LeLaw. We are a niche commercial law firm with clear vision and mission.
Our Vision is to be the “go to firm” for creative, value adding and cost effective solutions to our clients’ complex business issues; serving our clients, profession and society with utmost dedication and integrity.
Our Mission is to help our clients succeed and make an impact in their markets and communities. We labour with a view to ensuring that the quality and value of our services confers competitive advantage on our clients.
Registered in January 2014, we opened our doors in June 2014. We are young but have in-depth expertise and proven thought leadership in commercial law practice, including:
- Optimal tax and regulatory structuring of cross-border and big ticket transactions.
- Tax litigation and dispute resolution strategy design, review and support.
- Nigerian entry and exit strategies for foreign investments, including provision of compliance requirements support; mergers and acquisitions, Group restructurings.
- Mastery of sectoral landscape – FSI, energy and utilities, iCT, FMCG, real estate, e.t.c.
- Law firm strategy advisory and support services focusing on competitive strategy, organisational and process improvement, entity/firm/practice transformation and renewal, etc.
- Training – tax, legal and regulatory training services, training needs assessment and curriculum design, facilitation at professional development training programmes.
We are a niche firm, passionately committed to helping our clients succeed in the market place and make positive, enduring impact in their communities. Our team has multi specialist and multidisciplinary background. Having worked with leading Nigerian and multinational professional services, we are uniquely positioned to understand our clients’ business industries as well as anticipate/craft solutions to their business issues.
For further details, please see our Firm Brochure.
LeLaw. We are imbued by a deep sense of values.
Values provide the compass and underpinning for all that we do: they exemplify our responsibility to our clients, our profession and community, and to ourselves. Our values are: “Clients First”, Empathy, Contribution, Integrity, Excellence and Stewardship.
- “Clients First”: Without clients, we would not be in business. We therefore pay premium attention to our clients as a cherished part of our ecosystem. As a firm, we compete on the basis of quality and responsiveness of our services to clients; we will therefore go to any length (within legal bounds) to meet, nay exceed, our clients’ expectations. As part of our commitment, we leverage our structured and informal client feedback programmes to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of rendering positive client experience.
- Empathy: We “walk in the shoes” of our clients. In receiving instructions, we connect with the “soul” of the issues to gain an insightful understanding critical to crafting customized, client-centric solutions. We never proffer advise without considering the ramifications of its implementation on our clients’ businesses and their long term strategic plans. We constantly ask ourselves: “what if we are the client?”.
- Contribution: We are impelled by our desire to contribute, always adding value through our interventions to clients and counterparties. We creatively apply our expertise to the client’s situation. We push ourselves to identify, create or enhance value propositions for our clients. Our value add to clients must always significantly exceed our fees, otherwise we do not undertake such engagements.
- Integrity: We work ethically and only with reputable clients and counterparties. Our zero tolerance for unethical conduct in our dealings helps to safeguard and indeed consolidate our and our clients’ reputations. We keep our word at all costs and believe that long term success can only be achieved through consistently doing the right things. We exercise daily character disciplines of focus, resilience, dedication and continuous learning. We endeavour to model the change we like to see happen in our society.
- Excellence: We embrace excellence as a way of life; we pay attention to details. Our culture is of a learning organisation that will do whatever it takes for better delivery. We are willing to make sacrifices in the pursuit of excellence – to make what is regarded as best, to be better. We are thorough in our analysis and rigorous in execution – conscious that there is no alternative to living by a higher standard. We consider being called upon to provide answers to novel, complex or intellectually challenging questions a humbling experience in our journey of excellence.
- Stewardship: This is the sum total of our responsibility to the firm and ourselves in nurturing, institutionalizing and growing the firm; passing its baton to the next generation of leaders/personnel in a stronger state than when we founded or joined, the firm. This value exemplifies our confidence that our people, working together for and with valued clients, can bequeath a forward looking, living institution of increasing relevance to future generations.
In summary, we live, work and are ruled by our values.
LeLaw Process is our proprietary methodology for providing services to our clients.
It is also the fabric of our internal relationships – amongst our people and between them and the firm. Our interns and new hires are consciously immersed in the LeLaw Process upon engagement by the firm. LeLaw Process is the strategic tool that enables the firm’s deliverables, conduct and culture match the exceptional standards that we place on ourselves in order to earn, and retain trust/credibility with our clients.
LeLaw Process prescriptions underpins, amongst others, our:
- Recruitment, professional development, motivation/retention and compensation of our personnel;
- Client relationships – given that we measure our value by how we help clients achieve their results, constantly pushing ourselves to be in a position where clients can wholly rely on us – and professional alliances;
- Risk management strategy, including brand and reputation management;
- Social citizenship and community involvement;
- Revisions and updates to the Process towards being in tune with evolving trends, whilst keeping its fundamental, values driven elements.
LeLaw. We are in tune with, and take our community responsibilities seriously.
Our initiatives include:
- Acting as resource persons at seminars, lectures and training programmes at academic and professional institutions.
- Mentoring, counseling, facilitating informal training for young lawyers/new wigs; motivational speaking and career counseling for adolescents through the Lelaw School Outreach programme.
- Donating copies of authored book, Promoting Country Competitiveness Through Sectoral Reforms to libraries of some academic and professional institutions and reform advocacy groups.
- Our market leading internship programme, through which our prospective interns will be paid an annual allowance throughout their stay in the University and at the Nigerian Law School.
- Proposed endowment of prizes for best Taxation and Company Law students at Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School.
- Participation in public interest activities/sector reform advocacy initiatives.
- Knowledge sharing through publications (as columnist) in the print media.
- Sponsorship of youth empowerment programmes and conferences; volunteering for NGOs focused on business education and entrepreneurial capacity development.
LeLaw. We are passionate about what we do.