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Templars earns double recognition in awards for firms

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Managing partner, Templars, Mr. Olumide Akpata in front row (centre) and cross-section of the award recipients at the recently concluded Law Digest Africa Awards in Lagos.

Leading Lagos law firm, Templars has again clinched the coveted “Law Firm of the Year” award at the Law Digest Africa Awards shortly after winning the same award at the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, 2017.

The Law Digest Africa Awards is a brand new concept in recognizing and honoring excellence in the African legal services market, by recognizing the contributions of individual lawyers, law firms and in-house teams, large and small. The awards are based on the opinions of peers and in-depth research.

The shortlist for this year’s awards included candidates from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Mozambique. Also, the Judges for this year were selected legal professionals across Africa and the international community, which include Mickael Laurans, Head of International – Law Society of England and Wales, Noor Kapdi, Managing Partner, Dentons South Africa, Pieter Steyn, Director – Werksman & Chairman – Lex Africa, Chief Bayo Ojo (SAN) – Partner, Bayo Ojo & Co. and a host of other reputed legal minds.

Commenting on this year’s event, the Executive Editor of Law Digest, Seyi Clement said: “This year had over 175 entries from more than 15 countries across Africa and Europe. The award was sponsored by Stephenson Harwood and had about 15 categories to reward excellence including a lifetime achievement award which went to Chief Bayo Ojo for his overwhelming contribution to the legal space over the years.

Templars stole the show by scooping the awards for Power, Energy & Natural Resources Team 2017 (Third consecutive award), Property, Infrastructure & Construction Team 2017, Managing Partner of the Year 2017 (Twice in a row) – Oghogho Akpata, Managing Partner, Templars and the grand award, Law Firm of the Year 2017. The Templars team had clinched the grand award over other top law firms in Africa, which were shortlisted.

This feat by Templars was particularly unprecedented as the firm had just received the same award from another institution (ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards) a few weeks back. No other law firm has achieved the same feat in the same year.

Commenting on this, Partner, Olumide Akpata, said: “We are very delighted to be recognized in such an outstanding manner. We thank our clients for inspiring us to push the boundaries of success as we could not have achieved this without them”.



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