Jayne Cross

Jayne Cross is the Partner heading the Civil & Corporate Litigation Division. Her area of expertise is in the field of insurance law, commercial and civil litigation.

Jayne started her legal career in 2009. She joined Minchin & Kelly (Botswana) in 2010 as an associate. In April 2016 she was appointed Partner.

Firm Overview:

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 (Botswana) 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

Accolades:

– 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.

Community:

– 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

Directorships:

– 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

Recognition:

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.

Education:

– 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