Associate Needed at Dornim Solicitors and Legal Consultants

Posted on :

13 Apr, 2017

Category :

Legal Jobs in Nigeria

DORNIM SOLICITORS AND LEGAL CONSULTANTS is a reputable law firm based in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State. The firm is looking to hire an Associate with excellent academics and at least five years’ experience in corporate/commercial work gained either in a law firm or as an in-house lawyer. This is purely a corporate/commercial role involving no litigation.


  • Taking instructions from and exploring legal options with the client, his professional team or any relevant third parties;
  • Providing expert legal support and advice to clients;
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements;
  • Advising on financing of commercial projects and/or transactions, and acquisition and disposal of assets;
  • Researching and analyzing the law on complex issues and writing opinions for submission to a supervising lawyer;
  • Synthesizing legal research and analysis into a coherent written memorandum or brief for submission to a client or arbitrator;
  • Appearing in arbitration or other judicial tribunal on behalf of the firm’s client, as well as presenting well-reasoned arguments to the judicial body;
  • Negotiating with outside parties on contractual issues and legal disputes, including settlement conferences;
  • Anticipating and mitigating potential legal problems within the law firm or for a client — and developing strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk;
  • Performing due diligence in legal matters concerning contracts, agreements, mergers and acquisitions, etc ;
  • Carrying out Company secretarial duties;
  • Advising clients on legal/regulatory, compliance and policy developments;
  • Actively involved in business development of the practice;
  • Attend to smaller matters and aspects of larger matters independently; and
  • Any other reasonable duties delegated by any Partner of the firm.

Qualifications and experience

  • At least 5 years experience working as a lawyer in a commercial law firm or as an in-house lawyer in a company;
  • Minimum required educational qualification is a Master’s Degree in Law;
  • ICSA qualification is an advantage;
  • Experience in leading a team and meeting targets is preferred;
  • A proven ability to give pragmatic and commercial legal advice;
  • Excellent time management and organization skills;
  • Team player who is willing to get involved in new areas of work;
  • Experienced drafting, negotiation and problem solving skills;
  • Understanding of and commitment to DORNIM’s values and ethos which can be seen at;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal – the role involves liaison with internal and external people at a senior level;
  • A self starter, able to demonstrate high levels of initiative and motivation, but also work closely with other team members and displaying trust and loyalty;
  • Ability to manage assigned tasks in an assertive, efficient and timely manner;
  • Strong and practical commercial sense is necessary, as you will need to work with current client base as well develop new business strategy;
  • Experienced in managing relationships with clients on a day to day basis;
  • A good network of contacts in the local and/or national market and/or a track record of business development would be beneficial;
  • Experience in Company Secretarial duties will be an advantage;
  • Knowledge and experience in the following industries/sectors will be an advantage:  the power industry/ oil and gas industry /maritime industry/telecommunications industry/real estate sector;
  • Excellent communication, research and legal drafting skills; and
  • Good IT skills in Microsoft outlook, MS Word, Excel and Power Point

Method of application

Interested and qualified persons should apply for this job by emailing the following by 10th May 2017 to [email protected] :

  1. their CV, and
  2. a detailed Covering Letter stating why they are right for the position

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