Our litigation department is comprised of six attorneys practicing in a variety of forums including the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, the High Court, the Magistrates Courts, the Administrative Court and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.
In civil matters Webb, Low & Barry offers services in all areas including contract law, labour law, commercial law, administrative law and family law. Webb, Low & Barry has a variety of resources available to it to ensure thorough research is done into our clients’ matters and aims to offer the best and most current legal advice. Also in the civil field, Webb, Low & Barry provides debt collection services. While debt collection is a relatively simple area of the law, knowledge of the prescribed forms and relevant Court procedures is essential. Webb, Low & Barry aims to ensure that our clients’ money is recovered as expeditiously as possible with minimal disruption to our clients’ lives.
Our litigation department also assists with the drafting of lease agreements, agreements of sale, shareholder’s agreements and other contractual instruments. With the dawn of the internet era, there has grown a tendency among the general public to use precedents downloaded from the internet. However, without the requisite legal knowledge, many such contracts are inadequate and in some instances may even be unenforceable. In drafting legal agreements our Attorney’s aim to ensure that our clients are fully protected and to anticipate any form of dispute that may arise.
In criminal law, Webb, Low & Barry provides pervasive legal services in respect of a variety of offences. In criminal matters, the department’s work comprises mainly attending remand hearings, making bail applications and attending to trials and appeals. Webb, Low & Barry’s Attorneys are fully familiar with Zimbabwean criminal procedure, the rules of evidence and the necessary techniques to be employed in the Court room. Having taken instructions from our client, our litigation attorneys are able to advise of the legal defences available to the client and recommend a proper course of action. In criminal matters, Webb, Low & Barry aims to ensure that our clients have the best defence possible.
The firm has a long history in Constitutional matters. Its former senior partner Robert Cole sat on the 1969 Constitutional Commission and, since 1983, the firm has been involved in a number of constitutional matters. Members of the firm played a major role in the development of the new Zimbabwean constitution which became law in May, 2013.
In both criminal and civil litigation matters Webb, Low & Barry charges fees in terms of the Law Society General Tariff and fees are billed on an hourly basis, regard being had to the complexity of the work involved, the urgency of the matter and the knowledge or expertise required to complete the task.