Elison is a trained Oil and Gas lawyer, having obtained an LLM (Oil and Gas Law) from the University of Aberdeen. He was a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN). He was a member of GOXI which is part of the World Bank Institutes’ Governance for Extractive Industries Program which brings together practitioners from government, private sector, Ngo’s and think tanks with the aim of strengthening governance in the extractive industries’ sector. Elison is also a member of the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.
Currently, Elison is part of the legal team defending Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia in Uganda’s largest banking and finance matter to ever be litigated regarding banking regulations, credit and loan agreements worth USD 100 million.
Elison advised Oranto Petroleum on the establishment of its operations in Uganda, on the content of its Production Share Agreement and helped the company obtain an exploration licence in Uganda’s first ever competitive licensing round.
Elison also successfully represented a client in Uganda’s largest mining dispute regarding USD. 700 million. Elison successfully argued the biggest case in Uganda – the Presidential Election Petition before the Supreme Court of Uganda. He has been published in the Oxford Energy Journal with Dr. Eduardo Pereira, Brazil and Uganda; Government Intervention and Oil Development Prospects. He has contributed to two books published by Globe Law and Business. The first is Upstream Law and Regulation; A Global Guide and the second African Upstream Oil and Gas; A Practical Guide to the Law and Regulation.
Elison has presented at conferences outside Uganda in both Uganda’s upstream and midstream law. He made presentations to the FIDA, Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Christian Lawyers Fraternity and a number of other groups regarding upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas law in Uganda. He has participated in a number of high profile litigation disputes and advised clients on a wide range of legal and commercial matters giving him a fair amount of knowledge on the Ugandan legal scene.
He has experience in the Banking sector and worked with a leading bank for over three years. He worked first as a banking officer and understands the general operations of the bank. He later worked as a legal officer in the bank’s legal department and was responsible for the preparation and perfection of legal documentation, the recovery of non-performing assets and provision of legal advice. He together with others appeared before the Parliamentary Legal Committee on behalf of the Uganda Bankers Association to address issues to do with mortgage regulation.
Elison also worked in the Ministry of Justice for over five years as a state attorney and has an excellent appreciation of public and regulatory law and rendered legal advice on diverse subjects to the government of Uganda. He has extensive litigation experience and has appeared before all the courts of record in Uganda as well as the East African Court of Justice. He is an adept litigator and is effective, efficient and expeditious in court.
During his tenure under the Ministry of Justice Elison handled matters on behalf of the State House of Uganda, Ministry of Defence, The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces, the Uganda Police Force, The Ministry of Local Government, The Ministry of Lands, The Registrar of Titles of Uganda, the Ministry of Finance, Parliament of Uganda and the Ministry of Water and Environment .He has provided resourceful representation to a wide range of clients and following his resignation from the Ministry of Justice was retained to represent the government in a major lawsuit.
Some of the land mark precedents Elison handled as a state attorney include;
- Dhikosooka Majidu V the Attorney General, a case regarding the power of the president to appoint an ombudsman (in Uganda known as the IGG) without parliamentary approval.
- Annanias Tumukunde V Attorney General, a case regarding the power of the president to dismiss public servants.
- Attorney General V NIKO Insurance, a landmark case on insurance bonds
- Basangira Building Contractors Limited V Attorney General a case regarding a construction contract for valley dams.
- Edward Kabugo Sentongo V Bank of Baroda and The Registrar of Titles, a leading case on mortgages and the legal personality of the registrar of titles.
- Attorney General V Sabric Building and Decorating Contractors a leading case regarding construction of a barracks in the Republic of Uganda.
- Muwonge Lubega V Attorney General a leading case on injunctions.
Elison has also been involved in a number of high profile cases since joining private practice such as;
- Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi v Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the Electoral Commission where he appeared before the Supreme Court on behalf of the Electoral Commission and was on record as one of the youngest lawyers to argue the presidential election petition.
- The Attorney General v Afric Cooperative Society Limited, a case evolving around administrative law, banking, civil procedure and the position of the law in regard to judgements made by consent in Uganda. It was worth well over USD 100 million.