before returning to Botswana in 1999, at which time he joined another Botswana law firm where he was one of the senior partners for 16 years. He specialises in high end corporate and structured finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, banking, financial services, telecommunications, private equity and regulatory work.

Rizwan has been the lead lawyer on many ground-breaking corporate transactions in Botswana and represents many blue chip companies. After decades of experience, he formed Desai Law Group in 2016 to realise his vision of a new brand of law firm in Botswana, designed to operate in line with the best practices of major international law firms.

Rizwan is widely regarded as first tier and one of the leading corporate and transactional lawyers in Botswana.

Firm Overview:

Desai Law Group is a group of talented individuals who have formed a unique, dedicated law firm with one of Botswana’s leading corporate lawyers at the helm, Founding Partner, Rizwan Desai. Additional current partners include Eleng Mugabe, Walter Mushi and Bruno Williams. Together, our primary participants have decades of proven experience.

Our aim at Desai Law Group is to be refreshingly and reassuringly different. We do not see ourselves solely as lawyers, but as problem solvers. Our goal is to add value to our clients with our signature approach.

We offer flexibility in our services depending on client needs and our understanding of their organisation. We give practical, meaningful advice, reflecting the changing and increasingly competitive environment within which clients operate.

We are results focused and committed to service excellence for our clients. We do this by providing a depth and breadth of legal knowledge and expertise which is both effective and efficient.

We want our clients to see us not just as a source of legal advice and counsel, but as an integral and ongoing part of achieving, and maintaining, their success.

Mboki Chilisa

Mboki Chilisa is our exclusively recommended Commercial Law expert in Botswana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mboki directly using the contact details listed above.

Mboki is the proprietor of the firm, having acquired same from Peter Collins in 2012 after being Peter’s professional assistant for the previous 6 years. Mboki has been an attorney of the High Court of Botswana for the past 12 years. His practice areas include Employment Law, Commercial and Property Law as well as Administrative and Constitutional Law.

Mboki specialises in Employment Law and has represented large corporations and trade unions in many ground-breaking cases. These include contentious briefs such as the 2011 public sector strike; the case in respect of the right of civil servants to vote in political primary elections and the appeal by the President of the Republic of Botswana, Attorney General and others against NALCGPWU in respect of the constitutionality of Section 4 of the Court of Appeal Act relating to judges’ conditions of contract.

Mboki Chilisa provides advice to corporates on restructuring and redundancy exercises, disciplinary proceedings and all aspects of employments law. He is the first-choice attorney in Gaborone where employment law is concerned and has earned that reputation through many successful results in all the Botswana courts.

Firm Overview:

Collins Chilisa Consultants is a vibrant, mid-sized law firm that provides tailored legal advice to clients both in Botswana and those seeking to enter the Botswana market. Our broad client base includes large and small businesses, government parastatals, major banks and corporates, not-for-profit organisations and private clients. Our professionalism, combined with our friendly and energetic approach, has made Collins Chilisa Consultants a trusted legal advisor to many of Botswana’s diverse organisations, both big and small.

Gaborone is the capital city of Botswana. It’s known for the Gaborone Game Reserve, sheltering native animals like wildebeest and impala, plus resident and migratory birds. To the city’s southwest, rhinos and giraffes inhabit the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Footpaths lead to city views at the summit of Kgale Hill. In the city centre, the National Museum and Art Gallery displays art and cultural artefacts.

Jayne Cross

Jayne Cross is our exclusively recommended Corporate Litigation expert in Botswana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jayne directly using the contact details listed above.

Jayne is the Partner heading the Civil and Corporate Litigation Division.

The firm was established in 1890 by Spencer Augustus Minchin in Mafikeng, South Africa, the then capital of the Bechuanaland Protectorate. Reginald Kelly joined the firm in 1919 resulting in the firm adopting the name “Minchin & Kelly”.

After Bechuanaland Protectorate attained independence in 1966 to become the Republic of Botswana, Minchin & Kelly opened up an office in the new capital, Gaborone.

Since its establishment the firm has been a key player in the legal landscape of Botswana with notable historic achievements such as registering the first title deed, advising the Colonial Government, participation in the law revision commission and registering the first private township in Botswana.

Minchin & Kelly is a member of DLA Piper Africa.

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning the firm to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper Africa was founded to further formalise and reflect the unique relationship which DLA Piper has developed over years of working with carefully selected local law firms. The firms that are members of DLA Piper Africa are all leading independent law firms in their jurisdictions.

The firms are highly rated and respected by peers and clients.

Parks Tafa

Parks Tafa is the Managing Partner at Collins Newman & Co, the largest law firm in Botswana, and has been with the Firm and in private practice for over 26 years.

He is one of the leading lawyers in Botswana, with an outstanding track record of a long career with considerable experience as a business-transactional lawyer, having been involved in many large transactions and acted in several ground-breaking matters for prominent clients both in Botswana and from elsewhere.

Professional Qualifications:

– Bachelor of Laws – October 1991 (University of Botswana)
– Attorney of the High Court of Botswana – November 1991


– Parks is consistently ranked by Chambers Global as a Band 1 leader in his field.
– PLC Which Lawyer? 2011 recognises Parks as a top corporate and commercial lawyer.
– IFLR 1000 2013 and 2014 recognises Parks as leading lawyer in Energy and Infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa.
– Co-author of Construction and Projects Overview in Botswana article featured in Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2013/2014.

Career Summary:

– 2004 to present: Managing Partner, Collins Newman & Co.
– 1996 to 2004: Partner, Collins Newman & Co.
– 1991 to 1995: Associate, Collins Newman & Co.

About Us:

Since 1977, Collins Newman & Co (“CNC”) has provided premier experience in the corporate, commercial and mining fields and has become known for its dynamic, resolution focused and client oriented approach. The firm contributes a significant amount of experience in all areas of law in Botswana, acting for a broad spectrum of financial institutions, multinational and national corporations, and most state enterprises.

Transactions range from complex mergers and acquisitions, mining, banking, finance, telecommunications and infrastructure work to mainstream corporate and commercial activities.

CNC has undertaken a large share of listings, debt-capital markets work and other mandates, and remains the preferred firm for cross-border transactions and foreign direct investments. The firm also serves as legal advisor and counsel to the Government of Botswana.

John Carr-Hartley

John Carr-Hartley is the Managing Partner of Armstrongs, in addition he heads up the Litigation and Arbitration Department. John is renowned for his arbitration expertise, particularly in the fields of civil engineering and building disputes.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Litigation, John conducts the bulk of his work in the High Court and Court of Appeal. His position as one of Botswana’s most experienced and sought after Litigation Attorneys is further entrenched by his numerous accolades achieved in this area of practice. His knowledge proves invaluable to clients who require representation in court.


– Trustee of Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation
– Honorary Life Member of Tshomarelo Okavango Conservation Trust
– Founder Trustee of Chobe Wildlife Trust and Khama Rhino Sanctuary
– Board Member, Thornhill Primary School
– Visiting Lecturer University of Botswana


– Audi Properties (Pty) Ltd
– Gametrackers Botswana (Pty) Ltd, Game Viewers (Pty) Ltd and Xaxaba Camp (Pty) Ltd – all part of the Belmond Hotels Group
– Beryllium (Pty) Ltd
– Delta & Ocean Air (Pty) Ltd


Since 2007, John has consistently ranked in the highest category in Chambers Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers for General Business Law. “John Carr-Hartley leads the firm’s disputes team, and is widely regarded as an “Excellent Litigator” who also offers impressive expertise in arbitration cases. Clients value the fact that he keeps them in the loop and that his attention to detail is on the button.” ~ Chambers, The World’s Leading Lawyers

John was appointed Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission for Botswana in August 2014.


– B.A. LL.B. (University of Natal) 1989

Professional Qualifications:

– Admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of Botswana 1991.
– Fellow of the Botswana Institute of Arbitrators.

Professional Memberships:

– Member of the Botswana Law Society
– Member of High Court Case Management & Records Committee
– Member of High Court Liaison Committee

Firm Overview:

Armstrongs is the leading corporate and commercial law firm in Botswana. We provide our clients with innovative legal and business solutions of a global standard and are recognised for our pioneering and developmental role in various commercial sectors within Botswana.

Established in 1983, the firm specialises in all aspects of corporate and commercial law including capital raising, listings, corporate and trade finance, competition law, banking and financial services, M&A, bonds and other debt or capital instruments, rights issues, marketable investment instruments, listed securities, mining and resources, energy, tax, employment and human resources, privatisation and public private partnerships. Additionally the firm has an extremely strong litigation and dispute resolutions practice.

Whilst the Practice comprises the above broadly named departments, no department exists in isolation and each Attorney is able to call on the expertise of other Attorneys within the Practice.

Armstrongs continues to hold its position as a Market Leader for commercial work and the team is frequently seen on Botswana’s big-ticket transactions. Highlights include a number of financing and acquisitions within the Mining and Retail Industries. Disputes work ranges from high level litigation in the diamond Industry to various construction related arbitrations. Armstrongs ensure that sufficient resources are dedicated to each matter on which they are instructed to ensure timeous delivery of quality legal services.

“One of the most established and highly respected firms in Botswana, Armstrongs receives abundant praise from all sources.” ~ Chambers, the World’s Leading Lawyers