At Southgate Solicitors, dispute resolution is an integral part of our practice. The dispute resolution teams possesses the critical capability, analytical skills and emotional intelligence to represent our clients and protect their interests before all courts and tribunals in Nigeria. Our consistent and unrelenting efforts have resulted in our recording of some notable successes on our clients’ behalf, and are a testament to our experience and proficiency.
SIT’s work spans the full range of admiralty, shipping and international trade and marine insurance laws. The Group provides representation and advice on a broad range of maritime transactions and in adversarial proceedings including matters such as cargo loss and damage claims, collisions and other maritime casualties, resolution of charter disputes and hire claims, freight and other sums due under contracts of affreightment, application of the Hague/Hague Visby and Hamburg Rules, arrest and release of vessels, mareva and anton piller injunctions, marine insurance claims, general average, oil pollution, P & I and FD & D claims, the sale, purchase, mortgage, registration and financing of ships and the establishment of shipping companies. The Group also renders legal and advisory services to its clients in the offshore service industry particularly with respect to requirements of the local content laws viz the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act and the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.
Nigeria is the 10th largest oil producer in the world and the 1st largest in Africa. With an economy that is very dependent on the oil and gas sector which accounts for 95% of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings, oil reserves estimated between 24 billion and 31.5 billion, surely a lot of legal transactions continue to occur in the sector. At Southgate Solicitors, we have a dedicated team with vast experience in the oil and gas sector. Our team advises on various aspects of the sector including but not limited to corporate/commercial transactions, infrastructural development, project finance, industry taxation and foreign direct investment.
Our corporate and commercial group offers a spectrum of services covering sectors such as immigration, banking & finance, intellectual property, tax, real estate, foreign investment, telecommunication, privatisation and concessioning, capital markets, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, transport, infrastructure and aviation law.