Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN

Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN
2nd Floor, Okoi Arikpo House
5 Idowu Taylor Street
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+234 1 463 1723 / 234 1 271 6348
+234 1 463 1723


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Ms Ufot is the founding partner of Dorothy Ufot & Co, a leading law firm in Nigeria since 1994, where she heads the international arbitration and litigation departments of the firm.

Dorothy specialises in international arbitration, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, including investment treaty arbitration, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, investment consulting, corporate and commercial law.

Dorothy was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the equivalent of the English Queen’s Counsel, in April 2009, in recognition of her vast work in commercial litigation.

Dorothy is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and a chartered arbitrator. She is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Paris (since 2006) and a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC) Morocco (2016).

Dorothy was designated to serve a six-year term on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in February 2017 and she made her debut sitting as an arbitrator in an ICSID case in one of the recent panels formed at ICSID.

She was appointed one of eight global vice presidents of the ICC commission on arbitration and ADR in 2014 and a member of the council of the ICC institute of world business law in 2016. She is vice-chairman of the arbitration and ADR commission of ICC Nigeria and also the treasurer of ICC Nigeria national committee.

Dorothy is on the panels of arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, the Hong Kong

International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA), the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (LRCICA), and the Energy Arbitrator’s List.

A former vice-chair of the arbitration committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), Dorothy served as a member of the council of the legal practice division (LPD) of the IBA from 2006 to 2010. She also served as a member of the nominations committee of the IBA for two terms from 2012 to 2016. She is currently a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitral Women in Paris, the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), as well as several other professional associations.

Dorothy has acted as an arbitrator in several complex, high-volume arbitrations in oil and gas, international construction projects, international supply contracts, infrastructure development, telecommunications and financial services. She has been appointed as an arbitrator by major multinational oil corporations, the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm chamber of commerce, state governments, federal government agencies and large and medium-sized public and private companies in arbitrations taking place in Africa and Europe.

Dorothy is currently sitting as a co-arbitrator in a US$1.8 billion oil dispute in respect of some strategic alliance agreements involving the Nigerian state oil entity. She has also recently been appointed as sole arbitrator respectively by the LCIA and the Regional Centre for Commercial Arbitration Lagos in arbitrations that are on going.

Dorothy has cognate experience in court proceedings relating to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, having recently sought and obtained orders for the recognition and enforcement of two high-volume foreign arbitral awards at the Federal High Court Lagos, Nigeria.

Notable posts she has held include being a member of the governing council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and chair of its rules and adjudication committee. She has also served as non-executive director of several companies, including Chevron Oil Nigeria PLC and MRS Oil Nigeria PLC.

Dorothy is currently serving as a non-executive director of SO&U Limited (one of Nigeria’s premier advertising and media relations companies) and Dangote Cement PLC (Africa’s largest cement producer) as its first female non-executive director.

Dorothy has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations in oil and gas, energy, international construction projects, dredging contracts, infrastructure developments projects, joint venture agreements, telecommunications, international supply contracts and financial services, having been appointed by major multinational oil corporations, the Nigerian state oil entity, state governments, federal government agencies and large and medium-sized public and private companies.

A member of the advisory board of the Journal of International Arbitration, Dorothy is a regular speaker on oil and gas, international arbitration, professional ethics and dispute resolution generally at several international and local conferences particularly the IBA and the NBA.

Dorothy has been listed consecutively from 2009 to 2017 in GAR’s international who’s who of commercial arbitration as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of commercial arbitration. She is fluent in English.

WWL says: Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN is widely recognised in the market thanks to her exceptional experience acting as counsel and arbitrator in a range of institutional and ad hoc arbitrations.

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