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Aug 31, 2017

LCA Young Arbitrators Network anniversary event


You are invited to join us on 22 September for the LCA Young Arbitrators Network anniversary event. We are pleased that Gary Born and Funke Adekoya, SAN will speak on "The Advantages of Bilateral Arbitration Treaties and their Feasibility under Nigerian Law" The event is free, but due to limited seating, registration is required. Please see flyer for details.

Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) whistleblowing programme


The Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) whistleblowing programme is designed to encourage anyone with information about a violation of financial regulations, mismanagement of public funds and assets, financial malpractice, fraud and theft to report it. The Federal Government of Nigeria, has thus established a portal via which information bordering on violation of financial regulations, mismanagement of public funds and assets, financial malpractice or fraud and theft that is deemed to be in the interest of the public can be disclosed.

Aug 29, 2017

Perspectives on Probation, Confirmation and Promotion in Employment Contract | Kayode Omosehin, Esq.


Probation is simply an agreed trial period for a worker to prove his worth on a job to his employer and assess the worth of the job to himself. Promotion is an elevation of a worker in status within a company based on performance or other considerations as may be agreed in an employment contract or determined by the employer. Confirmation is the intermediate act of endorsement of a new worker’s performance by a company sometimes between the periods of probation and promotion; it is a testament that an employer is satisfied with the performance of a new employee.

What You Need To Know about Expatriate Employment In Nigeria | Busayo Adedeji

  


With approximately 188 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. The country has one of the largest population of youth in the world. In 2014, Nigeria overtook South Africa to become Africa's largest economy and in 2015, Nigeria was said to be the world's 20th largest economy, worth more than $500 billion and $1 trillion in terms of nominal GDP and purchasing power parity respectively.

Aug 28, 2017

How to spot growth and value stocks in the Nigerian stock market | Nairametrics


For those new to investing, the terms value stocks and growth stocks are what you will hear every other day as you decide what stock to buy, sell or hold.

Stocks, just like most investments are thrown into buckets to enable investors understand the peculiarity of each asset and decide where one’s risk appetite lies.

Persuading The Client And The Other Side To Engage In Mediation | DmediationLawyerist


To make the decision whether or not to have a case or dispute proceed to mediation requires;

An understanding of the process; what mediation actually entails and its different forms.

Is Mediation as expensive as Litigation?


A small number of cases are intrinsically unsuitable for mediation although very experienced Mediators and Mediation Advocates would say that the following under listed may still be mediated at some stages of the proceedings;

The Benefits Of Mediation Over Litigation (iii)| DmediationLawyerist


It is usually less expensive than litigation which goes all the way to judgment.

Mediation provides litigants with a wider range of solutions than those that are available in litigation; for example, an apology; an explanation; the continuation of an existing professional or business relationship perhaps on new terms. 

Aug 26, 2017

Community Based Approach, Best Way To Fight Drug Abuse- Senator Ashafa




The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa has expressed concern over the increased rate of drug abuse among youngsters and advocated a community based approach as the best way to tackle the menace of drug abuse in our country.

Aug 25, 2017

The Benefits Of Mediation Over Litigation (Iii) | DmediationLawyerist


i.                   It is usually less expensive than litigation which goes all the way to judgment.

Star Profile - Nicholas Akintola Ladapo



Principal partner Chief Ladosu Ladapo ( SAN)& CO
 Mr. Akintola Ladapo is an amazing man. Words are not enough to begin to describe him. He likes to play squash and surprisingly, he is a very good dancer.  How do I know? Well, I happened to see him dance at his wife’s retirement thanksgiving service with his mighty ‘Agbada’ attire. The Reverend at the Methodist church Bodija Ibadan could not hide his astonishment at what he noticed in Mr. Akintola Ladapo’s skills on the dance floor.

Counsel’s Wig; A Symbol Of Sagacity And Old Age| Damilola Dawodu


History of the wig and gown
The tradition of wearing wigs and the culture of adorning gowns was borrowed from the prevailing practice of the time, however, in the case of gowns, it had a little twist.

Aug 22, 2017

The Benefits Of Mediation Over Litigation (II) |DmediationLawyerist



 The Benefits Of Mediation Over Litigation include - 

·        It gives better results because control remains directly in the hands of the parties as decision makers.

·   Win or lose, it is comparatively quick and cheap as a self- contained process.

Mediation and the Courts | DmediationLawyerist


It should be noted that Mediation and other forms of ADR can NEVER replace the courts but it is to be seen as part of the court system and this has been done with the establishment of the Lagos Multi Door Courthouse (LMDC) which is primarily aimed at resolving disputes.

Fighting Tax Evasion & Avoidance | Theophilus Olufemi


The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has again taken a step towards containing tax avoidance and evasion in Nigeria. The agency signed two major multilateral agreements to join 71 other countries to fight tax evasion.

Aug 21, 2017

The Types Of Cases That Can Be Referred To Mediation



Mediation can be utilized in resolving a wide range of disputes including but not limited to the following;

The Right Choice Between Voluntary Resignation and Termination of Employment | Kayode Omosehin, Esq.


One of the easiest ways out of any confusion created by an irreconcilable difference in the course of an employment relationship is a voluntary resignation by the affected worker. Unfortunately, lack of knowledge of employee’s rights and employer’s powers has resulted in several litigious employment disputes that could have been avoided with minimal costs to both parties. It all depends on making the right decision with less stress or none at all.

What is mediation?


Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding and private dispute resolution process in which a trained neutral person helps the parties to reach a negotiated settlement.
It has also been defined as an opportunity to resolve a dispute without resorting to formal procedure.

Aug 18, 2017

Star Profile - Mr. Femi Falana SAN, LL.B, B.L, FCI, Arb.


 Femi Falana, a native of Ilawe , Ekiti State, Nigeria was born on May 20, 1958. Femi Falana’s primary education began at St. Michael’s Primary School, Ilawe, between 1963 and 1968. After which, Femi attended Sacred Heart Catholic Seminary between 1971 and 1975.

Nigerian Startup Registration in 2017: a Necessity or Luxury? | Adejorin D. Abiona


When starting a business, one of the major considerations on the minds of the owners/ promoters is whether or not registration is needed at that material time. This of course may be borne of the desire to justify every expense to be incurred by a newly formed startup i.e. every penny has to provide a return on the investment. Registration of a startup may seem unnecessary at the beginning stage of a business to the owner but this should not be the case. This article will look into registration of startups in Nigeria with focus on the major reasons for registration and drawing a conclusion on whether registration is a necessity or not.

Overview of the Legal requirements for revocation of certificate of occupancy in Nigeria | Teingo Inko-Tariah


Introduction
A certificate of occupancy is a document that evidences the grant of a right of occupancy over land in Nigeria given by the appropriate authority i.e. the Governor of a State[i]. The Constitution of Nigeria provides that every citizen of Nigeria has a right to acquire and own immovable property in Nigeria[ii]. However, such acquisition and ownership of land is regulated by the principal statute for the administration of land in Nigeria - Land Use Act (LUA) of 1978. All laws relating to registration of title to or interest in land or transfer of title or interest are required to comply with the Land Use Act[iii]. By the provision of the said Act, all land in each state of the Federation is vested in the Governor of that State who is empowered to hold such land in trust and administer same for the benefit of all Nigerians.[iv]

Aug 17, 2017

Special Invitation to Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) NBA Party


All attendees of @nbaconferenceng are specially invited to the Biggest Party at the NBA Conference hosted by The Ikeja Branch of NBA Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) in collaboration with other YLF Branches in Lagos State. 

Aug 16, 2017

Lawyer's Advice On Why Employer Must Give Reason For Termination Of Employment | Kayode Omosehin


Why Employer must give reason for termination of employment

From a review of 257 employment cases decided by Nigeria courts, 17 by Canadian courts and 81 by the English courts, I have observed that the relationship between an employer and a worker neither starts nor end with equal bargaining power notwithstanding that it is created and determined by mutual agreement. The employer will always have an advantage over the employee. One of the most apparent instances of such inequality of positions is (or what used to be) the employer’s power to hire and fire a worker for good, bad or no reason at all. This was so for many in years in simple employment contract. However, the law is constantly changing to ensure a greater level of protection for the workers.

Aug 15, 2017

How Pharmacisits Can Lead Charge Against Drug Abuse| Senator Ashafa


It is no news that Drug Abuse in quite rampant in Nigeria, this is mad epossible because most of drugs being abused are readily available over the counter to any willing buyer. Hence, the call by the Senator representing Lagos East, Senator Gbenga Ashafa on the Association of Community Pharmacist’s, to lead the charge in the fight against the abuse of over the counter and prescription pills.

Aug 14, 2017

Wills And Letters Of Administration | Adeolu Adesuyi


 
Many Nigerians have a misconceived impression about making Wills. When asked if he/she has a will, their ready response is usually "do you wish me dead, why do I need a will?". Such statements are actually proof of ignorance, as preparing a will does not in any way add or remove a day from anyone's life.

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When You Discover You’re Not the Father | Ivie Omoregie


A few months ago I watched a heart wrenching video of an Igbo man who discovered his only son was not actually his biological child. After 32 years of being a wonderful and loving father and relocating the boy’s destiny to England, the boy’s mother calls them to drop the bombshell. Recently, we have been seeing a lot of news about paternity testing in Nigeria. There have been many funny memes about it, but anyone who has actually faced this in reality will tell you that it is not a laughing matter.

You Don’t Always Have to ‘Drag’ People to Court | Ivie Omoregie


I loved litigation; it was something I found very interesting. It was akin to story telling, yet each story always had a different dimension; no two matters were ever the same.

I soon saw the light however, and irritation caused me to drop my wig and gown. I don’t even know where they are now.

Calculating Compensation for Suspension of Employee| Kayode Omosehin, Esq.



1.     Suspension of employees in a nutshell
An employer’s power to suspend a worker at any time, during probation or after confirmation, is without a doubt, whether or not it is expressly stated in an employment contract. No court of law will deny an employer of this inherent power, if utilized properly. Suspension is a powerful tool to an end and not an end in itself. Suspension puts an employment relationship in limbo as the worker lives in anticipation of either being recalled or laid off. A worker cannot seek another employment in the course of suspension until the suspension is converted to termination of employment or dismissal. It is therefore important for a company to investigate a suspended worker, make its findings and communicate its decision to the worker. A suspended worker needs to know whether his service is still required by his employer or has been (technically) terminated!

VAIDS and the need for effective tax administration in Nigeria | Olajide Olutuyi


As part of efforts to improve non-oil revenue amid a global outlook of low oil prices, Nigeria's Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, recently signed an Executive Order (EO) on the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS). The main objective of the scheme – which commenced on July 1, 2017 and will last for a period of nine months – is to help expand the country's tax base.

Aug 11, 2017

Difference between Letter of Dismissal & Letter of Termination | Adedunmade Onibokun


It is important to note that an employment relationship cannot be forced upon either an unwilling employer or employee. Therefore, an employer has a right to hire and fire, likewise an employee has the right to resign from an employment.

Aug 8, 2017

Legal Contracts for Service and of Service in Employment Relationships |Micheal Dugeri


Introduction
Contracts of service and contracts for service both connote an employment relationship between the parties. However, they differ in their nature and the legal consequences.  Understanding the difference between both contracts is important for two main reasons, namely, the nature of each party’s respective obligations, and which court has jurisdiction in the event of dispute between the parties.

Senate Conducts Overight Of The Lagos – Ibadan Segment Of The Lagos To Kano Railway Modernisation Project



The Joint Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt and Land Transport on Monday, 7th August, 2017 conducted an oversight visit to the Nigerian Railway Corporation Headquarters and the Project Office of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation CCECC in Ebute Metta, Lagos. The purpose of the visit was to assist the committee assess the project implementation plan for the recently approved loan request by the Federal Government from the China Exim Bank for the purpose of completing various railway rehabilitation/construction projects across the country.

Industries liable to receive Pioneer Status in Nigeria


The federal government on Monday, 7th August, 2017 , released the full list of the 27 key industries and products included in the revised list of ‘pioneer status’ incentives for prospective investors. This include –

Aug 4, 2017

You can sue for a breach of promise to marry


The Nigerian culture takes marriage really serious; many young adults consider settling down as quite important and enter relationships with the intention of spending time with this partner. Such relationships could include casual flings, having an exclusive dating relationship or even had led to an engagement with a promise to marry. However, sometimes these relationships don’t work out and parties stop dating or being friends all together.

3 things you can do when the police breach your legal rights | Adedunmade Onibokun


That “Police is your friend” or “bail is free’, a Nigerian will tell you is one of the biggest lies ever told in our nation. If you doubt me, stop and ask any random person on the road or conduct a poll. Daily, the news is filled with stories of police officers boldly collecting bribes, demanding that bail be paid and even unlawfully extorting citizens. This coming from a police that is employed to protect the citizenry and enforce our laws is a big blow to democracy and life in Nigeria.

Aug 2, 2017

Photos from the LCA - YAN International Arbitration Moot Competition

The event was held on the 28th of July, 2017 at the Lagos Court of Arbitration.