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Name: John Carr-Hartley
Firm Name: Armstrongs Attorneys
Country: Botswana
Expertise: Arbitration

Telephone: +267 395 3481
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

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