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May 31, 2018

Paul Usoro SAN Charges NBA To Regulate and Protect The Practice

Learned Silk, Paul Usoro held an interactive session with Members of the NBA Sagamu Branch on Tuesday. The well attended session dealt with issues around the welfare of young lawyers, protection/promotion of the rule of law and many more.

During the session, Paul Usoro SAN summarized the challenges around the welfare of the young lawyers into three factors; Greed, Economic and Lifestyle (lack of financial orientation).

Gloria Ekaette Etekamba Umoren wrote!!!!

Paul Usoro SAN is a gentleman to the core!The epitome of how a member of the learned profession should be.Unlike some,he didn't become a lawyer by accident! Unlike others, he is a unifier! Both the younger and older members of the profession are at ease with him.He has the charisma! Even though he has been supportive of the NBA from when he was called, today he is not taking advantage of it!

May 29, 2018

Citizen Particpation Key In Developing Democratic Institutions And A Succesful Democracy | Senator Gbenga Ashafa

As we mark the 2018 Democracy day of our dear country Nigeria and the 3rdyear anniversary of the President Muhamadu Buhari led, All Progressives Congress administration, I would like to thank all Nigerians for your support this far. Your constructive criticism, your alternative opinions, your support for the institutions and policies of government and prayers have been the needed impetus for those of us in government to do more. 


Happy Democracy Day Nigeria #ThisIsNigeria 

Our Constitutional Democracy

This is the foundation of Nigerian Democracy as provided by our Constitution. Learn, participate in governance and share. #Nigeria #Democracy #RuleofLaw #Justice #govt #legalnaija

The Team Player; Reflections on Paul Usoro SAN |Nelson Uzuegbu

A lot has already been said and written about Paul Usoro as The Man, The Lawyer, The Candidate... Some have however called for reflections from a time more distant into the past. I am in a position to  offer this; so I will start with a glimpse of Paul from earlier days and from my own perspective . I will progress from there, giving my own impressions of Paul Usoro as a boy, a law student and then a legal practitioner.

May 27, 2018

The Child Rights Act And Need For Stricter Enforcement | Adedunmade Onibokun

The State shall direct its policy towards ensuring that children, young persons and the age are protected against any exploitation whatsoever, and against moral and material neglect.

Section 17(3)(F), 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

May 25, 2018

Privileged Communication: Does The Law Offer Sufficient Protection? | Zeniath Abiri

Privilege is a rule of evidence that allows the beneficiary of the privilege to refuse to disclose information or provide evidence about a certain subject or to bar such evidence from being disclosed or used in a judicial or other proceeding. This principle was judicially defined in B v. Auckland v. Society,[1] as a right to resist the compulsory disclosure of information. Privilege acts to protect a witness from answering questions in evidence, and/or entitles a party to refuse to produce documents for inspection, during the course of legal proceedings. This doctrine is thus, not just a rule of evidence, but is also a substantive legal right. It follows that it would amount to a breach of this fundamental legal right, for a court to draw any adverse inference, from the making of a valid claim to privilege.[2]

A Lawyer's Guide To Due Diligence |Kayode Omosehin, Esq.

A lawyer will likely be engaged in legal due diligence in the course of his advisory services to his clients, especially in respect of business combination, a public offering of securities or regarding a credit facility. A due diligence is simply the investigation of a target company on behalf of investor(s) by reviewing the target company’s records, contractual documents, court documents and interviewing its officials or other persons with useful information about the target company.

3rd ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

The 3rd ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration will take place on Monday June 18th and Tuesday June 19th, 2018 at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The conference is an annual event at which the African arbitration community updates itself on developments in the region and is also a great opportunity for participants to network and develop excellent business and professional relationships.

Legal Titan Aare Afe Babalola, SAN endorses Paul Usoro for NBA Presidency

The Prince of Telecommunication Law, Paul Usoro SAN who is currently in Ado Ekiti, paid a courtesy visit to his role model Chief Afe Babalola, SAN at his office at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, earlier today, 25th May 2018.

IP ABC: - Can I Copyright My Book Title | Infusion Lawyers

I'm a Nigerian author. Presently, I am writing my second book. The book is titled, Buhari: 100 Days in London and Other Stories. But there is a problem. I discovered 3 other writers who have written articles that are similar to the title of my book. In fact, when I contacted one of the writers about this, he emphatically told me that he was about to finish a book with a similar title. And just as I tried to think it through, a Nigerian movie also with almost identical title popped up in a TV advert. I badly want to use this title. For protection, can I copyright the title of my book?

LCA_YAN Symposium & International Moot Competition

As a prelude to the 2018 Lagos Court of Arbitration, Young Arbitrators Network (LCA_YAN)  International Moot Competition , there would be a symposium on the theme “A Vision of International Arbitration Practice” on the 25th of July 2018. This would mark the start of a 3-day event with the semi-finals and finals of the moot on following days.  See Flier for more details. 

Excerpts from Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN's Speech at the meeting held with members of the NBA, Okitipupa Branch today

"The office of the NBA President calls for service and not enrichment of oneself.

When I decided to contest for NBA Presidency, I was actually looking at building and working with an inclusive bar. A bar that takes care of every lawyer, whether from a cosmopolitan place or the hinterland.

University Dons Laud Paul Usoro SAN

A University Don, Professor Momodu Kasim-Momodu, Law Dean at Crescent University, Abeokuta recently lauded the eminent lawyer, Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN for his giant strides in the industry. The Professor made this known at a breakfast meeting in honour of Paul Usoro organised by the Young Lawyers Forum (YLF) of Kano, Ungogo and Dutse branches.

Speaking at the meeting, he hailed Paul Usoro for his exceptional and excellent skills over the years having one of the finest law firms, Paul Usoro & Co., that is known to hire young lawyers taking them through thorough pupillage and mentorship.

May 23, 2018

Paul Usoro, a responsible citizen - LIRS

The Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Government Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, Ayo Subair, has lauded the consistent commitment to responsibly remit taxes exhibited by Paul Usoro, SAN.

The Repeal And Re-Enactment Of The Companies And Allied Matters Act 1990 (Cap C20, Lfn 2004); What to expect? | Oyewole Gboyega

The Premise – After 28 long and hard years of its existence, the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990 is finally going to be overhauled in favour of a new Act which would be cited similarly. The repeal and re-enactment planned by the National Assembly by virtue of the Bill for An Act to Repeal the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 (Cap C20, LFN 2004) is long overdue considering the fact that the Act had been severely left behind by the times and had become a hindrance to modern and efficient corporate governance practices as well as general economic development.

May 22, 2018

Building A Culture Of Arbitration And The Need For A National Policy On Arbitration | Dr. Olisa Agbakoba OON, SAN, FCIArb & Ridwan ‘Tola Bello, LLM, MCIArb.

The judicial system has proven extremely inadequate at processing cases or enforcing decisions. Courts are slow and generally considered inefficient for reasons that include funding, poor physical facilities, staff shortages, congestions, and inadequate training etc. The average duration for the resolution of cases in Nigerian courts is between 10 – 20 years spanning the entire tiers of the judicial system. This is evidently unmanageable in any economy.

Promoting Arbitration As A Tool For Encouraging Investment | Ridwan Bello

It is no secret that the world today is a global village, interdependent on itself to ensure the continuity of a thriving commercial community and the survival of each and every nation. Cross border transactions are the norm in today’s world and cannot be avoided.  Daily, international business contracts are signed as well as Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT)   to protect international commerce, cross border transactions and investments.

Ease Of Doing Business - Consolidating On Improved Ranking For Nigeria | OAL


In 2014, Nigeria’s economy witnessed immense growth, with a GDP of US$568.5 Billion, thereby becoming the largest economy in West Africa. This was attributed mainly to an unprecedented increase in certain industries, such as Telecommunications, Retail, Film and Entertainment Industry. However, in 2015 there was a seismic shift as the country was heading towards recession due to a crash in global oil prices.

Maritime Cabotage In Nigeria – The Need To Empower Domestic Shipowners | Bisi Akodu

The world is often been referred to as “a global village’. Countries are interdependent on each other in the area of trade and commerce. More than 80 percent of global trade measured in volume is carried by sea to ports worldwide. Shipping or maritime transport is an economic enabler and fosters trade competiveness even in landlocked countries that do not have the advantage of coastal states. Seaborne trade reached over 9 billion tons in 2013 a record high due to the opening up of markets in China and increased trade with Asian countries.

May 21, 2018

To Change Society, the Bar must discover its roots | John Demide

The Nigerian Bar as an Entity is in need of a Leader who knows the purpose of being an instrument of change and influence. A man who understands that philanthropy and service go hand in hand, a man who knows that as much as the rule of law seeks to engender order and compliance in a society, it is also meant to speak to the heartbeat of society and connect with them fostering concern and brotherhood.

May 19, 2018

Paul Usoro live at the 2018 Eket Bar week

The learned Silk held an interactive session with young lawyers in Uyo. The session was well attended by passionate youth Lawyers. Issues, concerns &  ideas were discussed with those present; it was a success.

Paul Usoro welcomed to the Chairman NBA Eket Branch’s home

The learned silk was warmly received by the Chairman of the Eket Branch to his home. In company of Paul Usoro was the Chairman of the Young Lawyers’ Forum Ogoja, Uwem Uko Umoh. 

A comment from one of the attendees stated “Paul Usoro, SAN our incoming President of the Nigerian Bar Association is in Eket Branch, displaying his Excellent spirit of Sportsmanship.

The learned silk attended the football match between the NBA Eket branch team and the Federal Road Safety Corps team earlier on, showing support to the cause of the NBA & Young Lawyers in Eket.

According to Ifiok Idemudo, “Straight from the Young Lawyers Forum Uyo Branch meeting where the mega law-lord did what he knows best to do (addressing the audience). Both supporters and opposition were held spellbound. In his words “Paul Usoro is a good brand to invest in.” 

May 16, 2018

Ashafa Urges Muslim Faithful To Pray For The Continued Peace And Prosperity Of Nigeria During Ramadan

The Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has urged all Muslims to pray for the continued peace and prosperity of Nigeria, as they observe the Holy Month of Ramadan.

IP ABC - Does sharing an e-book in a WhatsApp group infringe the author's copyright? | Infusion Lawyers

Question - Does sharing an e-book in a WhatsApp group infringe the author's copyright?

I am David, an LLM student. I am a member of a WhatsApp group for lawyers. The WhatsApp group has up to 250 lawyers. Last week, I bought an e-book titled 'How to Become a T-Lawyer' on Amazon. The book was $45 per copy. Seeing how useful the book would be to my learned friends, I uploaded a download copy of the book on the WhatsApp group. My learned friends were happy to receive it. It was free. But a member of the same group was unhappy about this.  She said what I had done amounted to copyright infringement. Since it was for educational purposes, I disagreed with her, pleading fair use. Just so I'm certain I'm not on the wrong side of the law, did I infringe on the author's copyright?

Infograph on Changes made to CAMA by the NIgerian Senate #CAMABill

The repeal and re-enactment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) passed by the 8th Senate yesterday, 15 May, 2018, is seen as one of the biggest business reform bills passed in Nigeria in over 28 years.
Find below some of the changes made to the CAMA

Paul Usoro SAN to Law Officers

'I firmly believe in an inclusive Bar and I see no reason why Law officers should be excluded from National offices and committees. I most definitely will support such an inclusive move and would indeed champion it particularly given the wide-ranging institutional reforms which I believe are necessary and required to be effected in the NBA. The only way to succeed in carrying out such reforms is to ensure that all interests groups are fully involved and consulted and LOAN is one such critical stakeholder group.'

Paul Usoro SAN on Structural Reforms in the NBA

 “When I talk about structural reforms in NBA am actually thinking of refocusing the Association away from current emphasis on appointments and perks and focusing us more on professional growth, deepening our practice and creating wealth for lawyers. Of course, there would still be appointments particularly for the expanded Sections and the Committees under those sections whose primary focus would be on professional growth and development for lawyers.

Paul Usoro SAN on The Control of Judicial Officers By The Executive

" This is a problem that is perhaps bigger than most people can see or even understand. It does appear that the Executive, mostly at the center is prone to having its way in courts all d time & brook no failure, no matter how misconceived or misguided its way might b. In the processes subtle and not-so-subtle processes are deployed in corralling the Bench and ensuring the Executice has its ways always.

Infograph on the benefits of the CAC reforms by the 8th National Assembly #CACBill

May 14, 2018

Learned Silk and Egusi | Lotanna Attoh Esq.


There once was a silk

Who lived and still lives

Educated and learned

Refined and polished

All who knew him

Said he was wise

If not, they asked:

"Why was his hair white?"

May 11, 2018

NBA Elections: Supporters of Paul Usoro SAN Ride On Merit For A Worthy Successor

At the Nigerian Bar Association National Executive Council (NBA NEC) meeting, the supporters of the Learned Silk, Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN have continued to rally support for him citing merit as a key to choosing the next president for the association.

In his speech at the just concluded NEC meeting, the NBA President Mr. A. B. Mahmoud, SAN declared that he has no preferred candidate to succeed him.

Considerations: Third Party Litigation And Arbitration Funding In Nigeria | Franklin Okeke


Third Party Funding (TPF) refers to an agreement or arrangement between a funding company/individual and a client (the claimant) whereby the funder agrees to finance some or all of the client’s legal fees in exchange for a share of the proceeds in the event of success. Under this model, outside investors — typically a hedge fund or special purpose litigation fund — seek out commercial litigants who have meritorious and substantial claims, but who may be unable or unwilling to make the financial investment required to litigate those claims.

British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) Upcoming Events

  • London Legal Walk on 21 May 2018

Join the BNLF London Legal Walk team as we raise funds to support free legal advice charities in London and the South East.  50% of any funds raised by the BNLF team will be donated to our selected charity AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse). Contact to join the BNLF team sponsored walkers.

Experts at DOA Business Series Call For Investments in TMT Sector

Leke Alex Adedipe, Partner, DOA; Lloyd Onanighon, Head TMT, Stanbic; Ijeoma Obatoyinbo, MD, FBN Quest Funds; Eghosa Omoigui, Echo VC; Idris Saliu, Co-Founder, Vanso; Mrs. David West, Director, Lagos Business School; Soibi Ovia, Partner, DOA; Niyi Duale, Managing Partner, DOA
Legal, TMT and Finance experts have called for more investment in the telecommunication, Media and Technology, (TMT) sector in a bid to grow the country's GDP and create employment opportunities. 

May 9, 2018

Administration Of Estate: Effect Of An Intestate Property | Esse Palmer

The issue of administration of an estate is usually post-mortem. That is why many property owners with dependents and all adults in general are encouraged to write a Will while they are still alive. However, despite the push for more Will drafting, many still hold reservations to the act.

Artist Performance Contracts And The Accolades Nigerian Artists Deserve | Joshua Olorunmaiye

If you caught up with my previous article related to this subject matter; MUSIC CONTRACTS AND THE ACCOLADES NIGERIAN ARTISTS DESERVE, you would remember the point noted that there is no perfect music contract that caters, once and for all, for every single situation. This is so because there are several types of contracts an artist may make during the long haul of a music career. What is crucial therefore, is that you understand the content within each specific music contract; the rights and obligations that they create between parties.

May 8, 2018

Issue For Determination | Kema Ufelle-Smith

Good morning Mr. Tobi, kindly accept my most sincere apologies for being unable to secure the eventual satisfaction of your creditor’s pecuniary liabilities towards you. It was indeed a jostle for which intricate and extensive-cum-holistic research was expended, and for which no small degree of persuasive legal gymnastics and histrionics were employed towards assuaging the heart of His Lordship in your favour.

Paul Usoro SAN delivers a powerful lecture at the Kano State NBA Branch 2018 Law Week

The Learned Silk is in the city of Kano for the NBA Law week, where he delivered a lecture on the topic “Good Governance, Corruption and Economic Development: Nigeria’s Experience and the Journey So Far”.

The law week promises to be exciting with key insights to be delivered from the 5th - 9th of May, 2018.

Excerpts of Paul Usoro’s lecture can be viewed below:

May 4, 2018

How To Recover Small Debt Claims In Lagos State | Adedunmade Onibokun

A friend once wanted to recover the sum of N35,000 (Thirty – Five Thousand Naira) which had been erroneously deposited into a wrong bank account. Due to the inability to locate the account owner, my friend was informed by the bank that only via a court order could the payment be reversed, hence leading to my friend calling me for help. Would you believe it cost over N5,000 (Five Thousand Naira) to institute a court proceeding at the Magistrate Court and effect service on the Defendants? Leaving my friend with N30,000 (Thirty Thousand Naira) as the value of the sum sort to be recovered.

May 2, 2018

Photos from the Career Training For Lawyers

The Career Training For Lawyers held on the 26th and 27th of April, 2018. Modules included Sports Law, Forensic Document Examination, Mediation Law, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property Law and Finance for Lawyers.

See other photos below -

Lagos State Small Claims Court

The purpose of the Small Claims Court  commissioned by the Honourable Chief Judge of Lagos State on Monday, 23rd April, 2018 is to provide easy access to an informal, inexpensive and speedy resolution of debt recovery disputes in the Magistrate Courts, of claims not exceeding the sum of N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira). The entire period of proceedings from filing of the claim till judgment is not to exceed 60 days.



IP ABC: - Does a Patent give you complete protection | Infusion Lawyers

Question of the Week -

We are DigiMid, a digital media company in Nigeria. We have just developed a new product that will enable people watch videos at nights with their eyes closed so they don't strain their eyes. The product is a wearable electronic lens. Because it is new, we want to apply for patent in Nigeria. But the issue we have is the risk of having a third party make the same product by reverse engineering or other means. Before investing in patent application, we want to know what a grant of patent really gives us. Is it adequate protection? If not, what should we do to get complete protection?

Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe Set to Organize Inaugural Business Series on Telecommunications, Media And Technology

Top Nigerian Law Firm of Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe (DOA) is organizing its inaugural Business Breakfast Series on May 8, 2018 at The Wheatbaker Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

The theme of the Session is “Investment in Nigeria’s Telecommunication, Media and Technology Market (TMT)”. According to the Managing Partner of the Firm, Adeniyi Duale, this year’s Session would focus on the burning issues in the Financial Technology (Fintech) space with an opportunity to discuss and review new developments from a global perspective.