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Which Are The Top 10 Law Firms In Nigeria?

Which firms are the top 10 law firms in Nigeria based on:

[1] Prestige (training quality & future prospects) and

[2] Salary (pay after 5 years experience)

Would the following firms feature?

Afe Babalola and Co

Folawiyo Chambers

Gani Fawehinmi Chambers

Babalakin and Co

Blackfriars and Co

Please give a reasonable explanation and figure if you can.

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Lawyers do not make a fortune in Nigeria. Still getting a degree from a prestige school and some experience they can make a decent living. Among the top Nigerian schools that provide high quality education in legal sphere are the following:

- OAU

-Unilag

-Unijos

As to the best legal firm in this country, there are several names to be mentioned:

-A.A. NWOKEBI & COMPANY situated in Lagos;

-A.ABDUL O. RASAQ S.A.N. & CO in Abuja;

-ABRAHAM ADESANYA & COMPANY in Lagos.

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My brda worked in wole Olanipekun &co(94 Norman William street Ikoyi) after 3yrs of grad.he was getn #110k wt an official kia cerato car.wole has no equal in election petition if u ask me.My brda worked in wole Olanipekun &co(94 Norman William street Ikoyi) after 3yrs of grad.he was getn #110k wt an official kia cerato car.wole has no equal in election petition if u ask me.My brda worked in wole Olanipekun &co(94 Norman William street Ikoyi) after 3yrs of grad.he was getn #110k wt an official kia cerato car.wole has no equal in election petition if u ask me.

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please someone should check Kolaawodeinandco

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Top ten

Banwo & ighodalo

Aelex

Canaan Solicitors

The law union

chris Ogunbanjo & co

Wale Babalakin & co

Adepetun,Caxton Martins&Agbor

Matrix Solicitors

Olaniwun Ajayi & co

Templars

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From my time in Nigeria , there has been 2 stages of legal evolution form the FRA and Kehinde Sofola era to the Large Hollywood mega firms like Koinsola Ajayi , Ighodalo etc, yet I believe firms that are able to remain personal in service and global in quality are those that are like Kayode Sofola & Associates. They lead the way in organically growing and non-political law firms which grow through quality and not patronage.

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Having a website is not the only criterion I have used. There are multiple other criteria being used.

That said, the website's weighting is low so is not a deciding factor.

But I am pretty confident any legal luminary that doesn't have a website, or one that reasonably moves with world trends, is unlikely to run an atmosphere and internal structure that is up to trends. Most likely would still be stuck in the 80s in regards to mentality and staff development.

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Dr,

Na, i dnt work for the firm. I most definitely will not mind working for them though. And no i'm not classifying the firm as d best or some heavenly abode in the nigerian law industry. Just curious to see if they have clout watsoever.

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@Babse

do u work in that particular law firm ?

Olujinmi & Akeredo . . .who ?

come off it !

some of u guys are just damn ludicrious ! I wonder where u get these upstarts from and start calling them the next best thing in the LAW FIRMAMENT ?

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I'm going to have to disagree about the points giving to websites. I understand that having a banging website should mean alot but i dnt think thats a great criteria to a successful firm. It says a little about how well the firm is moving with world trends but many legal luminaries (generally older than 50 yrs) dnt have sites with the bells and whistles based on our youthful standards of now.

Anywhoo, before i bore myself with my own words. I'm suprised that the likes of OLUJINMI and AKEREDOLU failed to show up on this list. Anyone care to comment on this?

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Will schooling in the US help you get a job in one of these firms?

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No of partners per employee (10%)

Aim: To find out the firms that promote lawyers to partner rather than only allowing founders to be partners.

Risk (med): It does not take into account performance gradings that can lead to lack of promotion and promotions below partner level at newer firms.

Methodology: no strong inclination to overcome risk, top firms should employ top performers anyway. Newer firms means less period to access strength anyway and they are likely to have small staff and have advantage with this rating.

Divide the number of legal staff that are non-partners with the number of partners.

Remove a penalty point of 0.2 from score for every partner that is a family member, except the individual:

1) Is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (shows they are qualified to be partners)

2) Has worked in the Magic Circle law firms (UK), White Shoe law firms (USA), Big Six law firms (Australia) or Seven Sisters law firms (Canada) before joining the family firm and has worked at least 8 years before making partner. (no be beans and pancakes to get employed and work for the foreign firms listed)

Baseline highest score to 100 (i.e. 10% of overall) and use for calculating the % rest's scores.

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No of Big Cases/Deals mandated with (Based on Top 20 civil and commercial cases/deals each year) (15%)

Aim: To find out the firms that are chased to handle tough and juicy cases because of their expertise.

Risk (low): Deals are based on connections, but connections is part of a firms strength anyway.

Methodology: Decide top ten by value of fee income or public awareness (this is subjective) of case

Grade 1-20 and award equivalent points to mandated firm.

Baseline highest score to 100 (i.e. 15% of overall) and use for calculating the % rest's scores.

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Sagamite, another point to consider is the area of practice, while most of these firms are indeed full service; they tend to be stronger in some areas than others. Olaniwun Ajayi for instance has its forte in finance and project management, which may explain why the guy who has done some investment banking could speak more about them.

Also I’m guessing that when you were asking about ‘entry level’ pay in your rating system, you were referring to law school freshers?

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From what I have seen so far, the following firms have no bleeping chance in hell to be amongst the top 10 law firms in Nigeria:

AOS PRACTICE

Temitope chambers of Lateef Fagbemi.

Kola Awodein & Co

Amos Utuama chambers

Yusuf Ali & Co

Femi Okunnu & Co

Dele Adesina chambers

Alex Izinyo & co

There are others that enough info does not exist (because they have no website, it is not working or it has limited info) and probably should be in the list of "not in this lifetime" including any firm with just ONE partner.

I don't care whether the partner went to oxford for undergrad, then cambridge for masters, then harvard for Phd and then taught at Stanford as professor before winning all the cases in Supreme Court of Nigeria. All that tells me is that the firm has a good lawyer, not a good firm.

Two heads are better than one. One-man bands will not enter my top 10 firms, especially Baba Sala SANs that have no website.

The most impressive so far are (in no particular order):

Name (Partners, non-partners)                                 Website

Babalakin and Co  (5, 37)                                  http://www.babalakinandco.com/

Aluko and Oyebode  (10, 35)                             http://www.aluko-oyebode.com/

Afe Babalola & Co  (3, 27)                                  http://www.afebabalola.com/

Taiwo & Abdullahi  (5, 9)                                    http://www.abdulaitaiwo.com/

Banwo and Ighodalo  (4, 35)                             http://www.banwo-ighodalo.com/

Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors  (5, 13)               http://www.punuka.com/

Jackson Etti & Edu  (8, 18)                                 http://www.jacksonettiandedu.com/

Matrix Solicitors  (3, 9)                                       http://www.matrixsolicitors.com/

Udo Udoma and Belo Osagie  (8, 30)                 http://www.uubo.org/en/index.php

AELEX    (6, 38)                                                  http://www.aelex.com/

Gani Fawehinmi Chambers  (3, 16)                    http://www.ganifawehinmi.com/

Blackfriars and Co  (7, Not Specified)                 http://www.blackfriars-law.com/

Olaniwun Ajayi   (5, 23)                                      http://www.olaniwunajayi.net/

Chief Rotimi Williams Chamber   (4, 13)              http://www.frawilliams.com/

Ajumogobia & Okeke  (Not Specified)                 http://www.ajumogobiaokeke.com/

Ricky Tarfa & Co  (3, 45)                                     http://rickytarfalaw.org/

Paul Usoro & Co  (3, 22)                                     http://www.paulusoro.com/

Templars (8, 15)                                                 http://www.templars-law.com/

Just looking at their website and profiles, it just shuts the gate of Top 10 law firms to the other firms that have been mentioned. They are in a league of their own.

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Based on the criteria you listed, the first -four law firms in Nigeria are

1)Gani Fawehinmi & Company. It has produced many respectable lawyers like Rotimi Jacobs, Nuhu Ribadu, Festus Keyamo, Tayo Oyetibo(SAN), Edwin Anikwem, Nnaemeka Amaechina etc.

2)Emmanuel Chambers owned by Chief Afe Babalola.

3)Messrs Wole Olanipekun.

4)Paul Usoro & Co. This firm auctioned three digital mobile licences, DML, which successfully introduced Zain, MTN and M-TEL. Its clients include Access Bank,FCMB, Union Bank, unity Bank, Akwa Ibom, Niger and Delta State governments, NNPC,UAC, NDIC, Zain, etc. He is also a maritime law guru.

You can choose the remaining from the list below.

A) AOS PRACTICE owned by Chief Ajibola Anthony Aribisala (a lawyer with global clout).

B)Ricky Tarfa & Co.

C)Temitope chambers of Lateef Fagbemi.

D)Kola Awodein & co.

E)Amos Utuama chambers.

F)Punuka Attorney & Solicitors of Anthony Ikemefuna Idigbe.

G)Ajomogobia and Oke.

H)Yusuf Ali & co.

I)Femi Okunnu & co.

J)Niyi Akintola chambers.

K)Abiola Oshodi and co.

L)Eyimofe Atake chambers.

M)Agbakoba chambers.

N)Stracham Partners.

O)Louis Mbanefo & Co.

P)Bayo Ojo & co.

Q)Dele Adesina chambers.

R),

These are, undoughtedly, the best law firms in Nigeria today.

Know what you want and go for it thanks.

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Based on the criteria you listed, the first -four law firms in Nigeria are

1)Gani Fawehinmi & Company. It has produced many respectable lawyers like Rotimi Jacobs, Nuhu Ribadu, Festus Keyamo, Tayo Oyetibo(SAN), Edwin Anikwem, Nnaemeka Amaechina etc.

2)Emmanuel Chambers owned by Chief Afe Babalola.

3)Messrs Wole Olanipekun.

4)Paul Usoro & Co. This firm auctioned three digital mobile licences, DML, which successfully introduced Zain, MTN and M-TEL. Its clients include Access Bank,FCMB, Union Bank, unity Bank, Akwa Ibom, Niger and Delta State governments, NNPC,UAC, NDIC, Zain, etc. He is also a maritime law guru.

You can choose the remaining from the list below.

A) AOS PRACTICE owned by Chief Ajibola Anthony Aribisala (a lawyer with global clout).

B)Ricky Tarfa & Co.

C)Temitope chambers of Lateef Fagbemi.

D)Kola Awodein & co.

E)Amos Utuama chambers.

F)Punuka Attorney & Solicitors of Anthony Ikemefuna Idigbe.

G)Ajogobia and Oke.

H)Yusuf Ali & co.

I)Femi Okunnu & co.

J)Niyi Akintola chambers.

K)Abiola Oshodi and co.

L)Eyimofe Atake chambers.

M)Agbakoba chambers.

N)Stracham Partners.

O)Louis Mbanefo & Co.

P)Bayo Ojo & co.

Q)Dele Adesina chambers.

R),

These are, undoughtedly, the best law firms in Nigeria today.

Know what you want and go for it thanks.

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No of Big Cases/Deals mandated with (Based on Top 20 civil and commercial cases/deals each year) (15%)

Aim: To find out the firms that are chased to handle tough and juicy cases because of their expertise.

Risk (low): Deals are based on connections, but connections is part of a firms strength anyway.

Methodology: Decide top ten by value of fee income or public awareness of case

Grade 1-20 and award equivalent points to mandated firm.

Baseline highest score to 100 (i.e. 15% of overall) and use for calculating the % rest's scores.

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Anyone who rules out Wole Olanipekun has got to be kidding me.That guy is a star.

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[1] Nwabueze chambers --- Experts in constitutional and electoral law.

Lead attorney--------- Prof Ben Nwabueze. SAN

Head Office--- Lagos

[2] Onyechi & associates------- Experts in commercial litigation and electoral law.

Lead attorney---------------- Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu. SAN

Head office ----------- Onitsha

[3] Wole Olanipekun & co ------------- Experts in commercial and electoral law.

Lead attorney------------------------ Wole Olanipekun. SAN

Head office---------- Lagos

[4] Anah Chambers----------------------Experts in commerial & electoral law.

Lead attorney-------------- Senator Nathaniel Anah. SAN

Head office---------- Onitsha

To the best of my knowledge, the above names are among the big boys in their respective legal fields. They have argued multiple cases

before the Nigerian supreme court and won some.

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PUC?

http://www.paulusoro.com/

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I think the right answer should

be gotten from them. and most

specially company's spread sheet

and their performances over time.

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u went to navy?i hang out with a lot of ur peeps oh!

yeah he is doing very well now,u are right oh my bro,he is a shine shine bobo guy!

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no body wants to answer the pay matter?

i guess that is where this thread will disintegrate.

my little survey shows that low firms pay very poorly.

you only earn above decent salaries when you become a partner and this rarely happens in nigerian firms.

that is relatively.

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By the way, this post is really impressive. I must admit that i did not know much about the legal services in naija but this has opened my mind. Poster, thanks for this post. In order to make it better, you might want include the websites of those law firms.

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One of the best naija law blogging site http://pedestrianlawyer.blogspot.com/

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I am quite impressed by some of these 9ja law firms. Does anybody have any idea about earnings?

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Bleep me sideways, I just saw my secondary school class mate there (Banwo and Ighodalo).

Blimey, Ubanna Amajor don turn to blom blom

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Well, i think Afe Babalola and Gani Fawehinmi's chamber should top the list of the Law firms in Nigeria

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I know Templars is pretty upscale too.

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[tr]Did you check the list of people under 'B&I people'? Grin[/tr]

I did, and one can't doubt the competence of those guys but for beauty I kept asking. . . .where's the beef?

Lets keeping searching fo the top 10.

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It is going to be  most unlikely that as an investment banker on IPO & M&A deals in Nig some yrs ago, one have not worked with these ffg law firms

Most of them featured prominently on those major deals as Solicitors to the offer, or as legal advisers to those coys and banks.

Though,it is difficult to rate them on a top 10 list basis, since most of them av their clients and markets, it depends to a large extent, which circus in the financial arena the law firm partners are romancing with in relation to what deals their firms grap.

Just my little obsevation.

Cheers y'all.

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i don see the gurl. I know people in that firm well well

some of them were my school mates when i was in OAU and also some of them we run deals together

send am email na, im sure she comes to London very well

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lemme go check the website and see wht ure talkin about

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i dont know the top 10 but ive worked with 4 or 5 law firms on the deals ive done

Udo Udoma

Banwo and Ighodalo

Olaniwun Ajayi

Matrix

Jacksonetti&edu

Ive worked with those and i know they are tight

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Add[b] Aluko and Oyebode (A&O)[/b]

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Google the following and u will be surprised

Banwo and Ighodalo

Punuka Law Firms

Matrix Solicitors

AELEX

Taiwo & Abdullahi

This are hardcore full service commercial Law firms.

If na election petition try

Yusuf Ali & co

Alex Izinyo & co

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how much does these law firms pay??

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