On 04 November 2018, Switalskis’ Ranjit Uppal (Director, Solicitor Advocate), Ruth Coneron (Director, Solicitor), and Sunny Sandhu (Solicitor) travelled to Kampala, Uganda with Laura Milburn of Ridley and Hall. As committee members of the Huddersfield Law Society Uganda Twinning Group (HLSUTG), the group delivered Pro Bono training on “Developing Excellence in your Law Firm.”
The HLSUTG has helped the legal community develop in Uganda through offering training resources, offering legal assistance to protect the children of Patongo from the aftermath of the civil war, and annual training visits since 2002. The group has given training to over 2,000 Ugandan lawyers and 2,000 post graduate law students in Kampala, the country’s capital.
This year’s training
This year our committee members’ presentations offered advice on various aspects of Practice Management for law firms. On the second day of the training event Sunny discussed Ethics and Professional Conduct, Ranjit spoke on the Art of Advocacy, and Ruth on Recruitment Strategies for a Tight Talent Market. Other speakers included Simon Peter M. Kinobe (Uganda Law Society President), and Francis Gimara (Past President). This combination of trainers allows for a unique and engaging event, enabling the attendees to ask questions directly.
As well as providing training, the visit offered the opportunity for our Switalskis representatives to experience some of the local law firms and establish new relationships. Ranjit, Sunny, and Ruth were shown around Sebalu and Lule Advocates offices, as well as networking in Kampala and getting the chance to meet with Ugandan Law Society council James Mukasa and Mr Justice Remi Kassulay.
Helping local communities and schools
The twinning group has also meant that members have been able to visit towns outside of Kampala and benefit local communities outside of the legal field. A nursery in the village of Kyema has been paired with a Huddersfield school, and fund-raising efforts have backed a new classroom for the children.
Switalskis is proud to be involved with the HLSUTG and the work that they do for Uganda.