Bloomfield Law


Our experience, clientele (corporate, financial institutions, private equity firms, foreign law firms, governments and individuals) and the reputation of our lawyers, cut across several key industries that we are dedicated to, namely Aviation, Financial Institutions, Consumer Goods, Entertainment, Logistics, Media, Mining and Minerals, Oil and Gas, Power and Renewables, Realestate, Shipping & Oil Services and Telecommunications. Our lawyers have also contributed to, or authored, leading texts in these industries and are often called upon to serve as resource persons at local and international seminars/workshops and as public and private sector office holders, advisers and consultants. 


Employment & Benefits

Ministerial consent for release of oil and gas workers: unwarranted interference in employment contracts
Nigeria | 04 December 2019

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) recently issued guidelines in order to establish procedures for obtaining the consent of the minister of petroleum resources before releasing Nigerian workers in the oil and gas industry. The guidelines have been met with widespread criticism, mainly with regard to the DPR's legal right to issue regulations which not only interfere with, but also call into question the sanctity of, employer-employee contractual relationships.

Employment law considerations during mergers
Nigeria | 21 August 2019

Mergers are one way in which companies can increase their revenue and expand their business. However, along with these benefits, there are a number of risks associated with the merger of two or more businesses, including a loss of customers and key employees and business interruptions. This article discusses the challenges and practical realities of managing employees during a merger.

Curbing sexual harassment: lessons from Microsoft
Nigeria | 17 April 2019

In 2013 the National Industrial Court (NIC) ushered in a new labour law regime with regard to workplace sexual harassment when it held an employer vicariously liable for acts of sexual harassment perpetrated against one of its employees. Based on the NIC's decision, employers which learn of workplace sexual harassment and take no administrative decision to investigate it may be liable for breaching their duty of care to their employees by failing to protect their fundamental rights.

Towards a better workplace: curbing sexual harassment
Nigeria | 03 April 2019

It is clear from the #metoo #hertoo and #timesup campaigns – as well as the numerous allegations of sexual harassment levied against perceived industry leaders – that combating sexual harassment is a global concern. Thankfully, it seems that such conduct will no longer be condoned, considered tenable or swept swiftly and easily under the corporate carpet. This article examines employees' rights in the workplace under Nigerian law.

National Industrial Court reinforces foreign employees' right to receive redundancy benefits
Nigeria | 21 November 2018

A foreign employee recently secured a landmark judgment in the National Industrial Court in relation to redundancy benefits that he had claimed while employed by the defendant. The judgment reinforces the well-established principle of interpreting the plain and ordinary meaning of employment contracts and strengthens the position of local and foreign employees seeking to enforce their rights where these are clearly provided for in their respective employment contracts, policies or handbooks.