We are Garnet & Hawthorns

Garnet & Hawthorns Solicitors was set up to provide legal services in diverse areas of law. The solicitors and advocates in the firm are young energetic and dynamic Nigerians with analytical legal minds. The firm is located in Effurun/Warri in the heart of Delta State. Its talent pool comprises of seasoned legal minds who had legal mentorship under eminent and leading legal practitioners in Nigeria, the likes ofChief Thompson Okpoko, Dafe Akpedeye(SAN), FCIArb, and Charles Ajuyah (SAN). The firm was established to aggregate the diverse and dynamic knowledge of its lawyers for the benefit of its CLIENTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

The firm is tailored to provide first-class legal services, taking into cognizance the specific needs of Clients. Every Client is unique. This uniqueness is taken into account in determining the approach to be adopted in finding solutions to the legal issues presented. The goal of the firm is to find legally, economically and socially acceptable solutions to issues presented by Clients within the shortest space of time. Seemingly complex legal issues are laid bare in the simplest terms to enable Clients to understand their legal rights and liabilities with a view to equipping them to participate adequately in finding prompt and acceptable solutions to their legal challenges.

The firm is presently handling numerous cases in various courts in Nigeria (including Court of Appeal, State High Court, Federal High Court, National Industrial Court, Magistrates Court, Revenue Court, Customary Court, etc.) for individuals as well as corporate clients. Members of our legal team have, in their previous and current employment, represented various multi-national oil & gas corporations such as The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC), Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Ltd. (NPDC), Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), and Chevron Nigeria Ltd.

Some of the numerous clients of the firm include First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Zenith Bank Plc. and Keystone Bank Ltd. The firm’s services to the Banks include but are not limited to litigation, legal opinions, the perfection of title, conduct of searches, confirmation of court orders, etc. The firm over the years has also developed expertise in ATM fraud-related cases.

Lawyers and affiliates of the firm are presently based in Lagos, Benin City, Edo State, and Warri/Effurun, Asaba in Delta State. The firm provides legal services across Nigeria and beyond. The lawyers are computer-literate and very proficient in the use of modern communication technology. Lawyers in the firm have also handled revenue-related cases for corporate bodies in the banking, telecommunications, construction, property, agriculture, and the oil and gas sectors. Our lawyers have also handled high profile revenue-related cases for MTN Communications Nigeria Ltd in the Delta State Revenue Courts in Asaba and Oleh.

Our Skills

Legal Drafting
Corporate practice

Meet the Team


His specialty includes litigation and legal drafting, taxation, general corporate practice, commercial and property matters
Efemena Senior Partner
She has been involved in a lot of high profile cases spanning the political and constitutional realm, oil & gas, environmental, banking and commercial sectors
Ossai Senior Partner
His specializations include general corporate practice, civil and commercial litigation, company secretarial and compliance and taxation
Erhire Senior Associate
He ventured into active legal practice in the office of G.O.K. Ebowe & Co. from November 2015 to July 2018