1st Attorneys is a Leading Law Firm which is established and registered under the laws of Nigeria and associated with Leading Law Firms in various countries and jurisdictions.
The legal system in Nigeria was fashioned after the English legal system. The particular difference between the two is that, in the United Kingdom, you either practice as a barrister or as a solicitor. In Nigeria, the practice of a barrister and Solicitors is fused. In this regard, a lawyer in Lagos, Abuja or any other state in Nigeria, usually takes on the title of “Barrister, Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria”. The terms Attorney, Barrister, Solicitor, Legal Practitioner, Counsel, and Advocate are sometimes used interchangeably in Nigeria.
Most law firms in Nigeria are of general practice with many heavily dependent on litigation. Few single out and specialise in specific areas such as Nigerian trademark and patent attorneys, oil & gas, immigration etc.
The seeming reason for the lack of specialisation for many lawyers is that there is a perception that the wider their net is cast, the more likely they are to get briefs.
For others, because of the high competitiveness among Nigerian lawyers, the likelihood of getting substantial briefs in a particular area is uncertain.
One fast emerging area of specialisation is as Business and Commercial Lawyers or Law firms.
The reason for this is because Nigeria is a fast growing economy and in recent years, up and until the global economic decline, experienced a boom in economic activities.
There has also been an increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) despite reports of insecurity in Nigeria. This makes it very important for any businessman or investor, be they international or local, to make a Nigerian lawyer as their first point of contact. They need to consider things such as company and business registration (incorporation), taxation and property acquisition.