Lionel O. Garrick has been appointed Director of Legal Affairs in the Judiciary of Seychelles.
In 2016, Garrick was a legal consultant to the Government of Seychelles by the Investment Climate Facility/African Development Bank (ICF/AfDB) to work on the review of the Companies Act of Seychelles. In January 2020, Garrick was appointed as a legal consultant to the Financial Services Authority of Seychelles.
With legal knowledge and experience spanning over twenty-five years, Garrick has worked in various capacities as litigation attorney, legislative draftsman, legal adviser, public prosecutor, company secretary, and as a solicitor.
He is the Lead Partner at ForteLegal Partners, a multi-disciplinary law firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Calabar, Nigeria, with specialization in commercial and corporate/business law practice and litigation. He previously worked in the Ministry of Justice, retiring as Deputy Director, Public Prosecutions & Civil Litigation in 2006.
Garrick was a member of the Nigerian legal team to the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands, in the Case Concerning the Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroun and Nigeria in 2002.
He holds a law degree (LL.B) from the Bendel State University, Nigeria (1987), LL.M degree obtained from the University of Benin, Nigeria, and was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1989 (BL). He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), the Pan- African Lawyers Union, and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Sylvia Kamanja has been appointed as Senior Legal Researcher within the Office of the Chief Justice providing the Chief Justice and Director of Legal Affairs with research support on the administration and governance of the Judiciary. In this role she also provides support to judicial officers and the legal research team.
Prior to joining the Judiciary, Sylvia was practicing in Cape Town, South Africa. She has extensive legal experience spanning several years from working in both the private and public sectors in South Africa.
To highlight some of her experience, Sylvia clerked for former Chief Justice Ngcobo at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. She has worked as legal researcher in the office of the Registrar at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR), and also as an Environmental Attorney specializing in environmental justice work at the Centre for Environmental Rights in Cape Town, South Africa.
Sylvia is passionate about justice and has several interests including, socio-economic human rights issues, constitutional law and environmental law.
Sylvia earned an LLM in Marine & Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town, and a BA Law and LLB degree from the University of Swaziland. She is an admitted Attorney in South Africa.