‘Legal award inspires professional growth’

businessGiving award to lawyers and law firms that have excelled in their various areas of specialty is one way to stimulate the growth of the legal profession in Nigeria, says former Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bayo Ojo.

Ojo made the assertion while speaking during the 2015 Law Digest Africa Awards (LDAA) presentation ceremony which held recently at the Oriental Hotels in Lekki, Lagos. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria said the award will also promote legal profession in Nigeria.

He stated: “The Law Digest put together this event to identify law firms that have excelled in their various areas of specialty. That is what this is all about. It’s innovative, it’s good; it’s to recognise hard work and diligence in the legal industry, the legal firmament.

“It will promote the growth of the legal profession in the sense that it will be something to aspire to. Other law firms will be inspired to be diligent and hope to win in the future and some other time. This will increase capacity and be something to look forward to.”

The Law Digest Africa Awards is organised by Law Digest magazine and it recognises Managing Partners, firms, general counsels and in-house teams of African firms and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the development of the African legal services market and the economy generally.

One of the recipients of the award, Gbenga Oyebode (MFR), said it was the first time that a Nigeria-oriented magazine has decided to celebrate African lawyers and this will spur him on.

He said: “I feel particularly proud. I have been chosen for the law achievement award, it’s a lifetime achievement. What this proves for me is that the last 35 years of practicing law have not been in vain and it also galvanises me to do more in future.

“Typically, we have all these western publishers celebrating themselves and celebrating primarily Southern African law firms, so, it’s a great opportunity for us to have someone who takes a look at the best law firms on the continent but again focuses on the Nigerian law firms that have done extremely well and chooses to celebrate us.

Seyi Clement, the Publisher and Editor of Law Digest, said the award is designed to reward excellence in the practice of law across Africa.

He noted that law digest is awarding about 17 law firm and individual.

“We gave awards to about 17 law firms and individuals, so it’s not just lawyers alone. Law firms, individuals, in-house practice and also those who provide support services to lawyers, such as IT service providers.

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