ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards,
an annual event which celebrates excellent and professional contribution of
lawyers to the growth of Nigerian economy, will be hosting the maiden annual Nigerian
Rising Stars – 40 Leading Nigerian Lawyers Under 40 who will shape the future
of the legal profession in Nigeria
 – on 6th October 2016, at the Muson
Centre, Onikan, Lagos Island, Lagos. This award will honour young lawyers, from
law firms, in-house legal departments, government and from the diaspora, who
are the rising stars of the legal profession in Nigeria.

This award is set to
encourage and recognize distinguished 40 Nigerian lawyers under the age of 40, who
will shape the future of the legal profession in Nigeria
. The award is
dedicated to honouring young leaders who have distinguished themselves and are
clearly setting new standards in the practice of law either in Nigeria or in
the various jurisdictions where they practice or work.

We are therefore inviting
nominations from companies, law firms and the general public of outstanding
young Nigerians who are lawyers or business executives with legal background
who are younger than or are ataining the age of 40 in 2016 for inclusion in
our  – Top 40 Under 40 Nigerian Lawyers who will shape the
future of Legal Practice in Nigeria.
 Only 40 Nigerian Lawyers that
exemplify distinction and quality service delivery will be selected for
inclusion in this roll of honours. Qualified nominees should demonstrate
superior leadership, reputation, influence, stature and profile as a Nigerian

Eligibility for Nigerian
Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers Under 40 who will shape the future of the legal
profession in Nigeria:

Selected winners will be
considered on the basis of the criteria below:

  • Must be a Nigerian and below 40 years
    as at 1st January 2016 and at least 7 years of experience as a lawyer
  • Reputation among peers, the judiciary
    and the public
  • Achievements, settlements and verdicts
    as a lawyer
  • Nominations from leading lawyers,
    peers and employer
  • Leadership and membership in the
    Nigerian Bar, International Bar or any other professional lawyer
  • Rankings and ratings by leading
    international evaluation organizations
Each of our
distinguished Top 40 under 40 members strives to
encompass the knowledge, skill, experience and success held by only
the best Nigerian lawyers.

 It is our
mission to promote a unique and professional networking opportunity
for young lawyers, while developing progressive ideas. The winners
will include in-house lawyers as well as lawyers working in private practice
and in Government. We invite law firm partners, General Counsel of Companies,
heads of legal teams at the various governmental departments and Ministries of
Justice, senior lawyers from the diaspora, International Law Firms and the
general public to please nominate young lawyers from their various offices or
that they have worked with for inclusion in this roll of honour.

We invite you to nominate
other lawyers from your firms, in-house and government with whom you have
worked. Nomination should conform with the form below.

For details, please email,
or call Lere on 08035269055 or James 08039696286

All fields in this section
are mandatory
Name of firm/organization:
Job title: _______________________________
Phone number:

All fields in this section
are mandatory
REFEREES (please,
provide at least two, both of whom must be either a client of your
firm/organization or your employer (current or former)
Name: (1)
__________________, (2) ______________________, (3) ____________________
  (1) __________________, (2) ______________________, (3)
Job title: (1)
__________________, (2) _____________________, (3) ___________________
Phone number: (1)
______________, (2) _____________, (3) ________________
email: (1)
______________________, (2) ______________________, (3) _________________

All marked fields are
Nominee Information:
Optional Information:
Nomination Criteria:
Deals, Cases and/or Files –
He/she has an outstanding track record of success relative to others in his/her
field and at a notably high level of complexity. Please provide examples: (2000
characters limit)
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 * Recognized
 – Provide examples of his/her community involvement and
leadership in pro bono work and/or his/her involvement in professional or other
organizations:(850 characters limit) 850 characters left.
 * Contribution
to Success
 – He/she has demonstrated their value to the firm,
department or company by pro-activity in client service, excellent client
development and/or other ways, as evidenced by:(850 characters limit)
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 * Business
 – He/she has demonstrated his/her ability to focus on the
central legal needs/issues within the context of his/her business or client’s
business and the larger relevant competitive realities, as evidenced by:(1750
characters limit)
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 * Adaptable
to Change
 – He/she is highly flexible and responsive to change. Often
he/she anticipates, initiates and leads change efforts. He/she is planning and
visioning for lawyering of the future as evidenced by:(850 characters limit)
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 * Education,
Awards and Affiliations of Note
 – Please, provide highlights: (850
characters limit)
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 * Team
 – He/she is highly skilled at synchronizing the efforts and
work of multiple players and generous in sharing the most interesting work.
He/she recognizes his/her colleagues for successful results and is respectful
and civil in all dealings. Please provide example(s):
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  * – Any
words or other materials beyond this nomination form will not be distributed to
Advisory Board members –