Miannaya Aja Essien, SAN, FCIArb, Chartered Arbitrator and notary public, is the managing partner and one of the founders of Principles Law Partnership, a firm of legal practitioners, arbitrators and notaries public with offices in Port Harcourt and Lagos Nigeria.
She is an alumnus of the universities of Nigeria and Lagos and obtained her LLB (hons) and LLM respectively in 1984 and 1991. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in August 1985. As counsel she leads complex corporate and commercial dispute resolution matters in Nigeria and internationally across the oil and gas, banking and insurance sectors. She also acts as sole arbitrator, panel member or as chairman of various arbitral panels.
Miannaya was made a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2007. She is a chartered arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). She is the immediate past chairperson of the Port Harcourt chapter and an approved tutor of the institute. She is a member of several associations including the Nigerian Bar Association (where she has held/holds several positions), the International Law Association (Nigerian Branch), the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, LCIA (African Users' Council) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration. She is included on the CIArb panel of arbitrators and is on the Lagos Court of Arbitration list of neutrals.
She lectures at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, where she is a member of the adjunct faculty. She has contributed several scholarly articles to legal publications and is a regular resource person at seminars, workshops and conferences.
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WWL says: Miannaya Aja Essien SAN is highly sought after for her “impressive abilities” as a commercial litigator. Clients were particularly effusive in their praise of her “commercial awareness and strategic approach”.
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