Africa Legal was launched in 2018 to make it easier for African legal professionals to enhance their careers, obtain professional news and access digital courses all in one place.
Africa Legal is the first business division of the Africa Professional Services Group and aims to drive growth in pan-African professional markets, promote career development and create opportunities.
For members we provide a simple and easy way to apply for a wider range of jobs, access training courses that utilise the latest digital learning technology and read to the latest news and insights.
For corporate clients we provide a platform to share content and news, profile their brand and up-skill their professional community.
To be the go-to resource of African professional careers; anytime,anywhere.
A word from our founders
Africa Legal is the first platform in the Africa Professional Service Group founded by Scott Cowan and Wendy Bampton.
"We are passionate about providing education opportunities and career enhancement to professionals across Africa.
Having worked in the legal and recruitment markets for many years and becoming increasingly involved in the legal market in Africa, the absence of a single resource for the development of lawyers and law firms was abundantly clear. There was simply nowhere to access key legal education and career enhancing information in one place. Yet the sense of community amongst the African legal professional was equally evident. Providing that community with a platform that would become such a focal point became our mission.
Thank you for joining the Africa Professional Services Group Community"
Viola Llewellyn is the co-founder and President of Ovamba Solutions, Inc.(www.Ovamba.com). Ovamba is an award winning African “FinTech” company that creates culturally attuned technologies to serve African SMEs with innovative finance products, eCommerce, logistics services, and drives financial inclusion to promote growth. Ms. Llewellyn was listed in the “Digital Undivided Report” as one of the first Black women in the USA to have raised more than $1 million for a technology company. This same groundbreaking achievement was later featured in the April issue of Vanity Fair Magazine and she is listed on Innovate Finance’s 2016 & 2017 “Women in FinTech Power List”, and on “The Innov8tiv’s Top 50 Visionary Women in Tech To Watch in 2017” list.
Mary Boakye, Consultant Dentons / Managing Director, Oriol Associates Ltd
Mary Boakye, one of the UK's leading experts on Africa, helps companies and individuals to establish or extend their investment footprint in Africa successfully and responsibly. She also assists African governments and African companies to raise funding in the international markets. Mary is described as 'a pioneer in the field of Africa investment with a rare combination of an intimate grasp of doing business in Africa and an eye for the international bigger picture'. She has been recognised by The Lawyer as one of the UK’s “Hot 100 Lawyers” and as being “skilled in dealing with complex regulatory environments and jurisdictions” and also by Powerlist as one of the UK’s 100 most influential men and women of African, Caribbean or African-American heritage. Previously a partner and head of Dentons LLP’s Africa Financial Markets Group, Mary is now Senior Advisor at Dentons and Managing Director of Oriol Associates.
Howard Barrie is a project finance lawyer focusing mainly on PPP infrastructure and energy projects in Africa. With more than 30 years’ experience, he has advised on transactions in more than 16 African countries. He has chaired the Dentons’ Africa Committee and been part of the strategy group leading the Eversheds (Sutherland) Africa practice. Market recognition includes being shortlisted by the Financial Times for Legal Innovator of the Year and being one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100”, as well as being ranked by various legal directories. He has spoken widely on legal topics, provided legal training in Africa and his publications include “Public Private Partnerships BOT techniques and Project Finance” (editor and contributor) and “Electrifying Africa – the hunt for an off-grid solution”.
Nathan A. Mintah, Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner, 8 Miles Fund
Nathan Mintah is Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner of the 8 Miles Fund – an Africa focused private equity fund. He co-chairs the Fund’s investment and management committees and is a member of the board of directors of the fund manager – 8 Miles LLP. Before 8 Miles, Nathan was a Partner with Kingdom Zephyr – a private equity fund manager. Prior to that he was a Director in the Global Investment Banking division of HSBC in corporate finance & M&A and also served as Co‐Head of Project Finance at HSBC Bank plc (Johannesburg). He worked previously for ABB Asea Brown Boveri as Head of Project & Trade Finance (Africa), and in investment banking for Lehman Brothers (NY) and for Morgan Stanley & Company (NY). Mr. Mintah has over 25 years combined private equity and investment banking experience. Mr. Mintah holds an MBA from Yale University School of Management and a BSc degree, Mathematics, from Eckerd College (USA). His previous board memberships include member of the board of Directors of Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed, Consolidated Infrastructure Group Limited. He is the Chairman of the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Africa Legal is delighted to support Save the Children, the world's leading independent organisation for children.
Africa Legal is passionate about the provision of education for all. We encourage our professional community to engage and act to affect change on the African continent by getting involved in long term practical projects.