28 July 2016
Joe Slovo Nyabila Tia holds an LL.M in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick. He is an associate at Lithur Brew & Company, Ghana where he advises on finance, taxation, investment, corporate and commercial law. He has experience in commercial dispute resolution. He is also a Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration where he lectures Tax & Revenue Law and Constitutional Law. During his ILFA secondment at Templars, he is attached to the Finance and Energy & Project Finance Practice groups.
What is your earliest memory?
Well, my earliest memory is spending time with my mom at her office when I was about 5 or 6 years old. She was then working as a bank teller and I remember seeing stacks of money on a daily basis and always thinking I would never be in need of money.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wanted to serve in the Ghana Armed Forces as I have always admired men dressed in military uniform.
How did you decide on a career in law?
My dad wanted to be a lawyer but did not have the opportunity to read law so he ensured that he fulfilled that dream by encouraging me to take part in several activities that involved advocacy.
Can you tell us a little bit more about ILFA and how the network led you to Templars?
International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) is an international training program for African lawyers with the overarching objective of building legal excellence in Africa by providing advanced legal training and networking opportunities. Through its Intra-Africa Secondment Program, I was led to Templars, the undisputed leader in the provision of top-notch legal services in Nigeria.
What would you say has been the most unique thing about Templars during your time here?
The very collegial working environment which ensures that its lawyers are fully committed to and enjoy the work they do.
What has been your biggest take away from this experience?
The importance attached to ensuring that before advice goes out to a client it is subjected to thorough scrutiny to meet not just the legal requirements but importantly the client’s commercial interests.
If you could choose to have another person’s career if you hadn’t become a lawyer, whose would it be and why?
It would be Arsene Wenger’s role as manager of Arsenal. He is the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had but I think it is time for a new manager at the club and I believe my knowledge of the game and love for Arsenal will make me a perfect successor to deliver the trophies Arsenal fans deserve.
Let’s talk a little bit about your life outside work. How do you relax? Any interesting hobbies?
Reading legal novels, watching movies and TV series. I also like to play fifa on Play Station.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
What would you consider your greatest achievement and greatest disappointment?
My greatest achievement is the role I played in lobbying the Parliament of Ghana during the passage of the Mental Health Act of Ghana by making submissions to Parliament and meeting with the Select Committee of Ghana’s Parliament. My greatest disappointment is not graduating with a distinction for my master’s degree.
Any advice to students contemplating a future in Law, or those considering joining ILFA?
For African lawyers, ILFA definitely presents an opportunity to gain more experience in the handling of complex transactions and a fantastic networking opportunity.
Future aspirations/greatest fears?
My future aspiration is to set up a successful full service law firm in Ghana. My greatest fear is not meeting my client’s expectations.