Babajide Ogundipe obtained his LLB from the University of London in 1978 and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1979. After working in Chief Rotimi Williams' Chambers, he co-founded Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore in 1989. He was elected a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1994. Between 1997 and 2009, he held various positions in the Nigerian branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, serving as chairman from 2006 to 2009. He is currently on the board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, having served as its president from 2010 to 2014.
He practises as a commercial litigator and an arbitrator. Asset recovery is a major part of his work as a litigator, and he has represented numerous clients in efforts to recover assets lost as a result of fraud and other misfeasance. With this experience, he is recognised as one of Nigeria’s leading lawyers in the field.
He has been appointed arbitrator in over 30 cases concerning matters including the supply of gas, the construction of gas pipelines, oil and gas-related engineering issues, the provision of marine and aviation services, oil and gas exploration companies, insurance, road and building construction, airline agency commissions, sports sponsorships, defence contracts and electricity generation. These cases have been conducted under the UNCITRAL based rules of Nigeria’s Arbitration and Conciliation Act, ICC Arbitration Rules, UNCITRAL rules in LCIA administered arbitrations and the rules of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.
He is a frequent speaker on arbitration, anti-corruption and asset recovery issues and the regulation of the legal profession. He is ICC FraudNet’s Nigeria representative. He is an active member of the International Bar Association and served for several years as an officer of the anti-corruption and regulation of lawyers’ compliance committees.
WWL says: Babajide has acted for a wide range of notable clients, who hold him in high regard for his “first-rate advice” and “enthusiasm and commitment”.
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