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David Coltart

DAVID COLTART

BA LLB (UCT)

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David Coltart is the Senior Partner of Webb, Low and Barry. After completing his law degree at the University of Cape Town in December 1982, David returned to Zimbabwe and began practice with Webb, Low and Barry, being admitted to practice law in February 1983. He became a partner of Webb, Low and Barry in 1984 and became its senior partner in April 1998. David established the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre in 1987 and was a Trustee of its parent body, the Legal Resources Foundation, for 21 years. David has been one of Zimbabwe’s leading human rights and constitutional lawyers in his 34 years of practice. He played a major role in the development of Zimbabwe’s new Constitution, initially as co-chair of the Parliamentary Committee set up to develop it, and then as a member of a seven person Management Committee which negotiated the Constitution’s final contents. Between 2009 and 2013 David was Zimbabwe’s Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture in the inclusive Government. David sits on a variety of Boards and is the Chairman of the Petra Schools Trust.

Norman James Pattison

NORMAN JAMES PATTISON

BA LLB (UCT)

Norman Pattison is the Managing Partner of Webb, Low & Barry. Having graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1982, he joined the firm in 1983. 

He was admitted as an Attorney that same year and became a partner at Webb, Low & Barry in 1985. In addition to commercial litigation, he oversees the Accounting and Estates Departments.

Josephat Tshuma

JOSEPHAT TSHUMA

BL (Hons) LLB (UZ)

Josephat Tshuma graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 1984 and joined Webb, Low & Barry in early 1985. Josephat became a partner of the firm in 1990 and is the firm’s Staffing Partner. Josephat was the recipient of the Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award in 2003 and has contributed to the legal profession through his fifteen year service as a Councillor of the Law Society of Zimbabwe. He served as President of the Law Society in 2009 and 2010. Josephat is a director of a number of companies and a member of the Board of Governors of Christian Brothers College, Bulawayo. He was a technical advisor in the drafting of Zimbabwe’s new Constitution and now serves as a Commissioner of the Judicial Services Commission.

Josephat practices both civil litigation, specializing in the areas of commercial and corporate law as well as criminal litigation in the High Court and Supreme Court.

Chetna Lutchman

CHETNA LUTCHMAN

LLB (RHODES)

Chetna Lutchman obtained her Bachelor of Law Degree from Rhodes University in 2004. She joined the firm of Ben Baron & Partners in 2005 and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner, Notary and Conveyancer in the High Court of Bulawayo in 2010. Since 2007 she has headed up the Conveyancing Department at the former Ben Baron & Partners and now Webb, Low and Barry.

In March 2016 she was admitted as the fourth partner to the firm’s partnership. Her specialty areas of practice include transfer of property, subdivisions and consolidations of property, sectional title, estate transfers, registration of mortgage bonds and Notarial work. She assists the Estates Department with the drafting of wills, administration of deceased estates and estate planning.

Professional Assistants

Sharon Mbondiya

SHARON MBONDIYA

Sharon Mbondiya graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with an LLB Degree with distinction, attaining the Dean’s List for three years.

She joined the firm in May 2017 as a Professional Assistant and has written her conversion exams for admission. She currently assists the firm with legal research, drafting and opinions.

Amanda Ndlovu

AMANDA NDLOVU

BA LLB (RHODES)

Amanda graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Political and International Studies in 2015, and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2017 with Deans List status for Academic Merit for the two years. She has experience in legal tutoring and mentorship at University level and served as the chapter President of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Amanda joined the firm in January 2018 and has gained experience in our litigation and conveyancing departments.

She completed her conversion examinations with the Council for Legal Education and was admitted into practice on the 5th of December 2019. Amanda practices general litigation with an interest in the fields of Labour Law, Company Law, Mining and Energy law compliance and litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution methods.

Norman James Pattison

ZANGELO MLILO

LLB (WITS)

Zangelo Mlilo joined the firm in 2019. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Witwatersrand in 2017, and was part of the deans list in 2014. He is a member of the Golden Key international Honours Society and was part of the tutoring programme at the Wits Law School. During the course of his studies he volunteered at the Socio- Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI).

Zangelo is currently in the process of completing his conversion examinations and registering as a legal practitioner with the Law Society of Zimbabwe. He is interested and involved in various facets of the law such as, commercial law, labour law, mining law, and civil litigation.

Norman James Pattison

Kathleen Mpofu

(LLM UCT) (LLB NMMU)

Kathleen Mpofu graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with her LLB degree with distinction in 2016 and in 2018 obtained a Masters in International Trade Law with distinction from the University of Cape Town. She is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (class of 2018) and a Canon Collins Scholar (class of 2020). Kathleen spent 9 months in the Hague, Netherlands at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration and the Permanent Court of Arbitration where she gained experience in international arbitration. She is a member of Young ICCA, the African Arbitration Association and the Association of Young Arbitrators.

Kathleen joined the firm as a Professional Assistant in January 2020 and has written her conversion examinations for admission. Her interests are in commercial arbitration, international trade and investment law.

Norman James Pattison

JABULILE MAHLANGU

LLB (RHODES)

Jabulile joined the firm’s Estate Department in 2019. She obtained her LLB Degree from Rhodes University in 2009 where she graduated on the Dean’s List for Academic Merit and obtained a distinction in the Law of Succession and Administration of Estates.

Jabulile has been practicing in South Africa largely in Estate Planning with a great deal of expertise and interest in drafting.

Jabu is currently in the process of registering with the Council of Estate Administrators Zimbabwe and also completing her conversion examinations and registering as a Legal Practitioner with the Law Society of Zimbabwe.

Professional Staff

John Ferenando

JOHN FERENANDO

John is the Practice Manager of the firm. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries in Zimbabwe where he was admitted in 1997.

John is a repository which the Partners, Associates and Professional Assistants draw on for advice related to tax, liquidations, judicial management and investments.

His primary tasks are to ensure the smooth running of the administrative and financial functions within the firm.

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