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Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Corporate Counsel Forum Africa & African Legal Awards 2014
Afro-IP has learnt that LegalWeek, in collaboration with CLASA, will be hosting the Corporate Counsel Forum Africa (CCFA) and the African Legal Awards (ALA) in October 2014. The CCFA convenes in-house lawyers, company officials, and industry experts to discuss the dynamic role of the modern in-house counsel, whilst the ALA does what it says on the tin!
It will be attended by leading general counsel, senior in-house lawyers and company secretaries from across Sub-Saharan Africa. The listed titles are:General counsel, Chief legal officer, Head of legal, Legal director, Company secretary, Corporate counsel, In-house lawyer, Legal counsel, and Legal manager. [Does it mean that if you don't have any of these titles, you won't be allowed to register?]
When you're done with the CCFA, your attention can then shift to the ALA. The organisers say that this awards ceremony provides a unique opportunity for lawyers to gather together to network and celebrate the profession's achievements. There are over 10 awards to be won! You can't win it if you're not in it! To nominate your firm or legal department, or others for this award, click here.
When and where?
Date: Friday 31 October 2014
Venue: The Wanderers Club, Johannesburg, South Africa Who should attend?
The good news is that there isn't an exclusive list for this one; everyone is cordially invited, as it appears. However, the organisers have this to say to those expecting to win something: "... it is not possible to give finalists forewarning of whether or not they have won. CLASA and Legal Week respectfully request those firms and legal departments who only intend to attend the awards on this basis to refrain from entering". How do I book a table?
Click here for the details
Both events are fantastic initiatives which further promote Africa's growing legal services market. The only moot point is that this Leo hopes to, one day, witness a similar annual event which directly involves the corporate/commercial lawyer associations across the continent, or, at least, those from Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa (for regional purposes). The hosting of such an annual event would be rotated among the selected countries. Just a thought.