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Emmanuel Tondoneh

Barrister

After graduating, I took time out to work at Eversheds LLP within the Legal Systems Department. After two years, I completed the LPC part-time. I then moved to Sierra Leone in West Africa to complete the Sierra Leone Bar Final Examination and was then called to the Sierra Leone Bar. My pupillage involved working as a prosecutor for the Government of Sierra Leone (equivalent to the CPS), prosecuting offences in the High Court of Sierra Leone, (including but not limited to murder, rape, criminal damage, and theft).

After two years working as a prosecutor, I moved to work for a mining company listed on the stock market primarily specialising in mining law; corporate; commercial; company; secretarial; commercial contracts; employment and compliance. So instead of prosecuting, in the Magistrate and High Court, I now deal with securities, acquisition, debt finance, and mining contracts which is quite a contrast!

My regular day would involve advising my employers on various mining agreements and drafting contractual documents, time charter agreements and attending meetings with government ministers to ensure compliance with the various Sierra Leone labour and environmental Laws. Since qualifying, I have worked on numerous projects as a consultant. I was part of a team that advised a client on a USD $1.5 Billion acquisition of a 35% share in a listed mining company. I was also part of a team that advised Addax Bioenergy on a USD $330 Million project finance investment in Sierra Leone. 

Whilst at DMU Law School, I participated in a number of extra-curricular activities. I was the Vice President of the Student Law Society and also a member (not very active) of the Street Law Society. Being the Vice President of the Student Law Society helped build my confidence and further developed my communication and management skills. 

DMU Law School provides a sound platform for its students.  Lecturers within the Law School have expertise reflected in their publications. The School fosters professional relationships between its students and staff and the facilities in the Law School and the campus are excellent. My advice to any prospective students wanting a career in law is to get as much experience as possible; participate in extra-curricular activities to enhance and evidence your skills. Finally, keep your grades up as the competition is always tough.  

 
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