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Author: Bobby Banson

The Writer is the Lead Consultant with Robert Smith & Adelaide Law, a boutique law firm based in Accra and assists with the teaching of Civil Procedure at the Ghana School of Law, Makola Campus-Accra. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

In Pursuit of Justice: What if the Son of Man Has Nowhere to Lay His Head?

May 4, 2020

1.Introduction It is the dream of every Government for every citizen of that country to have a home or a job. Having a home or a job means that you will either have a residential address or an occupational address. The situation of men being homeless is unfortunately not a new development. Even the Lord […]

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Tracing and Recovery of Assets in Ghana: Has Ghana’s Supreme Court Laid Down A New Standard?

April 25, 2020

The Plaintiff, a bank incorporated in Nigeria, desirous of expanding its business operations in Chad opened an account with Banque Commercial Du Chad (BCC) which is based in Chad. The Plaintiff deposited an amount of $6,000,000 into the account to meet the minimum capital requirement to open a bank in Chad.

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Injunctions Pending Appeal: When and How To Invoke The Jurisdiction Of Appellate Courts

December 2, 2019

1. Introduction Injunction applications are very common before trial courts. In litigation over land, the Plaintiff often files an injunction application almost at the same time that she files the Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim.  The High Court’s jurisdiction to entertain injunction applications pending the final determination of a matter raises is without […]

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7 Point Advice to Newly Called Lawyers

October 4, 2019

I must begin by congratulating my soon to be colleagues who will be called to the Bar. As a fellow junior member at the bar, I pray that you will take these words as my infantile advice to you.  I can only imagine the joy and the pride that most of you felt when the […]

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Meeting High Revenue Targets: A Tale of Nothingness and the GRA’s Rush for Fool’s Gold

May 28, 2018

A. Introduction Every Country survives on taxes. Every person (natural or artificial) is obliged to pay tax on his taxable income or revenue.  All across the world, Revenue Authorities have often been entrusted with wide powers for the sole purpose of ensuring that as much revenue is collected on the State’s behalf as is possible. […]

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Of Roots and Branches: The Curious Case of Order 81

May 2, 2018

Introduction “If your knowledge of substantive law is brilliant and you have no knowledge of the rules of Court then you cannot be a “proper” lawyer.” These were the words of Justice Anin Yeboah of the Supreme Court of Ghana when I first met him sometime in 2009. In his estimation, and like those of […]

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The Intra-Regional Jurisdiction of the High Court

April 24, 2018

Background I want to set the tone of this paper with this hypothetical situation. The Plaintiff is a limited liability company with its registered address and place of business in Tema in the Greater Accra Region. The Defendant is also a limited liability company with its registered address and place of business in Tema in […]

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Regulating The Petroleum Industry in Ghana: The Investor’s Dilemma

April 3, 2018

Background Prior to the Discovery of Oil in Commercial quantities in Ghana, the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) was the only state institution associated with oil. The enabling Act of the GNPC[1] was at that time hailed to be one of the best pieces of legislation on the regulation of oil and Gas within the […]

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