WHO WE ARE

Dynamically incorporating a wealthy bouquet of Commercial Litigation, ADR (Arbitration/Mediation), Company Secretarial and Regulatory Services, and Public Interest related cases. The firm retools frequently to satisfy diverse legal needs.

From Oil and Gas Service Companies, Financial Institutions, Self-Insured Organizations and Private Individuals, JUSTICE FORTE SOLICITORS strategically dedicates attention to premium service delivery in satisfaction of traditional bar ethics and client prioritization.

OUR COMMITMENT - Corporate Governance

“Value”, the new metric for selecting law firms is permeating the legal industry. “Value” is achieved when client’s expectations are met (or exceeded) at what they believe is a reasonable price. Value is a judgment driven by the client’s confidence that their money is well spent. At JUSTICE FORTE, we take seriously the challenge that there must be a fair balance between the quality expected and the fees paid.

Our objective is to charge a price that matches our clients’ expectation of quality whatever the pricing arrangement is based on.

Our business model relies on lean, “right-sized” staff optimization strategy and teamwork. We do not delay your matters more than is warranted. We receive briefs and work towards maximizing your business objectives.

We increase lawyer efficiency dynamics through routine professional/intellectual recalibration. Newest intake transition from law school to practical side, researching with fresh statutes passed from time to time.

These training initiatives include periodic firm members retreat conducted at firm’s expense as our younger lawyers continue to develop client service and technical skills in ways that contribute to the community and the profession.

In the end, our clients determine whether JUSTICE FORTE meets its expectations of quality based on its own experience. It is the opinion of the clients that matters most.

  • We will never perform or charge you for unnecessary work.
  • We endeavor to balance our professional judgment with economic considerations when determining what legal work should be done.
  • We will work as diligently and zealously as possible while maintaining the quality of our work in order to minimize the time required to perform a given task.
  • We will earnestly limit the costs associated with any legal work as much as possible.
  • We will not bill our clients for general overhead expenses such as routine photocopying, telephone (including long distance) and general clerical work.
  • We will not re-bill for work previously performed on another file when that same work product is utilized (motions, research, etc.) other than the time necessary to modify or update the work.
  • We will always be available to discuss any questions a client has about a bill and will never make a client feel uncomfortable about making such inquiries.
  • We will otherwise respond to the trust placed in us by maintaining the highest possible level of integrity in our billing practices and legal work.

TESTIMONIALS

  • HUMPHREY ONYEUKWU
    " To our organization, this firm's most striking quality is its insatiable quest for continuous development and stickler for delivering premium value -adding services"
    HUMPHREY ONYEUKWU
    President, The Lagos Oil Club, Nigeria
  • EQUERE OKON, ESQ

    " Justice Forte Chambers is dedicated, professional and dynamic and it has given me great pleasure as I work closely with them in a number matters; they come across as industrious and hardworking with a quick grasp of intended result. "

    EQUERE OKON, ESQ
    General Secretary, ExxonMobil Staff Cooperative Society Ltd Mobil House, Lagos-Nigeria
  • DAVID G. GABOR

    " One of the terrific things about LinkedIn networking platform is the ability to meet people in other parts of the world. Attorneys of this firm are exceptionally bright, caring and zealous in professional work; I look forward to more work with them through viable briefs."

    DAVID G. GABOR
    Counsel with the Wagner Law Group, Massachusetts.
  • GERALD NWANERI, ESQ
    " The Lead General Counsel at the firm justified the position in the profession as advocate when instructed at the shortest notice to obtain temporary reliefs for the employees of a UK based charity group detained by the Nigeria Police based on a warped complaint of a religious group. They did not place emphasis on the fees but immersed themselves on result and obtained it."
    GERALD NWANERI, ESQ
    Partner at Chadwick, Gerald & Butler
  • GABRIEL UDOH
    " There are two ideologies that engender success and speedy growth; hard work and dedication. I have found these at Justice Forte. As an intern, working here was just the missing tag in the puzzle towards a successful legal career."
    GABRIEL UDOH
    Intern at Justice Forte Chambers

MEET OUR TEAM

Ben Ndedde

Lead Partner

+234 803 0953 370


Uto Essien

Senior Associate

+234 802 3621 632


Ngozi Ndedde

Senior Associate

+234 803 0953 370


FURTHER VALUES

Access to the Lead Partner: Most clients hire lawyers, not law firms. Access to the Lead Partner is our new normal at the firm.

Absence of Bureaucracy: At JUSTICE FORTE, the lawyer you thought you hired is the one who pilots all efforts, critically involved with the lead partner until task accomplishment. Your lead lawyer remains available and knowledgeable and, if it makes business sense, pilots your brief according to agreed budget

We Encourage Teamwork: Some clients and in fact growing in-house counsel intending to join our firm often ask about compensation system to help them gauge whether a firm rewards behavior that is at cross-purposes with their needs. At JUSTICE FORTE, we look at the whole picture and reward client satisfaction, teamwork, hard work, results achieved, and quality law practice. Like good goal score, we celebrate as a team but sensitive to the scorer’s capacity for corporate spirit.

  • Image000benEducation

    • Law Graduate, University of Nigeria; Nsukka, 2001
    • Admitted to the Nigerian Bar, 2003
    • PGD-Peace and Conflict Resolution, University of Uyo, Nigeria, 2010
    • Certification, Institute of Chartered Mediators & Conciliators
    • Certification, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    • Certification, Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators.
     

    Before Justice Forte

    Mr. Ndedde has been an associate at A. M. Akpa-Esu & Co (Iniodu Pyramid Chambers; 2003-2004 and as Senior Associate, Okon A. Okon & Associates(Gamaliel Chambers); 2004-2006.

    Beside Justice Forte

    Mr. Ndedde enjoys traveling, watching forensic based and law practice based movies and playing table tennis especially.

     

    Membership

    • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) – Branch Assistant Secretary, Eket.
    • Associate Chartered Inst. of Arbitrators (UK) and Nig.
    • Associate Inst. of Chartered Mediators &Conciliators.
    • Member, International Bar Association(IBA) pro bono Unit
    • Member, Online Bar Association (Leader, West Africa Online Bar).
    • Member, Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators.

    Mr. Ndedde is a Notary Public. As managing partner of the firm, he has practiced as trial advocate in commercial litigation for over ten years. Ben enjoys corporate, commercial and transactional law, litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is on the International legal practice platform of Martindale Hubbell, and has been consulted on trans-border briefs outsourced from offshore law firms, particularly of UK, US and Sweden. Ben also advises on labour and Immigration, Media and Entertainment, Energy, Oil and Gas Law as well as Corporate and Company Regulatory Practices.

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    • University of Uyo, Uyo (LL.B. 2002)
    • Nigerian Law School (B.L. 2004)
     

    Membership

    • Nigerian Bar Association, NBA

    Uto Essien’s practice emphasizes business litigation and corporate/business cases involving primarily company structure and real estate matters. Her representative clients include individuals, developers, lessors, investors, corporations and nonprofit organizations. She was admitted by the Body of Benchers in 2004 and has been in active practice since.

    She is a self-motivated professional with proven research skills and keen attention to details. She has demonstrated the use of accumulated knowledge and experience to exercise independent judgment and make valid decisions.
    Ms Uto posseses avid computer skills and outstanding communication skills. She is resourceful, reliable and a keen team member.

    Ms. Essien is a proven record of accomplishment in completing assignments independently, meeting deadlines efficiently, and producing high quality work. She is characterized by her strong administrative and legal practice skills and knowledge. A hard working self-starter committed to superior client and solicitor service.

     

    Before Justice Forte

    Ms. Essien joined the firm after practicing as an Associate for five years at Usungurua Bassey and Associates, a litigation firm in Uyo, Akwa Ibom. She also gathered administrative management experience when she serves in both Champion Breweries and Taf And Associates Ltd as Manager and Legal Advisor.

    Besides Justice Forte

    In her spare time and outside work hours, Uto directs The Destiny Intl. Missions Mass Choir.

  • Image000ngoziEducation

    • LL.B.(Hons), Enugu State University of Science and Technology
    • Barrister-at-Law (B.L) Nigerian Law School, Lagos.
    • NVQ Level 3, (European Family and Welfare Law) EDEXCEL, United Kingdom.
     

    Membership

    • Nigerian Bar Association, NBA
    • Student Member, Solicitor’s Regulatory Association, UK, QLTS2.
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – UK

    Ngozi joined Justice Forte Chambers in 2011, on completion of her studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos.

    Her practice areas include; Property, Criminal, Constitutional, Welfare and Family Law; the later being defined to service the European Economic Community.

    Lex Rehoboth Chambers (Akaraiwe and Associates, Enugu) before setting off for Law school. With adept interest in negotiation and arbitration, she is a student  member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.

    Ngozi shows tremendous resilience when faced with challenging litigation.

    With stint at Hamilton Solicitors, (Leeds- UK) she has also worked with the National Health Service (NHS, UK). Ngozi has consulted for the Ealing Legal Advice Service, London Borough of Ealing; dealing with family welfare and sundry matters.