Dispute resolution in Nigeria

AELEX

AELEX is one of Nigeria's most experienced disputes practices; the team, led by Funke Adekoya, handles a wide range of work from commercial litigation to tax matters and investor-state disputes. Adekoya specialises in corporate, commercial and energy disputes, while also regularly advising on Nigerian substantive and procedural law for disputes in foreign courts. Olanipekun Orewale , Lawrence Fubara Anga and Davidson Oturu are also noted for disputes involving labour, banking, IP and telecoms, contracts and tax. Adedapo Tunde-Olowu joined Boyle Attorneys as managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Funke Adekoya

Other key lawyers:

Olanipekun Orewale; Lawrence Fubara Anga; Davidson Oturu

Testimonials

‘The firm has broad and sound expertise.’

‘Funke Adekoya is an experienced and seasoned litigator whose experience is evidence in proffering solutions to legal issues.’

‘Aelex is exceptional both in Commercial Advisory and Dispute Resolution. It also has a national spread across Nigeria. In a country where firms tend to have regional or city-based strengths, Aelex is one of the few firms that can provide legal services across the country, and this is important for my company, which has nationwide operations and requires nationwide legal services. ’

‘The Aelex team is very collaborative with our in-house legal team. This means that they understand our needs and interests better than most, and they are able to respond to them in quicker times. Standout partners include Olanipekun Orewale and Davidson Oturu.’

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Sproxil Nigeria Limited and three other respondents at the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, in an appeal against the a judgment of the Federal High Court in favour of our clients, which dismissed the appellant’s claim of NGN20bn for an alleged infringement of his copyright.
  • Acting for Shell Petroleum Development Company in an appeal filed by the Federal Government of Nigeria, against the ground breaking decision of the Federal High Court ordering the Federal Government to renew our client’s licence for a further term of 20 years in respect of the OML 11, after its compliance with all the conditions for renewal, prescribed by the Petroleum Act.
  • Represent CNOOC Exploration And Production Nigeria and South Atlantic Petroleum in an action against the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in a claim wrongful lifting of oil by NNPC for tax purposes.

Aluko & Oyebode

Aluko & Oyebode has a pre-eminent reputation for representing multinational oil companies in actions brought against them by government institutions. Babatunde Fagbohunlu and Hamid Abdulkareem represented five separate consortia of IOCs on five deep offshore blocks, against claims by the Federal Government of Nigeria for alleged outstanding revenue due from production sharing contracts of up to $27bn. The firm has also been busy advising clients on the legal issues emanating from the recent amendment of the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act. Other key figures include IP and maritime litigator Mark Mordi and head of the firm's Port Harcourt office, Tonye Krukrubo, a seasoned litigator and arbitrator.

Practice head(s):

Babatunde Fagbohunlu

Other key lawyers:

Hamid Abdulkareem; Mark Mordi; Tonye Krukrubo

Testimonials

‘Highly rated and responsive; the go-to firm for IOCs in Nigeria. The level of service and quality is remarkable; I rate the quality of their litigation advice alongside that of several London firms.’

‘Hamid Abdulkareem is a standout practitioner and a pleasure to deal with; clear, concise and creative. He has a very reassuring manner that inspires confidence in an otherwise challenging and uncertain legal market.’

‘The team’s in-depth, well-founded and referenced understanding of issues in diverse aspects of legal advisory and dispute resolution related work is outstanding. Also, their willing drive and personal interest in always pushing further beyond convention, for result-oriented solutions when handling work on our behalf is exceptional and priceless.

‘The depth in the combined team is unparalleled, while their combined capacities is always outstanding, even in the midst of other legal practitioners/firms during joint/open sessions. ’

‘The firm‘s in-depth understanding, ability to consistently and thoroughly handle quality work within the estimated time period, diversity in breed, confidence in finding solutions to issues and problems, aspiration to do even better as a team and humility displayed by all members of the team and firm generally stands out.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Opera Limited, one of the world’s leading browser providers, and PowerbetLimited, a leading Nigerian company providing sports betting and gaming services, in a copyright infringement action brought against them at the Federal High Court.
  • Representing Africa Finance Corporation and a consortium of lenders in a suit instituted by Aiteo Eastern E & P Co. Ltd (“Aiteo”) in respect of its several Facility Agreements with a Consortium of Lenders (both Local and Foreign) Banks.
  • Represented Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC), the Defendant in an alleged oil spill action filed by Representatives of the Mahin Etikan and Aheri Kingdoms in Ondo State Nigeria.

Banwo & Ighodalo

Banwo & Ighodalo has a well-established track record of commercial litigation, arbitration and contentious regulatory matters at the highest levels of Nigeria's courts. Commercial litigator Abimbola Akeredolu recently led counsel for the Nigerian Ports Authority in arbitration proceedings commenced against it at the Lagos Regional Centre for International Arbitration for alleged contractual breaches. Chinedum Umeche specialises in litigation and domestic and international arbitration arising out of commercial contracts and oil and gas transactions.

Practice head(s):

Abimbola Akeredolu; Chinedum Umeche

Testimonials

‘Broad knowledge/research of the relevant laws; availability of lawyers who are experts in different areas of the law; more concerned with the brief presented by the company than the billings/legal fees expected; diverse law teams to sort out diverse inquiries/legal needs; proper dissection of briefs presented by the company thus weighing the pros and cons; expert advisory on settlement where necessary; judicious follow-up with the company on relevant matters; excellent/expert workforce; great representation in and out of court; adherence to taxation requirements whilst billing/invoicing; professionalism.’

‘Patience, professionalism, excellent knowledge of the law, excellent representation in court/out of court resolution meetings; excellent drafting/review of court processes/legal opinion, follow-ups,  great advisory skills in various areas, the quick addressing of issues and availability.’

Key clients

Seven Energy International

Savannah Energy Plc

Yellow Ledbetter N.V.

Petrolink International Limited

Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited

Nigerian Ports Authority

Oriental O&M Services Limited

Titan Trust Bank Limited

Red Bull GmbH

International Olympic Committee

Former shareholders of E-Motion Advertising Limited

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc

Oriental Energy Resources Limited

Serimax SAS

ABS Global Limited

Iroko Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Nigerian Olympic Committee, an affiliate and sole representative of the International Olympic Committee in a copyright infringement and seeking several declaratory and injunctive orders to curtail the continuous unauthorised usage of the “Olympic” trademark and claim damages against another party for the unauthorised usage.
  • Defending Savannah Energy Plc & Seven Energy International’s interests in a litigation by a minority shareholder instituted in Nigeria, essentially seeking to invalidate Savannah’s acquisition of SEI’s Nigerian oil and gas assets worth US$54m.
  • Representing Yellow Ledbetter in a €2.9m arbitration claim against Flutterwave Technology Solutions Limited (a major Nigerian online payment solutions technology company).

G. Elias & Co

G. Elias & Co has a strong and extensive background representing clients from various sectors in trial and appellate courts and before administrative and arbitral tribunals. The practice is particularly noted for its experience in arbitration, handling a range of matters concerning product liability, capital markets and M&A. Gbolahan Elias chairs the firm and is a key arbitrator in the oil and gas space. Managing partner Fred Onuobia is the other key litigator.

Practice head(s):

Gbolahan Elias; Fred Onuobia; Fidelis Adewole

Other key lawyers:

Solomon Ezike

Testimonials

‘Dedicated team, very proactive, quick replies and quality of work similar to international law firms. The team makes sure to respect any deadline they give and do not hesitate to chase-up the client to make sure that we have received the documents and pieces of advice. They go the extra mile when they see a problem not spotted or discussed. Respect the budget.’

‘Solomon Ezike provides excellent quality of work. Solomon perfectly knows his cases and goes the extra mile to give strategic advice to his clients. He is very responsive and proactive. Definitely, one of the best lawyers I worked with in Nigeria.’

‘Their responsiveness and creativity in solving clients complex business problems stands them out amongst their peers. Their partners and associates pay particular attention to details and hand-hold the client in ensuring that the client’s expectations are met, and possibly exceeded. ’

‘Worked mostly with Fred Onuobia who is supremely knowledgeable in complex commercial transactions. He has an uncanny way of resolving the most complex of legal and commercial issues, particularly in the oil and gas space. A truly remarkable solicitor.’

‘They’re efficient. They do what is needed or expected from them and when it is needed. Experienced professionals.’

Gbolahan Elias stands out as a very experienced professional, very smart and a good negotiator too. He has turned his staff into efficient professionals.’

Key clients

Zhongfu International Investment (Nig.) FZE

Sunrise Power and Transmission Company

Africa Finance Corporation

IMA Zambia Limited

British American Tobacco Plc

Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited and Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited

Posh Semco PTE Ltd

Polaris Bank Ltd

First Bank of Nigeria Limited

Access Bank Plc

UACN Property Development Company Plc

Lutin Investments Limited

ACI Worldwide Incorporation

Arik Air International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Zhongfu International Investment as a claimant in a London-seated PCA investment treaty arbitration claim of over $1.5billion against the Federal Republic of Nigeria in respect of a failed investment in a special economic zone in Nigeria.
  • Advising Sunrise Power and Transmission Company in a London-seated ICC arbitration involving a claim of over $900m against the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of a $6bn hydro-power project in North-East Nigeria
  • Representing British American Tobacco Plc, the UK listed parent entity, in the most extensive series of product liability cases ever filed in Nigeria, to recover over NGN5trn in total by five States’ Attorneys-General including the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Olajide Oyewole LLP

Olajide Oyewole LLP demonstrates skillful advocacy in big-ticket dispute resolution, and as part of the DLA Piper Africa network, works seamlessly with other offices to represent clients in cross-border disputes and in courts across multiple jurisdictions. Sola Oyebolu has over thirty-five years experience handling commercial, corporate and financial matters in the US, Europe and Nigeria. He specialises in disputes involving financial services, pharmaceutical and tobacco clients, while also heading the firm's debt recovery and asset tracing practice. Co-head Muyiwa Ogungbenro specialises in commercial litigation and tax disputes.

Practice head(s):

Muyiwa Ogungbenro; Sola Oyebolu

Testimonials

‘The team has high skills and capabilities, and they respond quickly and everything was excellent. They working in a very professional way and are well-organised. I was really satisfied with the way the team handled the issues, specially working with the lawyer Muyiwa Ogungbenro.’

‘The team is very responsive, smart, flexible and well organised. Excellent.’

‘The team is excellent in the knowledge of substantive law; the team members are thorough in their legal research; the team members are resilient with a knack for achieving the best for their clients.’

‘I admire Muyiwa Ogungbenro’s excellent delivery and effective ability to represent clients in both litigation and arbitration matters.’

‘Muyiwa Ogungbenro remains the reference point when describing the team members of the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice as being excellent in the knowledge of substantive law, thorough in legal research and resilient with a knack for achieving the best for clients.’

‘Strong knowledge of local laws – the main reason why we use them. Senior personnel has a good availability and response time.’

‘They really consider the cases with high care and are accountable.’

Key clients

Samsung Heavy Industries Co. Korea

Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Ltd

Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd

SHI-MCI FZE

O&O Networks Ltd (Ecobank Group)

Lagos State Government

Arcadia Energy (Suisse) SA

Naspers (Supersport)

Aero Contractors Company of Nigeria Ltd

Argentil Capital Partners Ltd

NSIA Participations SA (Cote D’Ivoire)

York Press Nigeria Ltd

DHL International Nigeria Limited

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

DHL Global Forwarding Nigeria Limited

Boulos Enterprises Limited

Bel Impex Limited

Bureau Veritas Group

Bankers Warehouse Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria Ltd and SHI-MCI FZE in a tax dispute against LADOL group.
  • Continuing to advise Samsung Heavy Industries in following proceedings in which the LADOL Group, who are minority shareholder in SHI-MCI FZE, filed a claim at the Federal High Court against Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria challenging its majority shareholding of SHI-MCI FZE. The LADOL Group alleged that they are the majority shareholder of the company.
  • Representing the Falae family in a negligence claim against Associated Airline and Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority.

Olaniwun Ajayi LP

Olaniwun Ajayi LP has a strong reputation in the Nigerian courts and is well placed to represent both domestic and international clients in commercial arbitration and litigation across Nigeria. The firm is particularly noted for its representation of clients in the financial sector, also handling complex contentious matters concerning debt, asset recovery, insolvency and white-collar crime. Silks Konyin Ajayi and Seye Opasanya have extensive and broad experience in commercial litigation. For international arbitration, public interest litigation and white-collar crime prosecution, Khrushchev Ekwueme is the leading advocate.

Practice head(s):

Konyin Ajayi; Seye Opasanya

Other key lawyers:

Khrushchev Ekwueme

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, as it relates to a legal challenge at the Federal High Court by Sir Johnson Arumemi Ikhide (Chairman of Arik) regarding the receivership of Arik Air (Arik).
  • Advising the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service on the recovery of tax due to the Federal Government of Nigeria, from the operations of Seadrill Group of Companies.
  • Representing the Central Bank of Nigeria in a suit filed by the former bank directors, challenging the intervention of the bank in the operation and management of the defunct Intercontinental Bank.

Templars

Templars is lauded for its international commercial arbitration practice and skilled handling of tax litigation in construction sector claims. The Adewale Atake-led group has been advising on market-first cost recovery arbitration under a Production Sharing Contract, representing the PSC Contractor Group in a $1.5bn arbitration claim against the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. Godwin Omoaka is highlighted for his strong commercial litigation practice (including oil and gas), and leading on maritime disputes and tax challenges. Other key figures include Inam Wilson and Igonikon Adekunle.

Practice head(s):

Adewale Atake; Godwin Omoaka

Other key lawyers:

Inam Wilson; Igonikon Adekunle 

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Erha Contractor Group in an ad hoc international arbitration against the Nigerian owned oil corporation (NNPC) in respect of a crude entitlement dispute arising under the PSC, resulting in a favourable award of over $2billion against the NNPC.
  • Representing South Atlantic Petroleum Limited at the Appellate Courts in challenging the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s policy of the automatic relinquishment of oil assets, arguing it is not only expropriatory but also one that is not backed by any legislation and ultra vires the powers of the Government.
  • Representing Google in a landmark online defamation case.

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie

Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is one of Nigeria's leading full-service firms and a very visible name in Nigeria's leading courts. The firm has also seen a steady growth of instructions relating to banking, aviation, maritime, oil and gas, electric power litigation and IP infringement. Festus Onyia is a leading international commercial arbitrator, whose recent highlights have included successfully representing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in a claim before the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West Africa States for compensation for environmental degradation resulting from exploration and gas flaring activities of the major IOC's. Practice chair Uzoma Azikiwe is very active in aviation litigation, as is Mena Ajakpovi for IP disputes. Senior associate John Aga is also highly recommended for oil and gas litigation.

Practice head(s):

Uzoma Azikiwe

Other key lawyers:

Festus Onyia; Mena Ajakpovi; John Aga

Testimonials

‘Working with this firm has been a wonderful experience. They are extremely competent and hardworking professionals. They work diligently and exceptionally on all our cases and always put in much extra time which most times are hardly reflected on the bill. They always exhibit commitment towards our matters. Their processes and court filings are always well written, well researched and sound. All cases they have handled on our behalf have been favourable to us. We are impressed with their expertise and will recommend the firm to prospective clients.’

‘John Aga stands out in all engagements. It is every evident through working with John that he is well versed, knowledgeable, experienced and always up to date with new developments and principles in the practice area (dispute resolution). John is also easily accessible/reachable.’

‘Excellent and knowledgeable team of lawyers who provide timely legal support.’

Key clients

Abbot Investment(North Africa)Limited

Schlumberger Nigeria Ltd

Pfizer Specialities Limited

HSBC Bank

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Statoil Nigeria in ongoing proceedings in $230m dispute in relation to a plaintiff that claims to be entitled to an assignment of 1.5% Net Profit Interest in all of Statoil’s oil and gas interests in Nigeria and potential expatriation into Nigeria of $4bn allegedly expatriated by Statoil in alleged breach of a subsisting court order.
  • Representing AIICO Insurance Plc  in the appeal filed by the claimant (a former Managing Director/CEO) at the Court of Appeal, claiming benefits and bonuses worth ove $5m and damages for his constructive dismissal.
  • Acting for HSBC Bank Plc (UK) and HSBC Bank Plc (Milan) in a lawsuit brought against them and a Nigerian Bank, Diamond Bank Plc (the defendants) by B. Robotics W. Srl, an Italian gas and drilling company (the plaintiff), concerning an alleged failure by the defendants to honour a letter of credit issued in favour of the plaintiff to finance the purchase of a drilling rig from the Plaintiff by a Nigerian company, DWC Drilling Ltd.

Oditah

Fidelis Oditah QC chairs the acclaimed dispute resolution practice at Oditah, which specialises in litigation, arbitration, mediation and conciliation. He has combined experience as an English QC, a Nigerian SAN and a leading arbitrator with considerable experience of local and international commercial and investment arbitration, particularly under the auspices of UNCITRAL, ICC, LCIA and ICSID. The firm's clients are drawn from a broad range of sectors including banking, oil and gas, telecoms, joint ventures and state contracts.

Practice head(s):

Fidelis Oditah

Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors

Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors' robust disputes practice is jointly headed by Nnamdi Oragwu and Anthony Idigbe, and is praised for its handling of corporate insolvency and bankruptcy claims, as well as disputes involving banking, maritime,  aviation and tax issues. Senior partner Idigbe has over thirty-five years' experience leading complex claims in all levels of the courts, while Oragwu is a highly reputable counsel in trials and the appellate courts.

Practice head(s):

Nnamdi Oragwu; Onyeka Ehiwuogwu; Emuobonuvie Majemite

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Idigbe

Key clients

Shebah Exploration and Production Company

Huawei Technologies

Tower Aluminium

Noble Resources Limited

Ecobank Nigeria Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited  in recognition and enforcement action against Shebah of UK judgment in the sum $145m.  
  • Advised Noble Resources Limited (HK) in an $11m debt restructuring and acquisition of equity in and mining interest in Imperial JV limited.
  • Represented and obtained judgement for Huawei in debt recovery for the sum of $9.1m.  

Uche Nwokedi & Co.

Uche Nwokedi, name partner at Uche Nwokedi & Co., has over thirty years' experience in complex and precedent-setting oil and gas litigation and arbitration, often acting for the Nigeria Agip Oil Company and other major IOCs in high-stake disputes. Recent mandates include representing Chevron Nigeria Limited and BNP Paribas in a dispute arising from the bid for Chevron’s interests in oil and gas assets in Nigeria. Department head Asimiyu Ayodeji and Pascal Ememonu comprise the other key partners.

Practice head(s):

Uche Nwokedi

Other key lawyers:

Asimiyu Ayodeji; Pascal Ememonu

Work highlights

  • Representing Nigerian Agip Oil Company in a dispute arising from the failure of Oando Oil Limited to honour its cash call obligations under certain Oil Mining Leases and a Joint Operating Agreement.
  • Representing Nigerian Agip Oil Company (as respondent) in an action challenging the suspension of the claimant’s lifting entitlement under a joint venture for the development of certain oil fields.
  • Representing Inducon Nigerian Limited and Dr. John Abebe in an appeal challenging the decisions of two lower courts confirming the entitlement of Inducon to net profit interest in the oil and gas assets of the Appellant obtained pursuant to our clients’ business development efforts.

Abdulai, Taiwo & Co

With an active practice covering commercial litigation, arbitration and ADR, Abdulai, Taiwo & Co is regularly instructed by domestic and international corporates and individuals for a range of disputes concerning tax, labour, intellectual property and multi-jurisdictional regulatory enforcement. The practice is headed by Akin Osinbajo, assisted by Samuel Ibrahim and Fisayo Tifase.

Practice head(s):

Akin Osinbajo

Other key lawyers:

Samuel Ibrahim; Fisayo Tifase

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

Federal Inland Revenue Service

Asset Management Company of Nigeria

First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

The Infrastructure Bank

Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corpn

The Nigeria Stock Exchange

Ikoyi Hotels Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Procter & Gamble as arbitration counsel in NGN1.45bn commercial dispute.
  • Representing Ikoyi Hotels Ltd. in a Labour Dispute at the National Industrial Court.
  • Represented Procter and Gamble in a commercial dispute arising out of NGN500bn claims by a disengaged distributor.

Bloomfield Law Practice

Adedoyin Afun is the key litigator at Bloomfield Law Practice, where he is particularly sought-after for his broad experience. He is noted for his strong client portfolio in the shipping  and oil and gas industries, and has been defending Nepal Oil and Gas in a wrongful arrest suit. Adekunle Obebe is the other partner, specialising in commercial litigation, arbitration and tax challenges.

Other key lawyers:

Adekunle Obebe; Adedoyin Afun; Michael Abiiba

Key clients

Quest Shipping Limited

Mocoh Oil & Gas Limited

Ejovi Dredging & Marine Service Limited

Shipowners Claims Bureau Inc (American Club)

Nepal Oil & Gas Limited

Garrets International SA

Ardova Plc

Kpi Bridge Oil A/S

MDPL ANJALI MI Limited

Sea Transport Services Nigeria Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Quest Shipping Limited in a maritime claim arising from an alleged ship collision filed at the Federal High Court.
  • Representing Mocoh Oil and Gas Limited in the recovery of US$3.1m arising from the sale of AGO to a Nigerian oil trading company.
  • Defending the owners of a motor tanker vessel and The American Club (Member of the International Group of P&I Clubs) in relation to a collision claim brought against MT ANMOL before the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

Odujinrin & Adefulu

Odujinrin & Adefulu has a depth of experience in contentious matters involving real estate, commercial and corporate transactions, debt recovery, employment and environmental matters. The practice boasts a varied portfolio of clients from the manufacturing, telecoms, energy, real estate and finance, as well as various government agencies. Lucky Ayeki has extensive experience in the prosecution of commercial cases both at the Courts of first instance and at the appellate level, as well as in the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Adeyemi Adefulu; Lucky Ayeki

Key clients

A.G. Leventis (Nigeria) Plc.

Africa Export-Import (AFREXIM) Bank

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Chevron Nigeria Limited

First Exploration & Petroleum Development Company Limited (FIRST E&P)

Lafarge Africa Plc

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited

Nigeria LNG Limited

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited

TSKJ II Construcoes Internacionais (Part of the KBP Group)

Veritas Glanvills Pensions

Zircon Marine Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as defence Counsel to African Export-Import Bank, Diamond Bank and Skye Bank Plc in an application contesting the registration and enforcement of the Foreign Judgment in Nigeria of approximately $148m delivered by the High Court of Justice, Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial) United Kingdom in favour of our Clients.
  • Retained as an Asset Management Partner by AMCON to recover non-performing loans from various debtors.
  • Acted as counsel to Zircon Marine Limited in a debt recovery claim of over $64m from its debtor.

Royal Heritage

The lawyers at Royal Heritage have extensive experience in pre-trial, trial and appellate practice in both state and federal Courts and before administrative tribunals. Key areas of focus are of corporate, oil and gas, banking and taxation. Managing partner Adremi Adekile is the main figure.

Practice head(s):

Adremi Adekile

The New Practice (TNP)

The New Practice (TNP) fields a team of specialists with a background in cross-border disputes arising in the banking and fintech, real estate, energy, tax and M&A sectors. The team represent clients in appeal courts and lead on challenges against government agencies and regulatory authorities. For corporate and commercial disputes, Babajimi Ayorinde is the key partner, aided by fellow litigator Oladimeji Sarumi.

Practice head(s):

Babajimi Ayorinde; Oladimeji Sarumi; Samuel Esuga; Olumayowa Oluwole

Other key lawyers:

Oladimeji Sarumi

Testimonials

‘TNP has an exceptional team of lawyers with a unique blend of business-savvy and arbitration and litigation experts.’

‘TNP has experts who are so business-savvy that they double both as corporate commercial solicitors and the litigation experts. This gives them a unique advantage because they can easily foresee transaction traps and build in drafting that will protect their clients in the unlikely event of a dispute.’

‘Babajimi Ayorinde is an exceptional dispute resolution expert with a 98% success rate in all litigation and arbitration matters. Despite his seniority at the firm, he is 100% available to clients (when required) and his ability to successfully switch between litigation, arbitration and corporate transactions is exceptional.’

‘Great customer service – they provide prompt feedback back on requests. They work closely with the different teams in the organization, they have an in-depth knowledge of our business which informs their advisory and services.’

Key clients

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc

Persianas Properties Limited

Pagatech Limited

Primera Africa Finance Group Ltd

Polaris Bank Ltd

Gaslink Nigeria Limited

First Concept & Properties Limited

Krane Grinaker-LTA Construction Ltd

Foodpro Limited

Allan Gray Investment Management Limited

Chevron Nigeria Limited

Cummins Energy Solutions Nigeria Limited

Centurion Registrars Limited

United Bank for Africa Plc

Work highlights

  • Represented Augusta Offshore in an appeal challenging the decision of the trial court that granted Augusta Offshore permission to enforce the London-seated arbitration award.
  • Representing the Allan Gray Investment Management Nigeria  in an appeal challenging the judgment of a Tax Appeal Tribunal on whether services rendered by a Nigerian company to its parent company, a foreign entity, qualify as exported services and therefore not subjected to VAT.
  • Acting for the Transport Services Limited in an action challenging the constitutionality of a payroll tax imposed by the Federal Government of Nigeria on employers. Our Client, a leading provider of customized logistics and transportation solutions in Nigeria, challenged this imposition on the grounds that, under Nigeria’s federal constitutional arrangement, the imposition of a payroll tax is a residual matter reserved for the State governments and not Federal Government.