Nigeria: Litigation 2018

This chapter sees 29 litigators highlighted for their outstanding work in the field handling disputes across a range of industries such as energy and infrastructure.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Babajide O Ogundipe Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore, Lagos
2. Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson SAN Strachan Partners, Lagos
3. Funke Adekoya SAN AÉLEX, Lagos
4. Konyinsola Ajayi SAN Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Lagos


Principles Law Partnership sees three lawyers recognised this year for their expertise in litigation.
Miannaya Aja Essien SAN is an established name in the Nigerian litigation market who continues to be favoured by market sources. Her practice sees her involved in a range of commercial litigation issues including takeovers, receiverships and corporate matters.
Aham Eke Ejelam SAN is a well-regarded advocate who comes highly recommended by market sources for his strong experience handling commercial and corporate litigation.
Sola Laniyan “should absolutely be included in the list” according to peers who highlight his excellent work handling disputes across the banking and finance sectors.

Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore sees two standout practitioners recognised for their excellent work in litigation proceedings.
Babajide Ogundipe is “a very thorough practitioner” who one market player describes as “number one on my list”. He is one of the most highly regarded individuals in the field and his practice covers a range of matters including bankruptcies, fraud and property-related matters.
Ebun Olusegun Sofunde SAN is a highly thought of practitioner who receives strong praise for his excellent commercial litigation practice, which sees him involved in matters across a range of industries.

Funke Adekoya SAN of AÉLEX is a well-known name in the commercial litigation field and shown by our research to be one of the most highly regarded lawyers this year. Her practice provides clients with a wealth of knowledge on issues relating to restructuring and insolvency matters.
Adedapo Tunde-Olowu has an impressive reputation in the market and excels on matters relating to insurance disputes.

At Strachan Partners, Charles Adeyemi Candide-Johnson SAN has an excellent reputation in the market for which he is rated by colleagues as one of Nigeria’s foremost litigators. He has extensive expertise handling disputes relating to the energy and real estate sectors.

Olaniwun Ajayi’s Konyinsola Ajayi SAN remains a favourite among sources, who consider him to be one of the leading practitioners in our research this year. He offers clients over 35 years’ experience on issues concerning the banking and finance sectors among others.

Aluko & Oyebode’s Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN is an outstanding practitioner who stands out for his excellent work advising and representing clients on such issues as insolvencies and contractual disputes in the transport and energy industries.

Uzoma Azikiwe at Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie is widely recognised by market commentators for his top-notch work handling a range of dispute resolution proceedings including both litigation and arbitration.

At Fidelis Oditah & Co, Fidelis Oditah QC SAN is an impressive individual who stands out in the market for his expertise on matters relating to corporate insolvency and finance.

At Kola Awodein & Co, founding partner Kola Awodein SAN is an impressive lawyer who sources praise highly in our research. He has a wealth of expertise on matters relating to banking, energy and tax.

Funke Agbor of ACAS-Law is a top name in the Nigerian market who commands great respect from colleagues. Her first-rate practice sees her offer specialist insight and representation on matters relating to shipping law.
Adedayo Ayoola-Johnson is a well-recognised figure among peers and clients who commend his strong expertise handling a range of insolvency and restructuring disputes.

Babalakin & Co’s Olawale Adeola Akoni SAN has an excellent practice that sees him involved in matters concerning corporate finance and dispute resolution in a range of industries including transport and oil.

Babatunde Ajibade SAN of SPA Ajibade & Co is an outstanding practitioner whose practice offers clients over 25 years’ experience in the field, with extensive insight into issues including shareholder disputes and insolvencies.

At G Elias & Co, Gbolahan Elias SAN is a favourite among sources and has a great reputation in the market for his work on a range of commercial litigation matters in the energy and telecommunications sectors.

Babatunde Sodipo of Ajumogobia & Okeke Babatunde Sodipo is highly commended for his extensive expertise in disputes concerning the aviation, tobacco and insurance industries.

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