Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Stren and Blan Partners has solid expertise in handling prominent IP disputes, often for well-known international brands. Amala Umeike heads up the practice.
Under the leadership of Tope Adebayo and Harrison Ogalagu, the team at Tope Adebayo LP is instructed in matters involving the enforcement of international arbitral awards, and is adept at handling alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution

Adeola Oyinlade & Co

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Adeola Oyinlade & Co. is a full-service law firm headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. The firm offers a variety of legal services to a vast range of national and foreign clients.

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ALN Nigeria | Aluko & Oyebode

The practice at ALN Nigeria | Aluko & Oyebode stands out for its strong track record in handling oil and gas, fintech, IP and tax litigation. The group is led by the 'knowledgeable' Babatunde Fagbohunlu, who specialises in handling commercial litigation and arbitration. Dindam Killi is well known for regularly appearing in litigation before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, as is the 'very professional and thorough' Joke Aliu, who was made co-managing partner of the firm in January 2023. Chukwuka Ikwuazom specialises in contentious tax matters, and Tochukwu Anaenugwu handles banking and finance, employment, and energy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Babatunde Fagbohunlu

Other key lawyers:

Joke Aliu; Chukwuka Ikwuazom; Dindam Killi; Tochukwu Anaenugwu; Mark Mordi; Tonye Krukrubo; Imaobong Haastrup; Innocent Ekpen


‘The team was thorough and detailed in analysing the issues at hand before they advised on the legal approach to follow. Knowledgeable and professional.’

‘The team was able to understand the technicalities of the dispute at issue despite it being a very novel subject matter. Effective collaboration with our internal team.’

‘The team at Aluko & Oyebode consists of top-notch lawyers who are synchronized.’

‘Joke Aliu stood out for me. She paid attention to the details, was neat with drafting, and able to understand complex issues.’

‘I worked directly with Joke Aliu. She was very professional, and thorough in her approach.’

‘Babatunde Fagbohunlu stands out for his knowledge, experience, and certainty with which he handles his cases. He truly is the expert of his field, without any doubt.’

Key clients

Paystack Payments Ltd

Responsibility Mgt Company SA

Symbiotics Sicav and Belgian Investment Company

Trafigura Beheer B. V.

First Bank of Nigeria Limited

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited

Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited

Prime 127 Nigeria Limited

AT3 Resources Limited

Monster Energy Company

Nigeria Bottling Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended the First Bank of Nigeria Limited against an action initiated by the Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue Service before the High Court of Lagos.
  • Successfully represented Prime 127 Nigeria Ltd in an action filed before the National Industrial Court against the Minister of Petroleum Resources and two other entities, involving a challenge to the validity of the guidelines for the Release of Staff in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry 2019.
  • Acted for Paystack Payments Ltd in a case involving claims of negligence for allegedly enabling fraudulent transactions.

G. Elias & Co

The disputes practice at G. Elias & Co is home to a team with extensive experience in handling white-collar crime investigations. Department head Gbolahan Elias has a broad practice, which takes in construction, employment, real estate, and tax disputes, and Fred Onuobia is a key contact for international financial institutions. Contentious tax matters are prominent in the workload for both Fidelis Adewole and Stephen Arubike; the latter is also recognised for his expertise in energy litigation. Abubakar Anafi is well regarded for advising on share price manipulation issues. Chimezie Onuzulike is experienced in handling commercial litigation and international arbitration. Marian Asuenimhen has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Gbolahan Elias; Fred Onuobia; Fidelis Adewole; Abubakar Anafi; Stephen Arubike

Other key lawyers:

Chimezie Onuzulike


‘The law firm is made up of courteous, highly professional, and dedicated staff with high intellects.’

‘The team is extremely diverse.’

‘They have high intellect and provide feedback on court proceedings in good time.’

‘Some of the most experienced and talented litigators in the market. The team is very savvy with banking litigation.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco Plc

Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Ltd

Titan Trust Bank Limited and Union Bank of Nigeria Plc

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Ltd.

Pension Transitional Arrangements Directorate (PTAD)

MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd

New Skies Satellite B.V.

FBN Insurance Limited

Arik Air Nigeria Ltd.

UAC of Nigeria PLC

IMA Zambia Limited

Coca-Cola Nigeria Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing British American Tobacco in product liability cases with a claim of over N5trn.
  • Advising a power-generation developer client on two ICC arbitrations brought against the Federal Government of Nigeria, valued at over $1.1 billion.
  • Successfully represented Union Bank of Nigeria Plc and Titan Trust Bank Limited in two lawsuits heard before the Federal High Court and the Investments and Securities Tribunal respectively.

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

The ‘robust‘ practice at Olaniwun Ajayi LP is well known for representing financial institutions, private corporations, and public sector entities in a broad range of matters. Olabisi Makanjuola is experienced in handling capital markets issues, shareholder disputes and litigation arising from infrastructure projects, and is also active in white-collar crime matters. Oluseye Opasanya brings expertise in advising on international disputes, while Konyin Ajayi handles investment litigation and Echefu Ukattah has a solid track record in assisting with contentious maritime mandates. Michael Amadi is a key contact for contentious construction and oil and gas matters, and Abiola Tella is active in debt recovery, aviation and employment claims.

Practice head(s):

Olabisi Makanjuola; Echefu Ukattah

Other key lawyers:

Konyin Ajayi; Oluseye Opasanya; Michael Amadi; Abiola Tella


‘The practice at Olaniwun Ajayi LP is very robust. The team offers intelligent opinions and comes up with creative and practical solutions.’

‘Responsive and easily accessible, the team is intelligent and this reflects in the quality of opinion.’

‘The firm has built a sterling reputation for its excellence delivery, superior legal work, and bespoke client service. The partners and associates are very knowledgeable and client oriented.’

‘A team of fine and savvy lawyers.’

‘Accessible, available, and the team devotes sufficient time to manage cases.’

‘Oluseye Opasanya shows great depth in solutions provided and is very accessible to clients. Olabisi Makanjuola is vibrant, intelligent, and is always willing to help solve problems. Abiola Tella is creative and intelligent.’

‘Oluseye Opasanya and Olabisi Makanjuola’s considerable experience, depth of research and accessibility stand out from other litigators in the market.’

‘Echefu Ukatta has in depth knowledge of maritime litigation and practices.’

Key clients

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited

TAV Airports Holding Company

Federal Ministry of Justice Nigeria

BGP/CNPC International Nigeria Limited

Vigeo Power Limited

Salvic Petroleum Resources Limited

Kano Electricity Distribution Company Plc (KEDCO)

ENL Consortium Limited (ENL)

First City Monument Bank

Atlas Mara Limited


Templars garners praise for its 'expertise in alternative dispute resolution methods, pre-dispute advisory services, and litigation'. Practice head Adewale Atake is regularly instructed by banks, international corporations, and oil companies in a broad range of disputes. Tax litigation is a key area of strength for Godwin Omoaka, Sesan Sulaiman, and Igonikon Adekunle, while Orji Agwu Uka and Izuchukwu Ohajinwa are active in international arbitration. Commercial and public law litigator Stanley U. Nweke-Eze and Munachiso Michael are singled out for their contributions. Victor Igwe has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Adewale Atake

Other key lawyers:

Godwin Omoaka; Sesan Sulaiman; Igonikon Adekunle; Stanley U. Nweke-Eze; Orji Agwu Uka; Izuchukwu Ohajinwa; Munachiso Michael; Inam Wilson


‘The team has expertise in alternative dispute resolution methods, pre-dispute advisory services, and litigation.’

‘Templars has a great team who go over and beyond to deliver for clients.’

‘The team assigned to us was very approachable and took the time to ensure that it was abreast of all regulations and laws.’

‘The team comprises fantastic individuals who make working with Templars as seamless and pleasurable as possible.’

‘Igonikon Adekunle is an experienced and knowledgeable dispute resolution counsel.’

Key clients

Zupt LLC

Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited

Google LLC

Shell Petroleum Development Corporation of Nigeria

Google Global Services Nigeria Limited

Nigeria LNG Limited (“NLNG”)

Nokia Solutions and Networks Nigeria Limited

Total Energies EP Nigeria Limited

Halliburton Energy Services Nigeria Limited

Sparkle Microfinance Bank Limited

MRS Oil Nigeria Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing an IOC and its shareholders in US$1.3 Billion arbitration and related litigation proceedings pursuant to a joint operating agreement.
  • Representing Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited before the Federal High Court regarding the enforcement of an arbitration clause under a Gas Sale and Purchase Agreement in connection with a US$20 million claim.
  • Representing Zupt LLC in a US$2,000,000 commercial dispute relating to the enforcement of a non-exclusive Collaboration Agreement in Nigeria’s energy sector.

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

At Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, the practice is home to 'a very experienced team of litigators' with 'excellent dispute resolution skills'. The group is well-versed in representing high-profile clients in international disputes. Uzoma Azikiwe heads up the department, in which arbitration expert Festus Onyia and Mesuabari Mene-Josiah garner praise as 'accessible and detail-oriented' practitioners. Olukayode Dada advises on commercial litigation and white-collar crime matters, while Olamide Aleshinloye is an expert in asset and debt recovery claims.  Michael Ugah is a key contact for contentious tax work;  Shakirudeen Mosobalaje is well-versed in oil and gas litigation; and Mesuabari Mene-Josiah handles commercial, employment and real estate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Uzoma Azikiwe

Other key lawyers:

Festus Onyia; Mesuabari Mene-Josiah; Olukayode Dada; Mesuabari Mene-Josiah; Olamide Aleshinloye; Michael Ugah; Shakirudeen Mosobalaje; Mena Ajakpovi


‘The dispute resolution team is collaborative.’

‘A client-focused law firm with remarkable attention to detail, and a very experienced team of litigators.’

‘Festus Onyia and Mesuabari Mene-Josiah standout. They are one of the best commercial dispute resolution teams in the market. They are accessible and detail oriented.’

Key clients

Equinor Nigeria Energy Company Limited (formerly known as Statoil Nigeria Limited)

Abbot Investment (North Africa) Limited

Schlumberger Nigeria Ltd

Pfizer Specialties Limited


Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

International Finance Corporation

Seplat Energy Plc

General Electric Company Limited

Mr. Basil Omiyi, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Seplat Energy Plc

Richard Mofe-Damijo

Notore Chemical Industries Plc

British Broadcasting Corporation

KCA Deutag Nigeria Limited and KCA Deutag Drilling GMBH

Aikan Uganda Limited

Vlisco Nigeria Limited

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited

Google LLC and Alphabet Inc

UAC Foods Limited

Vitol Finance BV

Unilever Nigeria PLC

Petrogas Nigeria Ltd

Pension Alliance Ltd

Norebo Hong Kong Limited

Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Cummins West Africa Limited

C & N Investments Limited

Union Bank Plc

Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited

Etex Group

Bell Point Energy Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Google LLC in a lawsuit involving a USD 1 billion damages claim relating to libellous videos published on YouTube.
  • Representing Aiteo Eastern E & P in a dispute with Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited (SPDC) concerning alleged misrepresentation arising out of the Agreement for Assignment (AFA) of SPDC’s interest in the Oil Mining Lease 29 (OML 29).


AELEX advises on contentious restructuring matters, tax disputes and IP litigation, to name a few areas of expertise. Olanipekun Orewale is well versed in insolvency matters, while Perenami Momodu handles cross-border commercial disputes and arbitration. Adedapo Tunde-Olowu co-heads the disputes practice with Orewale; Ugonna Ogbuagu represents global oil and gas companies in tax disputes; and Oluwaseun Philip-Idiok is active in restructuring and insolvency litigation. Rafiq Anammah is a practitioner to note. Davidson Oturu has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Adedapo Tunde-Olowu; Olanipekun Orewale

Other key lawyers:

Rafiq Anammah; Perenami Momodu; Ugonna Ogbuagu; Oluwaseun Philip-Idiok


‘Easy to reach, great turnaround time, and up to date knowledge that is useful in emerging areas and the regulatory space.’

‘Response time and easy accessibility.’

Key clients

Baker Hughes

General Electric

GE International Operations Nigeria Limited

GE Oil & Gas

Embraer SA

Nokia Siemens Nigeria

Shoprite Checkers Pty Ltd of South Africa

Exxon Mobil

British American Tobacco Ltd

Sproxil Nigeria Limited

Rusal Group

Bristow Helicopters

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Rheinmetall AG


Food Concepts Plc

ZTE Nigeria Limited

Ecobank Nigeria Plc

ETCO Nigeria Limited

China Harbour Engineering Company Nig. Ltd

Huawei Technologies Company (Nigeria) limited

Bureau of Public Enterprises

Westfield Energy Resources Limited

TNT Management Bahrain E.C.

Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited (Shoprite)


Systems Applications Products (South Africa) (Proprietary) Limited

Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Limited

Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation

Xanderwill Limited

Mountlivo Limited

Banwo & Ighodalo

Under the leadership of Abimbola Akeredolu and Chinedum Umeche, Banwo & Ighodalo is noted for its extensive expertise in advising on employment, immigration, tax, and white-collar disputes. The practice is regularly instructed by international clients on a wide spectrum of contentious commercial matters. Sixtus Iwuoha acts for corporates and individuals in a broad range of areas, including energy, intellectual property, and international trade. Adeola Agunbiade-Adeyemi is well regarded for her strength in cross-border litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Abimbola Akeredolu; Chinedum Umeche

Other key lawyers:

Sixtus Iwuoha; Adeola Agunbiade-Adeyemi


‘Attention to detail, solid quality of drafting.’

Key clients

UAC Restaurants Limited

UAC of Nigeria PLC

Red Pepper Pictures (Pty) Limited

Red Pepper Nigeria Limited

Julius Berger Nigeria PLC

Primetech Design and Engineering Nigeria Limited

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Nigachem Nigeria Limited

Ardova PLC

Ignite Investment and Commodities Limited

Shoreline Natural Resources Limited

Petraco Energies DMCC

Grand Cereals Limited

Chemical and Allied Products PLC

Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited

MTN Nigeria Communications PLC

Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Ardova PLC (“Ardova”) at the Federal High Court in a dispute with a minority shareholder.
  • Successfully represented Grand Cereals Limited in litigation brought by Jigna-Eco Ranch against the client concerning alleged contamination of fish feed.
  • Represented Red Pepper Pictures (Pty) Limited and its Nigerian affiliate, Red Pepper Pictures Nigeria Limited, in a copyright infringement claim.

Olajide Oyewole LLP

Olajide Oyewole LLP is singled out for its strength in advising on shareholder disputes. The practice is jointly led by Tunde Oyewole and Muyiwa Ogungbenro, who has a solid track record in advising on cross-border commercial litigation and tax issues. Charles Bassey is adept at representing clients in the aviation, financial services and manufacturing sectors in commercial disputes. Tobechi Ogazi is well versed in handling white-collar crime matters, and Similoluwa Adeyemi fields expertise in assisting with oil and gas litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Tunde Oyewole; Muyiwa Ogungbenro

Other key lawyers:

Charles Bassey; Tobechi Ogazi; Similoluwa Adeyemi


‘Prompt advice and swift assistance. ’

‘I commend the strategic and systematic approach of the team.’

‘Diligence and attention to details.’

Key clients

Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited


Rite Foods Ltd


Menzies Aviation (PTY) Ltd

MasterCard Foundation

Tecnimont SpA

O&O Networks Ltd (Ecobank Group)

DHL International Limited

DHL Global Forwarding Limited

BB Energy Group

Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria

Future Energies Africa Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung Heavy Industries entities in a US$300 million shareholder dispute.
  • Representing Tecnimont Nigeria Limited and Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. in disputes arising from a engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract at the Port Harcourt refinery complex valued at USD 1.5 billion.
  • Representing Rite Foods Limited in a trademark infringement and passing off claim by Bigibet Limited.

Bloomfield LP

Led by Adedoyin Afun, Bloomfield LP's practice has a strong track record in advising on oil and gas, employment, and maritime disputes. Adekunle Obebe's workload includes arbitration, commercial litigation, and contentious tax matters, while Michael Abiiba regularly appears in cases before domestic and international tribunals.

Practice head(s):

Adedoyin Afun

Other key lawyers:

Michael Abiiba; Adekunle Obebe

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for ND Western in recovering all outstanding payments due under a crude oil evacuation agreement from Ship & Shore Services Limited.
  • Representing Purple Capital Partners Limited in a claim for damages and loss of earnings brought against Onyii Obi.

Dentons ACAS-Law

At Dentons ACAS-Law, Funke Agbor and Isaac Ogbobula are highly regarded for their extensive experience in handling labour and employment and oil and gas disputes. Chisa Uba represents ship owners and shipping lines in a range of contentious matters. Michael Akinleye acts in IP litigation pertaining to commercial transactions and agreements, and has particular strength in advising on intellectual property rights protection.

Practice head(s):

Funke Agbor; Chisa Uba; Isaac Ogbobula; Michael Akinleye

Key clients

Apple Inc.

Google LLC.

BB Energy Nigeria Limited

BB Energy Holding Mauritius Limited

Energy Ventures Partner Limited

Onward Entreprises Limited

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Dellatre Bezons Nigeria Limited

Truck Tech Platform Limited

Truck Transit Parks Limited

Monsanto Agricultural Nigeria Limited

TotalEnergies Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Defending Apple against a claim of alleged interference with iPhone performance.
  • Defended Polaris Bank Limited against a claim filed by a customer alleging unlawful deductions and charges in the sum of over N8,000,000,000.
  • Representing Delattre Bezons Nigeria Limited in a debt recovery claim.

Jackson, Etti & Edu

Jackson, Etti & Edu’s practice is praised for its ‘expertise in arbitration, mediation, and negotiations’, and is recognised for its strength in handling debt recovery claims, IP disputes and labour and employment litigation. Department head Obafemi Agaba has a strong track record in representing international clients in copyright, patent, and trademark litigation. Toyosi Odunmbaku handles contractual, oil and gas, and shareholder disputes, while Irene Momoh is active in international trade disputes. Oloruntobi Opawoye is a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Obafemi Agaba

Other key lawyers:

Toyosi Odunmbaku; Oloruntobi Opawoye; Irene Momoh


‘The team stands out for its expertise in arbitration, mediation, and negotiations. A strong track record resolving cases instils confidence in potential clients.’

‘A client-centric approach, emphasizing communication, transparency, and efficiency. The team showcases a commitment to meeting clients’ needs promptly and effectively.’

‘Profound industry expertise and specialization enables them to provide tailored legal solutions, showcasing a deep understanding of sector-specific challenges.’

Key clients

Eko Hotels Limited

Baker Hughes Incorporated

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Royal Unibrew A/S

Fremantle Media Group Limited

Fan Milk Plc

British American Tobacco (Nigeria) Limited

Hayat Kimya Sanayi Anonim Sirketi

IHS Nigeria Limited

Ontario Oil and Gas Limited

Bank of Africa

Cadbury Nigeria Plc

Sahara Group

Schneider Electric (Nigeria) Limited

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Ltd.

CitiBank NA

Meta Platforms, Inc. (Facebook)

United Airlines Inc

Bayer Aktiengesellschaft

Visa Inc.

Paul Osaji & Co.

Standard Chartered Bank Limited

E. Remy Martins & Co. and CLS Remy Cointreau

Work highlights

  • Represented MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, MTN Group Limited, and MTN Cameroon Limited in a copyright infringement action valued at over US$411,111,111.00.
  • Represented Alcamo International Limited in a dispute with Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Limited.
  • Represented Ontario Trading SA in commercial litigation.

Odujinrin & Adefulu

Led by Lucky Ayeki, the practice at Odujinrin & Adefulu is praised for its ‘unique skills in dispute resolution’. The department is also well-versed in handling alternative dispute resolution and litigation, including commercial, environmental and labour disputes. Daniel Iro is regularly instructed by multinational corporations and commercial clients in work, while Adeoye Adefulu is experienced in representing public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Lucky Ayeki

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Iro; Adeoye Adefulu


‘O&A possesses unique skills in dispute resolution, supports the client to the last mile, and delivers unexpected solutions. Collaboration is key to O&A.’

Key clients

Seplat Energy Plc

Lafarge Africa Plc

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Veritas Glanvills Pensions Limited

Nigeria LNG Limited

Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited

Zircon Marine Limited

African Export-Import Bank

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited

West African Forest Plantation Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Zircon Marine Limited in a debt recovery matter.

SPA Ajibade & Co

SPA Ajibade & Co's team is 'well-versed in alternative dispute resolution', and is equally adept at handling international commercial arbitration and litigation. Babatunde Ajibade advises on contentious company, insolvency, and labour law matters, while Kolawole Mayomi handles disputes arising from construction projects and breaches of contractual obligations. Peter Olalere is experienced in aviation, energy and real estate litigation, while Bolaji Gabari’s broad practice takes in corporate and commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Babatunde Ajibade; Kolawole Mayomi, Peter Olaoye Olalere; Bolaji Gabari

Other key lawyers:

Emmanuel Bassey


‘The practitioners are knowledgeable and well-versed in alternative dispute resolution. The advice was well-researched and helpful.’

‘SPA Ajibade demonstrates an in-depth understanding of client requirements.’

‘The firm is well-resourced to efficiently manage litigation. The success rate of the firm is very high, and it takes pride in providing the best advice for case management based on research and experience.’

Key clients

Hempel A/S

Intels Nigeria Limited

The Tourist Company of Nigeria Plc

Sun International Limited

St. Stephen’s School Corporation

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc

Aviation Attorney Group

Paul Allen Oche

First Registrars Limited

Technip Offshore Nigeria Ltd

Neptune Maritime Nigeria Limited