Aluko & Oyebode’s Mark Mordi and Perchstone & Graeys’ Afolabi Kuti take silk, among others.

Sam Dele-Ogunti

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72 out of the 159 legal practitioners that applied for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria were formally conferred the title on 8th December at the main courtroom, Supreme Court, Abuja.

It will be recalled that an earlier statement by the apex court’s spokesperson, Dr. Festus Akande, noted that the swearing-in, forms part of several programmes, “outlined to officially herald the 2021/2022 legal year of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”

The rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria is always awarded as a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession who have distinguished themselves as advocates and academics.

The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) after its rigorous exercise elevated 72 lawyers to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 10 academics and 62 advocates respectively.

A number of top corporate and commercial law firms took to social media to make announcement and celebrate members of their firms who made the list. Among the recipients of this year’s award included Aluko & Oyebode’s Mark Mordi, who is renowned for his representation of major consumer products and pharmaceutical companies in IP litigation matters, including contentious patent and trademark mandates. Afolabi Kuti of Perchstone and Graeys who heads the firm’s Dispute Resolution and Employment Law Practice, was also awarded the honour.

Prof. Abiola Sanni of ASCO LP, who currently occupies an endowed Chair as the Lagos State Professor of Tax & Fiscal Matters also made the list under the academic category. Charles Mekwuye, a former member of the House of Representatives, Ehiogie West-Idahosa, and Anthony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission.

 

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