Sawyer & Mkushi

Labour Law

This is a fast growing area requiring up to date knowledge of the current Labour Relations Legislation. Our expertise covers:

  • General Labour consultancy services.
  • Corporate governance issues and fair labour practice.
  • Employment and Industrial Relations law.
  • Employment contracts, codes of conduct and constitutions.
  • Labour and trade union disputes.
  • Retrenchment packages and retirement packages and issues on fair labour practices.
  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution.
  • Conditions of service, pollution and environmental issues.

Tax Law

Our services span:

  • Advance tax planning.
  • The handling of tax objections and appeals against tax assessments.
  • Analysing and advising on tax implications of agreements and business transactions.
  • Advice on tax efficiency and drafting trusts and other tax planning instruments.
  • Estate duty strategies.

Project Legal Consultancy

This is a specialised area with a dedicated partner and staff, working in conjunction with international professional links where necessary. Advice is provided on the funding of projects in liaison with Chartered Accountants, Banks, Government authorities and other relevant professionals. We examine, investigate, research and report on any project requiring thorough professional and balanced analysis

  • Company restructures, mergers and acquisitions including sale of shares
  • Sale of business and share swopping.
  • Management buy outs
  • Commercialisation and privatisation re-structures
  • Examining legal regimes in force and applying legal requirements to specific projects.
  • Studying and analysing and rendering advice on all types of projects whether legal or quasi legal or social or business
  • Studying and analysing projects in the light of existing statutes, general laws and regulations.
  • Suggesting and drafting amendments and any other changes to legislation.
  • Providing legal opinions on a case by case basis.

Banking & Financial Services

  • General financial advice in liaison with relevant bodies on investments into Zimbabwe
  • Rendering opinions in international financial agreements
  • Drafting financial facility agreements
  • Debt securities
  • Arranging equities,
  • Banking law
  • Drafting security forms and documentation
  • Insolvency
  • Stock exchange matters
  • Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe requirements
  • Exchange Control requirements.
  • Vetting and drafting international financial agreements

Collections

We have a collections department responsible for:

  • Preparation of Demands and Summons
  • Drafting acknowledgements of debt
  • Registration of security documents
  • Recovery of debts and foreclosures expeditiously and effectively.
  • Registration and execution of foreign judgements.
  • Restructuring debts and handling
  • Compromising and Set-offs

Family & Private Law

An active team of professionals handles this portfolio with the multiple expertise that it requires. They offer services in:

  • Ante-nuptial contracts
  • Advice on property relationships
  • Divorce, custody, maintenance and access to children.
  • Children's rights including matters related to adoption and care, guardianship and wardship of minors
  • Civil and Customary marriages and inheritance issues.
  • Probate/Estate planning.
  • Wills, Trusts and Administration of Estates.

Property, Notarial & Conveyancing

Our Real Estate department deals with all facets of property law including:

  • Drafting, execution and registration of all types of notarial deeds.
  • Registration of transfers and bonding of immovable properties.
  • Sale, purchase, lease and general rights in property, including intellectual property
  • mortgage bonds general and special notarial covering bonds
  • Town planning applications, change of use and subdivisions
  • All types of conveyancing work on behalf of corporate clients, developers; government agents pension funds and Real Estate Agents.

Insurance Services

Our qualified team specially deals with:

  • General insurance issues and opinions
  • Drafting and interpreting insurance contracts
  • Insurance and personal injury claims

Civil & Criminal Litigation

A dynamic expert team handles all types of litigation from the lowest to the highest courts in Zimbabwe and where necessary instructing correspondent lawyers elsewhere in the world. We handle litigation on behalf of corporate clients associations as well as individuals.

Commercial & CorporateLaw

A dynamic expert team handles all types of litigation from the lowest to the highest courts in Zimbabwe and where necessary instructing correspondent lawyers elsewhere in the world. We handle litigation on behalf of corporate clients associations as well as individuals.

  • Drafting agreements and related opinion work.
  • Formation, incorporation and registration of companies
  • Agreements of sale
  • international trade
  • Acquisitions, mergers and take-overs
  • drafting company resolutions
  • Attending to change in company memorandum and articles
  • Increasing or reducing authorised share capital
  • Amendment of objects of companies and submission of company returns
  • Privatisation and floatation of companies.
  • Voluntary and compulsory liquidation
  • Share registrations, transfers and general broking
  • Partnership and joint ventures
  • Agreements of sale, hire and hire-purchase
  • Security bonds
  • Guarantees suretyship and indemnity agreements

International Trade and Investment Law

Our qualified team specially deals with:

  • Advice on local indigenisation law and structuring of investment proposals
  • Applications for and renewals of statutory licences
  • Tax exemption applications
  • Applications for and renewals of work and residence permits for expatriate employees
  • Structuring of international sales and carriage agreements.

Communications & Transportation Laws

We have the legal and technical prowess much needed in this bitterly competitive field. We handle matters relating to:

  • Regulatory requirements in postal, telecomunications, electronic wireless and computer fields.
  • Aviation Transport and Travel laws
  • Public Liability and injury or death damages claims

Immigration

  • Citizenship
  • Permanent & Temporary Residence
  • Work Permit Applications

Intellectual Property

  • Registration of patents and trade marks
  • Intellectual Property, Entertainment law and International Franchising
  • Litigation to pretect these rights

Mining & Energy Law

  • Mining Investments
  • Lease rights
  • Prospecting licences
  • Statutory permits and approvals

Securities Law

  • Initial public offers
  • Equities
  • Debentures
  • Broker and Custodian consultancy

Environment Law

  • Especially for industrial manufacturing and municipal clients
  • Issues of Labour safety
  • Health and anti-pollution Laws