By Onozure Dania
A legal firm, Templars has won the best law firm of the year 2017, out of over 175 entries from more than 15 countries across Africa and Europe.
The firm carted away the awards for Power, Energy & Natural Resources Team 2017, which is the 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 clinched the grand award over other top law firms in Africa which were shortlisted.
They were CGA – Couto, Graca & Associados (Mozambique), Banwo & Ighodalo (Nigeria), Kenna Partners (Nigeria), Kaplan & Stratton (Kenya), Aluko & Oyebode (Nigeria) and Bowman (South Africa) which was the recipient of the award in 2016.
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, SAN, CON, FClArb for his overwhelming contribution to the legal space over the years.
The Law Firm of the Year award was organised by The Law Digest Africa Awards which was held at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island on Friday, November 24, 2017. This came shortly after the firm also won a similar award at the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, 2017.
The Law Digest Africa Awards is aimed at recognising and honouring excellence in the African legal services market, by recognising the contributions of individual lawyers, law firms and in-house teams, large and small equally.
The awards are based on the opinions of peers and the in-depth research conducted.
The law firms that were shortlisted 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: MickaelLaurans, 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, CON – Partner, Bayo Ojo & Co and a host of other reputed legal minds.