Our Law Firm, Paul Usoro & Co participated in its first Virtual Court Proceedings yesterday, 04 September 2020.
PUC’s ultramodern conferencing facilities were put to good use as the PUC Lagos and Abuja teams joined from the firm’s conference rooms.
Our Senior Partner, Mr Paul Usoro SAN led other colleagues and appeared before Justice Taiwo of the Federal High Court Abuja Division. 5 other Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) also appeared for other parties in the matter together with their colleagues.
Counsel, Parties and Witnesses from various locations including Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt, Benin and the USA took part in the proceedings. A number of Counsel appeared from the comfort of their houses
It was a trial proceeding whereat 3 witnesses gave evidence, documents were tendered and the witnesses cross examined from their various locations.
Virtual Proceedings have clearly come to stay and PUC is excited and ready to embrace its inherent possibilities.
At the end of one of the most fiercely contested and protracted legal battles in the history of the Firm, the Judgment of the Court of Appeal in the very complex dispute in Appeal No: CA/L/1073/11; UPDC Property Dev. Company Plc. V County & City Bricks Dev. Company Limited (“UPDC Appeal”) in respect of an expanse of Land located at the choice area of Parkview Estate, Ikoyi Lagos was delivered on 23 April 2020 by the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, 9 years after that Appeal was filed. Continue reading “PUC successfully represents UPDC at the Court of Appeal”
Mrs Mfon Usoro, the Managing Partner of Paul Usoro & Co. speaks on gender inequality in the transport industry at a Conference holding on the 16 January 2020 at Washington DC USA titled “Gender: Moving from Talk to Action”
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and a sustainable future for all. One of the global challenges in achieving SDGs is gender inequality. Addressing the inequalities in the transportation sector is key to achieving that goal. The transport industry is one of the most important element in a country’s infrastructural development and have been directed towards the male gender with little or no regard to the needs of women within the industry. Thus, this has brought about the existence of transport systems that do not effectively cater for the female gender and female participation in the transport workforce. At this moment, It has become imperative that transport projects and services take into cognizance gender perspective when designing a sustainable transport system.
The Conference would also discuss how the transport sector can promote global growth, trade, economic inclusion and sustainability with a focus on women and the developing world.
As part of the process to improve the Nigerian tax environment and promote fiscal equity and uniformity in line with global best practices, the Finance Bill 2019 (“the Bill”) was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR on 08 October 2019 and was passed by the House of Representative on 28 November 2019.
The Bill is intended to cure incidence of multiple taxation that exist under our tax framework. It seeks to do this by amending sections of our various Tax Laws to bring about uniformity and create an enabling environment to actualize the ease of doing business initiative of the Federal Government.
Efficiency and integrity of the legal process in Nigeria
Nigeria is unarguably the largest economy in Africa with an estimated population of about 200 million. The country operates a federal system of government, which allows devolution of power amongst the Federal Government and the 36 federating States. Patterned after the English legal system, Nigerian laws derive majorly from: (i) Nigerian legislation; (ii) received English laws (comprising Common law, equitable principles and Statutes of General application); (iii) Nigerian case laws (judicial precedent); (iv) Nigerian customary laws; (v) Islamic laws; and (vi) international laws and principles. The applicability of English laws and principles is subject to the provisions of Nigerian legislation and courts’ decisions. The Nigerian Court system is centralised with all appeals from State and Federal High Courts going to the Court of Appeal and then to the final Appeal Court being the Nigerian Supreme Court.