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How many law firms in Nigeria pay young
lawyers, fresh out of law school
N150,000
(One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira). Not many. Though compared to other
industries, this is quite small but in the legal profession it is one of the
best you will find.

How many law firms operate with total
transparency and inclusiveness, carrying all partners and staff along on the
inflow and financial strength of the firm. Not many. Lawyers are more familiar
with Principal Partners who wield strict financial control on the practice of
the firm, who prevent their staff and lawyers from having access to clients and
hide all records of financial dealings of the firm.
With the continuous clamour by young
lawyers for better welfare and remuneration, it is important that we celebrate
the few law firms currently improving on the level of practice and law firm
management. One of these law firms is Paul Usoro and Co (PUC). A firm that pays
its lawyers (Post NYSC) six figure salaries. PUC is led by its Senior Partner
and founder, Paul Usoro SAN.
In corporate circles, Paul Usoro is
variously described as the go – to – counsel for complex matters, be it litigation
or commercial transactions and as the foremost communications lawyer in
Nigeria, which can be seen from the position Paul Usoro SAN as held on the
board of Airtel and he remains the longest serving member of the board. Not to
mention that he was the founding Chairman of the Communication Committee of the
Nigerian Bar Association’s Section on Business Law.
Though Paul Usoro is quite reserved and
hardly talks about himself. He practices law in such a way that could earn him
respect from both his seniors and juniors. His Skills and prowess as a
litigator and strategists are nationally and internationally acknowledged and
his litigation practice cuts across all the superior courts of Nigeria. Also
ranging over a number of areas, such as; election petitions, real property,
criminal matters, oil and gas and commercial litigation.
Mr. Usoro’s experience in Transactions is
so wide and vast, that his records speak for him including the world acclaimed,
first ever and all round successful Nigerian Digital Mobile Spectrum Auction
conducted in 2000. A transaction, which earned the Nigerian government,
US$855,000,000 for 3 Digital Mobile Licenses.
Mr. Usoro’s footprints are also stamped in
the ICT world as he is an expert in the field. Mr. Usoro drafted the Nigerian
Communications Act 2003, a robust and enduring piece if legislation that
regulates the communications industry till date. He has also been the primary
adviser to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in most of its reform
initiatives till date. He served as the Legal Consultant to NCC and was the
only African and Sole Legal Practitioner in the six- member Auction Control Team
for the Global Systems of Mobile Communications (GSM) Spectrum License Auction
that introduced Econet Wireless Networks Limited (Now Airtel), MTN
Communications Limited and NITEL GSM to the Nigerian Market.
It is no gain-saying that the Learned Silk
is one of the most prolific members of the Bar and there is abundance of value
from his professional and corporate perspective that will benefit the Nigerian Bar
Association and its members.  

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