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ILFA
Educate . Equip . Empower

ILFA SUCCESS
IN NUMBERS

14

300+

YEARS

INTERNATIONAL SECONDMENTS

28+

30+

AFRICA JURISDICTIONS

INTERNATIONAL SPONSOR ORGANISATIONS

4

40+

ANGAZA TOPICS

KEYTRAINING PROGRAMMES

 

What is ILFA?

International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA ) was created in 2006 by partners from leading London law firms with an interest in Africa, who wanted to use their positions and contacts to assist in “top-down” African development. 

ILFA is an Africa-focused capacity-building organisation whose mission is to build legal excellence in Africa by providing access to advanced legal training, networking opportunities and education for African lawyers and senior professionals engaged in the negotiation of complex transactions in Africa. ILFA’s goal is to enhance the quality and delivery of legal services to clients across Africa and to strengthen the rule of law in Africa.

To do this, ILFA In established ing the original Flagship Programme, which provided  ILFA’sfounder Tim Taylor envisioned an opportunity to support facilitate the growth and development of African lawyers through the practice of secondment schemes. The idea was simple; top international law firms based in Europe would sponsor promising young African lawyers for three months in their offices with a curriculum of technical legal training relevant to the African market.

In the last decade, ILFA has successfully seconded and trained 200+ African lawyers from 20 jurisdictions through its flagship programme hosted in London, France, Dubai and Hong Kong, and in 2016, the programme was further extended through the introduction of an intra-Africa secondment programme which was launched in Lagos, Nigeria. 

 

Over a decade later, ILFA has evolved into a successful organisation that offers so much more. ILFA now offers 34 core programmes with plans for many more!

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OUR DIRECTORS

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FUNKE ADEKOYA, SAN

ILFA President

Funke is a founding Partner at the firm AELEX and heads the Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Appointed Notary Public in 1986 and elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001, ‘Funke has over 45 years of experience in Litigation and Arbitration. As a Litigator, she represents clients regularly before the Nigerian courts at all levels. She also provides expert opinions and has appeared as an expert witness on Nigerian law issues before the courts of England, the United States and Turkey.

 

Amongst her many other accolades, Funke is one of just eight of Who’s Who Legal’s recently released Global Elite Thought Leaders in the Dispute Resolution Arena and the sole nominee from Africa. As President of ILFA Funke plans to reinforce the core connections at the heart of ILFA whilst adapting and broadening its mission in ways that speak to the next generation of young lawyers.

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TIM TAYLOR, QC

ILFA Founder

Tim is a solicitor advocate who was appointed Queens Counsel in 2011. He specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration as well as complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, cross-border insolvencies, regulatory investigations, civil fraud, and asset tracing. He has gained experience in proceedings in over forty jurisdictions globally. He has a leading reputation highlighted by the major directories for several years as being a creative litigation strategist as well as an experienced advocate.

 

Tim is the founding director ofILFA and believes that the social capital of this network is ILFA’s great fortune and that our shared belief in the rule of law as a bedrock for both national development and tackling global challenges is a vital resource to be harnessed in a conversation and work to address issues from social justice, equity, and inclusion to the protection of our resources, human rights, and freedoms.

 

OUR ADDRESS

International Lawyers for Africa {ILFA}

1st Floor Sentinel House, Sentinel Square, 

Hendon, London,

United Kingdom, NW 42EP

Phone: +44(0)20 7111 2509, +44(0)20 7111 2000

Email: ilfaadmin@ilfa.africa

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