ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards is organised by Legal Blitz Limited, Publishers of the ESQ Legal Practice Magazine. The Award celebrates the important contribution of lawyers to the Nigerian economy.

The Award reviews and analyses the various landmark commercial deals across the various sectors of the Nigerian economy and honours outstanding law firms and legal professionals in Nigeria and in the Diaspora who have contributed to the successful execution of the deals.

The award reflects pre-eminence in key transactions, practice areas, and achievements over a period of 18 months, including notable work, strategic growth, excellence in client service, and contribution to the legal profession at large.

Please note that no fee is attached to nomination nor winning of this award.

To ensure credibility, informed analysis of the various deals, we have appointed leading general counsel and business leaders with vast experience in their chosen sectors and across the various sectors as judges.

The in depth research of our team, various interviews with references supplied and the insightful analysis and decision of the judging panel makes this award most sought-after unique in the history of the Nigerian business Community. The entry process is simple, transparent, confidential and fair to recognize the best teams and individuals and projects.

Meet the Judges

Chairman Panel of Judges, Adesegun Akin-Olugbade, COO/Executive Director/General Counsel, Africa Finance Corporation.

Other members of the panel of judges are:

Andrew Jones Head, Africa Group and Partner, Linklatters, London

Andrew Balfour, Chairman, African Practice Group, Slaughter and May, UK

Mark Molyneux, Partner/Co-Head, Africa Business Group Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Nina Bowyer, Global Co-Head, Africa Practice Group, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Chris Utting, Group General Counsel at Gemini Holding & Chief Legal Officer at LaMancha mining company

Knoor Kapdi, Chief Executive Officer, Africa Region, Dentons

Solomon Osagie, Chief Legal Counsel at TSYS International

John Miles, Director of Jmiles & Co., Kenya

Kem Ihenacho, Partner, Lathman and Watkins (London)

Edmund Boyo, Co-Head Africa Practice Group, Clifford Chance,

Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Edo State, Nigeria

Mr Babatunde Akinyanju, Legal Adviser, HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), UK

Ms Remi Aiyela, Partner, Gunnercooke LLP, London

Scott Cowan, founding Partner, African Legal Jobs, UK

Aarti Shah, Head of Government Relations in emerging markets, The Cobalt Partners

Moray Mclaren, Partner, Lexington Consultants

Stephen Blundell, Head of Acritas Advisors at Acritas

Another innovation this year will be second edition of the 40 under 40 young lawyer achievers who will shape the future of the legal profession in Nigeria.

Why wait to make your entries? Visit to put your firm in the spotlight for 2018.

Entry deadline: 30th June 2018

If you have any questions or comments regarding the process, nominations or how to partner/ sponsor or be a part of this event, please do not hesitate to call me on 08099116794, 08110194344, 08132676084 or email at,

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