Firm Name: Nicol-Wilson and Co:
Jurisdiction: Sierra Leone
Practice Area: Criminal Law
Melron Nicol-Wilson is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Founder and Managing Partner of Nicol-Wilson and Co (Malaika Chambers).
Mr Nicol-Wilson holds two specialised Master’s Degrees in Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law ( LL.M) from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom; a Master’s Degree in Law ( LL.M) from the University of Pretoria in South Africa; A Diploma from the University of Lund in Sweden; a Bachelors Degree in Law with Honours ( LL.B (Hons) and a Barrister-at-Law Degree ( BL) from the Sierra Leone Law School.
Since becoming a Lawyer in 1998 he has worked in several distinguished capacities including Defence Counsel and Case Manager at the internationalized Special Court for Sierra Leone (from May 2003-October 2007 and from July 2011 to September 2012 );Part Time Lecturer in Law at the University of Sierra Leone( from 2003- 2010 ); Legal Adviser to Sierra Leone’s Anti-Corruption Commission; Founder and Director of the Lawyers Centre for Legal Assistance in Sierra Leone( the first Legal Aid Body in the Country); and Lecturer in Public Law at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Southern Africa.
Mr Nicol-Wilson has provided legal services for several companies, Governmental Departments, Non-Governmental organisations and individuals and have undertaken consultancies for several United Nations agencies ( including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees), the British Council in Sierra Leone and a host of other bodies.
He is the Author of several Handbooks and Articles in several Law Journals including the 2007 African Human Rights Law Journal, the 2001 and the 2002 Australian International Law Journals.
He is a former Teaching Fellow at the prestigious Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School in the United States of America and a winner of the 2007 African Human Rights Lawyer Award from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Mr Nicol-Wilson now engages in general Legal Practice with a strong focus on all aspects of corporate and commercial legal practice, Civil Litigations, Arbitrations, Drafting of Legal Documents, Legal advice on the Laws of Sierra Leone, Solicitors work, Domestic and International Criminal Defence.
Nicol-Wilson and Co:
Nicol-Wilson and Co was established as a specialised Legal Consultancy and Legal Practice Firm. The Specialized work of the firm is in line with the experience and Academic qualifications of its members. Our commitment is to serve with excellence and professionalism.
The aim of the firm is to set new standards based on specialisation and effective delivery of services thus meeting the needs of its numerous clients and ensuring satisfaction.
Nicol-Wilson and Co does not engage in general Legal Practice. We operate on a narrow and specialised area of the Law dealing with Corporate and Commercial Legal Practice, publicly funded, private and contractual work in Sierra Leone and abroad, Solicitors Work, International and Domestic Criminal Defence, Civil Liberties and Human Rights.
Nicol-Wilson and Co prepare all forms of Legal Documents including Conveyances, Tenancy agreements, Lease Agreements, Wills and documents for the setting up of Companies, Partnerships and other Business Entities.
We specialise in Criminal Defense and Prosecution work and cover all areas of crime particularly serious crimes such as Economic Crimes, Political Crimes, Corruption Cases and Capital Offences.
Nicol-Wilson and Co undertakes Criminal Defence Representation at Trial and Appellate level throughout Sierra Leone in Magistrate Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.
Nicol-Wilson and Co accepts briefs and instructions regardless of crimes alleged to have been committed and regardless of National, Social, Religious and Economic background and political affiliation.
Nicol-Wilson and Co has substantial experience in International Criminal Law and Procedure and some of its members have appeared before the Special Court for Sierra Leone providing legal representation for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.
Nicol-Wilson and Co has right of audience in the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and other internationalized Criminal Tribunals and Courts.
We live in the age of rights and Nicol-Wilson and Co offers unrivalled expertise in Human Rights which is an integral part of our work. Members of the firm are involved in human rights litigation, Teaching and Research. We undertake Human Rights Advisory work for Governments, Public Authorities, and Public Institutions, Non-Governmental and inter-governmental groups.
The Firm consist of several experienced Lawyers/Attorneys/Advocates/Barristers and Legal Consultants of long standing and work on certain briefs with a firm of Attorneys in the United States of America and a Firm of Solicitors in the United Kingdom.