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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This Advertisement has been Vetted and Approved by the FDA (2)

October 24, 2019

The FDA, in its vetting process for advertisements for pre-packaged foods, pays particular attention to whether the advertisement derides (directly or indirectly)other products which it is in competition with, whether the advertisement imitates other advertisements and whether the claims made in the advertisement are complete, truthful and substantiated.[1] It is also worth mentioning that the Guidelines require advertisements for […]

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“This Advertisement has been Vetted and Approved by the FDA.” (1)

October 21, 2019

These days, it seems as if every advertisement aired on television or radio has a voice at the end saying, “This advertisement has been vetted and approved by the FDA;” even on billboards  all around town and in the print media, this statement is present. Here’s the thing you should note: it’s not all advertisements that […]

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Of Opening Up Legal Education In Ghana

October 17, 2019

“If people want to do their own law practice, they can go on the internet. Members of the public can go on the internet and turn themselves into lawyers if they want to.” If you’re wondering, that’s Justice Sophia Akuffo, Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana. The same Chief Justice who reintroduced the wearing […]

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Overtime work, Its Remuneration, and Its Tax Implication

October 14, 2019

1. Introduction  Overtime is defined as “time worked in addition to one’s normal working hours.[i]” The International Labour Organisation (the “ILO”), whose mandate is to promote rights at work, enhance social protection, and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues; by setting international labour standards, developing policies and devising programmes to promote decent work; has set out some […]

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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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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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Rethinking Ghana’s Folklore Board’s Bid to Sue Black Panther Producers for Using Kente Without Authorisation.

September 30, 2019

Folklore according to the Copyright Act, 2005 (Act 690)[1], means, “the literary, artistic and scientific expressions belonging to the cultural heritage of Ghana which are created, preserved and developed by ethnic communities of Ghana or by an unidentified Ghanaian author, and includes kente and adinkra designs, where the author of the designs is not known, […]

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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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