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20 leading UK lawyers on mission to boost legal practice in Nigeria

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By Vera Anyagafu

As part of a government campaign to drive collaboration between law firms and business in London and Nigeria, Twenty leading lawyers and barristers from across the UK will meet with prominent Nigerian business leaders and lawyers as part of a wider government drive to boost legal practice and trade with Nigeria, as well as other Africa countries.

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This was announced following last year’s agreement between Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and the UK Prime Minister to launch a new UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum so that countries can identify barriers to broadening bilateral trade and work together to resolve them.

The delegation which is expected to offer expertise in sectors including infrastructure and science, and cross-border transactions to help in supporting Nigeria’s growing economy, as well as drive further business between the UK and Nigeria, aims to promote the UK’s £24 billion legal services sector across the globe

Speaking in respect of the due visit, Lord Chancellor, David Gauke said it is an exciting new step for the ‘Legal Services are GREAT’ campaign as they continue to build global partnerships.

“Our legal system is rightly revered and renowned across the world, and the expertise of our leading lawyers will help to secure investment in Nigeria while creating new business opportunities for UK law firms and chambers”, David Gauke stated.

However, the three day trade mission will take part in skill sharing workshops, talks and seminars promoting collaboration and partnership working in Lagos, Nigeria, as lawyers from Clifford Chance and Mischon de Reya will be among the group representing the strengths of the UK legal system and the benefits of English Law.

The campaign is part of a wider Government drive to strengthen ties with emerging global economic partners.

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