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The Business of Law: How to Strategize for Better Performance in a Law Firm

Digital Jurist – This edition of Digital Jurist will take you by the hand and show you the way to strategize effectively for enhanced efficiency and productivity. Developing strategy is an exercise of the mind, subtle in nature, to manifest an intention at a desired time. We have come up with the golden questions to…

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Nigerian Senate Repositions Criminal Justice, Passes Criminal Justice Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed into law the Criminal Justice Bill, which would ensure dispensation of justice in the country. The Bill was first presented in 2005 and has been adopted by the Lagos State Government and has been amended once. Earlier in the week at the National Judicial Institute in Abuja during a…

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URGENT: This is about Your image as a Lawyer

How many times have you heard the cliché: All Lawyers are Liars? How did it make you feel? Did it make your stomach turn? Or did you just laugh and wave it off as “another of those uninformed comments?” The truth is, a remarkably considerable number of people hold this as one of numerous supposed…

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Become more than “Just a Lawyer”

The atmosphere was electric. The speakers were fiery. The participants were glued to the edge of their seats, animated. It had been one of the biggest and most educating law conferences organized in recent times. I quietly scanned the expansive hall where we were gathered, and I saw countless faces illuminated with expressions of hope,…

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Recently amended Laws of the Federation of Nigeria

PENSION REFORM ACT, 2014 The Pension Reform Act 2014 (the Act) was signed into Law on 1 July 2014 by the President. The Act repeals the Pension Reform Act No.2, 2004 and would continue to govern and regulate the administration of the Uniform Contributory Pension Scheme for both the Public and Private Sectors in Nigeria….

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5 Mistakes you must NEVER make in Court

We all know that everyone makes mistakes, and lawyers are no exception. The only problem is that when lawyers make mistakes in the course of handling a client’s case, the consequences may be very embarrassing or damning, depending on the gravity of the mistake or its implication for the client and to the image of…

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Unravelling the Black and White Myth

Why do Lawyers wear black? Of all the possible inquisitive questions one could ask in this world, this sure is a prominent one. How did the founding fathers of the law ever come up with the dress code for lawyers, and why, of all colours, BLACK?! Traditionally, people attach a lot of meaning, most of…

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How to move from being a Solo Lawyer to being an International Lawyer

Okay fine. So the title says you can move (suggesting to you that you can just leave a place and arrive at another with as little stress as possible, isn’t it?) from being a solo to an international. Hmm. So I am asking you. Is being a solo lawyer a hindrance to becoming international in…

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Be a SAN: Follow These Steps

There have been, at many times prior to now, calls to the Nigerian Bar Association from many quarters to totally abolish the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). Does that startle you? Thankfully, such calls have not been given much consideration, and rightfully so. We must admit though, that many of those who were…

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Help!!! My Law Firm pays me stipends

Many Law Graduates are looking for jobs… Do you know the rate of unemployment in Nigeria? I do. Here it is: an unprecedented high. Let’s check out a few figures. According to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, a record 23.9 percent of the employable workforce was unemployed in the year 2012. The projection for 2013…

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