It is now common for lawyers
to migrate from their jurisdiction of practice to an entirely different
jurisdiction. Those jurisdictions could be USA, UK, Canada, Australia and so
on. The legal system in these jurisdiction are slightly, if not totally
different from that of Nigeria depending on the type of legal system being
practiced whether common law or civil law system. Since Law is territorial, it
is required that such foreign trained lawyer undergo examinations and trainings
to be able to practice law in that jurisdiction.

The basic requirements vary
from country to country. In Canada, for example, a foreign trained lawyer is required
to go through various steps before such lawyer would be able to practice law in
Canada. The first step would be getting their experience and educational
evaluated by the NCA. A national uniform standard is applied to each applicant.
Applicants may be required to complete certain exams or law school courses.
Upon completion, a Certificate of Qualification would be issued, then such
applicant must article at a law firm before being called to the bar.

The questions that arises
here is, what are the advantages and obstacles that arises from expanding
Nigeria’s legal practice offshore?

The various questions,
issues and challenges of expanding the legal practice offshore  and the way forward would be discussed at the
Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Wednesday, 29th August 2019

Time:  11.00 – 12.30

Pats Ocholonu Hall, Tent 2


Moderator: Chief Folake
Solanke, SAN

Fidelis Adewole

                    Sola Oyebolu

                    Osayaba Giwa-Osagie