BARR. SOPHIA ABIRI-FRANKLIN
Sophia is the Managing Partner at Georgetown Solicitors, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA UK and Nigeria), and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
She has her LLB with Honors from Delta State University, Abraka, and her LLM from the University of Lagos.
She has varied experience in active practice and has worked with the law firm of Otaru Otaru & Co. with a strong commercial-law background, Sophia has been company secretary and external solicitor to several local and foreign corporations.
She has helped review various Nigerian and international statutes. She has advised and represented major local, multinationals and foreign companies.
Sophia has worked with the Kwara State House of Assembly as a Legal Adviser to several of its committees.
She has also advised at plenary legislative sessions, reviewed laws, and prepared legislative bills and drafts. She has served as one of the Arbitrators in a Federal High Court ordered Arbitration Panel with respect to management of estate facilities.
She was sworn in by the Chief Judge of Lagos State as a Notary Public of Federal Republic of Nigeria in October 2014.
She has attended and participated in several local and international conferences, workshops, forums and seminars in various disciplines. Some of which are; Forensic Analysis Training organized by the United States Government in Conjunction with the Lagos State Government, the IFC- ICSAN CORPORATE GOVERNANCE TRAINING in June 2016 and the Transnational International Energy Arbitration in Houston Texas in the United States of America in January 2017.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Lagos Branch. She is a member of the Public Practice; Law Reform and Membership and Branch Liaison Committees of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN).
She has served in the positions of Mobilization Secretary, and Publicity Secretary of ICSAN Lagos State Chapter between 2009-2018. Sophia’s specialties include Corporate Governance, Commercial Law (including Labour, Employment &
Investment Law), Administrative Law, Arbitration, Taxation and Energy Law. Presently, she is pursuing her
PhD with interest in Corporate Governance and Energy Law at Babcock University.
Sophia is also involved in several volunteer and charitable activities, some of which are; Association of
Women in Governance and Give Hope to Kidney Foundation – a Non-Government Organization (NGO)
set up to alleviate the suffering of indigent kidney transplant patients where she is presently a Trustee
and Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Sophia has a great passion for assisting women and children in dire need of support. She loves to serve
and meet people. She is happily married to Franklin and they have three children; Angel, Amanda and