Senior Partners

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OBEY MATIZANADZO

 

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Education & Experience

Obey joined Coghlan, Welsh and Guest on a full time basis as a Professional Assistant in February 1991, was admitted into partnership in 1996, and left in June 2004 to form O. Matizanadzo & Associates. Obey has over 20 years experience in corporate, commercial, civil, labour and criminal litigation and advisory work as well as in conveyancing and notarial practice.

His experience includes the handling of Cyclone Eline hail insurance and other claims and disputes; complex labour disputes and negotiations; due diligence exercises and investigations on behalf of companies as well as Trade and Finance contracts and foreclosures on behalf of financial institutions.

Obey has attended various short courses and continuous legal education programmes covering Labour, Company/Corporate, Insurance, Human Rights and Exchange Control Laws and Regulations presented by eminent local and international Legal Practitioners from Canada, the United States of America, New Zealand, the Commonwealth Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Recent workshops and courses he attended include courses on:

  • Litigating successfully for the rights of people with HIV/AIDS using Zimbabwean Law and lessons from the region;
  • Alternative dispute resolution;
  • Legal practice in a hyper-inflationary environment;
  • Modern techniques in litigation;
  • The impact of Indigenisation and Empowerment Laws.

Areas Of Expertise & Practice

 

 

Litigation and advisory services in:-

  • corporate
  • commercial
  • civil
  • labour
  • criminal

Conveyancing and Notarial Practice

Professional Appointments

Obey has been retained as an External Legal Advisor by at least eight non-governmental organisations and embassies and more than fifteen corporate clients. He has vast experience in a variety of legal disciplines including commercial, corporate, contract, insurance, labour, family, fiscal/tax, criminal, administrative and exchange control law, as well as in arbitration, conciliation and mediation and Conveyancing and Notarial practice.

A member of the Law Society of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights and Zimbabwe Human Rights Defenders’ Fund, Obey is also a member of Baines Avenue Clinic Medical Advisory Board, a Director of private Companies, a Trustee of the Labour Law Trust as well as a Trustee of more than ten family and private Trusts and a member of the Law Society Organising Committee.

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MARK WARHURST

 

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Education & Experience

BA LLB (Natal), [date]

Mark began his legal career together with Obey Matizanadzo with the Zimbabwean law firm Coghlan, Welsh and Guest where he became a partner in 1995. After 12 years in the profession, he moved into commerce to take up the position of Group Legal Advisor and Company Secretary to Clan Holdings Ltd, one of Zimbabwe’s largest transport companies, which later changed its name to Pioneer Corporation Africa Ltd, a public listed company.

After eighteen months in this position, Mark was appointed Managing Director of Clan Transport Co (Pvt) Ltd. In January 2008 he joined Origen Corporation (Pvt) Ltd as its Group Legal Advisor where he was also responsible for the organisation’s Administration and Human Resources functions.  In his time at Origen, Mark oversaw the Group’s acquisition of controlling interests in two mergers as well as a new joint venture with a South African investor.

Areas Of Expertise & Practice

Mark always had a specialisation in landlord and tenant matters and in his term at Coghlan Welsh & Guest handling the Old Mutual Property portfolio.  He now specialises in commercial and mining work, mainly mergers and acquisitions as well as investment in Zimbabwe, which by necessity involves indigenisation as well. 

Mark has been closely involved with Zimbabwe’s indigenisation policies since the 1st of March 2010 when the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment (General) Regulations came into effect, and has advised on all subsequent legislation and assisted with the submission of indigenisation plans.

Mark further specialises in advising in respect of foreign investment in Zimbabwe and handling the entire submission to the Zimbabwe Investment Authority and dealing with the Ministry of Indigenisation and Exchange Control in this regard. He is a registered Estate Administrator and has a number of appointments as Liquidator and Judicial Manager.

Professional Appointments

Board of St Johns College

Board of Legal Resources Foundation

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DAVID WHATMAN

 

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Education & Experience

BL (Hons) (UZ)

Dave Whatman obtained his Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1981. He has been a registered legal practitioner and Notary Public since 1982. He started his career in 1976 as a trainee Magistrate, then Magistrate, leaving the Ministry of Justice in 1986 as a Provincial Magistrate. He spent two years as a partner in a legal firm before joining commerce with the Nedlaw Group in 1988. He held a number of Managing Director posts within the manufacturing businesses in that Group and then joined Deloitte & Touché Management Consultants as Principal management consultant.

He was then Managing Director of Tedco Industries before joining Pelhams Limited, where he was Chief Executive for 11 years and which he grew from 8 stores to become Zimbabwe's largest furniture retailer, listing it on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange with over 40 stores. He was then promoted to Group Chief Executive of the new holding company with responsibility for some 25 retail, construction, insurance and manufacturing companies/investments of that Group.

In May 2007, he joined a regional civil construction business as Group Chief Executive Officer. In July 2011, Dave returned to legal practice and joined the firm in February 2014. He is a Registered Estate Administrator and his extensive commercial background has led to a number of appointments as Liquidator and Judicial Manager.

Areas Of Expertise & Practice

Corporate Law

Commercial Litigation and Advisory

Liquidation and Judicial Management

Banking

Commercial Arbitration

Professional Appointments

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Chairman of Ecobank Zimbabwe Holdings and Ecobank Zimbabwe Limited, Chairman of St Johns Educational Trust, a board member of the Association of Trust Schools of Zimbabwe, a board member of Duly Holdings Limited, a former board member of the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority and chairs a number of commercial company boards.

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SHAUN LIGHTFOOT

 

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Education & Experience

Shaun attended Rhodes University where he attained a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies Degree. Furthering his studies, he then went on to study a Bachelor of Laws LLB Degree at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

 Shaun completed articles to become a practicing lawyer at Coghlan, Welsh and Guest.  In 2002, Shaun resigned from the legal firm to take up work in the corporate field as legal advisor for Pioneer Transport, now Pioneer Africa Limited.

He was the lead force behind the reverse listing of Pioneer Transport into Clan Transport Limited making the only listed and largest transport company in Zimbabwe. After engaging in the acquisition of the successful Scania franchise (Scanlink) on behalf of the same shareholders as the Pioneer group, he left Pioneer to become a shareholder in a trading and horticultural operation. Shaun sat on the board of indigenous banking group Premier Finance Group Limited in Zimbabwe for six years from its inception as a discount house to its graduation as a fully fledged merchant bank.

In recent years Shaun has been involved in the Zimbabwean Mining Industry, exporting lumpy and concentrated chromium to China, and has interests in gold, tantalite, manganese, tin and titanium, and has put together several Mining related investments in the past two years.

 

Areas Of Expertise & Practice

Shaun, along with Mark Warhurst, is currently involved in spearheading the firm’s specialist Mining portfolio along with his support staff who are well versed in all aspects of Mining, including but not limited to claims portfolio risk assessment and management; environmental issues pertaining to the Mining Industry; due diligences on claims; dispute advice on claims; deal structuring; pegging and prospecting advice and services.

Professional Appointments

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RYAN STEWART

 

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Education & Experience

Ryan elected to join the firm as head of our family law department in 2016. He previously worked  from 2010 to 2015 at a large corporate firm based in Harare during which time he also completed his Masters degree. Ryan specialises in Private/Family law with his masters dissertation having focused on the changing field of post - divorce spousal support. In addition to his family law practice Ryan handles a variety of commercial transactions in which he represents both greenfield and brownfield corporate clients with drafting and providing opinions.

 

Areas Of Expertise & Practice

Ryan’s previous role saw him develop over five years experience as a general litigator wherein he enjoys a good rapport in both the lower and superior courts. His litigation experience covers principally debt collection and eviction proceedings but he has successfully handled road traffic, criminal and even land occupation matters. Ryan has a working knowledge of Intellectual Property having filed several well known trademarks and currently enjoys the firm's close proximity to the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.

He has further bolstered the firm's number of registered Conveyancers and Notaries having completed the requisite examinations and been registered as such in 2013.

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KIM HELEN MANLEY

 

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Education & Experience

Kim joined the firm in July 2011 as a Candidate Attorney and was appointed as Partner in November 2017. She obtained her BA and LLB in Cape Town. Kim's practice experience covers a variety of areas, however she specialises in corporate, property and inheritance law, and is a registered Estate Administrator.

Kim has passed exams in Notarial Practice and Conveyancing and will shortly be registered.

 

 

Areas Of Expertise & Practice

Company Secretarial

Contracts

Estate Planning and Administration

Charitable Trusts