COVID-19: IMPLICATIONS FOR LAW FIRMS

COVID-19: IMPLICATIONS FOR LAW FIRMS
November 16, 2021 Advocaat Law Practice
COVID-19: IMPLICATIONS FOR LAW FIRMS

The challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have been unprecedented in Nigeria both for the economy and for our legal system. We witnessed in October 2020, widespread civil disobedience and rioting across the country that led to the looting and destruction of several institutions including the razing of courts in Nigeria’s commercial capital -Lagos.

With courts either closed or operating sub optimally and delays in access to justice due to low internet penetration for electronic hearing of matters, does this mean a decline in fortune for commercial law firms in Nigeria and therefore less profitability until economic recovery? Not necessarily as transactional practices continue to see a surge in activity induced by a number of factors including but not limited to force majeure declarations, government interventions in various sectors, employment and labour matters, and regulatory interpretations.

 

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