By Dipo Olowookere
Last weekend, the important contribution of lawyers to the Nigerian economy was recognised at a ceremony held in Lagos called the Esq. Nigeria Legal Awards.
The event was put together by Legal Blitz Limited at the Landmark Event Center, Oniru, to commemorate the various breakthroughs of commercial deals across the various sectors of the Nigerian economy.
It was the second edition of the biggest and largest legal award in Africa, which was attended by various legal luminaries from across the country and continent of Africa.
CEO of Legal Blitz, Mr Lere Fashola, while speaking at the ceremony, stated that, “It has become important that dedicated and committed individuals in the Nigerian legal practice be set aside, recognized and celebrated. This is also an effort to encourage young individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in law.”
Moray McLaren, Partner, Lexington Consultants, a member of the panel of judges responsible for selecting the winners of the various categories said: “I think it is important for us to be here to celebrate these outstanding young lawyers because they will shape the future.”
Legal Blitz Limited also recognized the need to commend the brilliant contributions and commitment to the future prosperity of the legal profession and 40 lawyers under the age of 40 in the Nigerian Rising Stars, 40 under 40 category were celebrated, with Rashida Afolabi, Odi Gboegwu, and Joy Harrison among the brilliant Under 40 lawyers recognized in this category, while Bloomfield Law Practice and AO2 Law emerged winners of the Law Firm of the Year 2018, Mid-size and Small practice category respectively.
Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (ACAS-Law) won the Law Firm of the Year 2018, Large Practice Category.
Felicia Kemi Segun, Managing partner at ACAS-Law, expressed gratitude in her remarks. She said: “We are humbled to be recognized. It is a good thing when your work is recognized and acknowledged, this encourages us to do even more. We appreciate the Legal Blitz team for the award”.
Other notable recognitions were the Central Bank of Nigeria as the Best Regulatory Team of the Year, The Nigerian Bottling Company as The Best Manufacturing Legal Team of the Year, and MTN Nigeria as the Best Telecommunication In-house Legal Team of the Year, Eko Electricity as Energy and Power Team of the Year, Felicia Kemi Segun (ACAS-Law) as Managing Partner of the Year, and Adeniyi Duale (DOA-Law) as Young Managing Partner Of The Year.
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