Shipping, Aviation, International Trade & Litigation

  • Acted as counsel to various Protection and Indemnity Clubs in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Greece, China and Singapore amongst others including British Marine, China P&I on issues relating to Disputes between shippers or Charterers and governmental agencies, Charter party disputes, Cargo claims arising out of carriage by land, sea or air.
  • Acted as counsel to Owners and Charterers of various vessels and P & I clubs on the arrest of their vessels in Nigeria by aggrieved individuals and discharging such arrest orders.
  • Acted for vessel Owners regarding the theft of substantial quantity of MGO from the vessel by pirates offshore Lagos / Cotonou and Qua Iboe and provided legal assistance towards the release of hostages.
  • Negotiated and obtained insurance for vessels as well as Caveats against arrest.
  • Successfully challenged the imposition of 3% levy by NIMASA on behalf of Maersk Nigeria Limited and Maerskline.
  • Set up limitation funds for vessel owners and charterers following loss of vessel and or accidents at sea.
  • Acted for several Banks and foreign ship owners on Registration of vessels, Ship Mortgages and obtaining relevant licenses.
  • Successfully defended foreign ship owners against claims filed by local ship owners seeking to prohibit foreign ships from operating in Nigeria.
  • Advised various foreign P&I clubs, ship owners and Charterers on compliance with Nigerian Maritime law, as well as compliance with NIMASA regulations.
  • Assisted foreign and local clients in securing the release of vessels arrested by NIMASA or the Nigerian Navy for default in compliance with regulations.
  • Provided legal advice for multinational company in the Far East as well as an English law firm with offices also in the Far East, regarding the liability of Owners of a semi-submersible platform under an SPV and under a bareboat charter on liability and risks in the event of a major oil pollution incident.
  • Acted as external Counsel to Maersk Nigeria for last 15 years.
  • Acted as external counsel to Nigerian Westminster Dredging & Marine Limited for over 8 years.
  • Defended Clients over criminal charges arising from fuel importation, carriage of goods by sea, and company acquisitions amongst others
  • Lead the external legal team for Arik Air Limited
  • Acted as external counsel to DANA Air Ltd
  • Advised and acted as counsel in respect of various aviation claims.