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Frederick E. Ssempebwa

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Katende, Ssempebwa And Company

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Supervising Partner of all legal work undertaken by the Firm.


Founding Partner & Senior Partner


Professor Ssempebwa, the other Founding and Senior Partner of KATS, is the Supervising Partner of all legal work undertaken by the Firm.

Seldom does one person combine success both in the academic and practice arenas, but Professor Ssempebwa has achieved just that. He has not only participated in groundbreaking litigation (he appeared in the first case brought before the newly instituted East African Court of Justice), but has been instrumental in the formulation of numerous laws in Uganda. As a celebrated Professor of Law at Makerere University in Uganda as well as the Universities of Dar-es-Salaam and Zambia, he has reached the pinnacle in the academic field.

Professor Ssempebwa has practiced law both within and outside the courtrooms with distinction for nearly fifty (50) years and he is a leading consultant in several areas of practice in Uganda.

He has meritoriously earned the title of “Senior Counsel” in the Ugandan Courts of Judicature and his outstanding scholarly record has made him a leading authority in Uganda on matters relating to Revenue Law and Taxation, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Conveyance and General Litigation. He is one of the most respected and most widely consulted lawyers in Uganda.

Professor Ssempebwa was a member of the 1995 Constitutional Commission which helped draft the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and was the Chairperson of the Uganda Constitutional Review Commission which was charged with reviewing the same Constitution six (6) years later. He was a member of the Committee of Experts charged with advising on the amendment of the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya, was enlisted to advise on the Constitution drafting exercise for the Republic of South Sudan.  He sits on the Judicial Service Commission of Uganda that makes recommendations for the appointment of Judges in Uganda.

Professor Ssempebwa has been instrumental in the drafting of various pieces of legislation, regulations and rules governing regulatory bodies including but not limited to; the Insurance Act, the Tax Appeals Tribunal Act and its Rules as well as the Uganda Communications Commission Rules. He was a Member of the Taxpayers Advisory Committee of the Uganda Revenue Authority(URA) from 2000 to 2002, a Member of the Minister of Finance Advisory Group on drafting the Income Tax Act, 1987 and a Consultant to the Ministry of Finance and the URA on forming the Tax Appeals Tribunal and drafting the aforementioned Tax Appeals Tribunal Act.

The Professor has on several occasions served as President of the Uganda Law Society (ULS), is a former President of the East African Law Society (EALS) and has also served in a ministerial capacity in the Government of Uganda. He sits on the Boards of several major corporate bodies and Government Parastatals in Uganda.

Professor Ssempebwa is a published author and has written extensively. He holds several awards of recognition and distinguished service from ULS, EALS and the Institute of Chartered Public Accountants  of Uganda (ICPAU).

His highly anticipated book “East African Community Law” was launched on the 27th November, 2015 at the EALS 20th Annual Conference and General Meeting in Zanzibar, East Africa.

On the 28th March, 2018, Professor Ssempebwa was awarded the Special Rank of Senior Counsel (the highest honor in the legal fraternity) by the Chief Justice of Uganda, Hon. Bart Katureebe.


English, Luganda


  • International Bar Association
  • East African Law Society (President 2002-2004)
  • Uganda Law Society (President 1989-1991)
  • Uganda Arbitration Society


  • Queens University, Belfast, Ireland – Master of Laws (LL.M) -1970
  • University of East Africa at Dar-es-Salaam – Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) -1968
  • John F. Kennedy scholar


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