Africa’s premier arbitration centre

 

 

As Africa’s premier dispute resolution institution, the LCA is big enough to deliver world-class and cost effective dispute resolution services, yet small enough to know and cater for specific needs of its users. Its panel of neutrals are highly qualified prominent international practitioners with relevant qualifications and experience.

 

 

 

About LCA

 

LCA’s streamlined schemes and procedures allow it to resolve disputes by avoiding technicalities that lead to unnecessary delay in the dispute resolution process, thus saving parties significant time and cost for resolving their disputes.

 

Engine room of dispute resolution in Africa

 

LCA’s ability to design special and industry-specific procedures that respond to the needs of users coupled with its strategic location in Lagos, the commercial capital of the largest economy in Africa make it the go-to dispute resolution institution in Africa.

 

Arbitration

A consensual means of resolving disputes in which an impartial third party(ies) called arbitrator(s) to resolve dispute through an adjudicatory process leading to a binding award Read more

Mediation

A consensual dispute resolution process where parties appoint a neutral and impartial third party who helps them reach their own negotiated settlement. Read more

Other ADR Services

LCA provides other ADR and related services including Negotiation, Neutral Adjudication, Neutral Evaluation, Secretarial Services and Transcription Read more

Training

The LCA Executive Training School offers cutting-edge practical ADR Training to professionals with keen interest in Arbitration and ADR. Read more

The engine room of arbitration in Africa

The International Centre For Arbitration & ADR (ICAA) is the permanent headquarter of the LCA. The ICAA is a hub for arbitration and other forms of ADR mechanisms as it accommodates other ADR institutions such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria, LACIAC and the Maritime Arbitration Association of Nigeria.

Fundholding

As a fund holder, the LCA receives, preserves and disburses funds which can be held as security for the cost of the dispute resolution proceeding or as security for the fees and expenses of the adjudicators. The funds shall be in trust by the LCA and only disbursed according to the instructions given by the dispute resolution tribunal or parties. All terms and conditions of our fundholding services are expressly stated in the agreement appointing the LCA as a fund holder.

Secretarial and administrative services

Our services include but are not limited to the following; maintaining a file of written communications, facilitating communications between the dispute resolution tribunal and the parties, provision of meeting rooms and ensuring all practical arrangements are made for meetings and hearings, obtaining certified copies of an award, and any other services required.

Neutral Management

As a fund holder, the LCA receives, preserves and disburses funds which can be held as security for the cost of the dispute resolution proceeding or as security for the fees and expenses of the adjudicators. The funds shall be in trust by the LCA and only disbursed according to the instructions given by the dispute resolution tribunal or parties. All terms and conditions of our fundholding services are expressly stated in the agreement appointing the LCA as a fund holder.

Why LCA?

As Africa’s premier dispute resolution institution, the LCA is big enough to deliver world-class and cost effective dispute resolution services, yet small enough to know and cater for specific needs of its users. Its panel of neutrals are highly qualified prominent international practitioners with relevant qualifications and experience.

LCA’s streamlined schemes and procedures allow it to resolve disputes by avoiding technicalities that lead to unnecessary delay in the dispute resolution process, thus saving parties significant time and cost for resolving their disputes.

LCA’s ability to design special and industry-specific procedures that respond to the needs of users coupled with its strategic location in Lagos, the commercial capital of the largest economy in Africa make it the go-to dispute resolution institution in Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the LCA a government institution?

The LCA is a private sector owned and operated institution, independent of regulation, direction or control by any branch of government; it was established under the LCA Law No. 17 of 2009 which was made pursuant to the Lagos State Arbitration Law, No. 18 of 2009 as an independent dispute resolution institution. In its desire to promote Lagos as the hub for the settlement of disputes, the Lagos State Government donated the physical structure of the headquarters of the LCA, the ICAA and other infrastructure necessary to support the goal to make Lagos a hub for arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in West Africa.

Is the work of the LCA limited to Lagos and/or Nigeria?

The work of the LCA is not limited to Lagos and/or Nigeria. The use of “Lagos” in our name simply denotes where the headquarters of the LCA is domiciled. The LCA is an international centre for arbitration and ADR serving clients in Nigeria and Africa.

What makes the LCA a “Court”?

The LCA differs from the tradition Courts which consist of the Customary Courts, Magistrate Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. It is not a state owned entity nor does it operate like a traditional court. The reason why the LCA is referred to as a “Court” is because it is made up of internationally recognised arbitrators. Under the LCA Law, 2009 which established the LCA, the LCA was given the power to be the final arbiter for the application of the LCA Rules. It has no affiliation or connection to any Nigerian Court.

What jurisdiction does the LCA have?

The LCA is an international institution for the resolution of domestic and transnational commercial disputes. We provide a forum for dispute resolution proceedings for all parties irrespective of their location or system of law.

News & Events

LCA Day 2016

The Third Annual General Meeting and LCA Day holds September 16, 2016 for all members of the Lagos Court of Arbitration. Time is 12 Noon.

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SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conferences 2016

The SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference 2016 is co-hosted by the Lagos Court of Arbitration and will hold at the International Centre for Arbitration and ADR, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria from ...

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LCA Open Day

We hold an information session every last Wednesday of the month. Visit us at the International Centre for Arbitration and ADR, 1A Remi Olowude Street, 2nd Roundabout Lekki-Epe Expressway,Lagos (9.00am-5:00pm) to learn ...

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