About

John W Ffooks & Co is a multilingual international law firm covering sub-Saharan Francophone Africa. Our combination of Napoleonic and English law expertise makes us the obvious choice as your local counsel for transactions in the region.

As a firm we specialise in commercial and business law across OHADA French-speaking Africa with a particular focus on the mining, oil & gas, telecommunications and banking sectors. With extensive cross-border experience across a range of matters, as well as detailed knowledge of local law and practise across the region, we offer practical solutions and commercially-relevant advice to our clients. All levels of fee-earner are familiar with international transactions, both in terms of detailed, accurate content as well as delivering the expected quality of service under associated cost and time pressures.

We pride ourselves on delivering a highly professional service closely tailored to the individual client’s requirements. We are responsive and pragmatic and try at all times to anticipate a client’s needs rather than simply reacting to circumstance. With offices in Guinea, Madagascar, Mauritius and Senegal, as well as associated offices throughout the region, we are able to respond to clients' needs at every level, from on-site operational matters to meeting and discussing the issues face to face at the client’s head office.

John W Ffooks & Co is highly accustomed to working closely with lawyers from other jurisdictions. We have worked with lawyers across the EU and the UK, as well as with law firms from North America, South Africa, Australia and Asia. Our lawyers speak fluent English and French (in addition to local languages, as appropriate) and can communicate without difficulty in English with correspondents from overseas. In particular, we promote the use of effective, modern common-law business approaches in Francophone Africa, tailored to the needs of our clients.

Our senior staff have worked extensively with the largest law firms in the English-speaking world and bring this valuable experience to the team, an experience which is unique in Francophone Africa.

Staff

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Leadership

John W Ffooks & Co is led by its Senior Partner with 20 years of experience. John advises on everything from broad strategy to detailed... More

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Of Counsel

We retain lawyers of standing and experience as Of Counsel to the Firm. These lawyers are available to add high level advice,... More

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Senior Associates

Our senior lawyers have a large amount of experience between them, and also manage their own teams of associates and junior... More

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Associates

All our lawyers are multilingual in English, French and at least one other language. Our lawyers are capable of working in any of our... More

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Junior Lawyers

All our junior lawyers are multilingual in English, French and at least one other language. We recruit the best and brightest of... More

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Administration

Our administration team supports clients and staff with experience in human resources and logistics for matters great and small across... More