Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988. In 2014 he was admitted as a Barrister in The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Montserrat).Sylvester obtained undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Law from the University of London School Of Oriental And African Studies. He also attended The College of Law Guilford UK where he successfully completing his Law Society Finals.He began his training as a solicitor in commercial practice at Winward Fearon and Co, in London‘s Covent Garden. Upon qualification as a solicitor, he worked as a Crown Prosecutor with The Crown Prosecution Service United Kingdom, He progressed to become a Senior Crown Prosecutor and Assistant District Crown Prosecutor in London and became a Higher Court Advocate.
As a Senior Crown Prosecutor Sylvester was responsible for local implementation of the UK government’s single most significant reform programme The Statutory Charging Initiative, (the UK government’s platform for the reform of investigation and charging of criminal offences. For his work in this initiative Sylvester receivedan Outstanding Achievement Award both in 2003 and 2004.As an Assistant District Crown Prosecutor as well as responsibility for his own Borough based teams in The London Borough of Bromley and Lambeth respectively, Sylvester was also given local responsibility for the UK government’s CJSSS programme (Speedy Simple Summary Justice).
He is an experienced Advocacy Assessor and Advocacy Trainer.
In 2007 Sylvester became the Resident Higher Court Advocate with responsibility for Southwark Crown Court London.
Sylvester’s legal experience in Nigeria has included the Public Sector and Regulatory Affairs Department of Olisa Agbakoba and Associates, Lagos. He also worked as a Senior Lawyer in the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration department of Aluko and Oyebode Lagos.