Recommendations emerging from Sierra Leone’s first ever Commercial Law Summit, as endorsed by Sierra Leone’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara and Chief Justice, Abdulai Hamid Charm, will be published early next month, in a report by leading global law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills.
The Commercial Law Summit, which is covered in the latest issue of Insight magazine, was Sierra Leone’s first. It was held in Freetown, Sierra Leone on 14 March 2017 and was intended to begin the process of identifying commercial law reforms that promote business growth and the country's ongoing economic development.
During the Summit, delegates from the judiciary, local government, the diplomatic and development communities, the business sector (local and foreign), and the legal profession from across Sierra Leone, the UK and West Africa came together to discuss and formulate practical reform proposals.
Sierra Leone’s accession to the New York Convention, one of the key instruments in international arbitration, was a major topic for discussion, as was developing a continuing professional development framework for Sierra Leone’s lawyers.
The summit was organised by Herbert Smith Freehills in collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank, the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network, and the UK and Sierra Leonean governments, with support from ROLE UK and UKAid.