A Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Bangura Esq. is the current legal adviser to the Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and a partner in the law firm, Sorie & Bangura, with offices situated at 16 Adelaide Street, Freetown. He obtained his law degree from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 2007 and was called to the Sierra Leone Bar in 2008. Between 2008 and 2009, he worked in the law firm of Yada Williams & Associates as an Associate. His responsibilities at that time included litigating criminal and civil matters mostly at the magisterial level as well as a variety of solicitor’s work.
He holds a Masters of Science degree in Business Administration, with a focus on management from the School of Management at Shanghai University in Shanghai. Whilst in China, he served as liaison officer for the government of Sierra Leone to the People’s Republic of China for the Shanghai World Expo held in 2010.
Whilst in China, Mr. Bangura served as a consultant to a lot of Chinese companies in the mining, construction and telecommunications industry looking to branch out and invest in Africa. His counsel was sought on both legal and economic matters. He was very instrumental in helping these companies start their businesses in Sierra Leone.
In January 2011, he went back to work at Yada Williams & Associates. This time round, his focus was mainly on debt collection as he handled most of the firm’s clients in the banking industry. He also worked assiduously with other members of the firm on very sensitive cases such as corruption cases and electoral cases. He is respected among his peers as a fine orator and a thorough advocate. He left Yada Williams & Associates in June 2011.
Mr. Bangura’s expertise covers different facets of the law, but he has earned a reputation for himself in the mining sector as he has facilitated and executed the incorporation of several mining companies, as well as helping them secure the necessary licenses and documents to enable them conduct their business in Sierra Leone with relative ease. He also serves as legal adviser to some of these companies.
Mr. Bangura is a consultant for very many local NGOs on legal as well as policy issues. He is passionate about law reform, youth empowerment, democracy, good governance, gender equality and children’s rights. He has strong ties to a few law firms in Uganda and California.