Owing to the diverse and growing range of our clientele and the different requirements they have for legal advice and representation, our experience spans a wide and dynamic range of practice areas. Our competency traverses the whole gamut of the law, ranging from Energy, Oil & Gas, Taxation, Shipping & Admiralty and Aviation to Dispute Resolution & Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Immigration, Information & Communications Technology, Real Property and Intellectual Property. The firm also provides business advisory services.
Energy, Oil & Gas
The firm has considerable institutional knowledge of the oil & gas industry, having been actively offering services to the industry for over 50 years, in both the upstream and downstream sectors. It renders advice on areas including but not limited to the following: the operation of concessions, assignment of existing rights, acquisition and exploitation of oil licences. The firm also defends and handles environmental claims.
Maritime and Aviation
The firm handles various issues involved in the maritime and aviation sectors and represents several ship owners, charterers and airlines. It advises on the registration of Ships and aircrafts, financing of vessel acquisition and securitisation; it has also prepared and reviewed several agreements on behalf of clients, including but not limited to wet leases, charter party agreements, ship mortgages, aircraft mortgages, loan and security agreements and air operating licences.
All counsel in the firm are involved in litigation, handling a diverse range of commercial and personal disputes. The firm has handled almost all of the tax matters that have been litigated upon in this jurisdiction, right up to the Supreme Court. It has also represented numerous political parties and various levels of government in constitutional matters.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
The firm has been involved in major arbitration proceedings nationally and internationally, and has represented clients from various sectors of the industry. The services of the firm have also been engaged by a number of clients towards negotiating agreements on their behalf and representing such clients in conciliation proceedings.
Business Regulatory Services
These services include Taxation, Immigration, Information & Communications Technology and Intellectual Property. They vary: from the procurement of government permits to the filing of statutory documents at government regulatory departments.
This largely involves the filing of trade marks, patent and design applications at the various registries in Abuja. The firm is also involved in the protection of clients’ intellectual property and as such, also files oppositions to intellectual property applications where they are infringing on clients’ intellectual property.
This largely involves the filing and procurement of work permits, expatriate quota and combined expatriate residents permit and alien cards (CERPAC) on behalf of clients.
Information & Communications Technology
The firm has advised and produced numerous papers in the information and communications technology sector. It has also been involved with facility management and outsourcing contracts in the computer industry.
Business Advisory Services
The firm’s Business Advisory Services encompass a company secretarial arm, Unity Trustees Limited(UTL). UTL provides company secretarial and nominee services to several public and private companies. These include proffering advice on all forms of business issues including but not limited to registration of private and public companies, flotation of public companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, procurement of business permits, participation of foreign nationals in a local company, applications for capital importation, stock exchange listing, public offer of shares, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and various forms of arrangements.
The firm has a strong tradition of expertise in the Real Estate sector and has handled many private and commercial property transactions on behalf of clients.