Corporate and Commercial Law

Our corporate law team is well placed to provide a full circle of legal services. Engineered to serve our corporate clients throughout all economic sectors, we tailor advice that is suitable for our client’s problem or goal, always aiming for a smooth and sound outcome. Our corporate law team has the capacity and experience to attend to the following:

Engagement Partners: Corporate and Commercial Law

Sternford Moyo: moyos@scanlen.co.zw
Nellie R.F. Tiyago‐Jinjika: tiyagon@scanlen.co.zw
Doreen V. Gapare: gapared@scanlen.co.zw
Riana Moss (nee Theron): mossr@scanlen.co.zw

  • Trusts
  • Mergers and
  • Acquisitions
  • Transactional Advisory Services
  • Corporate Due Diligence
  • Banking and Finance
  • Exchange Control
  • Project Finance
  • Infrastructure
  • Development and Public Private Partnerships
  • Private Equity structuring
  • Indigenisation / Empowerment Advice and Compliance
  • Competition Law including dominant or prohibited practices and compliance
  • Company registrations

In the recent past our team has tailored niche sound indigenisation advice for international corporates and stands as a national leader in understanding and advising on such transactions.

Dispute Resolution and Litigation

This highly respected and fearless department produces work of high quality and standard. It boasts of a combination of experience, commitment, skill and sheer enthusiasm. The team has traditionally enjoyed and continues to rake in a high number of successes and is well respected within the legal fraternity.
The team handles litigation in the Supreme Court, High Court, Labour Court, Administrative Court and Magistrates Court using both trial and motion proceedings. With the birth of the Constitutional Court no doubt the team will also handle matters in that Court. We also have highly competent Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioners with experience in Arbitrations, Mediations and Conciliations. Our litigation practice areas include:
  • Debt recovery
  • General law litigation
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Corporate and commercial litigation

Engagement Partners: Corporate and Commercial Law

George Gapu: gapug@scanlen.co.zw
Archford Rutanhira: rutanhiraa@scanlen.co.zw
Evans T. Moyo: moyoe@scanlen.co.zw

Mining Law

Zimbabwe is fast becoming recognised for its mineral wealth. Investors from all over the world and within the country are eager to contribute to the development of this sector of our economy.

Our team has a wealth of experience in this practice area. It is a practice area that has always been very near to the successive members of the partnership from inception of the firm. Our mining law department is credited with having navigated many local and foreign corporations through the legal and regulatory aspects of this extractive industry and understands the changes that the industry has gone through as well as the challenges it faces. We offer our clients innovative legal solutions that help them to stay competitive during the good times as well as the more challenging. We have successfully steered our clients through indigenisation compliance and continue to anchor their plans and processes with our sound knowledge.

Where multi-jurisdictional mining transactions are involved, we are sought after by various global firms as the local expert of choice as we equip our clients with the knowledge and assist in the facilitation of compliance with mandatory legislation generally (indigenisation, exchange control, investment licenses, competition laws and other) and advise and assist with the protection of our client’s mining rights. Our expertise is world renowned for being solid and reliable. We offer a one stop shop for your mining law needs. The depth of the firm in all areas of law allows our practitioners to draw upon other specialists in the firm where necessary, such as those who devote their practices to environmental or regulatory law or those experienced in dispute resolution. We make it our business to keep abreast of developments in the law and participate in industry seminars on an on-going basis. Our team advises and assists in obtaining and protecting the following: prospecting licenses, exclusive prospecting licenses, mining claims, mining leases, mining grants, mineral concessions and special mining leases. Our team also advises on the following:

Engagement Partners: Mining Law

Sternford Moyo: moyos@scanlen.co.zw
Nellie R.F. Tiyago‐Jinjika: tiyagon@scanlen.co.zw
Doreen V. Gapare: gapared@scanlen.co.zw
Riana Moss (nee Theron): mossr@scanlen.co.zw

  • Mineral rights including transfers of interests
  • All aspects of mine safety and occupational health
  • Structuring of indigenisation transactions
  • Structuring of community involvements in mining projects
  • Corporate commercial advice such as mergers and acquisitions, project finance, joint ventures and alliances.
  • Construction and engineering law
  • Employment and immigration law
  • Taxes and royalties
  • Dispute resolution
  • Legal aspects of environmental and waste management

Constitutional and Administrative Law

Our firm has traditionally fearlessly fought many human rights legal battles prior to the crystalisation of constitutional law in Zimbabwe in its current form. During the liberation struggle we acted on behalf of African Nationalists and represented most of its hierarchy.
Included amongst its legal challenges were those in which the firm represented Madzimbamuto and Baron in seeking to have UDI declared illegal and Chief Rekayi Tangwena in seeking to retain his land in the Eastern Districts of the country. This tradition continues today as Scanlen & Holderness represents many of those affected by the abrogation of the rule of law in Zimbabwe. In addition Scanlen solicited for the unconstitutional declaration of the effecting of the death penalty. Our areas of expertise include:
  • Bill of Rights litigation
  • Instituting and challenging administrative actions (appeals and reviews) in all forums
  • Constitutional law
  • litigation
  • Land claim cases

Engagement Partners: Constitutional and Administrative Law

Sternford Moyo: moyos@scanlen.co.zw
Archford Rutanhira: rutanhiraa@scanlen.co.zw
Evans Moyo: moyoe@scanlen.co.zw
Isiah Mureriwa: mureriwai@scanlen.co.zw

Employment Law

Our Labour Law Department is capable of handling all employment related issues and has vast experience in smoothing and resolving disputes in employment relationships. The department can handle litigious and non litigious matters. We have the capability and resources to handle any of the following and more:

Engagement Partners: Employment Law

George Gapu: gapug@scanlen.co.zw Archford Rutanhira: rutanhiraa@scanlen.co.zw Evans Moyo: moyoe@scanlen.co.zw
  • Labour litigation
  • Employment contracts
  • Advice on establishing employee share ownership schemes including those which are for indigenisation compliance purposes
  • Advice on the generic/ sector employment codes of conduct and grievance procedures
  • Development of policy, procedure and employee handbook
  • Advice on labour issues relating to business transfers
  • Chairing a hearing, representing a party or general pre and post-hearing guidance on disciplinary proceedings
  • Collective bargaining
  • Confidentiality and trade secrets, non-solicitation of employees, restraint of trade, data privacy advice
  • Employment health and safety compliance
  • Employee benefits and compensation
  • Executive severance
  • Employee privacy
  • Independent contractors and outsourcing
  • Regulatory advice
  • Restructuring, re-organisation, reduction and retrenchment
  • Strikes
  • Training and compliance
  • Unfair competition
  • Unfair labour practice litigation

Conveyancing and Property Law

The practice of conveyancing at Scanlen & Holderness goes back to the inception of the firm in 1894. Through the decades the practice of conveyancing has mirrored the economic state of the country. The department has a wealth of expertise in:
  • Acquisitions and disposals of immovable property
  • Township developments
  • Zoning, subdivisions and change of land use
  • Mortgage and notarial bond registrations/ cancellations
  • Notarial deeds of cession
  • Removal and placement of restrictions
  • Removal and placement of caveats
  • Town planning issues
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Evictions and collections
  • Registration of Notarial documents

Engagement Partners: Conveyancing and Property Law

Byron J. Symeonoglou: symeonogloubj@scanlen.co.zw

Environmental Law

We have considerable experience in providing environmental legal risk and compliance advice. Our team is equipped to assist clients in dealing with all legal matters pertaining to environmental sustainability and environmental claims, including:

Engagement Partners: Environmental Law

George Gapu: gapug@scanlen.co.zw
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Compliance due diligences
  • Mining activities, closure and rehabilitation
  • Water quality, use and rights
  • Soil pollution and land contamination
  • Waste management
  • Forestry management
  • Transportation of hazardous substances
  • Conservation of species and bio-diversity
  • Management of heritage and protected areas
  • Social and economic rights litigation

Criminal Law

Our practitioners aim to protect the rights of the individual. We have a rights based approach to criminal justice. Our team will assist clients with legal advice from the time of arrest to the finalization of the matter. We handle the following:
  • Attendance at police stations and holding cells to ensure that client’s rights are not violated
  • Bail applications
  • Applications for the production of arrested persons by the state
  • Criminal trial litigation in all courts including appeals and private prosecutions

Engagement Partners: Criminal Law

Evans Moyo: moyoe@scanlen.co.zw

Immigration and Citizenship

We pride ourselves on our reputation for excellence, fast results and friendly personal service. As another one of our precedent making departments, it assisted in the landmark case that resulted in citizen women being allowed to confer residence on their foreign spouses. Our Immigration department assists business corporations and individuals with their immigration needs. Our services include:

Engagement Partners: Immigration and Citizenship

George Gapu: gapug@scanlen.co.zw
  • Immigration and related applications and petitions to the courts
  • Temporary Employment Permits (short term and long term)
  • Spousal Permits
  • Permanent Residence Applications
  • All appeals to Immigration and to Home Affairs
  • Scholar’s Permits
  • Temporary Permits
  • All Visa Extensions within Zimbabwe

Family Law

Our practitioners understand that family law matters are often punctuated by emotion and are difficult on the parties involved. With sound, realistic advice to clients, we pride ourselves in ensuring that our clients’ rights are protected. We have extensive experience in matrimonial and family law. Our services include:
  • Mediation
  • Divorce litigation
  • Custody, adoption and guardianship applications
  • Child and spousal maintenance litigation

Engagement Partners: Family Law

Doreen V. Gapare: gapared@scanlen.co.zw

Licensing Compliance / Regulatory Law

Our historic involvement in the development of various policies in Zimbabwe lends us a wealth of knowledge in a wide scope of business sectors in the country. You can rely on ourknowledge to navigate your business through what seems to be a maze of legislation. Both our local and international clients rely on our expertise to enable them to pursue their business ambitions without infringing applicable laws and regulatory imperatives.

Engagement Partners: Licensing Compliance / Regulatory Law

Doreen V. Gapare: gapared@scanlen.co.zw
Our licensing portfolio boasts of numerous successful fresh applications and renewals for numerous corporate entities ranging from banks, shops, liquor stores and various other businesses.

Estate Planning and Administration

Our team will assist in:
  • Drafting, interpreting and registration of wills
  • Estate planning including formation, registration and administration of Trusts
  • Deceased estate administration
  • Litigation surrounding succession and other legal issues arising out of a person’s death
  • All dealings with the Master of the High Court
  • Obtaining valuations of assets and liabilities, the winding up of the deceased estate
  • The resolution of disputes and claims of all creditors and heirs
  • The payment of liabilities and the distribution of the net assets to beneficiaries
  • Safe custody services

Engagement Partners: Estate Planning and Administration

Byron J. Symeonoglou: symeonogloubj@scanlen.co.zw

Intellectual Property Law

Scanlen’s Intellectual Property Department has assisted in the formulation of laws and policies on intellectual property in Zimbabwe. Our team provides a wide range of intellectual property law services including intellectual property law litigation. Our service areas include:

Engagement Partners: Intellectual Property Law

Nellie R.F. Tiyago‐Jinjika: tiyagon@scanlen.co.zw
Archford Rutanhira: rutanhiraa@scanlen.co.zw
  • Initial registration and renewal of IP rights both locally and internationally
  • Purchase, transfer and licensing of IP rights
  • IP portfolio management
  • Enforcement of IP rights
  • Due diligence investigations
  • Licensing, know-how and technology transfers
  • Confidential information protection
  • Restraints of trade
  • Sponsorship agreements
  • Product design protection
  • Commercial agreements relating to IP and franchising
  • Registrability clearance searches
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