SALLY VINOD KHATUMAL is a barrister and solicitor of fourteen years’ experience and is the Senior Legal Counsel of the Petroleum Directorate Sierra Leone. She joined the Directorate in July 2014 and is responsible inter alia for advising the Directorate on legal matters relating to the upstream oil and gas sector, on contracts, compliance, legal risks and terms of various transactions, collaborating with other stakeholders to ensure the objectives of the Directorate are achieved and assisting the Directorate in its strategic responses to challenges within the oil and gas upstream sector at local and international levels.

She has extensive experience in the delivery of professional legal services and her specialty cuts across general commercial law and petroleum law with a sound knowledge of the policy, regulatory and commercial aspects of the oil and gas sector.

Until her recruitment in-house to the Petroleum Directorate Sierra Leone, she worked as a private legal practitioner in one of the leading Law Firms in Sierra Leone with a focus on corporate and commercial law. She was also a prosecutor for the State in the Office of the Attorney-General. Before her career in the Law, Sally was a banker with twelve years’ experience in the Banking Sector and she speaks and writes French quite well.

She holds a Master’s degree in Petroleum Law and Policy with Distinction from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) of the University of Dundee in Scotland, U.K and a Master’s degree in International Oil and Gas Management with Distinction also from the University of Dundee in Scotland. She holds a B.A (Hons) in French and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Sierra Leone. She obtained her degree of Utter Barrister from the Council of Legal Education in Sierra Leone.

She is credited with four publications in the CEPMLP Annual Review  (CAR Publications of the University of Dundee) ranging from Energy law, International Arbitration Law, Strategic Management to Marketing and Marketing Management and is the author of the following Master’s Dissertations: (i) “ An analysis of the legal, regulatory and environmental regimes within which the BP-Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Occurred. What lessons can Sierra Leone learn from the Gulf of Mexico disaster?” 2011/2012; (ii) “Envisaging the creation of a National Oil Company for Sierra Leone. What lessons can Statoil, NNPC and GNPC offer the budding oil and gas sector of this West African Nation?” 2012/2013.

Sally holds professional memberships of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the Sierra Leone Bar Association (SLBA), Legal Access through Women Yearning for Equality, Rights and Social Justice (L.A.W.Y.E.R.S), and is a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council that is the Regulatory Body for lawyers in Sierra Leone.