City lawyers to create UK-Nigeria partnership, May announces

Editorial The NBA have had this ball in their court for a very long while but kept kicking it down the lane for all these times. Hopefully the legal market in Nigeria will prepare itself for such partnerships for the benefit of Nigeria.

Theresa May was welcomed to Nigeria by President Buhari

City lawyers will be at the heart of an initiative to create a working partnership between legal professionals in the UK and Nigeria, the prime minister announced yesterday.

The move is the latest stage of the Ministry of Justice’s “legal services are GREAT” campaign, which promotes the strength and breadth of the UK’s legal services across the globe.

The announcement came as Theresa May visited the securities exchange company FMDQ in Lagos, and is part of a wider government drive to deepen its partnerships with African nations. According to the prime minister’s office, the move will bring UK and Nigerian legal professionals together to share knowledge, skills and legal expertise and highlight the advantages of UK legal services to wider business growth.

“We know that UK law firms and chambers are keen to increase working in this area and are committed to supporting them to take advantage of the many opportunities on offer,” the lord chancellor, David Gauke, said. He said a delegation of legal representatives would visit Nigeria later in the year to meet counterparts and create business opportunities.

The government’s legal services campaign was launched by Lord Keen in Singapore last year and has already sent trade delegations to Kazakhstan and China.

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