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Forthcoming events  

Dear Colleagues,
you are cordially invited to the British Nigeria Law Forum Social Networking event
on Friday 1 September 2017, 6.30pm -10pm
at Bar 92, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Holborn, 92 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4BH
Attendance is free
So that you don’t miss the opportunity to attend our events please ensure you register your attendance well in advance on Eventbrite
Food and drinks can be purchased at the venue and you can also make payments for BNLF membership or the Christmas Dinner on the night.
During this event we will provide updates/information on:
·       The Skills Survey
·       The evening seminar on 21 September 2017 at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, ‘Bridging the Infrastructure Gap-Opportunities for Investing in Nigeria’.
·       The BNLF Christmas Dinner on 1 December 2017
·       Advertising/Articles in the BNLF Newsletter or Magazine
·       Congratulations & Announcements
·       Volunteering
Please see also the following links:
For enquiries on how to join BNLF/Advertise/Sponsor contact: or Rebecca Okoria (07506 991 579)
Many Thanks
Seye Aina
Chair British Nigeria Law Forum


Please Join us for the British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF) Christmas Dinner

Friday 1 December 2017

6.30pm – 11pm

At the Holiday Inn, London Kensington Forum

97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN – The entrance is on Courtfield Road

A 3 Course Dinner with Music provided by top DJ Omowhyte

Prices are as follows:

Individual £65

Student £55 (Student ID will be requested)

Early Bird £55 (ends 30 September 2017)

Table of 10 @ £550

Dress Code: Business/Black Tie/Traditional

To pay on Eventbrite click here:

This is an event not to be missed with top lawyers and dignitaries from the UK and Nigeria attending.

Please contact the us at BNLF should you wish to pay into the BNLF Account or if you wish to sponsor or advertise at this event (sponsorship packages include a feature in our BNLF Magazine and recognition as a Sponsor/Table Host).


Dear Colleagues,

you are cordially invited to the British Nigeria Law Forum Social Networking event

on Friday 21 July 2017, 6.30pm -10pm

at Bar 92, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Holborn, 92 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4BH

Attendance is free

Please ensure you register your attendance in advance on Eventbrite before 21 July 2017

Food and drinks can be purchased at the venue

During this event you will have a chance to meet the new chair and executive committee members who will provide information on:

  • A Skills Survey
  • Special Interest Working Groups
  • Upcoming events ( including  a Christmas Dinner on 1 December 2017)
  • BNLF involvement with other events / stakeholder activities
  • Advertising/ Articles in the BNLF Newsletter or Magazine
  • Congratulations & Announcements

For enquiries on how to join BNLF/Advertise/Sponsor contact: or Rebecca Okoria (07506 991 579)

Seye Aina

Chair British Nigeria Law Forum


Benefits of BNLF membership

  • Being part of a professional organisation recognised by the leading legal and professional bodies in the UK, Nigeria and Africa.
  • Professional development and legal training
  • Attending seminars and workshops for free or at reduced rates
  • Opportunities to give back through mentoring and pro bono advice and assistance
  • Strengthen legal and business links in the UK, Nigeria and Africa
  • Recruitment opportunities
  • Opportunities to respond to legal consultations and proposals in the UK and Nigeria
  • Opportunities to be part of BNLF special interest and working groups
  • Networking
  • Advertise at discounted rates in the BNLF Newsletter or Magazine

Past Events

5 June 2017

BNLF AGM – At Peter& Peters LLP

 11 April 2017

The Best Interests of the Child – A seminar held at Peters & Peters LLP. The panel discussion was led by Stephen Akinsanya, Chair of BNLF with speakers Beatrice Jedy-Agba, former Director-General of the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) , Dr Iyabode Ogunniran, Senior Lecturer, Public Law, University of Lagos, Babs Akinyanju, Legal Adviser, East London Family Court and Onyoja Momoh, Barrister at 5 Pump Court Chambers.
23 March 2016

International Asset Recovery – A breakfast seminar held at the Law Society. The panel discussion was led by Segun Osuntokun Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, the speakers were Steven Haynes, Investigator, at Greyhawk, Jonathan Tickner, Partner at Peters & Peters, Jessica Parker, Partner at Corker Binning.

17 April 2015

BNLF AGM – At Peter& Peters LLP

3 Feb 2015

Counter-Terrorism in Nigeria – the Rule of law and strategies for law enforcement – A seminar held at Protea Hotel Abuja, Nigeria. The Keynote address was by Mohammed Adokie SAN, CFR, Nigerian AttorneyGeneral & Minister of Justice. This event was chaired by Babs Akinyanju, the BNLF Chair. Other speakers included: Prof Peter Akper SAN, OFR, Snr Special Assistant. to Hon. AGF; Prof Adedeji Adekunle, DG, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Ms Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy & Development; Ms Bukky Shonibare, Human Rights Activist; Charles Adeogun-Phillips, Partner at Charles Anthony; Col. Bello Fadile (rtd), Office of the National Security Adviser; Simon Egede MON, Special Assistant (Prosecutions) to the Hon. AGF; Francis Usani, Acting Director, NFIU.

24 Aug 2014

Opportunities for Nigerian Law Firms in the Diaspora Market – The Chair of the British Nigeria Law Forum Babs Akinyanju gave a presentation at the Nigeria Bar Association’s Annual General Conference at Owerri, Imo State.

14 June 2014

Terrorism in Nigeria – Is the law sufficient to curb it? – A British Nigeria Law Forum Seminar organised in collaboration with the Hospital Prison Action Network (HPAN). Speakers included: Mohammed Adokie SAN, CFR, Nigerian AttorneyGeneral & Minister of Justice,  Michael O’Kane, Senior Partner, Peters & Peters, Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, Nathaniel Oyinloye, Chair, HPAN and Babatunde Akinyanju Chair BNLF.

9 Nov 2013

A Celebration of Nigerian Contemporary Art – The British Nigeria Law Forum Gala Dinner held at the Waldorf Hilton with artist Yinka Shonibare MBE.  David Frame the MD of South Energyx Nigeria gave a presentation on the Eko Atlantic City project in Lagos, Nigeria.

12 Sept 2013

The Future of Legal Education in Nigeria – What Role for Diaspora Lawyers?  – A seminar held at Berwin Leighton Paisner. The speakers Chief OCJ Okocha SAN, MFR, Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, Olanrewaju Onadeko SAN, Director-General, Nigerian Law School, Professor Gbolahan Elias, Partner, G. Elias & Co. and Busola Akande, Lecturer, LPC Programme, Oxford Brookes University.

17 June 2013

Expanding the frontiers of legal practice in Nigeria: the role of

International lawyers – A BNLF session organised in collaboration with ESQ Legal Magazine at the Section on Business Law Conference, Nigeria. Speakers Segun Osuntokun Partner, Berwin Leigton Paisner; Okey Wali SAN; James Maton Partner, Edwards Wildman Palmer and Lawrence Fubara Anga, Partner, Aelex.

18 Oct 2012

Employment prospects in the Law and other drivers for the economy – A careers workshop at Southbank University organised by Chris Shepherd, Principal Lecturer Southbank University & the BNLF Committee members: Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN, Jonathan Akinsanya, Babs Akinyanju,. Panellists: Shade Akintunde, Trainee Solicitor Freshfields, Adakwu Oragwu, Barrister 6 Pump Court & Chika Okeke Recruitment Consultant DMJ Legal

 11 Oct 2012

The Petroleum Industry Bill and other drivers for the Nigerian economy – BNLF Annual Lecture, at Linklaters, chaired by Remi Aiyela, the BNLF vice-chair and Editor of Nigeria Oil & Gas (NOG) Intelligence. Speakers Gbenga Oyebode MFR, chair of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association and Partner at Aluko & Oyebode; Rolake Akinkugbe, Head of Oil and Gas Research at Ecobank & Daniel Tyrer, Energy & Utilities Partner at Linklaters.

29 March 2012

BNLF AGM – At Berwin Leighton Paisner with guest speaker Dr Tahir Mamman, Director General of the Nigerian Law School.

27 Nov 2011

New frontiers for the Legal Profession and Legal Practice – BNLF 10th Anniversary Law Lecture at Clifford Chance. Guest Speaker Mr Odein Ajumogobia, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

10 Aug 2011

BNLF Careers Talk – At University of Buckingham Speakers Babs Akinyanju & Emonye Adekwu.

7 July 2011

Legal Information Session (LIS) – BNLF in collaboration with the Central Association for Nigerians in the UK (CANUK) – launched in 2011 by the Nigeria High Commissioner HE Dr Dalhatu Sarki Tafida OFR topics included immigration law, ‘Stop & Search’ police powers.

June 2011

BNLF Careers talk – At Edwards Wildman Palmer London LLP. Speakers Dapo Olorunsola-Elias Partner at Simon Bethel Solicitors, Abimbola Badejo Barrister at 5 Pump Court and Myles Bignall Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

10 March 2011

Multi-Jurisdictional Practice -The NBA Position – The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Joseph Bodunrin Daudu SAN gave a keynote address at the AGM of BNLF.

18 Oct 2010

Solicitors’ practice rulesa BNLF workshop for practising solicitors hosted by Solomon Wifa, Partner O’Melveney & Myers. The speakers were Anesta Weekes QC, Joanna Cargill and Jacqueline Devonish.

22 July 2010

The Role of the Judiciary in Nigerian Electoral Reform – Hon. Justice Helen Ogunwumiju (Court of Appeal, Nigeria) gave the keynote address at the BNLF Annual lecture.

30 June 2010

‘So you want to be a lawyer?’ A career development workshop examining the different career options in the legal profession. Speakers Segun Osuntokun, Partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner, Michelle Egbosimba, Kweku Aggrey Orleans and Ajita Shah.

 7 April 2010

Enforcement of Foreign Judgements & Regulating Financial ServicesBNLF held a session at the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law Conference, Abuja chaired by human rights lawyer Mrs Maryam Uwais MFR. Speakers: Paul Onifade, Solicitor Advocate; Babs Akinyanju, Solicitor- Regulating Financial Services; Philip Aliker, Tanifield Chambers, Remi Aiyela, Principal, Cavendish Law-Succession Planning for the legal profession.

6 April 2010

Reforms to the criminal justice system – BNLF held a Legal Training session in Nigeria. The Speakers were Babs Akinyanju, Jonathan Akinsanya, Stephen Akinsanya & Adekunle Randle held a training session on reforms to the criminal justice system attended by up to 50 lawyers,  including  the  Solicitor-General  &  Permanent  Secretary,  Lagos  State Ministry  of  Justice,  Mr  Lawal  Pedro  SAN  and  the  Director  of  Public  Prosecutions, Mrs  Olabisi Ogungbesan

25 February 2010

BNLF AGM – At Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. Speaker Yemisi Jenkins-Lewis, President of the Association of British Nigerian Law Enforcement Officers (ABLE).

14 May 2009

A Reception Dinner – BNLF hosted a dinner for Lagos State High Court Judges and Olasupo Shasore, SAN the Attorney General Lagos State.

17 April 2009

BNLF Executive visit the office of the Lagos State Governor – The BNLF Chair & Executive Committee paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor HE Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN.

16 April 2009

BNLF Dinner, Nigeria – BNLF hosted a dinner at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja with guest speaker, Hon. Justice Mohammed Uwais (former Chief Justice of the Federation).

11 March 2009

BNLF AGM – At Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge

7 Nov 2008

BNLF Lecture – At the Commonwealth Club with keynote speaker Olasupo Shasore SAN, Hon. Attorney General of Lagos State a presentation on Legal Reforms in Lagos State (incl a Magistrates’ Courts Bill, updating the IT infrastructure in the court system and setting up Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP) for law firms and other professional partnerships).

17 May 2008

BNLF Gala Dinner – New Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, guest speaker Mrs Justice Linda Dobbs DBE, the first black High Court Judge in the UK.

 27 June 2007

Farewell dinner for HE Dr Christopher Kolade CON, the Nigerian High Commissioner.

7 June 2007

Judges Reception – BNLF hosted a dinner for Lagos State High Court Judges at the Commonwealth Club, London

10 April 2007

BNLF Host a Dinner for Olisa Agbakoba SAN, President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Chief Joe Gadzama SAN and Mr Lawal-Rabana, General Secretary of the NBA.

29 March 2007

Legal Practice in Nigeria: A closed shop? – A BNLF workshop at the Law Society.

Guest speaker was Femi Lijadu, a commercial lawyer based in Lagos.

Feb 2007

Liberalisation of legal practice in Nigeria – Mr Segun Osuntokun, Partner DLA Piper presented a paper on behalf of BNLF at the Nigerian Bar Association National Executive Conference in Owerri.

 Nov 2006

Gala Dinner – First launched in 2006, guest speakers were H.E. Dr Christopher Kolade, High Commissioner of Nigeria and Fiona Woolf, the President of the Law Society of England & Wales.

 Subsequent BNLF Gala Dinners  have included guest speakers such as the Hon Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly Razak Atunwa, Peter Lodder QC, Chairman, General Council of the Bar of England & Wales, Mrs Justice Linda Dobbs DBE, HE Ambassador Dozie Nwanna OON, Deputy Nigeria High Commissioner , Chief Joe Gadzama SAN and Femi Falana SAN.

12 Sept 2005

Leadership for Nigeria – What Role for Lawyers? – a Lecture held at Grays Inn Hall with speakers the Nigerian High Commissioner HE Dr Christopher Kolade CON and Chief Bayo Ojo SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation.

1 July 2005

Succeeding after QLTT – a seminar addressing the difficulties faced by Nigerian lawyers qualified in England through the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test.

Networking events – BNLF organise regular networking events. Previous events have been held at venues in London such as Brookes Brothers and also hosted by Mrs Boma Ozobia OON, Sterling Partnership and former vice- chair of BNLF.

Christmas Dinners – BNLF have held Christmas dinners at venues such as Cottons and the popular Nigerian Restaurant 805. In 2012 the guests at 805 included the Lagos State Attorney General Ade Ipaye SAN and Lagos State Judges.

BNLF Legal Surgery – First launched in 2005, BNLF lawyers provide free legal consultation to members of the Nigerian community. This was a joint Collaboration between BNLF and the Nigerian Chaplaincy: