An average 3000 lawyers are called to the bar every year from the Nigerian law schools. These new wigs most times have little or no idea about what area of law to specialize in while some others follow the bandwagon of wanting to practice “corporate commercial law” with very few understanding the in-depths of the phrase.
Are you a new wig looking to explore different areas of law before you finally settle for one? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place! If no, then you have much to learn from this post to improve your area of practice, so do well to keep reading.
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding and private dispute resolution process in which a trained neutral person helps the parties to reach a negotiated settlement. It’s a process that often brings about a win-win result where both parties are able to reach an agreement after taking their different interests into consideration.
We strongly believe that very soon, mediation will become the most preferred means of dispute resolution in Nigeria especially with the lapses of conventional litigation. While mediation is gaining a lot of waves and headway, it is not still as prominent as litigation and this serves as a good opportunity to build a practice in Mediation at an early stage of your career!
Here are our top 3 reasons why you should consider a career in Mediation:
- For the mediator, Mediation is very flexible and you can combine being a mediator together with other areas of practice. It is however important that you diligently give enough time to ensure a good process.
- There are now laws in place to promote Mediation and other ADR processes, so you are assured that your specialization is very relevant.
- The number of cases that have gone to mediation in 2018 alone is put at 33,670 matters by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, the Lagos state government, between January and August this year at the Citizens Mediation Centre. Asides this, there are other independent mediation centers that will also have mediation matters brought.
The implication of this is that you are assured of regularly taking cases and you can easily start your career with not too complex mediation matters.
Want to know more about more unique opportunities in Mediation practice…. then watch this space for our next post!!