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Our team is noted for its commercial acumen. We are experienced in negotiating commercial contracts and drafting complex agreements including finance agreements and representing clients in dispute. Whether the client is an individual, an international multi-million investor,
or an international bank financing a local business, our lawyers can provide a tailor made response. We focus on the business objectives of our Clients particularly in an increasingly changing environment. We have worked with international banks and Bretton Woods’ organizations in areas of security and finance agreements for international companies operating within Sierra Leone. We are also able to offer support in areas such as private placements, service contracts, joint ventures and investments and advice on agency, franchising, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, labour and employment matters.
Our business law clients include companies operating in the following industries:
We are expert litigators with experience in local Sierra Leonean courts, English courts, and international arbitration tribunals at all levels and at all phases of the litigation process. We provide first-class advice on the merits and risks of litigation. Where applicable, we attempt to settle disputes amicably and on favourable terms. The firm comprises counsel who have successfully handled local and international disputes with knowledge in different practice areas. Our lawyers are skilled negotiators and seek where possible to resolve disputes through mediation, adjudication or arbitration. If none of these avenues are viable our lawyers are skilled advocates with experience at all levels of the trial process. We also have extensive experience of providing expert advice for use in foreign jurisdictions in respect of Sierra Leonean law.
At Gpklegal, we provide a comprehensive service in respect of all matters relating to properties. This includes conducting searches, advising on acquisitions, construction contracts, and drafting and negotiating lease agreements, conveyances, and any other legally required documents. We are also involved in structuring the financing of complex real estate transactions including mortgages and provide facility management services. A member of the team is a former civil engineer and provides a unique perspective to our service.
Our lawyers have experience of acting for ship owners, operators, charterers and their Protection and Indemnity (P & I) Clubs. We advise on Sierra Leone law, carriage of goods by sea disputes, bills of lading and contracts of sale. We are able to act in the quickest possible time to apply and effect the arrest of vessels where necessary.
GPKLegal has lawyers with a sound understanding of the media, sports and entertainment industries. Our team includes a trained journalist with experience in broadcast management, a lawyer involved in football governance and a lawyer who represents players in negotiating sports contracts with basketball teams in the United States of America. Our lawyers have advised on rights acquisition, exploiting media rights, intellectual property protection and enforcement, regulatory and administrative issues and matters involving defamation. Lawyers periodically offer training and deliver papers to journalists and other media practitioners.
Our lawyers have a reputation for superior advocacy and are regularly instructed to defend high-profile matters including Anti-corruption cases. We have the advantage of being able to draw on the experience of a former employee of the prosecution department of the Anti-Corruption Commission. We advise and represent individuals and corporations at all stages of the criminal process both nationally and internationally recognising the increasing cross-jurisdictional nature of fraud investigations.
We draft legal instruments such as Wills, Powers of Attorney, Trust Deeds etc.
GPKLegal can be relied upon in any civil matter including tortuous liability (for example personal injury), land disputes, judicial review, family and matrimonial matters, custody matters and adoption.
Over the years, our lawyers have been instructed by and continue to work with a number of international law firms including DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, Shearman and Stirling, Squire Patton Boggs to name a few.
We have also established relationships with law firms in the sub-region in particular Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Guinea.
Through our specialist in-house service, First Corporate, we are able to offer our clients specialist business regulatory and corporate secretarial services including corporate governance from the inception of the company and as an on-going service.
Historically a significant part of Sierra Leone’s export revenue has come from mining. As such some of the biggest mining companies in the world operate in Sierra Leone. Our lawyers have represented and continue to represent mining companies operating in country. We advise and assist with licenses, regulations, financing, labour matters, negotiations with local communities and corporate structure.