This is the captivating biography of Lewis Uriri, a distinguished Zimbabwean Advocate (Barrister), renowned for his legal prowess at the Harare Independent Referral Bar. Beyond the legal realm, Uriri has left an indelible mark as a football administrator and recently assumed a pivotal role on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board.
Lewis Uriri boasts an impressive academic background, holding degrees in Doctor of Laws, Masters in Business Administration, and Master of Laws.
Career as a Lawyer
Commencing his journey as an intern at Zimbabwe’s oldest law firm, Honey & Blanckenberg, in 2001, Uriri rapidly ascended the ranks, ultimately becoming a partner in 2003. His legal repertoire spans civil rights, commercial transactions, and transnational litigation. In 2007, he transitioned to become an Advocate, contributing significantly to the Bar Council and the management executive committee of the Bar Association of Zimbabwe. Uriri played a pivotal role in establishing The Chambers in 2013 and spearheaded the internationalization of the Bar by founding the Zimbabwe Inns of Court in 2017. Simultaneously, he served as an esteemed academic at the University of Zimbabwe, holding key positions within the Faculty of Advocacy Trainers.
Career as Football Administrator
Not confined to the legal arena, Uriri chaired the board that led CAPS United Football Club to victory in their first league championship since 2015. Despite the dissolution of the board of directors just two days after this triumph, Uriri’s influence in the football world remained palpable.
Appointment to the ZBC Board
In a historic move in January 2024, Uriri secured a prominent position on the seven-member board of directors for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), reinforcing his multifaceted influence in various sectors.
Among the illustrious individuals he has represented are Sengezo Tshabangu, Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Wicknell Chivayo. Uriri exclusively undertakes work through referrals from attorneys and Chartered Accountants, with a focus on tax advisory matters. Additionally, he is recognized as an arbitrator at the Commercial Arbitration Centre in Harare. He represents Zimbabwe on the International Committee for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) established by the World Bank. His expertise encompasses investment law, business transactions law, commercial and corporate law practice, civil rights, and constitutional litigation, with a track record in legal proceedings across Zimbabwe, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and various regional and international tribunals.