Best Lawyers in Nigeria: The Leading Legal Practitioners in Nigeria 2019

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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 Nigerian citizens 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 2019.

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.

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Things to consider before getting 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:

First, 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:

Yes! You must have heard people say that “a lawyer is a lawyer. It doesn’t matter his area of specialty.” Well, this is not wholesomely true. 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. What i am trying to point out is 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.

Best Lawyers in Nigeria

Below are the leading lawyers in Nigeria

  1. Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN
  2. Femi Falana, SAN
  3. Femi Olubanwo
  4. Kehinde Ojuawo
  5. Wole Olanipekun, SAN
  6. Gbenga Oyebode
  7. Aare Afe Babalola, SAN
  8. Funke Adekoya
  9. Adedolapo Akinrele
  10. Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN
  11. Adewale Atake, SAN

Above are some of the best lawyers I usually recommend for people who come to me, seeking to know the best lawyers in Nigeria. Even though they are not the only good lawyers we have in Nigeria, i can vouch that these ones will handle your case competently. All you need to do, is contact them using the information provided  below.

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1. Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN

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most influential lawyers in Nigeria

EDUCATION

  • University of Lagos (BA) (1983-1986)
  • Universita Per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy (1984)

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Litigation, Arbitration & ADR
  • Corporate & Commercial Law

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch
  • NBA Section on Business Law, Sports Law Committee (Treasurer)
  • Organization of the Harmonization of African Laws (Secretary)

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. As shown above, she went to the prestigious University of Lagos (UNILAG) 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, 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. 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

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2. Femi Falana, SAN

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best lawyers in Nigeria 2019

EDUCATION:

  • University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Oyo State

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • President, West African Bar Association;
    Member
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • West African Bar Association
  • Pan African Lawyers Union and International Bar Association

PRACTICE AREA

  • Constitutional law
  • Human right law

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. 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.

Below are some of the outstanding publications by Femi Falana, SAN

  • 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)
  • 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

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3. Femi Olubanwo

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Prominent lawyers in Nigeria

EDUCATION

  • University of Lagos (LL.B Hons, 1976 – 1981)
  • Nigerian Law School (B.L, 1981 – 1982).

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Nigerian Maritime Law Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • World Trade Course of Nigeria

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Intellectual Property & Technology
  • Banking & Loan Syndication
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Project Finance

Femi Olubanwo is a 54 years old practicing lawyer in Nigeria. It is worthwhile to note that Femi is a founding partner of Banwo & Ighodalo (One of the biggest and prestigious law firms in Nigeria 2019). Accordingly to researchers, Femi 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).

So, if you have a legal matter concerning any of the areas specified above, you may want to give Femi Olubanwo a try. Trust me; you will not regret it at all. 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.
Email: [email protected]

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4. Kehinde Ojuawo

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Leading lawyers in Nigeria

EDUCATION

  • Obafemi Awolowo University (LL.B)
  • Nigerian Law School (B.L)
  • University of Newcastle (LL.M)

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Corporate & Commercial Law
  • Restructuring & Insolvency

Kehinde is a blend of both African and American style of legal practice. According to legal 500, “Kehinde Ojuawo is fantastic bright lawyer, who is tenacious in a pleasing way” As stated earlier, he is a versatile commercial lawyer, with an uncommon analytical mind and ability to understand and attend to complex instructions.

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. Kindly follow the information below:

Address:

Ground Floor (Left Wing), Afri-Investment House, Plot 2669, Aguiyi-Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

5. Wole Olanipekun, SAN

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Richest lawyers in nigeria

EDUCATION

  • University of Wales, Swansea.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Constitutional law, Electoral, Energy Law
  • Commercial and criminal matters as well.

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 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. 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

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6. Gbenga Oyebode

Gbanga Oyebode is one of the best lawyers in Nigeria

EDUCATION

  • 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
  • University of Ife, LLB (Hons), 1979

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Bar Association
  • Institut European d’Administration des Affaires (INSEAD)

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Corporate and Commercial Practice

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. 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.

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. Quickly follow the details below to contact him.

Phone: +234 803 200 0007
Fax: +44 207 681 3402
Email: [email protected]

7. Aare Afe Babalola, SAN

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EDUCATION:

  • Ekiti State University for the award of LL.D (hc) in 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

PRACTICE AREA

  • Appeals, Arbitration, Criminal litigation and Election petitions etc.

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association

AWARDS

  • 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.

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 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. 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. Contact him below:

Address:

Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Ekotedo-Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo State.
City/Town: Ibadan
State: Oyo
L.G.A: Ibadna Central
Telephone: 08033603920

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8. Funke Adekoya

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EDUCATION

  • University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University)
  • Nigeria law school
  • LLM from the Harvard Law School (1977)

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member of the World Bank Group sanctions board.

PRACTICE AREA

  • Arbitration

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 AÉLEX (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).

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

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9. Adedolapo Akinrele

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Top best lawyers in Nigeria

EDUCATION

  • Clifton College, Bristol, England, (1979-82) Graduated from University College London (1986), Life Member Bentham Club, University College, London

ASSOCIATIONS and MEMBERSHIPS

  • Editorial Board, Oxford Journal of World
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law (JWELB)
  • Editorial Board, Oil Gas & Energy Law (OGEL)
  • Consultant to Adam Smith International

PRACTICE AREA

  • 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.

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. 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:

Address:

F O Akinrele & Co
188 Awolowo Road
SW Ikoyi Lagos
Nigeria

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10. Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN

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Leading lawyers in Nigeria

EDUCATION

  • Nigerian Law School – B.L, (1985)
  • Bristol University England – LL.M Hons. (1984)
  • Hull University England – LL. B Hons. (1983)

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) 1997 Member
  • International Bar Association (IBA) Member
  • Nigerian Maritime Law Association Member
  • Nigerian Insurance Law Association and the Institute of Directors (IOD)

PRACTICE AREA

  • Regulatory & Compliance Advice
  • Dispute Resolution

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. He is a member of the Fellowship of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a profound lecturer of Arbitration in many schools. In my view, Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN is the ideal lawyer if you want to settle your dispute with someone using any Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods. Believe me; there are only few lawyers who can settle dispute through ADR. And that is why you should engage the services Muhammad Dele Belgore SAN.

Address:

7th Floor, St. Nicholas House, Catholic
Mission Street, P. O. Box 80367,
Lafiaji Lagos, Nigeria
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: + 234 (1) 4622502, + 234 (1) 8972065
Fax: +234 (1) 4622 501

11. Adewale Atake, SAN

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EDUCATION

  • Attended the University of Jos

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Litigation & Commercial Arbitration
  • Environmental Law
  • Aviation & Maritime Law

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (African Users Council)
  • Nigerian Maritime Arbitrators Association.

PUBLICATIONS

  • ‘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.

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. 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“. Also, after doing my search about Adewale Atake I noticed that 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. 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. Accordingly, 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 i can count on.

Address:

Email:
[email protected]

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Okay! These are some of the best lawyers in Nigeria as it stands now. 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. Trust me; bscholarly is the No. 1 online legal resource center in Africa. You can count on us.

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