Shasore laments poor infrastructure in judicial system

Shasore laments poor infrastructure in judicial system

Former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State, Olasupo Shasore (SAN), has lamented inadequate infrastructure that hampers the efficient functioning of the justice system and discourages potential arbitration.

Shasore, a recipient of the ESQ Nigerian Legal Award (NLA), stressed that implementing proper infrastructural development would lead to substantial growth in the field of arbitration in Lagos and Nigeria. He said this in Lagos during the NLA presentation to deserving lawyers and law firms at the weekend.

“Of course, if we put the supporting infrastructure in place, we will be the citadel of justice,” Shasore assured. Co-founder, ESQ Training Limited, the organisers of the NLA, Temitayo Samuel, stated that the NLA serves as a catalyst for promoting excellence and professionalism within the profession.

“By recognizing and celebrating exceptional achievement, these awards inspire lawyers to continually strive for greatness and uphold the highest standards of integrity.

They offer a patent to law firms and legal departments to demonstrate their expertise and leadership in various areas of law, which promotes healthy competition and innovation throughout the industry.

“The Nigerian Legal Award 2024 is a beacon of excellence, driving positive change and promoting a culture of observation and integrity in the legal profession,” she said.

On how the nominees were selected, Samuel explained that the ESQ team conducted an in-depth analysis of corporate lawyers and legal departments in Nigeria and received over 1,000 individual nominations from over 360 organisations.

“Respondents focus on criteria such as effective communication, legal insight, commercial awareness, innovation in pricing, teamwork, team culpability and strength, and management skills.

“Awards are presented to both individuals and entities working in sectors such as corporate law, labor and employment, acquisitions, fintech, banking and finance, intellectual property and real estate,” she explained.

Lere Fashola, Chief Executive Officer of ESQ Legal Practice Magazine, the organiser of the NLA, added that the award looks at the impact that lawyers make, particularly the large commercial law firms in Nigeria.

His words: “We want to look at their contributions, beyond just supporting and strengthening businesses in Nigeria. That is why we look at the impact and not at the history of the companies.

We are not interested in the size of a company or its history, but in the impact they have on the industry. Whether it is oil and gas, project finance, real estate or intellectual property. The days when lawyers were considered call centres are over.”

He stressed that lawyers are now enablers of companies. According to him, they are partners of companies, and it is their credit that many companies are staying afloat in this period of hyperinflation.

Fashola added that this is why they celebrate law firms. He said that it inspires him immensely to see law firms and their contribution to the nation’s development.

“I am excited about the 40 Under 40 Award, which recognizes young lawyers who are seen as the future of the profession.
“The award recognises exceptional young people who make exceptional contributions and are seen as talents who, if properly nurtured, will ultimately be among the best that Nigeria has to offer the world,” he stated.

Former Attorney General of the Federation, Bayo Ojo (SAN), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award, encouraged young lawyers to work hard as the future looks bright for them.