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By JEROME MICHAEL EBRUPHIYO/Basis/Friday, July 9, 2021

The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria 2021

                              
                            
Getting a good lawyer in Nigeria is impossible if you do not know anything about the legal profession. To engage the services of a good lawyer in Nigeria, there are basic things you must know. For this reason, i thought it wise to write this article so as to help Nigerians locate good lawyers in Nigeria that will be capable of handling their cases competently. In this work, i will explicitly explain how to find a good lawyer. Consequently, i am going to mention some of the best lawyers in Nigeria 2021. Are you in need of a lawyer? We have gathered the list of best lawyers in every field of law for you. Thus, if you need a good criminal law lawyer, family law lawyer, human right/constitutional law lawyer or a company/commercial law lawyer in Nigeria, kindly click the button below to find a lawyer. It is truism that litigation is a good way to settle dispute. However, before getting a lawyer to litigate on your behalf, it is essential that you consider some things. The reason is because, not every dispute requires the court to settle it. Here are some of the things you should carry at the back of your mind when searching for a lawyer in Nigeria;

There are other Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods that might resolve the dispute

You must note that there are ADR processes which are far better and faster than litigation. The reason is because, the court is usually flooded with many cases/matters. So before your case will be heard in court, it will take time. Even when it is heard, the court can decide to adjoin the matter to a later date (Usually 2 – 6 months). In the case of Mojekwu v Mojekwu, it took the court many years to settle a land dispute. A similar case is the case of Nzekwu v Nzekwu. Nonetheless, i am sure that if these cases went through any ADR methods, parties would have gotten a faster, better and admicable judgment. So, before engaging the services of a lawyer, it is pertinent to know whether a lawyer is truly needed in the matter. If it is something you can settle through Negotiation, Meditation or Conciliation, then you should look for an ADR specialist rather than a lawyer.

There are areas of specialty in law

Secondly, “a lawyer is not a lawyer, their area of specialty matters.”In the legal profession, there are many practice area. For instance, we have lawyers who are into Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Education Law, Employment and Labor Law, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Family and Juvenile Law, Health Law, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Municipal Law, Real Estate Law, Securities Law, Sports and Entertainment Law and even Tax Law etc. No lawyer is a specialist of all these areas. A lawyer can be good in one or two, but he can’t be the master of all. In light of this, it is also very important that you know the areas of practice of your lawyer before engaging his services. Do not get me wrong! I didn’t say that a particular lawyer can not handle matters on all these areas of law. I'm only trying to point out that, a lawyer who is employed for the same thing he specialized in school is better than another who is employed for a case different from what he studied. Having known this facts, let us now take a look at the list of top 12 best and prominent lawyers we have in Nigeria, the most popular lawyer in Nigeria and their contact address; these lawyers will handle your case competently. All you need to do, is contact them using the information provided below.

1. Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Abimbola is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and the managing partner of Banwo & Ighodalo (One of the best law firms in Nigeria 2019). She is a target driven and goal oriented lawyer. Accordingly to research, she is a guru in all ADR processes, Corporate and Commercial Law. She went to the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG 1983-1986) and the Universita Per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy (1984). Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN has handle many legal cases (Including Supreme Court cases). Having practiced for more than 10 years now ( both in Litigation, Arbitration & ADR and in Corporate & Commercial Law), there is no doubt that she knows the ups and downs of the legal profession. She is the best lawyer if you have any case on company or commercial law. It will surprise you to know that Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN also studied abroad. Her multilingual skills (English, French, Italian and German) makes her a lawyer with a difference. She is a one time Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ogun State, the first female to be appointed to that office. She was made a Sinior Advocate in 2015 by the legal practitioners privilege committee. She is a member of numerous professional societies such as Nigerian Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, NBA Section on Business Law, Sports Law Committee (Treasurer) and Organization of the Harmonization of African Laws (Secretary). To engage the service of this lawyer follow the information below: Address: 98 Awolowo Road South West Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria Tel: +234 90 60 00 3561 2

2. Femi Falana, SAN


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Femi Falana, SAN is one of the best lawyers in Nigeria. In fact, he is among the richest lawyers in Nigeria today. Femi Falana is a good human right lawyer/activist. He attended University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Oyo State. Having practiced in Constitutional law and Human right law, he is now a member of the President, West African Bar Association; Member, Nigerian Bar Association, West African Bar Association and Pan African Lawyers Union and International Bar Association. His wife, Mrs. Funmi Falana, is a lawyer and his son, Falz (One of the best Nigerian singers) is also a lawyer. Accordingly to research, Femi Falana has been in the game of protecting and fighting for the rights of Nigerian citizens. He was the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) in 2018. Currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief, Weekly Report of Nigeria. In case you don’t know, Weekly Report of Nigeria (WRN) is one of the most trusted and reliable law reports in Nigeria. He has some outstanding publications such as; Fundamental Rights Enforcement, Legaltext Publishing Company 2005 (251 pages), Legal and Policy Framework of Occupational Health and Safety in Nigeria in Idowu Awopetu et al (eds) (1998) and WORKING IN DANGER, P. 52, a CDHR Publication. Frankly speaking, Femi Falana, SAN is an expensive lawyer. However, If you can afford the services of this lawyer, i assure you that you won’t regret it. No doubt, he is one of the best lawyers in Nigeria. To engage the service of Femi Falana, SAN, kindly follow the details below: Address: 25 Adekunle Fajuyi Way GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria +1 (000) 000-00-00

3. Femi Olubanwo


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Femi Olubanwo is one of the best lawyers in Nigeria. He has been practicing law in different areas such as; Intellectual Property & Technology, Banking & Loan Syndication, Corporate & Commercial Law and Project Finance for 54 years in Nigeria. He attended University of Lagos (LL.B Hons, 1976 – 1981) and Nigerian Law School (B.L, 1981 – 1982). Femi is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo (One of the biggest and prestigious law firms in Nigeria 2019). He is a member of numerous professional societies such as; Nigerian Bar Association, Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, Nigerian Maritime Law Association, International Trademark Association and World Trade Course of Nigeria. He is an erudite intellectual property practitioner whose diverse commercial practice includes advising on all manner of trade mark issues. Accordingly, he also possesses expertise in copyright matters. He is even considered “one of the top intellectual property lawyers.” As at the time this post was written, Femi is the director on the boards of several companies like: BlackBerry Technologies Nigeria Limited (the Nigerian subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited), Calyx Securities Limited, and Courage Education Foundation (a Non Governmental Organization). Kindly use the information provided below to get his services: Address: Ground Floor (Left Wing), Afri-Investment House, Plot 2669, Aguiyi-Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

4. Kehinde Ojuawo


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Kehinde is a blend of both African and American style of legal practice. According to lega 500, “Kehinde Ojuawo is fantastic bright lawyer, who is tenacious in a pleasing way” He attended Obafemi Awolowo University (LL.B), Nigerian Law School (B.L) and University of Newcastle (LL.M). He is a versatile commercial lawyer, with an uncommon analytical mind and ability to understand and attend to complex instructions and he is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. He has practiced in different areas of law including; Energy & Natural Resources, Corporate & Commercial Law and Restructuring & Insolvency. It will surprise you to know that Kehinde Ojuawo works with one of the top law firms in Nigeria (Banwo & Ighodalo). This should tell you that he is not an anyhow lawyer. Another area Kehinde Ojuawo is very good at is in advising clients on Oil & Gas, Mining and Power, Foreign Investments & Divestments and general Corporate & Commercial law transactions. On this note, if you are searching for a good lawyer in any of the above fields, you need to get the services of Kehinde Ojuawo. Address: Ground Floor (Left Wing), Afri-Investment House, Plot 2669, Aguiyi-Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.

5. Wole Olanipekun, SAN


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Wole Olanipekun is a newly recognized Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is the core partner of the prestigious Bode Olanipekun (One of the top law firms in Nigeria). Researchers have corroborated that Bode Olanipekun is currently the youngest holder of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He attented University of Wales, Swansea and he is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association. He is said to be the back bone of his firm. Research has also state that Wole Olanipekun, SAN displays consistency and profound intellectual curiosity fueled by an insatiable appetite for research, learning and knowledge are part of the traits WOC celebrates in Bode as one of its products. Wole has handle many legal matters having practiced in different areas of law including; Constitutional law, Electoral, Energy Law and Commercial and criminal matters as well. He is known by both Supreme judges, Appeal court judges and high court judges in Nigeria as a lawyer that troubles the waters of the law. Like Femi Falana, Wole Olanipekun, SAN is really a good lawyer in his field, but he is expensive too. Nonetheless, if you can afford to get the legal services of Wole Olanipekun, SAN you will not regret it at all. He is indeed, one of the best lawyers in Nigeria. Kindly follow the information below to contact Wole Olanipekun, SAN. Address: Lagos Office God’s Grace House 5, Maple Close Osborne Foreshore Estate, Phase 2, Ikoyi, Lagos. 234 (0) 1 4605267, 234 (0) 1 9035864

6. Gbenga Oyebode


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Gbenga Oyebode is one of the finest lawyers i can count on in Nigeria. According to Chambers Global, Gbenga Oyebode is a consummate dealmaker who has received plaudits from clients and peers alike for his corporate expertise. He attended Elizade University (LLD Hons, 2017), Ekiti State University (LLD Hons, 2016), Certificate in Corporate Governance (INSEAD 2014), Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School 2007), University of Pennsylvania, LLM, 1982 and University of Ife (LLB Hons 1979). He is a member of different professional bodies ranging from the Nigerian Bar Association, American Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Bar Association and Institut European d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD). IFLR 1000 says that one of Nigeria’s most prominent lawyers is Gbenga, the founder and Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode. This is evidennt because, Gbenga Oyebode has studied both in Nigeria and abroad. In my opinion, i think he has gotten everything that is essential in his field of law. He has practiced in Corporate and Commercial law. If you are still contemplating whether or not to engage the services of Gbenga Oyebode, i would like to let you know that Gbenga Oyebode is the founder of one of the top 3 law firms in Nigeria (Aluko & Oyebode). I believe he is no longer a child in comprate and commercial practice. So if you are really searching for a lawyer in that area, you may want to give Gbenga Oyebode a try. Phone: +234 803 200 0007 Fax: +44 207 681 3402

7. Aare Afe Babalola, SAN


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Aare Afe Babalola, SAN is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Doctor of Letters (LL.D); Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Lagos, Nigeria and the immediate past Chairman of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. He attended Ekiti State University (for the award of LL.D hc in the year 2002), University of London, LL.D of University Lagos, Uni of Jos, LL.D of Federal, University of Technology, Akure, LL.D, Kogi State University, etc. He has practiced in Appeals, Arbitration, Criminal litigation and Election petitions and other areas of law. He is currently among the richest lawyers in Nigeria and also a profound legal practitioner. Aare Afe Babalola, SAN is very vast in his area of specialty. His enthusiasm and experience in the legal profession has undoubtedly contributed to his success in the profession. At some point, people started to call him “Bar in England” because he studied at England. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association with numerous awards such as; Winner of the Best Pro-Chancellor award in 2005 and 2006, winner of Queen Victoria Commemorative Award at Socrates Award of European Business Assembly in Oxford UK; member of the Rector of Europe, October, 2007; Vice President, Rector of Europe, 2010; and Honorary Professor of International University. From my review on cases where Babalola appear as the representative of a person, it is clear, at the face of it, that he is among the best lawyers in Nigeria. In some cases, even Judges respect his presences in court. Based on this, i enjoin you to quickly contact Aare Afe Babalola, SAN if you have any case related to his areas of specialty. Of course, he is an expensive lawyer. But if you are able to engage him as your lawyer, you won’t regret anything. Address: Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Ekotedo-Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo State. City/Town: Ibadan State: Oyo L.G.A: Ibadna Central Telephone: 08033603920

8. Funke Adekoya


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Funke Adekoya also one of the best lawyers in Nigeria. She is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and an adent Abitrators /Mediator, Funke has been opportuned to handle a considerable number of cases in arbitration and mediation. It is important to know that Funke Adekoya is the founder of AELEX (one of the best law firms in Nigeria). It was originally a group formed to help in resolving dispute outside the court (That is, through Alternative Dispute Resolution methods). He attended University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria law school, LLM from the Harvard Law School (1977). He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and World Bank Group sanctions board and he has practiced in Arbitration law. With over 40years experience, there is no doubt that Funke Adekoya is one of the best lawyers in ADR methods. Even till today, she still assist and advise offshore counsel on issues of Nigerian law and has appeared as an expert witness and provided expert legal opinions on Nigerian substantive and procedural law matters before courts in England, the United States of America and Turkey. If you are considering settling your dispute with someone outside the court, then you should contact Funke Adekoya now. She is indeed a good ADR specialist. Kindly follow the information below to engage her services: Address: 7th Floor, Marble House1 Kingsway Road Lagos Nigeria PO Box 52901

9. Adedolapo Akinrele


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria (2021)
Adedolapo Akinrele is one of best Nigerian lawyers on energy matters. He is known for his excellent and thorough research skills, which ensure that “even potential problematic areas are brought up. ” Adedolapo is also gifted in the act of litigation as well. His outstanding qualities has made him standout among the thousands of lawyers in the same field of study with him. He attended Clifton College, Bristol, England, (1979-82) Graduated from University College London (1986), Life Member Bentham Club and University College, London. He is a member of numerous professional bodies including; Editorial Board, Oxford Journal of World, Energy and Natural Resources Law (JWELB), Editorial Board, Oil Gas & Energy Law (OGEL) and Consultant to Adam Smith International. Frankly speaking, Adedolapo is a good lawyer and that is why i included his profile in this work. Of course, he is an expensive lawyer. But i can vouch that you won’t regret engaging the service of this indomitable lawyer. For information on how to contact him, check below; He has practiced in different areas of law including; Maritime, Aviation & Transport Law, Energy & Natural Resources Law and Infrastructure & Telecommunications Groups of the Firm. He also possesses extensive experience in conducting litigation within these practice groups. Address: F O Akinrele & Co 188 Awolowo Road SW Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria

10. Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN


The List of the Top 12 Best and Prominent Lawyers in Nigeria
Muhammad Dele Belgore, SAN is also one of the best lawyers in Nigeria. He is one of the core partners of Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore. Muhammad Dele Belgore became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2001; after fulfilling all the requirements for the title. The reason why i included Muhammad Dele in this list is because, he is one the lawyers in Nigeria who are also doing pretty well In ADR processes. Just as provided above, Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN is a guru when it comes to Regulatory/Compliance Advice and Dispute Resolution because those are his major areas of practice. He schooled in Nigerian Law School (B.L 1985), Bristol University England (LL.M Hons. 1984) and Hull University England (LL. B Hons. 1983). He is a member of the Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a profound lecturer of Arbitration in many schools and other professional bodies including; Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) 1997 Member, International Bar Association (IBA) Member, Nigerian Maritime Law Association Member and Nigerian Insurance Law Association and the Institute of Directors (IOD). Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN is the ideal lawyer if you want to settle your dispute with someone using any Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. There are only few lawyers who can settle dispute through ADR. And that is why you should engage the services of Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN. Address: 7th Floor, St. Nicholas House, Catholic Mission Street, P. O. Box 80367, Lafiaji Lagos, Nigeria Telephone: + 234 (1) 4622502, + 234 (1) 8972065 Fax: +234 (1) 4622 501

11. Adewale Atake, SAN


The list of the top 12 best and prominent lawyers in nigeria 2021
Adewale Atake, SAN is one of the core Partners of Templars law firm and Head of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group and specializes in both domestic and international energy ARBITRATION. Adewale Atake, SAN is a well known arbitrator in Nigeria. He attended the University of Jos and he has practiced in different areas of law including; Litigation & Commercial Arbitration, Environmental Law and Aviation & Maritime Law. This is undoubtedly true as he has handled different cases on both litigation and arbitration. With about 20 years of experience, there is absolutely no doubt the Adedolapo Akinrele is now a guru in his area of specialty. According to Legal 500, he is a “spectacular in mastery of the law and legal advice“. Adewale Atake he is not only recognized as a good lawyer in Nigeria. He is also known to be one in many other countries in the world. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), London Court of International Arbitration (African Users Council) and Nigerian Maritime Arbitrators Association with so many publications including; ‘Beating the System’– 2012 Guide to Litigation and Dispute Resolution, ‘Domestic Arbitration in Nigeria: Can Foreign Counsel Still Run the Race?’– Arbitration News, Vol. 18 No. 1, February 2013. One of the notable works of Adewale Atake is that he led Templars team in obtaining an award of over US $2billion in the Crude Entitlement Dispute Arbitration with the NNPC. Adewale Atake, SAN led and successfully obtained an arbitral award on behalf of the Heineken subsidiary, Nigerian Breweries plc in a dispute. No doubt, Adewale Atake, SAN is one of the best lawyers in Nigeria.

12. Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN


The list of the top 12 best and prominent lawyers in nigeria 2021
Another well known barrister and solicitor I can count on in Nigeria is Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN. He is the principal partner of J-K Gadzama LLP located at the capital city of Nigeria. It will surprise you to know that Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN is also one of the richest lawyers in Nigeria today.He attended the University of Maiduguri in Borno State, Nigeria (L. L. B 1985) and Keble College at Oxford University (Diploma in international commercial arbitration 2006). Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN had about $15 million as his networth. Having practiced in Commercial law, Regulatory Consultants, Arbitrators and Mediators for more than 30 years now, he has handled High Court, Appeal court and Supreme Court Cases. Many as time, Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN has represented the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as lead Counsel. Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama SAN is an expensive lawyer in Nigeria. If you wish to employ his services, please the website of his law firm and get his contact details. Address: Plot 1805, Damaturu Crescent Garki 2 Abuja Like i said, there are more to be mentioned but for the purpose of this article, i will end here today. Remember to contact us if you don’t like any of the lawyers mentioned above. We will provide you with the contact details of more top lawyers in Nigeria.
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