INTERGRITY RELATIONSHIP EXCELLENCE

ISO CERTIFICATION

Ligomarc has recently been issued an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management certification for the Services it offers. The ISO 9001:2008 standard is a set of quality parameters and practices which ensures the use of effective processes that enhance the operational efficiency of a business entity and the customer experience it offers. Prior to the issuing of a certificate, a comprehensive evaluation of the business entity is conducted by an independent, accredited auditing body to confirm that the entity’s quality management system meets the ISO standard. This audit was successfully conducted for Ligomarc in November 2015. The ISO certification will require Ligomarc to consequently monitor and continually improve on its quality management system. Ligomarc will be subjected to periodic independent reviews and audits to confirm that the firm is continually improving on its quality management system. Achieving ISO 9001:2008 certification is an important milestone for Ligomarc and demonstrates Ligomarc’s strong commitment to quality in the provision of services to its clients. As such, our clients can be confident that they shall receive the highest standard of professionalism and efficiency in our conduct of their instructions with the ultimate goal of providing a superior customer experience.

LIGOMARC FOUNDATION

Ligomarc Foundation was established in 2013 to provide aid in cash or in kind to three selected secondary schools the education of needy students, for the benefit of the general public. 

Under the educate programme the Foundation, offers financial support to financially needy, academically promising, well-disciplined students admitted at King’s College Buddo, Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga and Maryhill High School to complete their O’ level studies at their respective schools of admission. We currently have 5 children under the scheme, some of whom are sitting their U.C.E this year.

 Under the educate programme the Foundation, offers financial support to financially needy, academically promising, well-disciplined students admitted at King’s College Buddo, Mt. St. Mary’s College Namagunga and Maryhill High School to complete their O’ level studies at their respective schools of admission. We currently have 5 children under the scheme, some of whom are sitting their U.C.E this year.

LIGOMARC INTEGRITY PRIZE

The Ligomarc Ethics and Integrity Prize is given to one student at the Law Development Centre who has not only excelled in the paper professional ethics, but has also put to use the tenements of the subject while at the Law Development Centre.

MAGNA CARTA AT 800 YEARS

No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgment of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice -  Magna Carta, June 15, 1215

In June this year, a number of Common Wealth countries and Bar Associations commemorated 800 years of Magna Carta. Magna Carta as Lord Denning once described it, was "the greatest constitutional document of all time – the foundation of the freedom of the individual against the arbitrary authority of the despot”. Thanks to the rebel barons of England.

It was on 15th June 1215 at Runnymede, on the River Thames near Windsor when King John of England affixed his seal on Magna Carta (The Great Charter) to avert civil war. At this time London was under the control of the rebel barons because King John had refused to grant their demands; so he agreed to negotiate with them.

It had been a long time coming for King John. The barons were unhappy with King John because of his strained relationship with the Church; he had rejected the election of Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury and so the Pope had issued an interdict, prohibiting people in England from receiving the sacraments or being buried on consecrated ground. King John had been excommunicated by Pope Innocent III in 1209, and the interdict remained in place until King John surrendered his Kingdom to the Pope in 1213. In addition, in 1214, at the Battle of Bouvines, a mercenary army raised by King John was defeated by the French and yet this army had been paid by a tax known as ‘scutage’. The barons had also urged that all oppressive rule be abolished but King John refused to meet the barons’ demands.

It became inevitable in May 1215 for the barons to renounce their oaths of allegiance to King John choosing Robert Fitz Walter as their leader. Then came the turning point; the barons captured the city of London. The barons wanted to protect their rights and property against a tyrannical King. The demands of the barons were recorded in the Articles of the Barons and after further talks, King John granted the Charter of Liberties, subsequently known as Magna Carta, on 15 June 1215. On 19 June the rebel barons made their formal peace with King John and renewed their oaths of allegiance to him.

Magna Carta would become one of the most famous documents in the world. It established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the King, was subject to the law. Although almost all the clauses have been repealed in modern times, Magna Carta and its protection of ancient personal liberties influenced the formation of the American Constitution in 1789. It still forms an important symbol of liberty today. 

In the 21st century, four exemplifications of the original 1215 charter remain in existence, held by the British Library and the cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury. These four original 1215 charters are on joint display at the British Library to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in 1941 at his inaugural address; “the democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history... it was written in Magna Carta”. 

To democratic aspirations!

Ruth Sebatindira