The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Lagos Branch, has released program of events of its 2021 annual Law week.

The week-themed ‘Disruption, Innovation and the Bar’ is scheduled to run from 26th to 27tb of July.

Mrs. Efe Etomi shall deliver a Welcome while the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN shall welcome participants to technical sessions

Goodwill message will be delivered by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN while the launch of a journal shall be done by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, K. O. Alogba.

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Monday 26th  July 2021





Registration & Networking

For Physical Attendees


 – 9.10

Opening Remarks Opening Remarks


The Co-chairs formally open the two-day conference of the NBA Lagos Branch Law Week 2021 with a welcome note.

Mrs. Efe Etomi







Welcome Address


Welcome Address:

 The Honourable Attorney-General welcomes participants to the technical sessions.

Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN – Hon. Attorney-General, Lagos State  



Goodwill Message Goodwill Message by the Vice President of Nigeria. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo SAN, GCON – Vice President of Nigeria  


Launch of Lagos Bar Journal Launch of the Lagos Bar Journal by the Cief Judge of Lagos State. Honourable Justice K.O. Alogba  – Chief Judge of Lagos State  
10.00 – 10.30 Keynote Address


Disruption, Innovation and the Bar

The keynote address will set the tone for the conference by  giving an overview of how technology, innovation and trade liberalisation are disrupting the practice of law across the globe and what it means for the Nigerian legal practitioner.  

David Halliwell

Partner, Pinsent Masons

Birmingham, UK.

10.30 – 11.30 1stPlenary Session


National Security and our Fundamental Rights





This panel will discuss the recent encraochments by the government on fundamental rights on the grounds of national security.



Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili


Mr. Femi Falana SAN

Partner, Falana & Falana Chambers


Prof. Akin Oyebode


Prof. Chidi Odinkalu



Moderator: Mr. Charles Adeogun-Phillips –

Former UN genocide and war crimes prosecutor; Partner, Charles Anthony Law


11.30 – 11.45 Tea Break    
11.45 – 12.45 2nd Plenary Session


Built to Last: Creating World Class Law Firms in Nigeria





Discussants will share their experiences of building law practices designed to stand the test of time. They will touch on their challenges, the future of law practice, and succession planning.

Mr. Asue Ighodalo

Founding Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo

Mrs. Myma Belo-Osagie

Founding Partner, UUBO

Mr. Theo Emuwa

Partner, Aelex

Mr. Adeleke Alex-Adedipe

Managing Partner, Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe

Moray McLaren

Lexington Consultants

Moderator: Mr. Baba Alokolaro

Managing Partner, TNP

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch      
14.00 – 15.00 3rd Plenary Session

Bringing Justice Delivery in Nigeria Into the 21st Century


The Panelists will discuss the current state of justice delivery in Nigeria, causes of delays in justice delivery, the extent to which judicial officers should be involved in  court administration and the ways in which technology can be deployed to birth a justice delivery system that is fit for purpose.


Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun (Moderator)


Mr Babajide Ogundipe


Justice A.O. Faji


Justice Lateefat Okunnu


Mr Fidelis Oditah QC SAN



15.00 – 16.00 4th Plenary Session


The Changing Landscape of Arbitrator Disclosure Obligations


The panellists will discuss recent cases and developments relating to the obligation of arbitrators to disclose possible conflicts of interest.

Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN

Mrs Mia Essien SAN


Chief Gbola Akinola


Mrs Olamide Aleshinloye


Moderator: Seyilayo Ojo




Tuesday 27th July 2021



11.55 Opening Remarks Mr. Dapo Akinosun SAN  
12.00 – 13.00 5th Plenary Session

Financial Autonomy of the Judiciary: Key to Judicial Independence or Ruse?



This panel will focus on the recent clamour for financial autonomy for the judiciary and examine whether it will deliver the much-desired judicial independence.



Hon. Justice Iyizoba (Rtd)


Hon. Justice Babajide Candide-Johnson (Rtd)


Y.C. Maikyau SAN


Olawale Fapohunda (HAG Ekiti State)


Mrs Ayo Obe


Moderator: Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN


13.00-13.15 Tea Break    
13.15 – 14.15 6th Plenary Session

Soro Soke!: Young Lawyers, Minimum Wage, Brain Drain and Professional Development



The Panelists will discuss contemporary issues affecting young lawyers especially: the question whether there should be a minimum wage, brain drain in the legal profession, professional development. They will also proffer suggestions on what should be done to retain young talent in the profession.


Ayuli Jemide


Caleb Adebayo


Mayowa Owolabi


Modupe Odele (Mochievious)


Moderator: Dayo Okusami



14.15 – 15.15 7th Plenary Session

Lawyers Without Borders: Opportunities or Threats?


This session will interrogate the growing trend of lawyers practicing across borders and the likely impact of the AfCFTA on the liberalisation of legal practice on the African continent. Panellists will also discuss the opportunities and threats presented by this trend and make suggestions on how Nigerian lawyers can either prepare for or prevent the liberalisation of legal practice.


George Etomi


Chief Anthony Idigbe SAN


Mfon Usoro


Mr. Dele Belgore SAN


Dayo Idowu


Moderator: Wolemi Esan

15.15 – 16.15 Lunch    
16.15 – 17.15 8th Plenary Session

Career Development Strategies for Professional Growth


The panellists will discuss legal education, professional development, and strategies for young lawyers to develop and flourish in the legal profession. Mrs Bola Tinubu


Dr Wale Babalakin SAN


Prof Gbolahan Elias SAN


Moderator: Tobenna Erojikwe


17.15 – 16.30 Closing Remarks By Branch Chairman Mr. Omoyemi Akangbe





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