Conference Schedule

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  • Sun June 18, 2017

    • 12:00pm - 6:00pm

      Registration of all Conference Delegates and Media Representatives

    • 4:00pm

      Opening Ceremony

      The Opening Ceremony commences at 4:00 pm and the conference will be declared open by The Senate President, Olubukola Saraki, GCON.

      Master of Ceremonies:
      - Ebere Young

  • Mon June 19, 2017

    • 7:00am - 9.00am

      Registration & Attendance Confirmation

      - On-site Registration of Conference Participants
      - Attendance confirmation of pre-registered Conference Participants
      - Check-in of Speakers and Exhibitors
      - Accreditation of Media Representatives

    • 9:00am - 11:00am

      Session 1 - The Future of Legal Practice - Are You Ready?

      This session will bring together a panel of local and international veterans from the professional services industry to discuss the future of legal practice in Nigeria. Lessons will be drawn from other professional service providers to identify the future direction of the legal services industry and the ways in which lawyers need to adapt.

      - Mark Eddo

      - Gbenga Oyebode MFR, Chairman - Aluko & Oyebode
      - Dotun Sulaimon, Chairman - Financial Reporting Council Nigeria
      - Mia Essien SAN, Partner - Principles Law Firm
      - Kem Iheanacho, Partner - Latham & Watkins
      - Moray Mclaren - Director, Redstone Consulting

    • 11:00am - 11:30am

      Networking Tea Break

    • 11:30am - 1:00pm

      Session 2 - Developing Skills and Capacity: Redefining the Architecture

      This session will consider the challenges that are peculiar to Nigerian lawyers in relation to capacity building. The panellists will discuss the current state of legal education at universities and the law school as well as the role of continuing legal education (CLE) programmes, on the job training and international secondments.

      - Is the current training regime fit for purpose?
      - Should we introduce training contracts?
      - The rationale for CLE
      - Should the Nigerian Law School be privatised
      - How do we build and improve capacity with the existing educational architecture?

      Session Chair:
      Professor Konyinsola Ajayi, SAN - Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP

      - Professor Ernest Ojukwu SAN, Partner, OFY Lawyers
      - Olamide Oladosu, Director, Clifford Chance LLP
      - Dr. Mirian Kene Kachikwu, General Counsel/Company Secretary, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc
      - Kenneth Okwor, Associate, Templars
      - Nicole Kearse, Director of Learning and Development, ILFA
      - Dr. Olanrewaju Onadeko SAN, Director-General, The Nigerian Law School

    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm


      Networking Luncheon for Conference Participants - Short luncheon speech by Chiedu Ugbo, MD Niger Delta Power Holding Company PLC

    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm

      Session 3 - Creating an Efficient System of Justice Delivery

      During this session, panelists will discuss the urgent reforms that are required to create an efficient system of justice delivery, relying primarily on a comparative analysis of what obtains in jurisdictions where the justice delivery systems are perceived to be "more" efficient.

      The panelists will examine what is required from the government, the judiciary, the legal profession and the litigating public, to make this happen.

      - What will it cost to create an efficient justice delivery system?
      - What are the benefits of having an efficient justice delivery system?
      - Do these benefits justify the investment required?
      - What are the critical reform measures and attitudinal changes required to create an efficient justice delivery system?

      Session Chair:
      Dr. Babatunde Ajibade SAN, Managing Partner, SPA Ajibade & Co.

      Fola Arthur-Worrey

      - Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, Federal High Court, Abuja
      - Hon. Seun Abimbola, Attorney-General of Oyo State
      - Segun Osuntokun, Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
      - Igonikon Whyte, Partner, Templars
      - Arthur Obi Okafor SAN, Principal Partner, Arthur Obi Okafor SAN & Associates

    • 3:30pm - 4:00pm

      Networking Tea Break

    • 4:00pm - 6:00pm

      Session 4 - Technology, Innovation and the Law Firm of the Future

      This session will focus on two major subthemes: the deployment of technology in law practice and substantive legal issues in the digital economy. Discussions will revolve around leveraging on technology to improve service delivery, law firm management and professional development; as well as online reputation, cryptocurrency, the malaise of fake news, over-the-top services, and new platforms threatening to disrupt legal education and legal services delivery.

      Basil Udotai Esq. - Managing Partner, Technology Advisors LLP

      SUB-SESSION 1- The Deployment of Technology in Law Practice
      Gerry Riskin - Founding Principal & Chairman, Edge International

      - Yetunde Johnson - MD/CEO, Slingshot Technologies Limited
      - MacJohnson Odey II - Founder,
      - Enyioma Madubuike Esq. - Founder, LegitNG
      - Odunoluwa Longe - Co-Founder, DIYLaw/Lead Counsel, The Longe Practice
      - Kola Aina - CEO, Emerging Platforms Group

      SUB-SESSION 2 - Substantive Legal Issues in the Digital Economy
      Harry Small - Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

      - John Edokpolo - Legal Counsel, Microsoft West, East & Southern Africa
      - Rotimi Ogunyemi, Partner, Bayo Ogunyemi & Co.
      - Frederick Udoaka, Business Development Director, Rack Centre

  • Tues June 20, 2017

    • 7:00am - 9.00am

      Registration & Attendance Confirmation

      - On-site Registration of Conference Participants
      - Attendance Confirmation of pre-registered Conference Participants
      - Check-in of Speakers and Exhibitors

    • 9:00am - 11:00am

      Session 5 - Re-defining the Provision of Cross-border Legal Services: Globalising your Practice

      This session will consider the potential effects of globalisation on the practice of law in Nigeria. The panellists will discuss various forms of collaboration with foreign law firms and whether networks, alliances and ‘best friends’ relationships really work?

      - Regulating free movement for the benefit of the profession
      - Creating truly global alliances
      - How do we ensure that Nigerian lawyers participate fully in the evolving global landscape of law practice?

      Session Chair:
      George Etomi - Principal Partner, George Etomi & Partners

      - Jayanth K. Krishnan - Professor of Law
      - Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow Director, Milt and Judi Stewart Centre on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law

      - Nina Bowyer - Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
      - Nankunda Katangaza - Co-Founder, Hook Tangaza
      - Solape Peters - Partner, Olajide Oyewole LLP
      - Dafe Akpedeye SAN, OFR - Principal Partner, Compos Mentis Chambers

    • 11:00am - 11:30am

      Networking Tea Break

    • 11:30am - 12.30pm

      Session 6 - Legal Services Procurement - What Do Clients Really Want?

      During this session, the panellists will discuss current trends in legal procurement and provide some insight, from the client’s perspective, on the factors taken into consideration when hiring external counsel.

      - Legal procurement
      - Understanding the corporate counsel’s objectives, challenges and constraints
      - Budgetary constraints and cost centre dynamics
      - Value of external counsel’s services versus professional fees

      Session Chair:
      Asue Ighodalo - Founding Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo

      - Kamal Shah - Partner, Stephenson Harwood
      - Tinuade Awe - General Counsel and Head of Regulation, The Nigerian Stock Exchange
      - Sadiq Adamu - General Counsel, Exxon Mobil Nigeria
      - Ms. Imoni Akpofure, Senior Advisor, Africa50

    • 12.30pm - 1.30pm

      Session 7 - Dead Lawyers Don’t Work - Embracing a Lifestyle of Health and Wellness

      With the constant strain of aggressive transaction timelines, huge work portfolios, pressurised work environments and the pursuit of client satisfaction, the Nigerian lawyer’s physical and mental health is increasingly at risk. During this session, wellness experts will discuss the health risks peculiar to lawyers and how to strike a balance between the demands of the profession and a maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

      - Incorporating health and wellness into a demanding work regimen
      - Coping with stress and depression
      - Embracing a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and balanced nutrition

      - Dr. Maimuna Kadiri, Medical Director/Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Pinnacle Medical Services
      - Dr. Yemi Johnson, Cardiologist, First Cardiology Consultants
      - Sherese Ijewere, Nutritionist Consultant/CEO, Caribbean Health and Nutrition
      - Osaro Eghobamien SAN, Founding Partner, Perchstone & Graeys

    • 1.30pm - 2.30pm


      Networking Luncheon for Conference Participants - Short luncheon speech by Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Director General, Consumer Protection Council

    • 2:30pm – 4:00 pm

      Session 8 - The Rules of Professional Conduct in the 21st Century: Challenging the Status Quo (Debate Session)

      With a view to challenging the status quo, this session will be structured as a debate. There will be two debate teams that will examine substantive issues in the Rules of Professional Conduct currently regulating the legal profession in Nigeria. Each team will argue for or against the continued relevance of those Rules in the 21st century. Conference delegates will have the opportunity to vote electronically for, and determine the winning team.

      Fubara Anga, Partner, Aelex

      Debate Panel:
      Light hearted debate on key professional rules. One moderator – two teams of 4 debaters to be judged by live audience vote.

      - Should lawyers wear the wig and gown?
      - Should law firms only be set up as partnerships?
      Team 1 - For Status Quo
      Joi Nunieh, Managing Partner, Nunieh & Nunieh
      Team 2 - Against Status Quo
      Okey Egbuchu, Partner, Consolex Legal Practitioners

      - Should we split the profession?
      Team 1 - For Status Quo
      Soibi Ovia, Partner, Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe
      Team 2 - Against Status Quo
      Babasola Alokolaro, Managing Partner, The New Practice

      - Is the prohibition on advertising or the restriction on visiting clients relevant in today’s world?
      Team 1 - For Status Quo
      Professor R.A.C.E. Achara, Prof. RACE Achara Law Chambers
      Team 2 - Against Status Quo
      Donna Shodipo, Partner, ACAS Law

      - Should a lawyer be permitted to combine other businesses with law practice?
      Team 1 - For Status Quo
      Dominic Obozuwa, Partner, ALIS Advisory Partners
      Team 2 - Against Status Quo
      Dr. Aminu Gamawa Partner, Collaborative Development Partners

    • 4:00pm - 4:30pm

      Networking Tea Break

    • 4.30pm - 6.00pm

      Session 9 - The Changing Face of the Entertainment Industry – Prospects and Opportunities

      This session will focus on the entertainment industry and examine its evolution as well as recent developments in the industry with a view to identifying opportunities for Nigerian lawyers.

      Session Chair:
      Adewunmi Ogunsanya, SAN, Principal Partner, Ogunsanya & Ogunsanya

      Richard Mofe-Damijo - CEO, RMD Productions Limited

      - Mena Ajakpovi, Senior Partner, Abraham & Co
      - Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, Dean, School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University
      - Bolanle Austen-Peters, Founder/CEO, BAP Productions
      - Stephen Kempner, Partner, Sheridans
      - Obi Asika, Founder, Cabal Entertainment
      - Dr. Nkiru Balonwu, Managing Partner, RDF
      - Diwari Peterside, Associate, Anchor & Stern
      - Oyinkansola Fawehinmi, Managing Partner, Technolawgical Partners
      - Prof. Adebambo Adewopo, Principal Partner, L&A Legal Consultants
      - Abovi Ugboma A.K.A Bovi
      - Osere Alakhume, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
      - Mildred Okwo, Co-Founder, The Audrey SIlva Company

    • 7:00pm - 10:00pm

      Closing Party

      After the final session of the Conference, delegates will be ushered to a Closing Party. The climax of the Conference, this casual, mood lit, dance-ready, surprise-packed soiree will feature Nigeria’s top artistes, a live band and a DJ.