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REFORMING THE NIGERIAN LEGAL PROFESSION- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Reforming the Nigerian Legal Profession 
April 2018
An Executive Summary of the Reform Initiatives of the Nigerian Bar Association by Abubakar Balarabe Mahmoud OON SAN FCIArb. President, Nigerian Bar Association.

Outline 

1. The Context for NBA Reforms

2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession

3. The NBA Reform Strategy

4. The NBA Reform Initiatives

5. Next Steps on the NBA Reform Process



The Context for NBA Reforms
1. The Context for NBA Reforms

Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

The NBA developed a Reform Strategy in 2017, in response to the emerging trends and challenges facing the legal profession across the world, and in consonance with the recent advocacy for the reform of the legal profession in other jurisdictions: England and Wales, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. 

The NBA Reform Strategy was necessitated by: 



  • the need to ensure that the Nigerian legal profession is suitably prepared to meet and compete with international standards and comply with international best practices for a robust, responsive and independent legal profession,

  • the need to transform the Nigerian legal profession by strengthening regulation, improving discipline, raising ethical and professional standards,

  • the need to to develop the capacity of Nigerian Lawyers in emerging areas of law and increase the use of legal technology and innovations by Nigerian Lawyers, and  

  • the need to leverage on the membership base and geographical structure of the Nigerian Bar to provide organised interventions in our traditional role of promoting the rule of law, protecting the independence of the Judiciary and advocating for national development.


1. The Context for NBA Reforms

Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

The International Bar Association's (IBA) President, Martin Šolc set up a Task Force on the Future of Legal Services. The Report of the Task Force headed by James M. Klotz, which was published in 2017 identified the change factors and emerging challenges affecting the Legal Profession as follows:
The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
2.
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
Factors affecting Professional Standards:

a. Low entry requirements into the Nigerian Legal Profession.

b. Exponential Growth of the Nigerian Bar.

c. Unprecedented Admission of Young Lawyers into the Nigerian Bar.

d. Inadequate employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for Nigerian Lawyers.
ACADEMIC STAGE
(Undergraduate Degree)- Tertiary Institutions Law Degree with no minimum qualifications or based on criteria set by Degree awarding institution.  
VOCATIONAL STAGE (BAR PROFESSION TRAINING:- Council of Legal Education- 
Nigerian Law School 1- 1 1/2 years (full-time only) for Bar Part 1 and Part 2. Provided by the Nigerian Law School in 6 campuses across Nigeria.

MANDATORY CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education All qualified Barristers and Solicitors required to attend accredited CPD activities approved by the NBA. Mandatory hours of CPD (Annual): For lawyers 0-5 years post call- 24hours. 5-10 years post call- 18hours. 10 years post call and above- 12hours

2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
 Educational Standards:

a. Limited Continuing Legal Education Opportunities for Nigerian Legal Practitioners in emerging disciplines and areas of law.

b. Lack of Synergy between legal education services providers in Nigeria.

c. Lack of adequate infrastructure for continuing development programmes.

d. Poor use of technology by Nigerian lawyers.

e. Declining Standards of legal research by Nigerian Lawyers.




2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
Factors affecting Educational Standards:

2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ACT 1975
LEGAL EDUCATION (CONSOLIDATION, ETC.) ACT 1976
The Legislative Framework:

-LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE) RULES 1965

-LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (REMUNERATION FOR LEGAL DOCUMENTATION
 AND OTHER LAND MATTERS) ORDER 1991. 

ENTITLEMENT TO PRACTICE AS BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS (FEDERAL OFFICERS) ORDER 1992.

 - ENTITLEMENT TO PRACTICEAS BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS (NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OFFICE) (LEGAL   PRACTITIONERS) ORDER 1995. 


 -ENTITLEMENT TO PRACTICE AS BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS FEDERAL HOUSINGAUTHORITY) (LEGAL   PRACTITIONERS) ORDER 1995.  

- ENTITLEMENT TO PRACTICE AS BANISTERS AND SOLICITORS (FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION)   (LEGAL OFFICERS) ORDER 1997. 

 - LEGAL PRACTITIONERS (BAR PRACTICING FEES) NOTICE 2002. 

-RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION 2007:

-  LEGAL PRACTITIONERS' ACCOUNTS RULES 1964
NO SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION
2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
 a. Outdated legislations regulating legal practice in Nigeria.

 b. Obsolete provisions regulating accounts and remuneration of legal practtitoners.

 c. Lacunae in provisions regulating emerging areas of legal practice.

d. Lack of provisions regulating 'alternative' legal services providers.

e. Lack of provisions regulating the use of technology in legal practice.


Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

Challenges of the Legislative Framework:

2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
NBA
NBA ICLE
LPPC
LPRC
CLE
LPDC
ACBoB
BoB
  • Regulatory Bodies recognised by Statutes:
  • GCB: The General Council of the Bar
  • NBA- Nigerian Bar Association
  • NBA ICLE- NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • CLE- Council of Legal Education
  • LPPC- Legal Practitioners Priveleges Committee
  • LPDC- Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee
  • LPRC- Legal Practitioners Remuneration Committee
  • BoB/ACBoB: Body of Benchers/Appeals Committee Body of Benchers.
The Regulatory Framework:

GCB
2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
Challenges of the Regulatory Framework:

a. Convoluted Regulatory Framework governing the Nigerian Legal Profession.

b. No oversight regulator for the Nigerian Legal Profession.

c. Lack of synergy between regulatory bodies governing the Nigerian Legal Profession. 
PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
-Issuance of Practicing Certificates; Practicing Stamp and Seals and the Publication of Annual Practicing List 

-The receipt, assessment, investigation and establishment of a prima facie case against any legal practitioner in Nigeria.
-Responsibility for overseeing the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme for all legal Practitioners in Nigeria.

2. The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
The Institutional Framework of the NBA:

REGULATORY POWERS OF THE NBA
REPRESENTATIVE STRUCTURE OF THE NBA
125
Branches
GOVERNANCE
-14 National Officers
-6 Trustees
-National Executive Committee
-Annual General Meeting
-General Council of the Bar
45

Standing and Adhoc Committees, Sections, Institutes, Fora, Specialised and International affiliates
a. Lack of independent regulatory entities in the NBA.

b. Poor enforcement of the NBA's regulatory powers. 

c. Lack of synergy between NBA units responsible for regulatory functions.

d. Complex corporate governance structure in the NBA.

e. Insufficient synergy between NBA National and Branch Secretariats.

f.  Overlapping functions of NBA National Officers and NBA Administrators.

g. Weak succession framework for the political leadership of the NBA. 

h. Focus on political value propositions by NBA elective office seekers and holders.

2.The Current State of the Nigerian Legal Profession
Challenges of the Institutional Framework of the NBA:

The NBA Reform Strategy
3.The NBA Reform Strategy

The NBA Reform Strategy focuses on the promotion of reforms in four crucial areas
(3 R's-P): 

a. Regulation of the legal profession,

b. Representation of NBA members,

c. Re-engineering of the NBA's administrative structure, and 

d. Public interest interventions by the Nigerian Bar.

The Reform Strategy was adopted by the National Executive Committee of the NBA in March 2017 and comprises of a two (2) year Implementation plan which is being executed by the current administration of the NBA. 
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

Regulation
Representation
Re-engineering
Public 
Interest
3. The NBA Reform Strategy

Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

Regulation
01
Reform of the legislative and regulatory framework of the Nigerian legal profession: 
 - Review of existing legislations and regulations governing legal practice
 - Reform of the enforcement mechanisms of the NBA's Regulatory Powers
 - Review of the NBA's dual representative and regulatory functions
 - Review of the current Constitution of the Association.
Representation
02
Reform of the delivery of representative functions of the NBA to its members: 
- Review of the political governance structure of the NBA 
- Creation of continuing legal education and professional development opportunities for NBA members
- Promotion of partnerships between the NBA and other international law associations

3.The NBA Reform Strategy

Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

Re-engineering
03
Restructuring the internal governance and administrative processes of the NBA:
- Professionalisation of the NBA National Secretariat - Review of the NBA's Corporate Governance and Financial Control Processes - Review of the NBA's Branch, Section and Committee Structures - Creation of independent entities for the NBA's regulatory functions

Public Interest
04
Review of Public Interest Interventions by the NBA: - Development a structured NBA public interest programmes
- Development of the Public Interest Project management capacity of NBA Secretariats across Nigeria - Promotion of partnerships between the NBA and notable international development organisations - Creation of sustainable funding opportunities for NBA Public Interest Projects


4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
a. The NBA Legal Profession Regulatory Review Committee
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

January 2017: Committee Inaugurated 
Committee mandated to review the current regulatory framework of the Nigerian legal profession and advise on its suitability to meet international standards and comply with international best practices for a robust, responsive and independent legal profession. 

Committee Members: 
10
SAN's
9
Professors of Law
3
PhD's
2
BNLF Reps
6
Young Lawyers
February -May 2017: Committee Meetings and Stakeholder Engagements 
3
Sub-Committees
3
Town Halls
CJN, HAGF, NJC, NJI, NILS, CLE, etc.   
(Stakeholders)
4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
a. The NBA Legal Profession Regulatory Review Committee
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

June 2017:
The Legal Profession Regulation Bill
May 2017: Committee Report 
The LPRRC concluded its work on 31st May 2017, and its Chairman, Chief Anthony Idigbe SAN presented the Committee and Sub-Committee Reports and Recommendations, and also produced a draft Legal Profession Regulation Bill for consideration by the Nigerian Bar Association and other key stakeholders.
The NBA Legal Profession Regulatory Review Committee produced a draft ‘Legal Profession Regulation Bill’ which is a proposed Bill that seeks to repeal the Legal Education (Consolidation) Act Cap 206 and the Legal Practitioners Act Cap 207, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 and enact a more comprehensive single legislative framework for the regulation of legal practice and education in Nigeria.  

The Legal Profession Regulation Bill proposes some key reforms of the Nigerian Legal Profession and seeks to introduce clear regulatory objectives and principles that would guide the regulatory authority and committees established there under in carrying out their respective responsibilities and duties over the Legal Profession. 

4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
a. The NBA Legal Profession Regulatory Review Committee
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

June 2017: Committee Report  and Draft Bill Exposure 
March 2018: NBA Memorandum to the National Assembly on the Legal Practitioners Act. 
  • Copies circulated to relevant stakeholders for comments and inputs (June 2017); 
  • Digital copies are currently available for download by NBA Members and the public on the NBA Website (July 2017);
  • Forwarded for to BOSAN for consideration and requests for input (November 2017); 
  • Forwarded to International Bar Associations and Law Forums for comments and inputs (December 2017).
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) was invited by the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to submit and present a Memorandum at the Public Hearing of the Legal Practitioners Act Cap, C11 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Senate Bill 435), which held on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at the Senate Conference Hall 231, 2nd Floor New Building, National Assembly. 

Following the President’s Presentation of the NBA’s Memorandum, the Chairman and Members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, unanimously resolved that the legislative process on the pending Senate Bill 435 which is currently being considered by the National Assembly would be stepped down to enable the Nigerian Bar Association and other stakeholders in the legal profession to finalise the draft Legal Profession Regulation Bill 2017 and forward same for consideration by the Senate by Tuesday 1 May 2018. The Distinguished Chairman and members of the Senate Committee also committed to sponsoring the final draft of the Legal Profession Regulation Bill 2017.


4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
b. NBA Presentations to International Legal Regulators
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

October 2017: NBA President's Presentation of Regulatory Reform Activities. 
The NBA President presented an overview of the Regulatory reform work carried out by the NBA to the International Conference of Legal Regulators in Singapore. The Conference comprised of key representatives of the Regulators of the Legal Profession from across the World. 

The NBA Presentation received insightful input from regulators from various jurisdictions. 
The NBA has also engaged with leading international Bar Associations and Development Organisations across the World to share our reform strategy for the Nigerian Bar, seek partnerships and gain insights into international best practices from other jurisdictions.



4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
c. NBA Legal Services Mission to the United Kingdom
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

December 2017: Meetings with UK Legal Regulators 
The Nigerian Bar Association and the British Nigeria Law Forum held a Legal Services Mission to the United Kingdom, from Wednesday 29 November 2017 to Friday 1 December 2017 in London, United Kingdom. The Mission was in furtherance of the work commenced by the Nigerian Bar Association’s Legal Profession Regulatory Review Committee (LPRRC) and based on the recommendations made by the LPRRC in its Committee and Sub-Committee Reports. 

The Mission comprised of                      and the following engagements

30
Delegates
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)

  • Legal Ombudsman
  • United Kingdom’s Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group on Nigeria (APPG)

  • Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA)
  • Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW)
  • Bar Standards Board (BSB)
  • General Council of the Bar (GCB)
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)- Africa Committee
  • NBA-BNLF Symposium Hosted by Stephenson Harwood LLP
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4.The NBA Reform Initiatives
d. The NBA Constitutional Review Committee
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

September 2017: Committee Inaugurated 
Committee was mandated to thoroughly study the NBA Constitution with a view to identifying areas which require amendment and propose appropriate amendments that will promote the objectives of the Association. 

Committee Members: 
4
SAN's
3
Professors of Law
13
Members
September 2017- April 2018: Committee Meetings and Stakeholder Engagements 
5
Sub-Committees
3
Newspaper Publications
  22   
(Stakeholders Memoranda)
4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
e. NBA Digitisation of Continuing Legal Education.
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

June 2017: NBA distributes Legal Technology to Lawyers 
The NBA provided its members with technological products to assist in the provision of continuing legal education and professional development of Nigerian Lawyers. The products which were distributed to lawyers across Nigeria ahead of the 2017 Annual General Conference included Tablet Computers which were loaded with Legal Research and Practice Management software.
11,000
Tablet Computers Distributed
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

August 2017: NBA Live Streaming of Annual General Conference 
The NBA provided its members across the world with an opportunity to view the 2017 Annual General Conference live on a dedicated DSTV Channel. This enabled at least 90% of members unable to attend the conference to benefit from the knowledge and expertise shared by leading experts who discussed topics related to the theme 'African Business- penetrating through Institution Building'.  The Conference was also streamed live on the NBA Conference website.
1
Dedicated TV Channel
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

nbaconference.com
4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
e. NBA Digitisation of Continuing Legal Education.
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

January 2018: NBA develops ICLE E-Learning Platform 
The NBA with support from the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation has commenced the development of a digital platform for the provision of E-Learning courses and materials to all Nigerian Lawyers. The aim of the platform is to provide certified continuing legal education training to NBA members across the world. The NBA shall partner with leading legal education services providers from across the world to develop course content and learning resources for lawyers. 
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

The NBA with support form the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation as part of its project 'Promoting the Domestication and Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice across Nigeria', launched a digital repository for resources on the Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria. 
nba-acj.org.ng
November
2017: NBA launches Digital Repository for Criminal Justice  
4.The NBA Reform Initiatives
f. The Diagnostic Review of the NBA by KPMG Advisory Services
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

August 2017: KPMG Engaged 
The Diagnostic Review of the NBA was conducted in 2017 by a leading international Accounting Firm; KPMG Advisory Services on the instructions of the current leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association, in furtherance of its focus on the re-engineering of the Governance Structure of the Association under the NBA Strategic Plan.  KPMG presented its report (which included an implementation plan) to the NBA National Executive Committee in March 2018.


Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

4.The NBA Reform Initiatives
f. The Diagnostic Review of the NBA by KPMG Advisory Services
KEY FINDINGS BY KPMG:
- Inadequate oversight of NBA branch activities

- Absence of a well-defined organogram for the National Secretariat

-  Undocumented expenditure authorisation limit

-  Absence of a delegation of authority framework

- Inadequate framework for sustainable growth and continuity in the leadership of the Association

- Effectiveness of the National Secretariat

- Unapproved capital expenditure

- Petty Cash Management

- Absence of an investment strategy

- Manual Accounting System 

- Inadequate data back-up

- Improper filing of documents

- Inadequate staff training



- Inadequate system of internal controls

- Financial reporting transparency

- Inadequate budget preparation processes

- Budget Monitoring

- Revenue recognition

- Inadequate control over revenue collection

- Use of memos for purchase requisition

- Inadequate vendor management processes

- Inadequate cash advance management

- Manual system of member verification

- Month-end financial reporting

- Cash basis of accounting

- Non-compliance with tax provisions

- Absence of staff job descriptions

- Inadequate employee performance appraisal processes


4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
g. NBA Engagements with International Development Partners
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

February 2017: Meeting with Development Partners
  • The NBA engaged with leading international Bar Associations and Development Organisations to share our reform strategy for the Nigerian Bar, seek partnerships and funding opportunities for our projects, and to gain insights into international best practices from other jurisdictions. 
The NBA has succeeded in developing long-term partnerships and sustainable funding opportunities from its engagements with development partners. Notable partnerships developed by the NBA include:  

- MoU with the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria on the NBA National Pro Bono Scheme

- MoU with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals on UN Sustainable Development Goals 16 and 17 and the NBA National Pro Bono Scheme

- Training and resources from the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime for the NBA National Pro-Bono Scheme

- NBA identified as implementation partner on the  $3.5 million United Nations Development Programme on the North-East

- NBA identified as implementation partner on the £26 million British Council Rule of Law and Anti- Corruption Programme
 
- Training and resources for NBA North-East and Niger-Delta Lawyers on the Legal Rights of Internally Displaced persons by the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales supported by the United Kingdom Government (ROLE UK)

- 10 million Naira North-East Intervention Grant  to the NBA by the Dangote Foundation

- $1.8 million grant to the NBA  by the  John T and Catherine D MacArthur Foundation for 'Promoting the Domestication and Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice across Nigeria'
4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
h. NBA Meetings with International Bar Associations
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

February 2017- March 2018
  • In 2017 the NBA met with: The Law Society of South Africa, the Kenyan Law Society, the Ghana Bar Association, the Bar Human Rights Committee (of England and Wales), the Law Society of England and Wales and the General Council of the Bar, the International Bar Association, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board, the Legal Ombudsman, the Commercial Bar Association, the Bar Standards Board, the Law Council of Australia, Victorian Bar Association, and the American Bar Association (Section on International Law).

  • These meetings provided opportunities to identify and discuss areas of mutual interest and potential partnership with the NBA on capacity development and support to Nigerian Lawyers.
Notable Partnerships developed by the NBA and international Bar Associations: 

The British Nigeria Law Forum

The American Bar Association (Section on International Law)

The Law Society of South Africa

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
4. The NBA Reform Initiatives
i. Restructuring of NBA Public Interest Projects Management 
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

To ensure the continuity of its Public Interest Projects, sustain the partnerships developed with international development partners and bar associations and to ensure prudent management of project grants and funding support received, the NBA has created structured Committees, Task Forces and Management Teams vested with responsibility providing technical and administrative support on NBA Public interest Projects at National and State levels. These include:

NBA Task Force on the North-East
NBA Task Force on the Niger-Delta
NBA Mission to Southern Kaduna
NBA Mission to Benue State
NBA Administration of Criminal Justice National Project Management Team
NBA Administration of Criminal Justice State Committees
NBA Steering Committee on the National Pro Bono Scheme
NBA National and State Pro Bono Desks
Next Steps on the NBA Reform Process
5. Next Steps on the NBA Reform Process
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

To ensure that all relevant stakeholders are duly sensitised and widely consulted on the NBA reforms process, the current leadership of the Association plans to engage various stakeholder groups:

Body of Benchers
Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria
Section on Legal Practice
Section on Business Law
Section on Public Interest and Development Law
Specialised Forums- Young Lawyers Forum, Women in Law Forum, Lawyers in the Media Forum, Military Law Forum, Law Officers Association of Nigeria
Special Interest Lawyer's Groups- Lawyers with Disabilities, Regional Associations, Practice Area Associations, Religious Associations. 
Bar Leaders Forum
National Executive Committee
Lawyers in the Legislature Forum
Office of the Attorneys-General of the Federation and States
Law Reform Commission
International Development Partners
International Bar Associations.

 
a. Stakeholder Engagements
5. Next Steps on the NBA Reform Process
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

The NBA Reform Strategy includes a two-year implementation plan being executed by the current administration of the Association. 

The plan focuses on the implementation of the reform initiatives by the current administration in the areas of regulation, representation, re-engineering and public interest and is continuously updated based on recommendations from NBA Committees, Consultants and Stakeholders. 
b. Implementation Road Map
The Transitional Review process shall commence at least one (1) month to the end of the two-year tenure of the current administration of the Nigerian Bar Association. The aim of this review is to ensure a seamless transition of the policies and programmes between the organisation’s leadership. The Office of the President and the National Secretariat shall provide hand-over briefings to the incoming administration and consider the areas of focus of the incoming administration with a view of incorporating same into the Strategic Plan. The outcome of the Transitional Review shall be the development of a Transitional (Implementation) Plan to be annexed to the Strategic Plan and for implementation by the National Secretariat
c. Transitional Review Process
5. Next Steps on the NBA Reform Process
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

d. Legislative Advocacy Strategy for the Legal Profession Regulation Bill:
NBA LPRRC
(January  2017)
National Stakeholder Engagements 
(February- June 2017)
International Stakeholder Engagements
(October- December 2017)
NBA Legal Services Mission to the UK
(December 2017)
NBA Memorandum to the Senate (March 2018)
Draft Legal Profession Regulation Bill to the Senate (May 2018)
5. Next Steps on the NBA Reform Process
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

The NBA envisages that the current Constitution of the Association shall be amended at the Annual General Meeting of the Association scheduled to hold in August 2018. Subject to the recommendations of the NBA Constitution Review Committee, proposed amendments may include changes to the Corporate Governance and Financial Control Processes of the Association:

- Creation of a Governing Board comprising of representatives of key stakeholders in the Association

- Creation of Board Committees vested with oversight functions in the areas of; Treasury and Finance, Welfare, Media and Publicity, Regulations and Compliance.

- Establishment of independent regulatory entities pursuant to the NBA's powers on professional conduct and discipline.

- Vesting of day-to-day administrative and finance functions in appointed NBA Administrators.

- Creation of knowledge driven Practice Committees for emerging areas of legal practice.

- Establishment of a succession planning framework for the Governing Board of the Association.

- Creation of State Councils to ensure effective co-ordination and synergy between the National and Branch Secretariats. 







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e. Constitutional Amendments at the 2018 NBA Annual General Meeting:
Conclusion
Reforming the Regulatory Framework of the Nigerian Legal Profession 

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