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Sep 30, 2017

The Glorious Dawn Is Right Ahead- Senator Gbenga Ashafa’s 2017 Independence Day Message

 “After rain comes sunshine; After darkness comes the glorious dawn. There is no sorrow without its alloy of joy; there is no joy without its admixture of sorrow. Behind the ugly terrible mask of misfortune lies the beautiful soothing countenance of prosperity. So, tear the mask!” – Chief Obafemi Awolowo

Happy Independence Nigeria

Happy 57th Independence fellow Nigerians from Legalnaija 
God bless Nigeria

Sep 28, 2017

Taxation Of Employee Loan | Theophilus Olufemi

September 15, 2017, the Chairman of the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue issued a public notice to the tax payers in Lagos to clarify the tax implication of the interest on the loan granted to employees by their employers.

A New Dawn for Arbitration in Nigeria | Abayomi Okubote

Nigeria has been ranked the 19th most attractive economy for investments in Africa, according to the Africa Investment Index 2017. It was reported that in 2015, Nigeria attracted a net foreign direct investment of US$3.1 billion. This inflow of investments unavoidably presents dispute and ultimately triggers a need for dispute resolution. Arbitration is now recognized as the principal process of resolving disputes in almost every aspect of commerce, investment and international trade.

Nature Of Matters Handled At The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC)

The LMDC handles various types of cases. They include but are not limited to the following;

For Lawyers - Should My Firm Outsource its Legal Case Files to Other Lawyers?

This is a question that is making the rounds in legal circles around the world lately. Many firms have questions about their case files which keeps on piling and piling upon each other, with few associates to work on them. In other words, they are all overworked and need solutions. Fast.

Sep 27, 2017

5 Emerging Trends in Estate Planning

Estate planning is a pertinent factor to take into consideration for the disposition of an estate upon the death of the owner. Because of the unpredictability of beneficiaries and estate laws across states, it is necessary for each person to plan their estate so as to forestall any unwanted issues relating to its disposition upon their death. These trends will be discussed below.

Sep 26, 2017

What Lawyers should note about the Lagos Multi-door Court House

Important Points To Note About The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (Lmdc) Especially For Lawyers And Mediation Advocates (Ii)

·        Section 16 of the LAGOS MULTI-DOOR COURTHOUSE (LMDC) 2007, settlement agreements reached at the LMDC and duly signed by the parties are enforceable as contracts between the parties and when such agreements are further endorsed by an ADR Judge, they become enforceable as judgments of the High Court of Lagos State.

How to make your wealth run in perpetuity

Many people are worried about what to do with their accumulated wealth. There are several cases of wasteful dependents squandering the wealth of their benefactors once they come into possession of their inheritance. Because of this, a lot of people are worried about how their wealth will be spent after their deaths; they know that after they make their Wills and those same Wills are read after their demise, they cease to have control over the way their money will be spent after their death.

Passage Of The Chief Imam Of Lagos State, Late Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim Akinola | Gbenga Ashafa

It is with a heavy heart but in total submission to the will of Almighty Allah that I received the news of the passage of the Chief Imam of Lagos State, late Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim Akinola who passed away on Sunday, the 24th of September, 2017 at the age of 79.

Sep 25, 2017

The Lagos Multi-door Courthouse II - Referrals

There are three ways through which matters can be referred to the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse. They are;

WALK-IN: any party to a dispute may initiate Mediation, Arbitration, Early Neutral Evaluation or any other ADR services by visiting the LMDC or writing to its Director. Matters from other reputable ADR organizations may be filed at the LMDC for settlement.

Essentials of a Contract of Employment | Kingsley Ugochukwu Ani

A contract of employment is necessary whenever a person wants to undertake a position with an employer. But before signing the contract, the employee should endeavor to understand the ramifications of what he is setting his signature to. If possible, such employee should try and understand all the clauses in the contract of employment before signing same. If there are gray areas in the contract of employment, then he should forward same to a lawyer to go through the contract for him with a fine-tooth comb before appending his signature.

Acts considered domestic violence in Lagos | Adesuwa Omozusi

Acts characterized as Domestic Violence under the Domestic Violence Law of Lagos, 2007. 

The occurrence of domestic violence in Lagos is on the increase, initially it was somewhat considered a subtle issue, but with the rate of publications made daily; it will interest you to know the actions that constitute Domestic Violence in Lagos State.

Sep 18, 2017

The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (1) | Dmediationlawyeristng

The Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse (LMDC) concept was initiated by the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG) and presented to the Judiciary and the Legal community nationwide.

Sep 16, 2017

10 Things some police officers don’t want you to know | Legalnaija

This is a list of laws that some police officers do not want you to know. Ignorance of these laws allows unscrupulous officers to take advantage of citizens. It is important that you learn the following provisions and share them with your friends and family members.

Sep 13, 2017

Can a police officer make an arrest without stating the reason? |Legalnaija

There have been various scenes in Nollywood movies, where a police officer makes an attempt to arrest a citizen. Such citizen will often inquire about the reason for his arrest and the officer will respond that ‘when you get to the police station, you will find out the reason for your arrest”. I have always wondered if these scenes were solely fictitious or whether they stemmed out of the actual practice of the Nigerian Police Force.  If the latter is the answer, this will come as no surprise as the Nigerian Police is not popular for imbibing international best policing practices. It is no secret that the Nigerian Police is still heavily into torture and extortion. Moreso, the average police officer is not educated on basic forensic protocols in crime investigations and rely usually on forced confessions and crude methods in solving crimes.

Sep 8, 2017

Just Before Heading To Court | Adejorin d. Abiona

Many cases get dismissed or struck out of Court upon objections and applications which border on technical and preliminary considerations. Such considerations include existence of cause of action, locus standi, jurisdiction, legal personality, properly prepared processes among others. A litigation attorney must have a good knowledge of these considerations and always bear them in mind before heading to court in order not to waste the time and resources of the litigants, the other counsel and the court. A counsel may also incur some liabilities for failure to observe these preliminary or technical matters before instituting an action in court. This article provides a checklist of these technical and preliminary matters a litigation counsel should consider before filing processes in court.

Sep 6, 2017

Legal Arrangements For Children Without Parents Or Guardians In Nigeria| Temitayo Ogunmokun

The care, custody and welfare of children (under the age of 18) in Nigeria are strict functions of an intricate regulatory framework comprising institutions and laws; beginning quite naturally with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended. Section 17(3) (f) of the law particularly imposes a non-actionable obligation on the Nigerian Government to ensure that children and young persons are adequately shielded from exploitation, moral and material neglect.

Sep 4, 2017

Doing Business In Nigeria – Immigration Visas And Their Tax Implications (Part 1)


The mobility of foreigners in and out of Nigeria for whatever purpose is generally subject to visa and permit requirements. The only category of persons exempted from visa and permit requirements are nationals of Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (“ECOWAS”). By section 37(13) of the Immigration Act, 2015(“the Act”) and Regulation 5(9) of the Immigration Regulations, 2017 (“the Regulations”) made by the Minister of Interior pursuant to section 112(1) of the Act, such nationals of Member States of ECOWAS are exempted from not only obtaining entry visas/permits but are also allowed to reside, work and undertake commercial and industrial activities within Nigeria provided however that they register with the Nigerian Immigration Service (“the NIS”) and obtain residence cards from the NIS.

Sep 1, 2017

Happy Eid El Kabir

Happy Eid El Kabir to all muslim brothers and sisters