Nigeria could become a huge market for UK legal services, the Law Society has said.

The Law Society of England and Wales is on a trade mission to the West African country to help British law firms to increase their activity there.

It says that, with opportunities in oil and gas, telecommunications, project finance and banking, as well as GDP growth, Nigeria could provide a healthy market for international legal services.

Former Law Society president Andrew Holroyd said: “Despite the global financial crisis, Nigeria, like many other African nations, has had limited exposure to the international debt markets, making it an attractive investment. This provides demand for legal services.