Author: Samuel Alesu-Dordzi

Samuel Alesu-Dordzi is an Editor of the Ghana Law Hub.

Can a person benefit twice under the Intestate Succession Act?

July 25, 2019

The Supreme Court has, in Togbe Akpoma I (Suing as Head of Family of Rudolph Kofi Mensah (Deceased)) & Anor v Gladys Mawuli Mensah (Administratrix of The Estate of Rudolph Kofi Mensah (Deceased))[1], held that it is possible for a child of a deceased Ewe to benefit twice under the Intestate Succession Act, 1989, (PNDCL 111). […]

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Recent Supreme Court Directions on Drafting of Grounds of Appeal

July 1, 2019

The Supreme Court in the recent case of Atuguba & Associates v Scipion Capital (UK) & Anor[1] has given some directions on the drafting of grounds of appeal. The court considered the directions necessary as “it has long been the practice among some legal practitioners to shirk the responsibilities imposed on them to formulate specific […]

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Ending Employment Relationships Under Ghanaian Law: Basic Terms (2)

June 6, 2019

The first part of this piece discussed in general terms the differences between termination and dismissals under the Ghanaian law. The piece went on to look at the differences between a dismissal (simpliciter) and summary dismissal. The author also considered the differences between unlawful dismissal and wrongful dismissal.  The second part of this article examines […]

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Ending Employment Relationships Under Ghanaian Law: Basic Terms (1)

May 20, 2019

In virtually every employment case law, you are likely to find the following words and phrases in use: dismissal, summary dismissal, wrongful dismissal, wrongful termination, and unlawful termination. You will find litigants arguing in one form or the other that they have been dismissed, summarily dismissed, wrongfully dismissed, wrongfully terminated, or unlawfully terminated.  This often […]

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Trademarking Lessons From Patapaa’s “Skopatumana”

May 13, 2019

Ghanaian music sensation, Patapaa’s latest collaboration with Kawola has got many people talking. And just like the “One Corner” hit song, the “Skopatumana” song is once again dividing opinions. Patapaa’s contribution to the song goes like this: Till patu pataa/ Skoska to mana / Till da po dada / Sko pa ta mana / Filo […]

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Refresher On Unfair Termination and Unlawful/Wrongful Termination

May 6, 2019

The recent Supreme Court decision of Charles Afran & Ors v SG-SSB Limited[1] has thrown into sharp focus the need to bear in mind the distinction between “unfair termination” and “unlawful/wrongful termination” under Ghanaian law.  The Plaintiff in this case was dismissed for failing to verify some cheques. The Plaintiff’s failure led the employer to […]

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Ghana’s 2000 Banks Collapse (Part 2)

April 4, 2019

Under Act 180, the liquidator’s role was simply to identify the assets of the banks, sell them and use the proceeds to settle the debts owed to the customers, workers and other debtors. But there was a problem. The assets of these two banks were not enough to take care of the deposits of the […]

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Ghana’s 2000 Banks Collapse (Part 1)

April 1, 2019

Ghana’s Banking sector has experienced a number of significant changes in the past year. Of all these changes, the Bank of Ghana’s revocation of the banking licences of seven indigenous banks will be on the minds of many for some time to come.  In the midst of the current bank collapses, you would think this is […]

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Is an Unsigned Arbitration Agreement Valid?

January 28, 2019

The Supreme Court of India, late last year,  in M/s Caravel Shipping Services Private Limited v M/s Premier Sea Foods Exim Private Limited[1]held that an unsigned arbitration agreement is valid and good in law. In the view of the Indian Supreme Court, all that was required under the law is that the arbitration agreement is in writing. […]

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Supreme Court Declares Montie 3 Pardon as Constitutional

December 17, 2018

  The Supreme Court in a 5-2 majority decision[1]has held that there was nothing unconstitutional in the manner in which former President John Dramani Mahama exercised his prerogative of mercy leading to the pardon of some three contemnors. As Benneh JSC speaking for the majority of the court noted, “as long as the executive [P]resident […]

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