Idigbe harps on harmony in law firms
The senior partner at Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), has emphasised the need for harmonious working relationships in law firms.
The senior advocate, who said such relationships are ideal for law firms to thrive, described the relationship between his firm and its staff as that of a united family that always stays together no matter the distance, differences and the various shades of opinions.
He made this remark while lunching the firm’s alumni, during its end of a year dinner party, which took place at the landmark event centre in Victoria Island Lagos.
The learned silk traced the history of the law firm from its inception in 1947 and said that it had produced some of the nation’s brilliant lawyers.
“Since its inception in 1947 by our founding partner, Honourable Justice Chike Idigbe JSC of blessed memory, we have had some of the most brilliant legal minds pass through the firm.
“PUNUKA has grown and strengthened into a stronghold of knowledge and expertise because of the contribution of some of you here. We have produced a Judge of the Federal High Court, Magistrates, Senior Advocates of Nigeria and executive in-house counsel.
“We have also trained lawyers who have gone out to become senior associates and partners in their own firms and all thriving,” he remarked.
Idigbe further said that the decision to launch the alumni forum was based on the desire to have a more collaborative experience because the Punuka family stays united no matter what, adding that they all benefit from each other.
“This initiative was birthed out of our desire to have a deeper and more enriching collaborative experience with our alumni.
“We have a rich database of lawyers and business support staff who have gone through the system, share their talents and skills with the institution and in exchange also benefitted from the people and resources in the firm.
“We have informally maintained a relationship or connection with these our former staffs, but we believe that a lot more can be done in terms of creating a symbiotic relationship with our alumni,” he stated.
Earlier, the managing partner, Mrs. Idigbe, welcomed both staff and guests to the dinner party.
She recalled the hardship that came with the advent of COVID-19 affected every facet of the economy but thanked God that the firm is still waxing strong.
Several awards were given to deserving members of staff such as the long service award, the best staff of the year, among others.
The promotion of deserving members of staff, particularly new partners, was also announced at the occasion.
Former and present staff and their guests attended the dinner.