REAL ESTATE AND PROPERTY LAW
Our real estate lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of real estate practice. We represent buyers, sellers and developers of residential and commercial properties, including subdivisions, supermarkets, and office buildings.
Unlike many firms with a large commercial practice, we also frequently represent individual buyers and sellers of houses and condominiums. We advise and represent clients in zoning and other land use proceedings; landlord-tenant matters, including residential and commercial leasing and summary process actions; foreclosures; tax deferred exchanges; and real estate tax abatements and exemptions.
Our clients include developers, investors, lessors, lenders, individuals, and businesses of all kinds, including professional firms, retailers, and manufacturers. We also represent two of the largest commercial real estate management firms in Nigeria
You cannot venture into real estate and property without a legal guide, issues of land registration, making sure documents given to you are valid, assessing if you have a good title to a property or inquiring if the land given to you belongs to someone else, you can and should only entrust your real estate transactions to capable hands in the field.
Scope: Perfection of legal title documents. Legal due diligence search. Processing of CofO, Governor’s Consent and other land title documents. Property legal advice
CORPORATE & COMMERCIAL LAW
Doing business in Nigeria is associated with diverse challenges and risks and must accordingly be founded on a strong legal base and a full understanding of local laws and regulations. Prevention is always better than cure.
Understanding the various available business vehicles as well as compliance requirements for companies and other corporate entities is vital. Nigeria governments are increasingly passing laws to protect consumers as well as data privacy. Tax, exchange control and banking rules and regulations must also be fully understood.
Our specialist lawyers have substantial experience in advising both multinational and local companies on all relevant corporate, commercial and regulatory matters relevant to their businesses.
We handle Corporate and Commercial law which is one of the sectors that you cannot function without your lawyers. In days where fraudulent activities takes the lead, there should be the need of corporate and commercial laws to protect companies, businesses and their owners and the money invested and of course, lawyers are needed for the implementation of these laws and to act as a guide for these owners who may not know their corporate rights.
BUSINESS AND TRANSACTIONAL LAW
As a Business Law Firm, we focus on providing legal advice to business owners on issues that affect businesses, such as taxation, business transactions, contracts and intellectual property rights.
Scope: Assisting businesses to prevent, navigate, and resolve complex legal issues; Assisting and advising businesses on establishing their company's structure, policies, objectives, and procedures for their business operations; Ensuring all relevant laws and outcomes are understood and obeyed by businesses; Researching and resolving legal disputes through the analysis of relevant laws, argument development, evidence collection, and legal representation; Drafting, reviewing, completing, and filing legal paperwork related to business operations; Examining and reporting any potential or existing legal issues to the relevant authorities; Negotiating contract terms, transactions, and settlements on behalf of the businesses involved; Ensuring all business processes, strategies, and actions comply with all relevant local, state, federal, and international laws; Managing multiple clients, cases, and legal activities that carry varying deadlines.Scope: Company legal adviser; Company Secretary; Facilitation of transactions; Contract perusal and advisory; CAC Accredited Agent (Pre and Post incorporation matters); Legal Representation; Business Litigation.
LITIGATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION
In keeping with our general mission as a firm, the litigation practice at Chaman Law Firm is a broad-based practice stressing cost-effective and experienced staffing of cases. Our litigation attorneys have extensive experience before state and federal courts and administrative agencies
We represent individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, both as plaintiffs/claimants and defendants, in a wide range of matters
In litigation as in other areas, we emphasize giving practical and thorough advice, avoiding conflict for conflict’s sake, and minimizing where possible the financial and emotional cost to our clients. We take pride in the fact that some of the best results we have obtained for our clients, both corporate and individual, have come through mediation/alternative dispute resolution rather than litigation.
We offer in and out of court settlement. For litigation, we are more than ready to represent you in the court and go through every process until the case is finalized and we also know how cumbersome and lengthy litigation can be and for certain disputes, we offer Alternative Dispute Resolution which helps you spend less and get effective results.
We counsels individuals and businesses in income, gift and estate tax planning, return preparation, and representation before the Internal Revenue Service.
In addition, our tax lawyers provide consultation and assistance in connection with the planning and implementation of business and real estate transactions, and in the establishment of tax-exempt organizations.
We act as tax lawyers having solid knowledge of laws and regulations relating to taxes, excellent written and verbal communication, and strong research and negotiation skills.
Scope: Handling issues for clients who may be in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service or other government entities who levy taxes; Helping organizations limit their exposure to tax liabilities; Advise and counsel clients on legal matters relating to taxes, from limiting tax liability to audits, mergers and acquisitions and prosecuting disputes with government entities who levy taxes; Litigate tax disputes in court if necessary; Write and file motions and court briefs; Negotiate tax settlements.
DEBT RECOVERY LAW
Our specialist debt recovery attorneys offer a simple, effective and swift solution to debt recovery. Our team have developed a comprehensive debt recovery strategy that can deal with the collection of debt on a nationwide basis, utilising the skills of specialist debt collection lawyers across the nation to ensure a good result.
Our debt recovery attorneys can issue an initial letter before action to any address within Nigeria and abroad. In some cases, this may settle your debt without the need to consider further action. Our team of debt recovery attorneys usually offer all services on a low cost, fixed fee basis.
In a society like ours, if there is no written agreement, many people will get away with fraud and unpaid debts, this is why it is important to involve your lawyers, especially when you need help with debt recovery.
Scope: Acting on claims involving the validity and enforcement of loans, mortgages, charges, guarantees and security; Proficiency in Garnishee Proceedings, Debt/Loan Recovery, Foreclosure, syndicated Lending and Liquidation; Capacity to carry out reliable Due Diligence Corporate Searches and Title Investigation; Proven ability to conduct commercial credit risk analysis of a debtor company or individual & give legal opinion; Experts in the preparation of effective result-oriented debt-recovery demand letters & other processes; Capability to advice on Corporate Governance & Regulatory Compliance for all types of companies; Ability to educate and update you and your staff about the legal environment of your business via newsletters; Able to provide frequent case updates, along with promptly returned phone calls and emails.
The phase of construction & engineering in Nigeria has changed exponentially with increasingly larger and more complex projects from both technical and regulatory perspective. Our specialist lawyers combine detailed legal knowledge with practical commercial experience to assist and advise clients to maximise the benefits of opportunities and manage and resolve risks and regulatory obstacles.
Our core focus is to assist commercial, industrial and private owners, construction managers, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, material and equipment suppliers, real estate developers and public entities.
There are laws that guide and regulate the legal and contractual issues relating to construction, infrastructure and engineering and these laws are called construction laws. Here in Chaman Law Firm, we are more than efficient in representing in cases that may arise on sites in the cause of building or subsequent issues relating engineering and infrastructures.
Scope: Drafting, reviewing and negotiating a range of industry-specific and general commercial contracts between the different parties involved in a project; Acting for a variety of clients including builders, property developers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, landowners and more; Working closely with legal professionals of other disciplines including finance, property and regulatory to ensure due diligence is carried out, funding is secured etc; Liaising and negotiating with civil authorities to obtain planning permission and building approvals; Guiding clients through various forms of dispute resolution, up to and including litigation, when contracts are breached, payments are not made, injuries sustained, and other issues arise around the project; Advising on the procurement of resources and materials; Advising on health and safety, insurance, liability, and environmental matters relating to each project; Visiting construction sites and meeting with stakeholders periodically to monitor progress and get ahead of any future issues that may arise.
Another legal service we offer is in the area of Cyber Law. It is the most common saying that we are in the 'computer age'. As the digital world expands, so does cyber crime in Nigeria and in a bid to stop these uncontrollable cyber crimes, Cyber Law in Nigeria came into existence. Cyber law acts as a shield over cyberspace, preventing cyber crime from occurring.
Scope: Assisting clients to develop best practices for conducting business and personal affairs; Assisting organizations in maintaining client confidentiality in accordance with federal, state, and local laws; Implementing measures to comply with privacy rules while still protecting personal information; Taking legal action as needed to preserve trade secrets of clients.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
As Intellectual Property Lawyers, we provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with protecting intellectual capital, utilizing patent law, copyright law, licensing and trademark.
Scope: Provide advice and written opinions on points of intellectual property law; Provide opinion on complex intellectual property issues.
We also help immigrants who need legal aid and advice regarding the immigration processes
Scope: Procurement of Business Permits and Expatriate Quotas; Immigrants Visas; Temporary Work Permits (TWP); Residence Permits; Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Allied Card (CERPAC); Adjustment of Status; Employment Authorization; Renewals for Permanent Residence Cards; Spousal visas.
BANKING AND FINANCE LAW
Finance and banking are the lifeblood of trade, commerce, and industry. Chaman Law Firm handles banking and finance issues.
Scope: Give legal advice or handle lawsuits representing banks in courts, they are entrusted with versatile work roles; Arrange loans to buy other companies or to finance new business ventures; Give legal advice and work on a variety of corporate and finance-related cases; Begin a new case by meeting with client to clearly understand the prevailing issues; Assist the client in providing appropriate documentation, like bank accounts, credit card numbers, and a tax identification number; Advise the client on creating contracts for employees and securing lending from banking institutions; Represent their clients at trial.
A Labour lawyer assists clients with legal issues stemming from the relationship between employers and employees. In Chaman Law Firm, we have well trained labour lawyers who interpret and advise clients on wage and hour laws, workplace safety, laws regarding rest and breaks, disability and leave requirements, workplace harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination.
Scope: Advise and counsel clients on legal issues stemming from the relationship between employers and employees; Litigate cases in court; Draft and review employment agreements, contracts, company policies, and employee handbooks.
HUMAN RIGHT LAW
The law provides certain rights and privileges to be enjoyed by every citizen of Nigeria and while everyone can enjoy their rights, the law will not permit any citizen to infringe on the rights of another citizen. Here in Chaman Law Firm, we offer a legal shoulder to anyone whose rights has been denied or infringed.
Scope: Provide legal counsel to victims of human rights violations; Advocating on behalf of victims of human rights violations; Advising clients and making sure they are aware of their rights; Talking to clients and witnesses to gather statements; Writing legal documents for each case; Researching previous cases; Negotiating with lawyers representing other parties; Ensuring that any agreements reached are implemented
As an environmental lawyer, we work towards the conservation and protection of nature's resources. Environmental laws regulate and define the activities of humans upon the geological and biological systems that are affected by contact. Issues such as ecology, sustainability, responsibility, and stewardship are often cause for legal actions.
Scope: Represent clients in legal issues such as in clean technology, water law, climate change law; Communicate effectively both orally and in written documents; Prepare and consolidate an abundance of details into an effective case; Work with environmental case law and legislation to represent various environmental interests; Represent clients in environmental matters; Advocate for development in environmental policy and law.
Media law regulates media production and use. The practice of media law may involve all of the types of legal issues that might arise during the production or consumption of various types of media and this is one of our core services in Chaman Law Firm.
Scope: Protecting clients’ intellectual property rights; representing them in court over disputes; Facilitating and Negotiating Contracts; managing the taxes of their clients; Overseeing union and guild membership.