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


– 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.

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Eversheds Sutherland represents the combination of two firms with a shared culture and commitment to client service excellence. We are each known for our commercial awareness and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solutions for every client.

Increasing globalisation has changed the nature of business. It has also changed the type of advice our clients need. Eversheds Sutherland was formed with this in mind. As our clients expand globally, we are with them. Our lawyers around the globe are united by our vision, values and understanding of our clients’ businesses and their needs. They provide legal advice of the highest quality whether they are operating within country or across borders from our offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

We consider every opportunity and issue with the same energy and creative, proactive approach. This can involve developing efficient structures for business transactions, devising novel case strategies in litigation and being at the forefront of new legal developments. We also offer a unique project management approach that enables us to deliver complex, multi-jurisdictional legal services through a single point of contact, providing efficiency and certainty for our clients.

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Aurelio Fernandez-Concheso

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Aurelio obtained his law degree from Univeridad Católica Andrés Bello in 1982. He has a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Admiralty from Tulane University, 1983. He has been with Clyde & Co since 1991, and is one of the founders in Venezuela. He is practice manager and deals with complex contentious and non-contentious matters.

Aurelio has been Professor of General Maritime Law at Universidad Maritima del Caribe for more than fifteen years. He is a member and ex-Secretary General of the Iberoamerican Maritime Law Institute; Member of the International Bar Association; Titular Member of the Comité Maritime International; Curent President of the Venezuela Maritime Law Association; Member of the British Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce and Member of the Lawyers Association of Caracas.

Aurelio has represented a range of insurers, reinsurers, clubs, owners, operators and investors for over 20 years.

Aurelio Fernandez-Concheso has been a regular speaker not only in Venezuela, but also in Latin America and the United States, where he has had the opportunity to discuss several topics, including foreign investment in Venezuela as well as shipping law and business widely.

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