David S. Mukiibi

Dispute Resolution Partner


David is a Partner at ASTRAL Advocates and heads the Firm’s Dispute Resolution and Litigation department. His practice focuses mainly on commercial litigation and arbitration, as well as corporate and commercial law, with emphasis in debt recovery, employment, insurance, and commodity disputes. David also has considerable experience of civil fraud and criminal matters, and he has been involved in some of the leading cases in this area. David previously worked at MMAKS Advocates as a Senior Associate for thirteen (13) years where he handled ground-breaking banking, employment & land litigation cases. Before joining MMAKS Advocates, David was appointed as Legal advisor under the Credit Department of Stanbic Bank, Uganda’s largest commercial bank. He holds an LL.B (Hons.) degree from Makerere University, Kampala and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda. He was called to the Bar in 2010. David is one of the co-founding Partners of ASTRAL Advocates. 

Professional Memberships

- Advocate of the High Court of Uganda

- Member Uganda Law Society

- East African Law Society


- Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, LDC

- LL.B (Hons) Makerere University-Kampala

Career Summary

2022 : Partner, Astral Advocates
2018 - 2022 : Senior Associates MMAKS Advocates
2014 - 2017 : Principal Associate, MMAKS Advocates
2009 - 2013 : Legal Associate, MMAKS Advocates
2009 - 2009 : Legal Advisor at Stanbic Bank (Credit Department)
2008 - 2008 : Intern at MMAKS Advocates

Top Matters

  • Currently acting for Euro Minerals Limited in a claim for breach of contract and for recovery of US$ 13,000,000 (United States Dollars Thirteen Million) 
  • Acting successfully for a Chinese leading road construction company China State Construction and Engineering Corporation in a suit for an alleged breach of contract of USD 10,810,810. 
  • Currently acting for a Chinese Company China State Construction and Engineering Corporation in a suit for an alleged breach of contract of USD 300,000.
  • Acting for Bank of Uganda as lead Counsel for the Bank’s recovery of loan from the Bank’s ex- staff.
  • Representing an international road construction company in a stone pitching dispute at the Supreme Court, the value of the subject matter being in excess of US$ 100,000.
  • Acting for a former Government employee at the High Court of Uganda in a prosecution involving a sum in the excess of US$ 9 million. 
  • Acting for Diamond Trust Bank in a Claim seeking to recover a sum of USD 300,000, the monies having been misappropriated by the Bank’s staff.
  • Acted as junior counsel in a Constitutional Petition brought against the Central Bank seeking declarations to the effect that the closure and winding up of a Ugandan bank was in contravention of the Ugandan Constitution
  • Acting successfully for Bank of Uganda as statutory liquidation in an Employment dispute by the former staff of National Bank of Commerce seeking recovery of USD 400,000 in alleged terminal benefits, the claim having been heard and determined on merits with a dismissal. 
  • Acting for a Ugandan Seed Company seeking to recover a sum of US$309,000= under a of supply of goods agreement
  • Successfully acting for Tasfah Limited in an appeal in the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the decision of the High Court and Court of Appeal, in which the Appellant’s claim seeking to recover sums in the excess of US$ 700,000 had been adjudged as res judicata.
  • Co- acted successfully for the Bank of Uganda in a constitutional petition where the main issue was whether the takeover, liquidation, revocation of licence, and sale of the National Bank of Commerce by the Bank of Uganda was unconstitutional. The court by majority decision of 4:1 found that the acts of the Bank of Uganda were constitutional and dismissed the petition with each party bearing its own costs. This decision vindicates the Bank of Uganda in its role as regulator when it comes to supervision, and the closing and selling of financial institutions where their decline poses a systemic risk to the industry and economy.
  • Co-acted successfully in an insurance claim of USD 500,000 against Brit Syndicate at the High Court, with the claim dismissed with costs.
  • Successfully acting for Stanbic Bank in a recovery of USD 500,000 against Busia Produce in a suit alleging breach of contract and mortgage deeds, the suit having been dismissed and our counterclaim succeeding with an order for payment of USD 500,000.