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UK Lawyers Barred from Practising in Nigeria

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UK Lawyers Barred from Practising in Nigeria Says Federal Government.

The federal government has clarified its stance on the practice of United Kingdom (UK) lawyers in Nigeria, stating that they are not permitted to practise in the country.

This clarification comes after earlier statements by Minister for Trade and Investment Doris Uzoka-Anite, suggesting that UK-trained lawyers could practise in Nigeria under an Enhanced Trade and Investment Partnership between Nigeria and the UK.

However, following criticism from the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Uzoka-Anite retracted her earlier statement, clarifying that there is no provision in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) allowing UK-licensed lawyers to practise in Nigeria.

Uzoka-Anite emphasized that Nigeria does not have a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the UK, and the MoU does not contain any commitment to permit UK-licensed lawyers to practise in Nigeria.

According to the minister, foreign licensed lawyers, including those licensed in the UK, are currently prohibited from practising in Nigeria as outlined in the MoU.

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