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Jul 31, 2014

TIPS FOR BETTER LEGAL DRAFTING SKILLS




“The brief of arguments of the appellants consisted of forty-two pages. It was unnecessarily long, windy, confused, confusing, repetitive, and it contained too many narratives rather than arguments..... The brief of arguments of the appellants in this appeal is a clear example of how not to draft a brief of arguments”.   
-          Abiru, J.C.A.
Nagebu Co (Nig.) Ltd v. Uniy Bank Plc [2014]7 NWLR(Part 1405) 42

Jul 30, 2014

WHY YOU NEED A COMPANY SECRETARY

Every Company shall have a gateman Secretary, so says the HR Manager law in Section 293 of The Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAP. C20, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. By secretary, I do not mean a receptionist or a customer care practitioner; neither do I mean a person who just assists with correspondences or making appointments nor that stern looking woman who sits in front of the Executive- Director’s office and acts like she’s the gate-keeper to the Promised Land. By Secretary, I mean a corporate officer in charge of the official correspondences of the company, minutes of board meetings, and records of stock ownership and transfer. 


Jul 24, 2014

LEGAL HURDLES OF REGISTERING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA: TAX PERSPECTIVE



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Nigeria is a developing economy and an economy which recently overtook South Africa to become the continent’s largest economy following the recalculation of GDP and the world’s 26th largest economy, the economy attracts foreign investors and local investments. An entrepreneur plays an important role in economic growth and development and there is an impressive rise in the number of self-employed individuals we have in the country today, former American President - Ronald Reagan 1986 address to the White House Conference on Small Business said, “the government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it” as the economy is moving its crystal clear the government will become stricter with tax policies. Most entrepreneurs or intending entrepreneurs do not know the basics of taxation have regards starting business in the country and will be found wanting by the law.

Jul 14, 2014

AMENDMENTS TO THE CABOTAGE ACT: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE NIGERIAN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY



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Introduction
The  establishment of the  Coastal and Inland Shipping(Cabotage) Act 2003 (the Act)  to restrict the use of foreign vessels in inland and coastal shipping trade and promote the development of Indigenous man power in the Nigerian maritime industry. Under the Cabotage Act, only Nigerian-built vessels wholly owned and manned by Nigerian citizens may engage in coastal trade or cabotage within Nigerian waters. Foreign vessels or tugs cannot tow within Nigerian waters except when rendering assistance to persons, vessels or aircraft in danger or distress. Nigerian waters include coastal, territorial and inland waters, and islands or waters within the Nigerian Exclusive Economic Zone of Nigeria.

THE NEW PENSION ACT: HOPE FOR THE NIGERIAN EMPLOYEE



 
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A pension is a fixed sum to be paid regularly to a person, typically following retirement from service. There are many different types of pensions, including defined benefit plans, contributory schemes, defined contribution plans, as well as several others.

 
It is quite sad that some people still associate pension with old age.  For the larger percentage of employees who have been involved in the pension contributory scheme have a better idea of what the scheme is all about and it is important for every employee in days of active service to concentrate on their pension contributions from the first day of employment, Those who have the archaic believe of pension been a scam or a retirement talk should rather sit up and learn more about the contributory scheme. The New Pension Act 2014 is an eye opener of the obvious benefits in the contributory scheme.

Jul 10, 2014

CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF BAMIDELE ATURU

The death of Mr Bamidele Aturu has shocked the legal world, his commitment to championing human rights and constitutionalism is a strong legacy by which he would be remembered. 

Jul 8, 2014

WHY I WANT TO BE NBA PRESIDENT By Funke Adekoya SAN


The Nigerian Bar Association is, in my humble opinion, in a state of decline. That is the association that should protect the interests of its members. I don’t think we are doing it; and I don’t think we are doing it adequately, if at all. Many lawyers are disenchanted with the Bar association both at the branch level and the national level. If you ask any lawyer to come to branch meeting, they will ask you: ‘What is the association doing for me for me to have my daily bread. I don’t have time to come and sit in any branch meeting.’ I think this shows the level to which we have fallen. So why I am running this election is so that we can raise the Bar, raise the Bar back to where it used to be - where a legal practitioner was respected and trusted by civil society, where when we spoke other segments of the civil society listened to us because we were always on point and on time with our
interventions into what is going on.

Jul 4, 2014

SUE THAT NUSIANCE DUDE


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So everyone knows one person or the other who is a complete nuisance, i am sure you know what i mean, take some time to think about it, whose that person who you just feel like giving a punch, kicking out the door , throw off the 3rd mainland bridge , give a dirty slap, being far away from. I know those names just ran through your mind. Well, have no sweat because you can sue that nuisance dude. Ok, wait a minute, before you rush to court to sue the whole world or everyone on your street, you should finish reading this blog.

Jul 1, 2014

CONFUSED ABOUT TINTED CAR PERMIT?

A citizen confused about the recent Tinted Glass Permit by the Nigeria police said, “I am Confused about the recent Tinted Glass Permit Issues. If one owns a car with Factory Tinted Glass, is he supposed to get a tinted glass permit?
The Nigeria police recently explained the ban on the use of tinted glass within the country, in a bid to answer most questions from citizens as regards to issues on the use of tinted glass.

Below is Police explanation.

5 TIPS TO BEING A GREAT TRIAL LAWYER

Cross Section of Lawyers at a Call to Bar ceremony
Being a great trial lawyer is not an easy task because great trial lawyers are not born but made. Advocacy is an art and like every other art, the skill needs to be groomed. No great artist woke up from a dream bursting with musical expertise like abami eda, rather it took hard-work, perseverance, consistency and commitment to horn their talents and skills, the same rule applies to great trial lawyers.