How to write equitable large-scale land leases: an advice to lawyers

The Sierra Leone government’s efforts to promote the country “as an el dorado for international investments” have been a boon to the legal community in recent years, with lawyers involved in the lucrative work of incorporating companies, securing titles and drafting lease agreements.  But lawyers must be more careful, writes Namati’s Sonkita Conteh.   Unfair lease negotiations have resulted in wide equity gaps and are prompting increased public scrutiny.  By shortchanging communities as some have, lawyers risk putting themselves in breach of the legal practitioner’s code.