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NBA to lead first legal trade mission to UK

By Emeka Aginam
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is concluding arrangement  to lead a trade delegation of lawyers from Nigeria to the UK this month  to explore opportunities with UK lawyers and businesses.

The trade mission to the UK  immediately follows the International Bar Association Conference in Madrid, the legal world’s premier annual event.

The trade mission, according to Trad department of the British High Commission in Nigeria is  supported by the Law Society of England & Wales.

The trade mission, according the statement,  will feature various networking events and seminars between October 12-16 in London and Liverpool covering a range of topics, including maritime law, banking and insurance.

“This is the first time the NBA has led a delegation to the UK and will give lawyers looking to develop international activity a step up, and comes a few days after the popular IBA conference in Madrid, which runs from October 4-9. The move follows successful Law Society-led trade delegation visits to Nigeria in the past two years” the statement added.

Delegates, according to the High Commission  will have the opportunity to network with UK law firms and potentially establish working relationships with them.

Meanwhile, the Law Society President Robert Heslett while throwing weight on the trade mission said: “The Law Society is delighted to welcome the Nigerian Bar Association whom we continue to support in building greater co-operation between Nigeria and the UK’s legal sectors.

“The UK legal services market remains fertile for building networks with overseas lawyers and businesses, which is why this inward visit will help to develop even stronger links between Nigerian and UK lawyers.”

The NBA-led visit will incorporate a programme of seminars, briefings and networking opportunities as well as an opportunity for delegates to arrange their own meetings as well as series of events in London, including a networking event at the Law Society.

The  delegation, according to the High Commission,  will head to Liverpool for a seminar on comparative maritime, banking and insurance issues with speaking opportunities for participating lawyers.It would be recalled that the  fifth largest economy in the world, the UK exports goods to Nigeria worth £1.4 million and services worth £882m. Its liberal legal market allows lawyers from all jurisdictions to practice there, helping to make it one of the world’s leading legal hubs.


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