Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is the Managing Partner of Abdulai & Associates. He has over seventeen years experience working as a lawyer and civil society practitioner. Abdulai is a holder of a BA in English Language, Sociology from the University of Sierra Leone; LLB from the University of Sierra Leone; LLM in International human rights and constitutional law from Central European University. He holds a postgraduate qualification in comparative media law and policy advocacy from Oriel College, Oxford University. Abdulai was Drapher Hill Fellow in Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at the Centre for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law at the Stanford University. He was also Firoz Lalji Fellow at the Program for African Leadership at the London School of Economics.

Experience:

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai practice widely in civil, criminal and constitutional law at the High, Appeals and Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. He has also litigated at the ECOWAS Courts of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria.

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is a qualified mediator, negotiator and Arbitrator, haven qualified from the Netherland Institute of International Relations, The Hague, Netherlands. He is a skilled negotiator, mediator, and has negotiated commercial disputes, land rights and acquisition, and tax disagreements.

Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai has litigated and won in leading cases in Sierra Leone ranging from media law- David Tam Mbayoh vs Independent Media Commission; Independent Observer vs Independent Media Commission. In mines, minerals and taxation cases in Koidu New Sembehun City Council vs OCTEA Mining Company. Other commercial cases such as US Diversify vs NP Petroleum. Anti-Corruption case like State vs Mohamed Osman Sesay.

Abdulai is widely published extensively in constitutional and administrative law, human rights, mediation and negotiation. Few of his articles are “The Evolution of Locus Standi in Sierra Leone” Journal of Human Rights Laws; “Born to Assembly: The Inhibiting Claws of the Public Order Act on the Inalienable Rights to Assemble in Sierra Leone.” Journal of Law, General Legal Council. “Constitutional Building in Sierra Leone” Journal of Human Rights Law. A Moment of Hope for our Continent and its peoples’: the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.” The Commonwealth Yearbook 2013.

Our Principles:

We have identified and embedded across our firm the core elements that make up our unique culture – the Emmanuel Abdulai DNA’. These values, designed to unite, differentiate and help drive priorities and strategic action, make up the eight Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai Principles.

Exceeding clients’ expectations
We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals by providing commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality that will consistently exceed their expectations.

Local excellence, global standards
We ensure we can benefit our clients by combining the highest global standards of business and law with local excellence of service and by maintaining the depth, quality and scale of resources necessary to meet our clients’ needs whenever and wherever they arise.

An ambition for success
We are determined to be the leader of an elite group of international law firms and to be at the top of the profession in each market where we practise. Our aim is to be regarded as one of the world’s leading professional services organisations.

Investing in talent
To deliver on our commitment to our clients, we recruit and develop the best people. We believe that, by delivering great client service, we will be involved in the most interesting and challenging client work and, as a result, achieve the reputation and the high levels of profitability which are essential to attracting and retaining the best people.

An adaptable and approachable team
We believe in the power of collaboration, collegiality and teamwork and we have an open, approachable style. We expect our people to be flexible and creative and to have the desire and drive to embrace new experiences and challenges. We require everyone to put the interests of our clients and the Firm before their own.

Thinking ahead
To be at the forefront of the legal profession requires foresight, a desire to share ideas and a willingness to have a voice on issues of importance. We have the confidence to challenge existing thinking and to push boundaries.

Strength through diversity
We are proud of our firm and value the diversity of the people and cultures within it. In our firm people succeed according to their merits.

Community Service
Our strength comes from our ‘one firm’ approach and our partnership ethos. They underpin our ability to deliver excellent client service and create a working environment where talented people can succeed. We are ambitious for our clients and ourselves but we understand the importance of making a positive impact on the community at large.

Centus O Macauley

MACAULEY, BANGURA & Co. is a relatively new player in the legal field in Sierra Leone. The Firm was set up to meet the obvious gap in the provision of legal, consultancy and other services that was emerging towards the end of the conflict in 2000.

The Partners have positioned themselves to meet these anticipated developmental strides in the expanding legal and private sectors in order to respond to the rapidly changing needs of clients both within and outside the jurisdiction of a new and investment-hungry Sierra Leone. Consequently, the Firm is now ranked as one of the top five Law Firms in the country and Sierra Leone’s largest.

MACAULEY, BANGURA & Co. has grown from an initial three lawyers to now include numerous associates and legal officers, all qualified to practice as Barristers-at-Law and Solicitors. This ensures that the Firm maintains its undertaking of rapid, quality service to clients as Partners and other lawyers of the firm are on call 24 hours a day to attend to the needs of clients.

MACAULEY, BANGURA & Co. prides itself on its competitive edge and maintains excellent relations with all the key players in the public, private and legal sectors in Sierra Leone, ensuring a complete service in investment, consultancies and legal matters. The Firm is committed to first-class service delivery and is research-oriented, with young, dynamic, fast-paced and client focused lawyers.

The Lawyers in the Firm can call upon over twenty years experience of private and institutional practice including practicing in the offices of the Attorney General & Solicitor General of Sierra Leone and other law firms prior to the establishment of Macauley, Bangura & Co.. The firm has undertaken work since its inception for clients ranging from government and quasi government departments and agencies, corporations, foreign investors and sovereign states.

MACAULEY, BANGURA & Co. aim to ensure the satisfaction of its clients and to this end undertake to ensure that ‘THE CLIENT IS NEVER DISADVANTAGED’. As Sierra Leone continues to enjoy sustained economic growth and stability, the Firm of Macauley, Bangura & Co. has seized the opportunity to position itself as the Law Firm of Choice for legal, consultancy and investment business in Sierra Leone.

Yada Hashim Williams

Our firms managing partner, Yada Hashim Williams has accomplished and continues to do the following:

Chairman General Legal Council January 2010 continuing – this is the governing authority regulating the conduct of the legal profession in Sierra Leone. It is responsible for inter alia:

– the admission and enrolment of persons to practice law in Sierra Leone, whether as barristers or solicitors or both;
– the admission to pupillage and registration of pupils in Sierra Leone;
– the issuing of practicing certificates to legal practitioners in Sierra Leone;
– the prescription of standards of professional conduct and code of etiquette for legal practitioners in Sierra Leone;
– the discipline of legal practitioners in Sierra Leone; and
– the prescription of fees for non-contentious legal matters in Sierra Leone

Continued:

– Lead Appeals Counsel, Special Court for Sierra Leone: November 2007 May 2008.
– Member Judicial & Legal Service Commission: May 2007 November 2009 – this is the Statutory body mandated to appoint, transfer, dismiss and discipline persons holding or acting as judges, magistrates, law officers and other judicial and legal officers.
– Acting President Sierra Leone Bar Association: November 2006 June 2007.
– Vice President – Sierra Leone Bar Association: July 2006 November 2006.
– Defence Counsel, Special Court for Sierra Leone January 2004 October 2007.
– Member General Legal Council January 2004 December 2009.
– Consultant to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission for Sierra Leone (TRC) October 2003 February 2004 – Analysed the Constitution and laws of Sierra Leone, and the judiciary and the legal profession to see if and how these contributed to the civil war in Sierra Leone, made recommendations to rectify anomalies in the law and suggested methods of improving the judiciary.
– Senior Administrator- Legal Reform Initiative Limited. September 2003 September 2006.
– Member Rules of Court Committee March 2003 August 2007 – This Committee is created by Section 145 of the Constitution of Sierra Leone Act No. 6 of 1991 and its functions include making and amending rules for regulating the practice and procedure of all Courts in Sierra Leone (the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Industrial Court, Magistrates Court & Local Courts) with the primary purpose of preventing frivolous and vexatious proceedings/litigations.
– General Secretary Sierra Leone Bar Association: May 2001 June 2002.
– Director Fourah Bay College Human Rights Clinic, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone: February 2001 July 2005.
– Legal Counsel Legal Aid Unit in the National Commission for Democracy & Human Rights in Sierra Leone: February 2001 September 2002.
– National Protection Officer United Nations High Commission for Refugees (U.N.H.C.R.): February 2000 September 2000.
– Part-time lecturer: the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), University of Sierra Leone: January 1998 June 2000.
– Lecturer of Law: Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone –
– Lecturer of Constitutional (Human Rights) Law: September 1998 October 2003 – Taught Constitutional (Human Rights) Law basic constitutional principles such as the judiciary its jurisdiction, composition & independence; administrative law; the nature, scope and extent of the fundamental human rights of the individual and the protection & enforcement provisions provided for in the Sierra Leone Constitution etc.
– Lecturer of Public International Law: September 1998 June 1999.
– Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone: September 1992 Continuing – Handle both civil and criminal matters. Work includes civil and criminal litigation – defence and prosecution of cases ranging from treason, murder, manslaughter, rape to wounding with intent etc. in both the civil courts and in military tribunals (Court-Martial) in Sierra Leone; drafting of pleadings, motions, applications, affidavits, court orders, writs of fieri facias, habeas corpus, subpoenas, summonses, indictments, judgments and other legal documents; appeals in the superior courts of judicature of Sierra Leone; periodically take constitutional test cases affecting the human rights of clients to the Supreme Court for its opinion, interpretation, declaration or determination.

Firm Overview:

Yada Williams & Associates is a full-service private law firm serving the needs of businesses, governments, non-profit organizations and individual clients around Sierra Leone and the West African sub-region.

Based in the heart of the commercial and judicial district of the capital city, Yada Williams & Associates enjoys a noticeable and prominent presence in the private legal practice industry in Sierra Leone. Utilizing innovative, results-oriented solutions, that place the needs of the client first.