Udochi & UdochiLegal Practitioners
Company & Commercial Laws
The first Companies Ordinance was introduced in Southern Nigeria - Lagos in 1912. This was then ammended in 1917 to cover the whole country (Companies Amendment and Extension Act of 1917). Both acts were then repealed and replaced in 1922 by the Companies Act of 1922.
The 1968 Companies Decree replaced the 1922 Act. Currently, the Companies and Allied Matters Decree of 1990 regulates companies in Nigeria.
Copyright & Trade Marks
Laws in Nigeria ranging from the Patents and Designs Decree of 1970 to the Copyright Decree of 1988 control the legal environment for intellectual property protection in Nigeria.
Relevant acts or decrees that affect the intellectual property protection environment include:
- The Patents and Designs Decree of 1970
- The Trademarks Act of 1965
- The Copyrights Decree of 1988
Environmental laws are put in place to mitigate or prevent the threatening environmental problems which emanate from human activities in the quest for economic growth and development. These laws are formulated to address perceived crisis and environmental problems involve many stakeholders with varying interest and power.
International law is the set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and between nations. It serves as a framework for the practice of stable and organized international relations. International law differs from state-based legal systems in that it is primarily applicable to countries rather than to private citizens.
The Constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigeria has had series of constitutions. The current constitution was enacted on 29 May 1999, inaugurating the Nigerian Fourth Republic.
The word property has a variety of meanings depending on the context in which it is used. Sometimes, it may mean ownership or title such as when it is said that property in the goods passes to the buyer immediately the contract of sale is concluded whether or not the goods have been physically transferred to him. It may mean the 'res' (thing) over which ownership may be exercised. It may also mean an interest in a thing less than ownership but nevertheless conferring certain rights such as when it is said that 'B' as pledge has 'special property' in the subject matter of the security.
In whichever sense the word property is used, property law is designed to regulate the relation of persons to things thereby providing a secure foundation for the acquisition, enjoyment and disposal of things or wealth.
Consultancy & Advisory Practice
Since its organization, Udochi & Udochi has always provided corporate tax consulting and legal advisory to the most important domestic and foreign companies, covering various areas of the economic activity.
Family & Matrimonial Law
It is a branch of private law which comprises those legal rules or norms which regulate the legal relationship between husband and wife parents and children and guardians and wards.
The Marriage Act and the Matrimonial Causes Act are the main statutes regulating family and matrimonial relationships in Nigeria.
Election results in Nigeria are subject of disputes & disagreement sometimes leading to violence. The Nigerian Constitution 1999 before the amendment placed the Court of Appeal in the unique position of resolving electoral disputes through the instrumentality of election petition, having original jurisdiction in Presidential election petition and serving as the court of last resort in others.
Probate is the legal certification of the validity of the Will; or an official copy of a Will that is legally certified as genuine and given to the executors. Letters of administration is an official court order appointing someone as the administrator of a deceased person’s estate where no valid Will exists. An administrator, however, derives his powers to act from the grant of letters of administration, and where the letters of administration is not granted, an administrator cannot act.
While a probate confirms the representation of an executor, a letter of administration confers the representation of an administrator.
The current electoral law is that of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) as at December 29th 2010. Similarly, the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as at 10th January 2011 has the extant provisions on electoral institutions and procedure for petition in Nigeria. Thus, the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a democratic state and can only be governed by any person or group of persons in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and current electoral law for the time being in force
a) Electoral Act 2010 (as amended)
b) Rules of Procedure for Election Petition (First Schedule to the Act)
c) Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)
d) Federal High Court Rules by virtue of Rules 50 Rules of Procedure.
e) Election Tribunal and Court Practice Direction 2007
f) Court of Appeal Rules 2007
g) Supreme Court Rules
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
It is the use of methods such as mediation or arbitration to resolve a dispute without resort to litigation.
ADR under Nigerian Law
1. No law prohibits mediation in Nigeria. Instead some Rules of Court permit judges to encourage the parties to resort to ADR processes.
2. As a general rule, judges in Nigeria are not allowed to mediate from the bench.
3. At the moment mediated agreements are just contracts. However in some states where the facility exists, court-connected mediated
agreements are registered and enforced through the courts (res judicata).
Appeals & Appelate Practice
Rarely would one find a judicial system that does not have an appellate process in place in the hierarchical ordering of its courts. The very notion of a hierarchy of courts presupposes that one court ought to be subordinate to the one above it, until there is a final court to which no other court is more superior.
The exercise of appellate jurisdiction by our courts is well entrenched in a long line of constitutional provisions. These provisions, viewed as a whole, comprise the appellate process under our judicial system.
To practice law in accordance with the best traditions of the profession, satisfying our clients while upholding the law.
To explore the frontiers of law, harnessing it's remedial benefits for the upliftment of mankind.
RE: REJOINDER IN RESPECT OF PETITION AGAINST DELTA STATE NOMINEE FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROJECTS
RE-DELTA STATE NOMINEE FOR EDP INTO THE FORTHCOMING BOARD OF NDDC