We have advised both claimants and defendants in a variety of arbitration proceedings in several sectors.

Among them are disputes over the bank financing of a real estate acquisition, the long-term hire of a fleet of marine vessels for the large- scale storage of refined petroleum products, an insurance claim for damage to oil pipelines, a dispute between a telecommunications company and its promotions consultants, and on banking-related services.

To the best of our knowledge, the dispute on hiring marine vessels involves the largest-ever shipping law claim in the nation’s history, and one of the largest arbitration claims ever.

We are defending a global manufacturer of consumer products in the largest, most complex and most far-reaching series of products liability cases in Nigerian history, and potentially fatal to its Nigerian operations. To the best of our knowledge the series of cases has the highest aggregate money claims in Nigerian history.

We are counsel to another global manufacturer of consumer products on what will be seminal litigation on the law governing the regulation of marketing campaigns for such products.

A good deal of the shipping litigation that we have been involved in is about hitherto-unresolved points of law involving issues such as the extent of admiralty jurisdiction over inland creeks, charterparties, and the classification as “marine vessels” or otherwise of movable machines operating in marine environments.

Our other significant shipping cases have been the large arbitration mentioned four paragraphs ago, and about controversial issues of marine insurance subrogation, cargo claim limitation periods, the liability of ships’ agents, the frustration of charterparties by communal violence and the Nigerian Ports Authority’s immunities from suit.

Among our successful defence litigation campaigns is one for Nigeria’s largest dredging company in a dispute over one of the most politically- sensitive Government dredging contracts ever awarded.



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