The Business Law Network (‘BLN’) is an established part of BNLF, supporting members that specialise in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial law with an international focus (particularly on English and Nigerian law issues). The type of support provided has varied from organising seminars at city firms (including Clifford Chance, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, Peters & Peters, Bircham Dyson Bell and Stephenson Harwood); to hosting networking events and taking a delegation of BLNF members to the NBA’s Section on Business Law Conference in Nigeria and participating in the conference.
The BLN aims not only to continue to provide such support to its members but to become a forum where UK qualified lawyers and lawyers qualified in Nigeria can liaise with each other to exchange ideas, as well as become a hub for the cross referral of work. To achieve this, the BLN is working closely with the Law Society of England & Wales, the Section of Business law of the Nigerian Bar Association, as well as law firms and organisations in the UK and Nigeria. The BLN is also currently working closely with the Department of International Trade and the Ministry of Justice to develop plans to take forward the UK’s initiative to build a closer relationship between the UK and Nigerian legal communities. If you wish to join the BLN please send an email with your details to BLN@bnlf.org.uk.
Head, BNLF Business Law Network