We advise on and represent clients in contentious matters with large claims, complex issues and novel points of law. Our proficiency in and commitment to advising and representing clients at the highest levels in these matters is unquestioned.

We regularly work on such matters as well as causes celebre and other critical and controversial disputes in a wide variety of fora in both criminal and civil proceedings. We do so in all of the main practice areas and sectors in which we do transactions and regulatory work.

We appear regularly before arbitral tribunals, in mediations, states and federal high courts, the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and before administrative tribunals.

Many of the disputes that we work on have foreign elements. We have advised and represented foreign plaintiffs and foreign defendants, and our lawyers have opined as expert witnesses on Nigerian law in foreign fora.

In these disputes, we have advised on issues relating to issuing originating papers by and against foreign parties, on serving papers on foreign parties and on enforcing judgments, awards and orders against foreign parties.
The central element in our approach to dispute resolution is to focus relentlessly on achieving the client’s business objective to the extent that the law and the rules of professional ethics permit.

We pursue that objective by as early as possible developing a well-thought-through strategy for achieving it, creativity in proposing solution options, flexibility in realizing the strategy, rigour in researching both the facts and the law and speed in responding to changes and challenges.

In being flexible, tactics have ranged from getting claims against clients dismissed swiftly and summarily where it has been imperative and possible to do so through to recommending early out-of-court settlements where it was not prudent to do otherwise.

A number of the matters that we have been engaged for have included claims for potentially-ruinous interim and interlocutory injunctions. In very many cases we have been able to obtain the relief that our clients have sought from such injunctions.


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