James is Director the firm and the head of the legal team. He is a solicitor and barrister-at-law, a former army officer and a trained administrator and human resource practitioner.
He was called to the Ghana bar in 2004 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree with honours from the University of Ghana, Legon; a certificate in International Humanitarian Law (Law of Armed Conflicts) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa; and a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana in addition to other qualifications.
As a former army officer, he served as an Assistant Director of Legal Services in the Ghana Army for five years. He also served as Legal Officer in a number of United Nations peacekeeping missions in places like Lebanon, Israel and La Cote d’Ivoire. His other international legal experiences include helping to review a draft gender policy for United Nations peacekeeping operations under the auspices of the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Service in New York, and serving as Legal Officer in courses and exercises conducted by the African Standby Force (ASF) of the African Union in Yaounde, Cameroun and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
He has also served as a consultant to the West African Health Organization (WAHO) on HIV/AIDS and human rights matters in the past – a task that took him to a number of West African Countries to examine country specific legal provisions on HIV/AIDS. He has one book to his credit with a second, a text book entitled ‘Labour Law’, to be published soon, in addition to a number of articles. He is presently in full time private practice and also assists with teaching at the Ghana School of Law, Makola, Accra; and engages in farming in his spare time.
Julia Selman Ayetey has been called to the bar not only in Ghana but also in England and Wales. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007 and the Ghana Bar in 2012. The focus of her legal practice in Ghana is Commercial, Medical and Media Law as well as Conflict of Laws (especially cases involving UK and EU law).
Julia previously worked in England as a barrister at the Attorney General’s Office and in the Central Advisory and Immigration & National Security divisions of the Treasury Solicitor’s Department.
She also has experience in international commercial law from her time in private practice at Essex Court Chambers also in London. Internationally, she has worked in Trinidad & Tobago at the Caribbean Centre of Human Rights conducting pro bono work for death row inmates and has assisted a defence team in a case before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Julia maintains a career in academia and currently teaches Ghanaian constitutional law at the University of Cape Coast Law School. She has previously taught law at Oxford and King’s College London (where she was recently elected an Associate of King’s College London). She has peer reviewed publications in areas as diverse as the use of DNA evidence in criminal justice, international criminal law and media law. Julia has board level experience notably as a former member of the UK government appointed advisory board on ethical matters arising from the operation of the National DNA Criminal Database in England & Wales.
Michele received her Law Degree( LL.B.) from the University of Ghana, Legon. Michele undertook her Barrister-at-Law Professional Law course from the Ghana School of Law. She has to her credit the best student in the Law of Banking(2013) from the Ghana School of Law. Michele also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Studies from the University of Ghana Legon where she graduated with First Class Honours. Michele is a member of the Ghana Bar Association. Her practice areas include Family law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Debt Recovery and property/land law.
Bernice holds a bachelor of Socila Science degree (double major in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Economics) from University of Natal,Pietermaritzburd,now University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in the Kwa-Zulu Natal Province in South Africa where she read law and performed excellently in the course.She returned to Ghana in the year 2005 where her Marketing background paved ways for her to work as an assistant Team Learder in the Duty Free Shop at Kotoka Int. Airport,Event Manager for Ayekoo Excellence Foundation and a Junior Consultant with Ishmael Yamson and Associates.Bernice went on to read law at the University of Ghana where she obtained an LLB(Hons) and BL at the Ghana School of Law. Bernice has a vibrant personality, and is affable in all circles.She is a junior Associate at the law firm and brings with her dynamism and willingness to work on all areas of law.
Maxwell was called to the Ghana Bar in 2012. He has a degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws degree; both from the University of Ghana, Legon. His has interests in tax management issues. His hobbies are swimming and playing football.
He has since completed his pupilage and has stuck to private practice. He is also a part-time law lecturer at the Pentecost University, Accra. He loves to play football during his leisure hours.
The team is ably supported by a strong and vibrant administrative staff of three. The is led by Miss Jessica Kesewaa Amponsah who has a Business Administration degree with an option in Accounting from the Methodist University College Ghnana and she is assisted by two others Miss Yvonne Ankomah and Miss Innocentia Azal who serve as Law clerks.
Our fees, which are negotiable, are based on and in line with the Ghana Bar Association scale of fees.
BARRISTERS & SOLICITORSJames Odartey Mills, Esq