Our Success Story
Our success story began on August 20, 1962, marked by the royal birth of Samuel Atta Akyea to the ancient and revered Akyem Abuakwa Kingdom in the Eastern Region of the Republic of Ghana.
Our Founder, Head of Chambers and Principal Attorney walked through the corridors of the present-day Adisadel College, the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law, where he gained the nickname “Pocket Lawyer”.
He was called as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana in 1993, and it was no surprise to his peers that he eventually emerged to become one of Ghana’s most astute, respected, and prominent lawyers.
After a brief stint as a State Attorney at the Attorney-General’s Department, Samuel Atta Akyea joined Akufo Addo, Prempeh & Co. as a pupil. He trained and mentored under the Head of Chambers, his grandson, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, the President of the Republic of Ghana.
Upon completing his pupillage, he was retained as a member of the Firm, and there he honed his skills and worked alongside other great lawyers such as Honorable Joe Ghartey, the former Attorney–General, Philip Addison, Anthony Akoto Ampaw, Alex Quaynor, Brookman – Amissah, Dan Afari Yeboah and Neils Haldane – Lutterodt.
He worked at Akuffo Addo Prempeh & Co. for eight years. During these formative years, he gained a mastery of criminal prosecution and corporate practice and became a full-fledged lawyer.
Samuel Atta Akyea quickly earned fame as Ghana’s leading litigation lawyer as a result of a string of successes in high-profile, politically charged cases.
His practice experienced a meteoric rise, accompanied by a massive expansion in his clientele. He was soon sought after by corporate giants, wealthy families, and prominent individuals both locally and worldwide.
As his practice sprouted, Mr Atta Akyea took the bold step of setting up his own firm at Adabraka in 2002. He gracefully named it Zoe, Akyea & Co.
(“Zoe”, meaning “Eternal Life”, “Akyea”, being his surname and “Co”, representing the outstanding associates of the Firm).
It was also known as Adehye Chambers, and he first partnered with Mr Aurelius Awuku.
Not long after his departure from Akuffo Addo Prempeh & Co., the Zoe Akyea & Co brand, under the leadership of Mr Atta Akyea, became a household name synonymous with audacious advocacy and a robust litigation practice.
Mr Atta Akyea, historically being the youngest lawyer to represent a person charged with treason in the infamous case of Republic v Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, attracted many other lawyers, such as Mr David Atta Asiedu, Mr Kissi Adjabeng, Miss Fiona Adjei and Mr Joseph Acheampong.
This group of lawyers were widely regarded as among the most consummate and able lawyers of that period, and they formed the nucleus of an infant Firm with an appetite for contentious matters.
In 2003, in order to accommodate more lawyers and clients, Zoe, Akyea & Co. relocated from Adabraka to a one-story building at Ringway Estates in Osu, Accra. This was accomplished with the assistance of Irene Naa Torshie Addo, a senior associate who partnered with Mr Atta Akyea.
The Firm continued to grow, and by virtue of its expertise and excellence, it handled several landmark cases, which included the ‘Yaa – Naa’ criminal trial, the infamous ‘Tagor’ narcotics case, the ‘Awomefia’ case, ‘Kwame Addo v CHRAJ’, the reported cases of ‘Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited v Western Hardwood Limited and ‘Akwasi Boakye Osei vs Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited as well as cases for colossal personalities such as former President of the Republic of Ghana, Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings, Dr Addo Kufuor, Hackman Owusu Agyemang and Ben Owusu Mensah.
In October 2007, Mr Atta Akyea was joined by his wife, Mrs Phillipina Akyea, who had just been called to the Bar the same year in which his sister-in-law, her Ladyship Mrs Georgina Theodora Wood, had been sworn in as the first female Chief Justice of Ghana.
The following year, Mr Atta Akyea fulfilled his political ambitions by contesting in the 2008 parliamentary polls and successfully being elected as the Member of Parliament for the Abuakwa South Constituency. This made the Firm a cynosure for political figures and prominent persons seeking legal services.
This became especially the case after Zoe, Akyea & Co. prevented an election from being held on a holiday at Tain in the Brong Ahafo Region through an interlocutory injunction initiated by its Head of Chambers.
This placed the Firm in the legal and political spotlight as Zoe, Akyea & Co. experienced considerable press coverage that caught national attention.
2014 - Present
During this period and thereafter, Mrs Phillipina Adelaide Akyea competently managed the Firm’s legal affairs and orchestrated its relocation to House No. C100, Olooti Close, Labone, on the 1st of October 2014, after the Firm, faced tumultuous property disputes and challenges.
On 22nd October 2020, the Firm finally moved from its rented premises to its current ultramodern office at C114, Aborlebu Crescent, North – Labone,.
From its inception till date, several outstanding lawyers, judges, pupils, interns and staff have joined the Firm at various points in our history and have contributed in making Zoe, Akyea & Co. a leading law Firm in Ghana.
Zoe, Akyea & Co. continues to deliver premier legal services to its clients, and it is a colossal monument that contributes immensely to the legal ecosystem of Ghana.