It is common knowledge that a lawyer cannot conduct private practice in Ghana without being affiliated to a chamber or a law firm.
Thus, there is little surprise that lawyers create partnerships between and among themselves to allow them practice this dignified profession. Nonetheless, like in most other areas of life, it is a mainstay that some chambers may rack up more lawyers than others, affording them a numerical advantage that enables them to grow overtime.
We’ve compiled the list of the top 5 law firms in Ghana that currently have the highest number of lawyers in their employment. Our data was sourced from dedicated scans of the Lawyer Locator portal of the Ghana Bar Association, website of law firms and was further corroborated by the said law firms. The top 5 were selected out of the existing 950 chambers and legal departments, duly licensed to practice law for the 2021 Legal Year, as at 23rd August, 2021.
Of the five law firms we found, it is important to highlight that three of them are headed by women. It is a noteworthy credit to the gains that have been made towards highlighting the ability of women to lead and be active players in the legal fraternity. The three heads are Isabel Boaten, AB & David Law; Ama Amponsah, Kulendi@Law; and Victoria Barth, Sam Okudzeto & Associates.
The law firm with the highest number of lawyers in Ghana is currently Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah with 35 lawyers. It is closely followed by AB & David (Africa) which has 33 lawyers; then Kulendi@Law, 32 lawyers; Sam Okudzeto & Associates with 31 lawyers; and then Minka Premo & Co. (30 lawyers).
1. Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah – 35 lawyers
Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, widely called BELA is a corporate and commercial law firm in Ghana established in 1990 by Kojo Bentsi-Enchill. The firm currently has Seth Asante and Frank Nimako Akowuah as its joint department heads.
Their key areas of practice are; Business and Industry, Construction, Infrastructure and Transport, Energy and Natural Resources, Financial Institutions and Capital Markets, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Pensions, Employment and Immigration, Technology, Media and Telecommunications.
The firm is led by Mr. Seth Asante.
2. AB & David Law (Africa) – 33 lawyers
AB & David Law (Africa) is a pan-African law firm established in November 1997 by David Ofosu-Dorte. It is headquartered in Accra. The firm is the only African law firm to receive Lexcel by the Law Society of England and Wales. Their key practice areas include; Banking & Finance, Corporate & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Government Business, Oil & Gas, Pensions, PPPs, Probate and Intestate law.
While David Ofosu-Dorte is the Senior Partner, the Managing Partner of the firm is a woman, Isabel Boaten
3. Kulendi@Law – 32 lawyers
Kulendi@Law was established in July 2002 by Emmanuel Yonny Kulendi, an active Supreme Court judge in Ghana. He was the managing partner of the firm until his call to the bench in May 2020. Their key areas of practice are commercial and litigation practice with appreciable expertise in banking and finance, leasing, property, governance, amongst others.
The firm is headed by Ama Amponsah.
4. Sam Okudzeto & Associates (Sena Chambers) – 31 lawyers
Sam Okudzeto & Associates (Sena Chambers) could easily pass as one of the oldest firms in Ghana. It was founded in 1971 by Sam Okudzeto, a stalwart in the legal industry specifically in international law. The firm is highly rated in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Litigation, Construction, Corporate Transactions, Future Leaders Forum, Hospitality & Retail, Insurance, International Law. It is a member of the International Bar Association, Commonwealth Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, American Arbitration Association and New York State Bar Association.
Sena Chambers is headed by Mrs. Victoria Barth.
5. Minkah-Premo & Co – 30 lawyers
Minkah-Premo & Co was founded in 1984 by Mr. Justice Kusi-Minkah Premo after he was called to the bar, same year. It based in Accra. The company has legal practitioners of varied backgrounds in the field who practice as members of Akosombo Chambers. They are however experts in Land Law, Litigation & ADR, Family law, Intellectual Property, HR Legal and Accounting. The Founder and CEO of Minkah-Premo Law Firm, Mr. Justice Kusi-Minkah Premo teaches Company Law and Practice at the Ghana School of Law.
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