Litigation is a complex and time-consuming process in Ghana, demanding patience and a robust strategic approach. SAL have its hands in litigation matters throughout Ghana. Our lawyers are competent and focused when it comes to issues of litigation. SARPONG & Associates litigation services are both broad and deep. Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice form the core of our services to our clients. Focusing on disputes that either reach the High Court or are resolved by arbitration, we are involved in many commercial litigations and arbitration matters in Ghana. Geared for rapid response, the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team can be called upon at short notice to resolve large-scale and complex litigation matters. This includes urgent applications and discovery-driven trial and arbitration matters.
Our litigation team is adept in effectively handling the following categories of cases:
Civil litigation, including recovery cases;
Corporate Litigation; and
We handle litigation arising out of the following:
Civil Suits, including recovery suits and suits of various other nature.
Dispute resolution in various judicial and quasi-judicial tribunals/forums.
The firm has also been involved in varying family law interventions over the years. Our involvement has poised the firm as one of Ghana's best-known Family Law Practices. Our clients are attracted to our high standards, expertise, efficient delivery and integrity.
Since its inception, the firm has been involved in local and international adoptions and has completed hundreds of cases of this nature. It is also a leader in providing solutions for family disputes and has been undertaking such matters to bother the lower and superior courts. We have been involved in several cases, especially in adoptions, guardianships, custody, maintenance and other family law application
The firm has also successfully taken on matters ranging from highly complex and contentious Estate management matters to general probate and administration, including preparing Wills and conducting in-house training on succession matters.
In line with the global trend, the firm is committed to ADR, focusing on mediation. We strive to facilitate the expeditious resolution of disputes while maintaining and mending the relationships involved. We have seen our fair share of commercial litigation matters, and it would be our pleasure to handle yours too expertly. Our case management game is strong, and you can bet we will not only adhere to your budget and goals but also ensure that your business achieves the most appropriate cost-effective resolution.
SARPONG & Associates has provided the full range of Corporate and Commercial laws services and solutions for our corporate and business clients, both local and foreign. We assist clients with all commercial and corporate aspects of their business. Commercial transactions are the firm's heartbeat, and the majority of our lawyers are primarily involved in assisting clients with a wide variety of commercial transactions.
We are involved in forming and restructuring various legal entities, including but not limited to limited liability companies, partnerships, charitable organisations, non - governmental organisations, trusts, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.
We have been involved in preparing a wide range of custom-made commercial and business agreements, advising on structuring local and international companies, both for-profit and non-profit. We also form and register trusts and foundations. We undertake due diligence for companies, investigating their legal structures and giving opinions on their organisations' operational aspects and governance and ownership structures (including board, shareholding and capital structures).
Over the years, we have developed significant experience advising clients on employment, labour, and human resource management issues, representing them in negotiations and litigations where necessary. We can also provide continuous in-house training on these areas where contracted.
We specifically assist our clients in:
Understanding legal and regulatory aspects of investing in Ghana and doing business in Ghana;
Developing an appropriate entry strategy for setting up a business in Ghana;
Seeking approvals from various authorities wherever required;
Incorporation/setting up of suitable entity like Company, LLP, Branch Office, Representative Office, etc.;
Drafting and execution of legal documentation like shareholders agreement, joint venture agreement, collaboration agreement, technology transfer agreement, and assignment agreements, etc.;
Undertaking applicable legal and regulatory compliances; and
Setting up the office, advising clients on real estate issues, and drafting agreements to acquire land/office/buildings.
Also, the firm's lawyers offer top-class professional expertise and experience in structuring, negotiation, drafting and closing of the business-critical contracts, which include:
Project Management Contracts/Project Development Contracts;
Offshore and Onshore Supplies and Services Contracts;
Asset Purchase Agreements;
Business Transfer Agreements;
Share Purchase/Shares Subscription Agreements;
Lease Agreements for large commercial properties;
Conveyance and Mortgage Documents;
Trade practices, Advertising and Promotions related agreements;
One of the firm's most vibrant areas has been debt recoveries and security realisation for our corporate clients, especially banks, microfinance institutions, credit unions and companies in other areas of the economy.
The firm has extensive insurance law expertise located across our practice areas, allowing us to offer a seamless service to our clients, regardless of the advice they require. We combine a detailed knowledge of applicable law with a commercial awareness of the insurance industry. We engage in insurance claims and advise on policies. We supervise all issues and claims arising from the various disputes relating to life, fire, demolition and vehicle insurance, and liability insurance and raise all the issues related to insurance with the competent judicial authorities and the representation of the agents in this regard.
This litigation area has become one of our success areas, mainly due to the experience garnered over the years. The firm maintains a strong presence in the Circuit Court, High Court, The Court of Appeal and The Supreme Court. We endeavour to continue adopting a determined, creative, and strategic approach towards our client's litigation matters in all our specialisation and expertise areas.
Our practice in this area continues to expand. As a result, we have gathered considerable experience in advising clients on Private International Law issues where there is a conflict of laws or a possibility. As a result, we have earned the trust of various strategic Foreign Missions as one of our achievements.
The firm has a solid track record in conveyance practices. Its associates can boast of an aggregate of over 20 years of extensive experience in creating and advising on securities, including mortgages, charges, debentures, loan agreements for banks, microfinance institutions and lending companies, transfer of property and real estate rights' transactions, long term leases for developments and sectional property transactions among others.
We have been involved in acquisition, sales, loan, securities and property finance. In this regard, the firm has handled a wide range of property-related transactions, including advising and structuring transactions and securing the various interests involved.
the firm's legal aid section is our service to society. We give legal advice and take legal actions on a selective basis, at no fee. Preeminent amongst our clients in this section are widows for whom we handle probate matters and children who are in conflict with the law.
In addition to assisting clients one-on-one, our team members have been privileged to provide civic education to communities in their settings and via radio and other media.
Company & Secretarial Services
The firm also offers company secretarial support services for corporate clients, including facilitating and attending company meetings (board and shareholder) and ensuring that companies are compliant with statutory requirements. Specifically, SARPONG & Associates provides the following company secretarial services:
Planning and administrative services in respect of trusts and estates;
The formation of trusts;
SARPONG & Associates accepts appointments as an independent trustee on our clients' trusts;
Comprehensive company secretarial services to our clients;
The formation and conversion of companies;
The company secretarial implementation of shareholders' and members' agreements; and
Submissions to and communication with the Registrar of Companies.
We have a wide-ranging corporate clientele to wit:
Financial institutions include banks, insurance companies and microfinance institutions. Our mainstay in this regard are locally owned financial institutions and joint ventures between Ghanaian citizens and non-citizens.
Property companies include developers, architects, contractors, and other real estate value chain service providers.
Children Institutions include adoption societies, children's homes and other affiliated/related institutions.
Numerous Faith-Based organisations with operations in the Republic of Ghana.
Other businesses operating in Ghana
Over 200 Local and International individual clients constitute our clientele base, and we act for them in several areas, including:
Incorporation and advice to entrepreneurs. Our recent interactions in this respect have mainly been with property and technology companies.
Estate planning includes structuring the family company and trusts and preparing wills.
Structuring investment groups, including drafting shareholder agreements and ensuring compliance with legal obligations.
Advice on Immigration Law, including acquiring work permits, Permanent Residence Status and Citizenship.