Qualification and Experience:
Ms. Verma is an enrolled Advocate with a Bachelors of Laws Degree (LLB) and a Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip LP) and is currently undertaking studies for a Masters in Law degree (LLM) in Oil and Gas at the Institute of Petroleum Studies Kampala (IPSK). She has over 22 years’ experience in active legal practice claiming several wins in the litigation world. She currently represents the lawyers in the Bar-Bench committee, (a conduct between the Advocates and the Judges of the commercial court). She practices in litigation and non-litigious fields of corporate and Commercial Law, Investment Law, Property law, Banking and finance, labour law, Intellectual property, International Business transactions, Securities law, Immigration, Tax and Revenue.
She has vast experience in providing Legal advice to local and international investors, notable amongst which is advising investors coming into the country under the UK Funded Export Finance (UKEF) resulting into the SBI and Colas (UK) Joint venture development of Kabaale International Airport in Hoima as SBC (Uganda) Ltd. She also provides legal advice to Multinational and National corporations, including but not limited to Import distribution, Tourism, Construction, petroleum, Pharmaceuticals, Hospitals, Telecommunication, Tea estates and companies, Financial Services, Insurance companies, clearing and Forwarding and Manufacturing companies. She also advises several Non-Governmental Organisations, Churches and Schools. She has served on several Boards, prominent being as a company secretary to Orient Bank Limited and Executive Director of Quantum foods Uganda limited (Holding company of Quantum Foods South Africa).
she has experience in tax disputes having advised several clients on tax disputes including World Wide Movers Ltd, The Uganda Safaris Ltd, fine Spinners Uganda Ltd, SBI international Holdings AG (Uganda), Reynolds Construction Company (N) Ltd among others.
Major Disputes Resolved:
She successfully represented Uganda Safari Company Limited in an arbitration matter against the Lake Victoria Sailing Company Limited in a dispute over a concession to run and manage a 500-acre resort island in Uganda wherein her client was awarded approximately US $ 2,500,000.
She successfully represented Ketan Patel and 3 other shareholders in an arbitration matter against Comesa Commercial Company Limited and Tuffoam Uganda Ltd in a dispute over a the sale of company shares wherein her client was awarded approximately US $ 2,200,000.
She successfully represented SBI Int’l Holdings AG (U) in an Adjudication against the Uganda National Roads Authority for the Civil works for Upgrading the Mukono-Kyetume-Katosi Kisoga-Nyenga Road Project wherein the Contractor was awarded the sum of approximately US $ 1,500,000.
She successfully represented SBI Int’l Holdings AG (U) in an Adjudication against the Uganda National Roads Authority for Design and Build Contract for Strengthening/Rehabilitation of Malaba/Busia-Bugiri Road Project wherein the Contractor was awarded the sum of approximately US $ 400,000.
Education and Certificates:
Ongoing Masters in Law degree (LLM) in Oil and Gas
Institute of Petroleum Studies Kampala (IPSK).
24 January, 1997: Bachelor of Laws Degree, Makerere University.
21 January, 1994: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Makerere University
27 March, 1998: Post Graduate Bar Course Diploma in Legal Practice;
Law Development Centre.
6 May 2004: Certificate to Practise as a Commissioner for Oaths
17 May 2009: Certificate to Practise as a Notary Public
24 March 1999: Certificate of Admission and Enrolment; High Court of Uganda
Awards and Positions:
2014: Best Female Practitioner- Private Practice Category, Uganda Law Society
2009-2011: Honorary Secretary, Uganda Law Society
1996: First Female President of Makerere Law Society
2015: President of Lions Club International- Kampala Host.
2019: Chief Executive Member of The Indian Association Of Uganda
2019: Member of the Indian Business Forum.
March, 1998 – March 1999: Legal Assistant, Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates.
April 1999 – December 2000: Advocate, Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates.
January 2001 -December 2002: Associate, Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates
January 2003 – December 2003: Associate Partner, Shonubi Musoke & Co Advocates
January 2004 – Founding and Managing Partner, Verma Jivram & Associates
Languages: English, Luganda, Runyankore, Punjabi, Hindi and Swahili
Date: 11 February 2022