Abha Patel | Zambia
Abha Patel graduated with an LLB Degree from the University of Zambia, in 1987, the only reported female distinction to date. She was admitted as an Advocate to the Zambian Bar in 1989. She obtained her Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Cambridge in England in 1988/89.
She has been in Private legal Practice in Ndola, and is currently the Proprietor of the Firm Abha Patel & Associates, Legal Practitioners since 1998 to date. She is a Commissioner for Oaths and a Notary Public for the Republic of Zambia. She was admitted as a Solicitor to the Roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England & Wales in April 2008.
She is an Arbitrator, Adjudicator and Mediator. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and is named on the Approved Faculty List of the Institute. She undertakes Arbitration and Mediation Trainings for the Zambia Branch. She is also engaged on behalf of the Zambian judiciary, in training Mediators in the Court Annexed Mediation Program.
She serves as a Member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association of Zambia, a position she has held from 2006 to date. The Judicial Services Commission appointed her, in June 2010, to serve as a Commissioner of the Small Claims Courts in Zambia.
She has been actively engaged in National Arbitrations, either as Sole, Chair, and or Member of the Tribunal. She has also received appointments in International Arbitrations through the International Chamber of Commerce
In June 2016, she was conferred with the honour, rank and dignity of State Counsel, by the Republican President, H.E President Edgar C Lungu, and was admitted to the Inner Bar. Abha serves as a Board Member for several Institutions and has a rich resume for speaking at Public Conferences and other Engagements.