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Firm Profile

Development Law Associates (DLA) is a consulting firm that draws on a multi-disciplinary team in a quest for innovative solutions for demanding clients. It is founded on the recognition that law must be placed in a proper development context. We aim to provide our clients with timely, thoroughly researched and methodically analyzed work drawing from a pool of highly skilled professionals in various fields.


DLA emerged through a collaborative network of highly motivated African professionals that realized that their skills could best be employed through intra and international cooperation. We share a passion for the development of Africa and a commitment to excellence in the pursuit of that objective. We associate ourselves with the view that development is a collective process of change toward improvements in quality of life for human beings and their communities. At the same time, we are keenly appreciative of the increasing emphasis on the notion of sustainable development, that is to say, development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

These concepts inevitably require a delicate balance and accommodation of different and at times competing values and objectives such as economic growth, social justice (including human rights) and environmental protection. The firm is founded on a belief in the crucial role that law can play in this balancing process. At the same time, recognizing that the law does not operate in a vacuum and must therefore be informed by, and respond, to these complex and dynamic movements, the firm rests on a diverse array of experts who share a common understanding of the need for inter-disciplinary solutions for the varied paradoxes presented by the development process.

Who we are

We are a team of professionals with diverse expertise drawn from all parts of Africa working together to offer our clients unrivalled services enabled by the scope of our operations and the depth and breadth of our expertise. We have associates in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Our multi-jurisdictional and multi-sectoral reach is further strengthened by strategic partnerships with institutions and firms in USA, Europe and Asia.