George Etomi Esq, principal partner, GEP Law has been appointed as a Life Bencher, by the Body of Benchers.
The Body of Benchers is the highest body in the Nigerian legal profession that has the statutory mandate of recommending and admitting aspirants to the Bar. The body is also responsible for instilling discipline in the profession.
George Etomi, Esq, is a distinguished transaction lawyer regularly consulted by multinational companies and top government agencies. He has extensive experience in commercial transactions, spanning Arbitration and other ADR methods, Aviation, Building and Construction, Banking and Finance, Energy and Natural Resources. He was closely involved in acting for the first mobile telephone service in the country and advises major foreign airlines operating in Nigeria.
Mr. Etomi is a Director on the Board of one of the top performing Utilities in Nigeria where he serves as the Committee Chairman of The Board Legal, Corporate Governance and Regulatory Affairs Committee.
Mr. Etomi is the first past Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Section on Business Law and recently, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies named a centre after him: “The George Etomi Centre for Strategic Investment and Corporate Governance”.
In 2016, George Etomi was appointed a member of the Body of Benchers.
A Bencher is a person, whether in the bar or bench, who has attained the highest distinction. A Life Bencher is one who by special appointment remains in the Body of Benchers for life, even after leaving public office, if ab initio, he was an ex officio Bencher.
A Life Bencher is equivalent in rating to a Justice of the Supreme Court.