Sierra Leone News: Court lacks jurisdiction to hear case filed by former AML expatriate

The High Court of Sierra Leone has ruled that it lacks jurisdiction to hear and determine a writ of summons filed by Teadore Roman a foreign expatriate who was employed by African Minerals. Roman had brought an action against Tonkolili Iron Ore and Shandong Steel whom he claimed to have continued working with after his contract with African Minerals Limited was terminated. An application was filed for and on behalf of the AML dated 19th June 2018. The issue before the court was whether or not the plaintiff (Roman) could with the existence of a contract between himself and AML, which said contract has a jurisdictional clause could bring an action against Tonkolili Iron Ore and Shandong Steel by “application of discretion. The jurisdictional clause referred to by the court stated that the agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the parties to the agreement submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the England court in relation to any claim, dispute or matter arising out of or relating to the agreement. In her ruling last week, Justice Miatta Samba said there was no contract of employment between the plaintiff and Shandong Steel.

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