The importance of having lawyers in any society can’t be overstated. Lawyers are an important fixture in any economy because of the important roles they play across the diverse spheres of the economy.
In Nigeria, there are a lot of law firms, all thanks to the impossible high number of lawyers churned out into the Justice system every year at the annual call to bar ceremonies in Abuja.
Classification of Law Firms.
There are several species of firms in Nigeria, ranging from those that focus on cut throat criminal litigation, to civil suits, and those that practise in the Commercial and Corporate worlds, to oil and gas practitioners, and a diverse slew of others across other practise areas.
However, from the highly staggering cache of Law Firms in Nigeria, some have arisen and proven their mettle, rising to be the leading firms in Nigeria and across the African legal practise. These top law firms are firms you must mention when you are talking about the elite, top-notch firms in Nigeria legal practise.
They are firms which has been ranked by the prestigious IFLR 1000, The Legal 500 rankings, been listed in, and received accolades from Who’s Who Legal ; and then of course, been ranked by the everly prestigious, well-respected Chambers and Partners in their different Band Rankings across the major spheres of practice.
These firms are firms that have distinguished themselves in Law practise, surpassing other firms and rising to the very zenith of the legal clime in Nigeria.
Top Law Firms in Nigeria
There are several law firms which are listed as among the best law firms In Nigeria, ranging across diverse practise areas, and classified according to Bands, depending on the source doing the rankings. Some of these firms are underlisted below:
Best Law Firms in Nigeria
Regarded as ‘a one-shop stop’ by Chambers Global, this firm is one of the leading commercial and Corporate law firms in Nigeria, advising on several high-profile deals in both the public and private sectors.
Located in Ikoyi, this firm is one of the leading firms in Nigeria, known for providing innovative, competent, cost-effective and well-timed solutions (according to the Banwo & Ighodalo website). It is one of the big wigs in Nigeria.
Located in Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, this law firm is consistently ranked as one of the top-tier law firms in Nigeria and has distinguished itself in Law practise for over five decades.
NB: please note that the founder of this firm, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, who hailed from Ogun State, died at the age of 91 last November, 2016. May his soul rest in peace.
4. Templars Law
Hailed as the law firm of the year, this law firm is a Consistent award winning firm at whatever award ceremony being hosted in Nigeria, with a diverse portfolio across complex legal transactions, and having some of the best legal minds working for them.
One of the Band 1 law firms in Nigeria, this firm has been ranked by Chambers Global, and is a leading player In the Nigerian Legal system.
‘A very strong performance that highlights the firm’s phenomenal strength in depth.’
Who’s Who Legal
Aelex is a full-service commercial and litigation law firm in Nigeria with offices in Lagos (Union Marble House), Port-Harcourt, and Abuja. It is one of the industry leaders.
Founded in 1994, this firm is one of the leading firms in Nigeria. ‘It has always had an international outlook and is a full-service business law firm. The firm’s key practice areas are corporate (including foreign investment and mergers and acquisitions), banking (including project finance), capital markets, litigation and arbitration, tax and intellectual property. Its clients operate in a wide variety of sectors of the economy including financial services, oil and gas, electricity, food and pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, real estate, transport and telecommunications, media and technology.’ Source of quote: Chambers Global website.
Note that the list of top law firms in Nigeria is not exhaustive and there are several other law firms that should be mentioned here but which aren’t due to time constraints. These other firms will be featured in the next article.
IMPORTANT: NON-AFFILIATION NOTICE
the author of this article is in no way affiliated with any of the aforementioned law firms, whether by contract, employment, considerations, or any other means capable of Influencing the choice of firms depicted in the article; or in the numbering of said firms, or in the accompanying writeups pertaining to each of them, their external rankings, or accolades attributed to each. The author merely showcased some of the firms which has been highly noted across the legal world, and so absolves himself from ANY/ALL liability or legal action(s) that may arise from perceived slights to the rankings/firms mentioned herewith.
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