who we are
Oyejola Owolabi & Co recognizes that clients are the firm’s most important resource both now and in the future. In today’s competitive and volatile market, protecting the business needs of existing clients and attracting new ones are of equal and paramount importance. For these reasons, Freedom chambers strives to establish good working relationships with clients from the outset, a requirement also essential to understanding and responding to particular needs.
As a full service Litigation, Arbitration, Commercial and Property law firm, Oyejola Owolabi& Co is determined to adhere to its main objective of offering its own traditional brand of a highly professional service in a manner appropriate and sustainable for the challenges of the new millennium.
Relationships with clients are based strictly on the ethics of the Legal Profession.
RUKAYAT O. OWOLABI (MRS) LLB, LLM
The Principal Partner of Oyejola Owolabi & Co. is an Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators & Member of the Nigerian Bar Association. Mrs. Owolabi has broad experience in relevant fields of practice.
what we do
The firm covers all aspects of Company Law and Corporate Affairs. Briefs and works are undertaken for Companies, Government Agencies and parastatals, individuals and Financial Institutions amongst others .
Duties extend to filing of documents and returns at the Corporate Affairs Commission registry, attendance at companies meetings and generally ensuring compliance with the Companies and Allied Matters Act and other Legislation regulating Corporate and Commercial Activities in Nigeria.
The firm is also engaged in the Incorporation of Companies for Nigerians and foreign Investors, offering diverse legal services like obtaining Business Permits, Expatriate Quota etc. and rendering advice on areas of law relating thereto.
Licenses & Approvals: Our effective networking arrangement with the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Copyright Commission, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other specialized agencies, ensures speedy processing and approval of our applications.
Litigation & Solicitorship
We are well groomed in litigation and have litigated cases and suits in various courts in Nigeria.
We have appeared regularly before Magistrate court, Customary Court, State High Courts, Federal High Courts, National Industrial Court, Investments and Securities Tribunal, Election Petition Tribunal, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
We have argued seminal Supreme Court cases over controversial but fundamental questions of arbitration, evidence and real estate law with a constitutional dimension respectively.
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.
Solicitors: The Firm is designed in such a way that machineries have been put in place to ensure rapid response to the solicitors needs of all our clients and we review theses needs from time to time to ensure strict compliance with various laws and the latest decision of the Supreme Court of Nigeria thereby ensuring that all the solicitors works of our clients are devoid of any illegality
We undertake works on all aspects of Real Property Law, services include conducting inquiries at the Lands Registry and preparation and perfection of interests and rights over land and obtaining necessary consents and approvals incidental to land transactions in Nigeria. Associates work closely with other professionals on property and real estate business on acquisition, development occupation, sale and leasing of projects.
The firm is involved in administration of Estate for clients. Associates have conducted compensation claims. Our real estate practice provides legal support in the sale, acquisition and perfection of tittle to landed properties in Nigeria. We conduct due diligence on tittle and occupancy details as well as perfect mortgages. We represent the interest of our clients in the acquisition, sale and mortgages of real estate properties as well as advising on other real estate financing arrangement such as joint ventures and Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Oil and Gas
Our main focus in the Oil and Gas industry is in the downstream sector particularly and the arena of LNG, Petrochemicals and gas-to liquids projects continues to evolve. Liberalization within the gas sector in Europe, together with increasing gas demand in Europe, the US and Asia has led to the development of a number of LNG import projects as well as the expansion of liquefaction capacity in producing countries. Our energy team couples financing expertise with an in-depth understanding of the industry and the requirements of the major players. Many of our specialist energy lawyers have worked within the industry and also have extensive experience of advising financial institutions on matters within the sector. This breadth of experience combined with our strong competition, regulatory, tax and other complementary practice areas allows us to provide our Clients with truly commercial and balanced advice.
Oyejola Owolabi& Co Energy’s downstream team combines industry expertise, dynamic modeling skills and sector experience to assess global and regional trends, in refining and marketing and the linkages to strategists and corporate performance across the value chain.
In view of the fast changing trend in the global economic activities of our numerous clients, we have put in place a stand – by machinery at ensuring that our clients’ debtors reduce their indebtedness to the barest minimum and or eliminated completely.
We have dedicated associates that ensure effective follow up of all our client’s debtors. Our style of debt recovery includes gathering all useful information about the financial viability and assets of our client’s debtors and effective monitoring system. We do this within the confines of the Nigerian Laws and without any exposure whatsoever to our clients.
Where we have a huge debt profile to recover, we usually divide the areas of operations of the debtors into zones with associatesof the debtors into zones with associates monitoring and overseeing the affairs of debtors in each zone for effectual results.
Where it becomes extremely necessary, we enlist the support of the Law Enforcement Agents in the quick recovery of these debts. However, in some other extreme cases, litigation may be the last resort.
An initial concern of most international companies and individuals seeking to establish businesses in Nigeria is the need for up to date advice and information on Nigeria’s investment laws.
Oyejola Owolabi& Co provides investors with information, advice and assistance on the establishment of companies.
We also offer advice on the tax implications of doing business in Nigeria, taxation issues relating to residence or domicile, value added tax and all other aspects of corporate and personal taxation in Nigeria.
We undertake briefs covering all aspects of trade disputes arising out of transactions involving sale of goods, consumer and documentary credits and commercial contracts.
We prepare and perfect purpose structured security and financial documentation including individual and syndicated loan agreements, mortgages, debentures and other forms of security on real property and chattels; guarantees and indemnities, letters of hypothecation, trade and equipment financing and leasing and project refinancing agreements.
Our other services include: Abbitration, Immigration and Naturalization, Shipping, Telecommunications, Wills and Probate, Bankruptcy and Insolvency and Retainership.