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Joy Harrison-Abiola MCMI FSM

Joy Harrison-Abiola is a leading legal management professional with over 23 years in the industry. She is the Practice Administrator of Dentons-ACAS-Law, providing strategic oversight to all the business support functions of the Firm. In this role, Joy plans, coordinates, directs, and is responsible for high level leadership and operational oversight for all the business aspects of the firm. She acts as an advisor to the Partnership, offering subject matter input into strategy formation and implementation. She sets and monitors performance and operational metrics for the firm. Her passion is to increase organizational efficiency and to “get everyone to work at their peak.”

In 2008, Joy was instrumental in putting together the first law firm management development program (MDP) at the Lagos Business School (‘’LBS”) Pan African University in collaboration with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Illinois USA. She possesses a demonstrated track record in advocating and interacting with law firm leaders to institutionalize business best practices in their law firms. Joy believes that management in a law firm is not an appendage, but it is core.

Joy is a columnist with ThisDay Newspaper, her column, “From the Back Office” explores what law firms need to do to remain competitive and relevant in today’s economic climate. It also looks at ways to re-engineer and awaken the dynamics of the contribution of the legal management professionals, to better position them to provide practical solutions to the challenges facing law business. She has authored articles like, New Wigs – Surviving the First Years, Any Vision for your Practice? Covid-19 and Keeping Staff Loyalty. A Firm of Lateral Thinkers.

Joy is the President of the Association of Law Firm Administrators, Nigeria (“ALAN”). ALAN is a professional association that exists to provide support and to enhance the development of professionals responsible for the operational management of law firms. She is a member of the International Relations Committee (Africa) – Association of Legal Administrators Illinois USA. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN). She is the Executive Director of Catalyst for Peace and Justice (“CPJ”). She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Business Africa Online – a pan-African online media platform, powering the entrepreneurial and social impact mindset.

Joy is also the Founder of Jenet-Serem Empowerment Foundation (“JEF”), targeted at adopting and supporting primary schools in rural areas.

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