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The Effect Of The Pandemic On The Legal Sector In Nigeria With Kayode Ajulo Esq.

The Elite Lawyers Association in their exclusive interview with the distinguished legal practitioner of class and style sought to know if the pandemic that have ravaged the legal sector had any positives and if there are panacea thereof in the midst of its negative impacts. The legal icon had this to say:

The COVID-19 pandemic is becoming one of the most serious threats to global markets and international trade seen in recent times. Border closures and travel restrictions instituted by different countries to restrain the spread of the virus, have adversely affected transportation and other supply side businesses and service providers. Uncertainty about the disease has plagued stocks, bonds and futures markets with negative implications. Financial markets have suffered losses and global economic forecasts are being reassessed and downgraded to account for the loss in trade and income to businesses and governments resulting from the pandemic

He called the NBA to kindly find means to ease the burden placed on young lawyers by the pandemic and other related events. He however, appreciated the Elite Lawyers Association for their desire to make impacts in the legal profession which will go a long way to ensure law reform.

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The Effects Of The Global Pandemic On The Judicial Sector With J.S Okutepa SAN

Due to the global pandemic that is ravaging every sector in the world, the Elite Lawyers Association with the zeal to bring answers to young lawyers who are greatly affected and to assist the judicial sector profer solutions to its effects; sort and earned an interview section with the most distinguished learned silk J.S Okutepa SAN of Okutepa & Co.

The following were derived from his assertions:

When asked about his views on the welfare of young lawyers, he had this to say:

‘The NBA has set up a welfare committee on Covid-19 where senior lawyers, such as myself, are being called upon to make donations as palliatives for young lawyers. I have my reservations for it….The profession of law is so honorable that I consider it demeaning for young lawyers to be given palliatives as if they are beggars. The nobility of this profession does not allow me to think along that line. I rather want to think along the line that to solve the problems of young lawyers, the NBA, as a professional Association must think beyond giving money as a sign of palliative. Because it’s tantamount to giving fish to a man rather than teaching the man how to fish for himself. So I think my attitude is that we have squandered so many opportunities of creating jobs for young Lawyers.’

He further stated thus;

‘What stops the Attorney general of the various ministries to say if we give out briefs to mr A B, C, and D of N10,000,000 (ten million naira), for instance, the lawyers in the ministry of justice must bring out N3,000,000 (three million naira) from there to give to the young lawyers in the ministry of justice who are assisting you in addition to their salaries, so they can also have money in their pockets?’

‘What stops the Nigerian Bar Association to invest part of our practicing fees in investment-driven opportunities businesses that can be exclusively reserved for lawyers as employment? What stops the Nigerian Bar Association?

The rest of the interesting interview with great insights is revealed in the video clip above.

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Law Essay Competition

The Law Essay Competition titled “The Big Question” has finally come to a close as the winners have emerged and their prizes have been duly awarded.

A hearty congratulations to the winners of the IST edition of the Big Question Competition. To the rest of the participants, you are also a winner and we wish the best. The 127 new partners who signed up with us via our website, you are warmly welcomed to the family.

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