The top 10 best law firms in Nigeria 2021 are our centre focus in this article and we shall be listing them and giving a general overview about these well established law firms in the country. In Nigeria today, there are many top ranking chambers all over the federation and some of them which are listed in this post are owned by Nigerian lawyers of repute have distinguished themselves over the years.
The top best and most popular law firms in Nigeria have made progress, winning many legal battles with some of their Principals being duly recognized as Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) for their exploits in the legal landscape of Nigeria. These law chambers recruit very intelligent lawyers that can handle really tough cases and come out tops in the process.
In terms of pay, their legal team are well taken care of and over the course of time, the lawyers that have been groomed under the steady hands of these best law establishments in the country go on to make successful careers in turn with some establishing their own chambers and doing very well for themselves.
TOP 10 BEST LAW FIRMS IN NIGERIA 2021: FULL LIST
The following are the top 10 best law firms/chambers in Nigeria this 2021 in no particular order:
MIKE OZEKHOME’S CHAMBERS
Mike Ozekhome’s Chambers is a leading and very popular law firm in Nigeria. The chambers was registered to practice Law in 1986 by Chief (Dr.) Mike A.A. Ozekhome (SAN), a leading lawyer and legal juggernaut in Nigeria’s legal system. The strength of this law chambers lies in the team of experienced legal practitioners carefully brought together and possessing very qualitative legal education.
This law chambers, which as earlier mentioned, is a pre-eminent law firm in the country provides legal and allied services to the local and international communities, private individuals, businessmen and women, governments, government parastatals and corporate organizations in Nigeria and abroad.
The have also been involved in most major commercial litigations as well as arbitrations in Nigeria and have consistently delivered qualitative services as well as the handling of some celebrated cases in the country. The firm consists of twenty-five (25) full time lawyers and twenty (20) support staff.
Their headquarters is located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, with branches in Lagos; Benin City and Agenebode, Edo State; while their international offices are located in the United States and the United Kingdom.
FALANA & FALANA CHAMBERS
Falana & Falana Chambers is another leading law firm in the country as well. This Chambers was established in 1991 by Femi Falana (SAN), a constitutional lawyer of repute and human rights activist. Their offices are located in Lagos, Abuja and Ekiti and they have over twenty (20) lawyers called to the Nigerian Bar.
This very popular law establishment has handled several pro-bono cases from 1991 till date and they have represented many victims of human rights violation in Nigerian Courts and the ECOWAS Community Court. Falana & Falana Chambers is extensively consulted on labour matters and human rights matters.
The chambers has handled more human right matters and public contest cases than many other law firms in Nigeria and it is affiliated to the African Bar Association, Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association and the Pan-African Bar Association.
FESTUS KEYAMO CHAMBERS
Festus Keyamo Chambers was established in 1995 by leading legal practitioner, Festus Keyamo (SAN) with its headquarters located in Lagos State and other branch offices in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory and Warri, Delta State and many liaison offices in many States of the federation.
Festus Keyamo Chambers provides fully-integrated legal services to both private individuals, corporate organizations and government establishments. The firm is made up of highly proficient and experienced lawyers. Overall, there are twenty-two (22) lawyers and twenty-one (21) support staff that make up the staff strength of this law firm.
This Chambers has consistently risen over the years in Nigeria to earn a place among some of the leading law chambers in the country. They have handled several landmark cases, some of which have been generally regarded as controversial. The firm also represents the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the prosecution of high-profile corruption cases.
BANWO & IGHODALO
Banwo & Ighodalo is one of the most popular law firms Nigeria and it was established in 1991 with the aim of becoming a truly world class legal company. Presently, they are known for providing innovative, competent, cost-effective and well-timed solutions.
This chambers is presently structured as a partnership and is a fairly large-sized Nigerian law firm currently comprising over Ninety (90) Solicitors. They provide legal services to public and private companies, governments, Nigerian and foreign investors, financial institutions, foreign law firms and international consultancy firms.
Some of their areas of specialization include Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions; Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Project Finance and Foreign Investment & Divestments, Shipping, Aviation & International Trade, Energy & Natural Resources and Intellectual Property. They also have an excellent track record in Commercial Litigation. Their head office is located in Lagos State.
ALUKO & OYEBODE
Aluko & Oyebode is the largest full-service commercial law firm in Nigeria. It was established in 1993, and it has over eighty (80) attorneys in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. Aluko & Oyebode is headquartered in Lagos State.
As one of the leading firms in the legal profession in the country presently, they provide legal services to national and multi-national companies and clients for their commercial law matters whether it is related to Banking & Financial Law, Labour Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Trade Law, Environmental Law or Real Estate Law.
The firm and its attorneys have received recognition for its excellence from several international bodies, including Chambers Global, IFLR and Legal 500. They are really very good at what they do and it is little wonder why they feature as one of the best in the business on our list.
UDO UDOMA & BELO-OSAGIE
Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie was Founded in 1983 by Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, a seasoned Nigerian lawyer and former Senator of the Federal Republic. The law firm is a full service corporate and commercial law chambers with offices in Nigeria’s key commercial centres with their headquarters located in Lagos State and an affiliate in Ghana.
They have worked with diverse local and international clients to create and implement innovative and practical solutions that are designed to facilitate business in Nigeria and beyond. Where required, they are well placed to work with a select network of leading African and international law firms with whom they enjoy established, non-exclusive relationships.
The company represents their clients in law matters regarding Aviation, Banking and Finance, Business Establishment and Corporate Immigration, Capital Markets, Company Secretarial Services, Compliance and Investigations, Corporate Advisory, Employment, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructuring, Oil and Gas, Power, Infrastructure and Projects, Private Equity, Pro Bono cases, Real Estate, Tax, Telecommunications, Media and Technology.
AJUMOGOBIA & OKEKE
Ajumogobia & Okeke is a leading full service commercial law firm with its head office in Lagos, Nigeria. The Firm was founded in 1984 by Henry Odein Ajumogobia (SAN), Nigeria’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State, Petroleum Resources; and C. Nonyelum Okeke with headquarters in Lagos State and branch offices in Port Harcourt and Abuja.
The firm has established its reputation by acquiring unrivalled knowledge of its clients’ business sectors, as well as strong and long-standing contacts throughout the commercial sector. The Firm is a multi-partner law practice with diverse expertise at the partner level and firm-wide.
Their practice areas include Aviation, Banking and Finance, Tax, Mining, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Litigation, Pro Bono, Intellectual Property, Capital Market (Private Equity), Company Secretarial and Regulatory Compliance as well as Sports, Entertainment and Media.
This top ranking law chambers is a force to be reckoned with in Nigeria’s legal space. They have represented top local and international clients with for whom they have recorded great success. Templars has offices in Lagos and Abuja, and some of their top clients include Google, Rolls-Royce and Unilever
Templars are specialists in Mergers & Acquisitions, Employment and Immigration, Tax, Real Estate, General Corporate Advisory and Company Secretarial, Regulatory Compliance, METIS (Media, Entertainment, Telecommunications, Information Communications Technology and Sports), Commercial Arbitration, Energy disputes, Tax Disputes, Commercial & Contract disputes, Labour dispute, Environmental disputes, Employment disputes, Criminal litigations, ADR, and Maritime Law.
AELEX LEGAL PRACTITIONERS AND ARBITRATORS
Aelex is a leading Commercial and Dispute Resolution law firm in Nigeria. They are one of the largest full-service law establishments in West Africa with offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja in Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. This company provides legal services involving commercial practice areas that cover a broad spectrum.
Their legal practice involves matters relating to Project Finance, Tax Law, International Trade Law, Securities Law, Energy & Infrastructure, Banking & Finance Law, Aviation & Maritime Law and Intellectual Property Law. They have represented some top companies in the country to great success.
OLANIWUN AJAYI LP
Olaniwun Ajayi LP is one of the leading and oldest law firms in Nigeria presently with close to sixty (60) years experience. They are among the highest paying law firms in the country as well. The Firm has distinguished itself in delivering bespoke services to satisfy its clients over the years and has developed mastery over a wide range of legal matters that border the litigious and the transactional.
With a team of over one hundred (100) lawyers, including multiple Silks, and a broad range of service offerings across virtually all the sectors of the economy, Olaniwun Ajayi LP is able to assist its clients to navigate the complexities that may arise in their businesses and help achieve desired outcomes.
This top law firm in the country has been consistently ranked as a top-tier firm by all the leading international legal directories, including Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500. They are truly one of the best in the legal business in Nigeria currently.
Other Worthy mentions include:
- G. Elias & Co.
- Abdulai, Taiwo & Co.
- Adepetun, Caxton Martins, Agbor & Segun (ACAS-LAW)
These are the top ranking and most popular law firms in Nigeria currently. If you feel more names should be added to this list, kindly use our comments section to air your views.