Author: Samuel Alesu-Dordzi

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

2019 In Employment Law

January 16, 2020

This piece looks back at some of the key employment law decisions given by Ghana’s Supreme Court in 2019.  When does redundancy/severance pay arise? The Supreme Court in Atuahene v Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board[1] set out the circumstances under which a redundancy or severance pay becomes payable under Ghanaian law. The main issue in this case was […]

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Farewell to Chief Justice Sophia AKuffo

December 19, 2019

20 December 2019. This is the day Ghana’s 13th Chief Justice bows out after 24 years at the Supreme Court. And she chose a fine time to leave as 20 December also is her birthday. She has had a stellar career and has been blessed with the fortune of serving with the African Court on Human […]

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GLH World Case Basket

November 25, 2019

The Ghana Law Hub believes that its readers can benefit immensely from knowing about case law from other countries. This is why it has decided to launch the “World Case Basket.” The first of this “World Case Basket” focuses on decisions from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Canada and the Judicial Committee of the […]

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Court Awards Punitive Costs Against Lawyer for Frivolous and Time-barred Suit

November 21, 2019

A High Court in Nigeria, Abuja Division, has in the case of Dakolo v Fatoyinbo awarded costs of N1,000,000 against a lawyer for bringing an action out of time. In the words of the High Court, “there is nothing ingenious in not looking at the statute of limitation before bringing this action.” The Claimant alleged that […]

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The Great Balkan Arbitration: It’s a wrap (2)

October 31, 2019

The first part of this piece dealt with how the Government of Ghana (“GoG”), Balkan Energy LLC (“BEC”) and Balkan Energy Ghana (“BEG”) came together. In sum, it was a union of necessity. GoG needed someone to fix its power barge. And the Balkan sisters (BEG and BEC) came over to help. The relationship was […]

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The Great Balkan Arbitration: It’s a Wrap (1)

October 28, 2019

Introduction In 2007, Ghana was faced with an energy crisis. The Akosombo Dam, the country’s main source of hydro-energy was in distress. The water levels could not sustain power generation. The Ghanaian government had to find other means of generating electricity to cater for domestic and industrial needs. The Government had a number of ideas. […]

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Remembering Mr.​ Justice Anthony Yeboah

October 7, 2019

On 4th October 2019, the day on which new lawyers were called to the Ghanaian Bar, the Bar and Bench lost one its brightest light – Justice Anthony Yeboah. I have appeared before him on several occasions. And I have since spoken to others who have appeared before him. And they are all unanimous on […]

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Legal Profession 1 – 1 Revenue Authority

September 26, 2019

Lawyers and taxmen make strange bedfellows. And in more than one instance, attempts to infuse the enforcement of tax obligations with justice delivery have been met with mixed results. Take the recent Supreme Court decision in CJEUL v the Ghana Revenue Authority & Attorney-General[1] as an example. The Plaintiff, a non-governmental organisation, brought an application challenging […]

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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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