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Nigeria is a federal republic of 36 states. Abuja is the capital although Lagos is the largest city, not only in Nigeria, but in sub-Saharan Africa and is a significant regional commercial and legal hub. The Nigerian legal system is based on English common law modified by Nigerian rulings, the Constitution, customary law, Islamic (Shari'a) law and legislative enactments. The profession is the largest in Africa with 70,000 lawyers.


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Attend the Annual Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA SBL) in Abuja

25 April 2016By James Shepherd

Do not miss your chance to attend the NBA SBL10th Annual Conference in Abuja from 22 -24 June 2016.

Nigeria connected

Sign up to our breakfast briefing - Nigeria's drive against corruption

18 February 2016By James Shepherd

Join us on Wednesday 23 March for a breakfast briefing on asset recovery. This event is being held in conjunction with the British Nigeria Law Forum.

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Boosting investment in Nigeria's capital markets – Law Society launches joint report in Lagos

28 July 2015

The Law Society launched a report today on ways to boost capital markets and attract domestic and international investment in Nigeria.

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Sign up for a Webinar: Nigeria Economic Outlook Post Election - July 22 2015

17 July 2015

The webinar delivered by UK Trade and Investment will cover critical areas of interest in Nigeria for businesses and investors.

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Division member discount for the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law 9th Annual Conference

22 April 2015

The theme for the NBA SBL 9th Annual Business Law Conference is “Regulators as catalysts for economic growth” and runs from 7th-9th June 2015.

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