Top commercial law firm, Templars emerged the ‘grand prize winners’ at the ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards which held Sunday evening.

The firm which has become known for advising on major transactions in crucial sectors of the Nigerian economy including but not limited to Oil & Gas, Mining, Power and Project Finance, won the award for the Law Firm of the year in the big practice category. The award was undoubtedly the most coveted gong of the evening and the announcement was greeted with wild jubilation.

Templars also won the Banking & Finance Team of the Year and Capital Market Team of the Year awards showing a clear dominance of the awards.

Other winners on the night, among others, were:

George Etomi & Partners – Energy, Power and Mining Team of the Year

Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe – Real Estate and Construction Team of the Year as well as Media and Entertainment Team of the Year

Aluko & Oyebode – Intellectual Property Team of the Year; Project Finance Team of the Year; and Mergers and Acquisitions Team of the Year

Udo-Udoma & Belo-Osagie – Corporate and Commercial Team of the Year

Jackson Etti & Edu – Private Equity Team of the Year

Detail Solicitors – Oil & Gas Team of the Year

Bloomfield LP – Shipping and Transport Team of the Year; Labour & Employment Team of the Year; and Immigration Team of the Year

Wole Olanipekun & Co – Dispute Resolution Team of the Year

Advocaat – Law Firm of the Year (Small Practice).


There were also awards for in-house counsel at various corporate organisations. Total Nigeria for instance won the Oil & Gas In-House Team of the Year while Ecobank won the Banking & Finance In-House Team of the Year.

Congratulations to all winners and to the organisers for a successful event.




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