10 Things Lagosians should know about the Lagos Tenancy Law

The Lagos Tenancy Law 2011   1. The Lagos Tenancy Law 2011 does not apply to residential premises owned or operated by an educational institution for its staff and students; this would include boarding houses, hostels, university staff quarters etc.   2. The Lagos Tenancy Law......

10 Things To Know About Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act 2015

This is a high-level overview of what the Cybercrime Act 2015 provides, and things we should be aware of. 1. Gives the President the power to designate certain computer systems, networks and information infrastructure vital to the national security of Nigeria or the economic and......

11 Rights Every Nigerian Should Know About

11 Rights Every Nigerian Should Know About Every Nigerian has rights, duties, liabilities and privileges, which are provided for in the hundreds of laws that exist in Nigeria. However, there are certain rights that basically trump all other ones. They are rights that are referred to......

11 Steps to How a Law is Made in Nigeria

How a Law is made in Nigeria Nigeria operates a Federal Legislative system, and therefore a law can be made at the National level, State level, and even at the Local Government level. This article will focus only on laws that are made on the......

11 Things to Know about Nigeria’s Employee Compensation Act

Nigeria’s Employee Compensation Act The Employee Compensation Act was an important piece of legislation passed in order to provide for employees who were injured, disabled, or died during the course of their employment. The Act replaced the Workmen’s Compensation Act. Some of the key features......

14 Things Every Nigerian should know about the Constitution

What is the Constitution One of the most common ways we get asked questions on our platform is ‘what does the constitution say about ….’ or ‘this happened to me, is it constitutional?’ The 1999 Nigerian Constitution is the supreme law of the land of......

3 Things Every Nigerian Should know about Bail

1. Definition of Bail Bail can be defined as the process whereby a person accused or being charged for the commission of an offence is released by the constituted authority who is detaining him, on the condition that he will appear or report to a......

4 Essential Legal Documents for every Start-Up

4 Essential Legal Documents for Every Start-Up   First off, you should know that the documents we will be discussing in this article are not mandatory. However, that being said, you would be crazy as a founder/entrepreneur of a start-up not to strongly consider having these......

4 Things to know about a Certificate of Incorporation

4 Things to know about a Certificate of Incorporation What is it? A certificate of incorporation is a document given by the companies’ regulation agency of a country (in Nigeria’s case this is the Corporate Affairs Commission – CAC) as evidence of the existence of......

4 ways a Landlord can end a Tenancy Agreement

Ending a Tenancy Agreement When you decide to rent a property or sign a tenancy agreement. You would think that the only time you can leave the property is at the end of the term that you have signed for. However, tenants should know that......

5 Controversial Aspects of the Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015

The Nigerian Cybercrime Act 2015 is a novel piece of legislation, this is because it is the first Nigerian Federal Law which was created specifically to deal with the criminal threats and issues we face in the Digital Age. Although the massive gains, which have occasioned the......

5 Important Laws Every Nigerian Should know about

5 Important Laws in Nigeria There are hundreds of laws in Nigeria, and it is almost impossible for the average Nigerian to keep up with all of them and know what every single one says about your rights and duties, so we decided to do......

5 Latin Expressions Nigerian Lawyers love to use

If there’s one thing a Nigerian lawyer loves to do, it’s to show off! They show off in many ways, but by far the favourite way they do this is by interspersing their conversations with latin terms (and also using big grammar like ‘interspersing’). Latin terms are......

5 Reasons you need to register your Trademark in Nigeria

Why you should register your Trademark in Nigeria     Trademarks represents the brand identity of your company/business You need to protect your brand and identity and the way to do it is to register your trademark in order to stake your ownership. When choosing......

5 Steps to registering a Foreign owned business in Nigeria

Setting up a Business in Nigeria Setting up as a business in a new country can sometimes be a daunting possibility for businesses. You are moving into a terrain which you know very little about, there are all the business challenges which you would normally......

5 Taxes every Nigerian Entrepreneur should be aware of

Taxes in Nigeria If you are reading this post, then you are one of the growing number of Nigerian business persons and entrepreneurs who are interested in knowing what their tax obligations are, and making sure they are operating their business while paying the right......

6 Things to consider before buying a Used Laptop

6 Things to Consider Before Buying a Used Laptop   In this period of economic hardship, buying new stuff is a luxury to some people, and others are trying to free up some spare cash by selling some old items that they do not need. The......

7 Benefits of incorporation in Nigeria

So you have come up with a great business idea, and you are itching to launch and make loads of money in Nigeria. You might think, to start with you do want to keep your startup costs low, and one of the ways you wish......

7 Duties of Nigerian Lawyers to their Clients

Duties of Nigerian Lawyers In spite of what they might think of themselves, Nigerian lawyers (and lawyers worldwide) are in fact human and are capable of making mistakes. In the discharge of their duties, Nigerian lawyers are bound by a high code of ethics and......

8 Strange Nigerian Laws

  For a bit of fun, we at LawPàdí decided to dig into the Nigerian Law statute books and our case law to find some weird and strange laws that we believe are still applicable in modern day Nigeria. Under Nigerian Law, a wife of......

9 Things every Nigerian should know about the Labour Act

The Nigerian Labour Act The Nigerian Labour Act is the primary legislation which deals with the relationship between an employer and its employees. It contains quite a number of provisions which govern this relationship dynamic, and also all the regulatory processes applicable for employers. We......

9 Things you should know about Konga Terms & Conditions

 Konga.com Terms and Conditions 1. Konga has a policy on computers, which basically states that if you buy a computer on their website, you are purchasing it strictly for personal use, and it ‘will not be sold, resold, bartered or in any way disposed for......

Are Employment Bonds Legal in Nigeria?

QUESTION: I am a banker currently working with a Nigerian bank. Before my appointment, I was made to sign a 2yr bond that ensures I work with the bank for a minimum of 2 years before my exit or pay N2m upon termination of the appointment. Owing......

Are pre-nuptial agreements valid under Nigerian law?

Pre-nuptial agreements (more popularly known as ‘pre-nups’) are agreements entered into by couples before they formally get married which set out how they will financially arrange their affairs during their marriage, and more importantly how their finances will be dealt with in the unfortunate event......

Blogging in Nigeria: A Legal Guide

Blogging in Nigeria Just a few years ago, blogging in Nigeria was dismissed as a hobby and an unemployed person’s pastime. However the recent media reports around success stories of Nigerian bloggers, has given more people reason to look into this ‘hobby’ again. We won’t......

Can an email be a binding contract?

QUESTION: To what extent does an email or online message count as a binding contract? For the sake of example, let’s take a simple negotiation. If a fee is agreed upon for a particular range of services in an email conversation, can said email be printed......

Can you appeal a UK Tourist Visa Rejection

If your application for a visa to the United Kingdom is denied, the simple fact is that you do not have a right of appeal. Right of Appeal for UK Visa Right of appeal only exists in one of the below situations: A decision to......

Companies Income Tax (Amendment) Act 2007

About the Law This Act amends the Companies Income Tax Act Cap.C21 LFN 2004.   Some key provisions of the Law Dissolves the Federal Board of Inland Revenue Amendment of the process of appeal Amendment of some fines   You may read the full provisions here......

Different types of Lawyers in Nigeria

Different types of Lawyers There are different types of lawyers in Nigeria, and the practice of law is a very big field in Nigeria. The first point to start with is that when a lawyer gets qualified to practice law in Nigeria, there are no......

Doing Business in Nigeria: A Brief Legal Guide

Company structure The primary law governing companies and businesses in Nigeria is the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). It deals with the various types of company structures, eligibility, process for registration, and rules for operation. The regulatory body that is in charge of implementing......

Electoral (Amendment) Act (No.2), 2011

About the Law This Nigerian law amends the Electoral Act No.6, 2010 (as amended).   Key provision: Abridges the time from 60 days to 30 days within which the Independent National Electoral Commission shall stop the registration of voters before any general election   You......

Electoral (Amendment) Act, 2010

About the Law This law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria amends the the Electoral Act, 2010. Key provisions Time for the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue notices, receive nomination of candidates of political parties Methods for ensuring the proper conduct of political parties......

Electoral Act 2010

About the Law This Nigerian Law repeals two earlier laws – The Electoral Act No. 2, 2006 and the Independent National Electoral Commission Act, Cap I5, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, and enacts the Electoral Act, 2010 to regulate the conduct of Federal,......

Employees’ Compensation Act 2011

About the Law This Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria repeals the Workmen’s Compensation Act Cap. W6, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. It makes comprehensive provisions for payment of compensation to employees who suffer from occupational diseases or sustain injuries arising from......

Federal Inland Revenue Service (Establishment) Act 2007

About the Law This Act was enacted to provide for the establishment for the establishment of the Federal Inland Revenue Service charged with powers of assessment, collection of, and accounting for revenues accruable to the Government of the Federation. Some key provisions include: Establishment of......

Grounds for Divorce in Nigeria

 Grounds for Divorce in Nigeria Divorce in Nigeria is not always a fun topic; in fact, most people shy away from it and see it divorce as a taboo topic. Unfortunately, it is the reality of the world we live in that some couples after getting......

How to Be a Judge in Nigeria

The Nigerian Judiciary The Judiciary is an important part of the Government as it is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the laws of the land are adhered to. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘last hope of the common man’. For a......

How to Become a Lawyer in Nigeria

  So you want to be a lawyer? Well…strap on your seatbelts, as you are in for a long ride! The Nigerian Legal system runs a common law system, centred on the old English common Law. Our legal system is similar to those of other......