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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We celebrate our Managing Partner, Adebayo Adenipekun, SAN, FCIArb., FCArb., as he gets featured in the Legal 500 Arbitration Power List for Africa 2021, being a showcase of leading arbitration practitioners in Africa. We are delighted that your immense contributions to arbitration have continued to catch the attention of the world, and to earn you international recognitions such as this. Therefore, as you continue to wax stronger and achieve other ground-breaking feats in the legal profession, we, in turn, remain delighted to be associated with you and the stellar qualities inherent in you.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="11px"][vc_column_text] Click here to download the...

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[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Afe Babalola & Co. represented the Federal Government of Nigeria in the landmark victory won at the world-renowned International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Tuesday, 6th October 2020. ICSID is an international arbitration institution established by the World Bank in the USA for the resolution of legal disputes and conciliation between international investors.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]BACKGROUND Two companies – Interocean Oil Development Company and Interocean Oil Exploration Company – instituted an arbitration proceeding against the Federal Government of Nigeria before the ICSID Tribunal, Washington DC, USA chaired by Professor William W. Park. The claim borders largely on the...

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Afe Babalola Leads Team To Secure USD660,000 In Nigeria’s Favour

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Aare Afe Babalola has led a team of legal representatives to secure conviction for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a matter filed against the country by two United States registered companies, Interocean Oil Development Company and Interocean Oil Exploration Company before the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal headed by Professor William W. Park, by two United States registered companies, Interocean Oil Development Company and Interocean Oil Exploration Company.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes dismissed the arbitration commenced by the two foreign companies which were incorporated under...

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The power of education

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] In the first of a series of articles celebrating Black History Month, University of London featured the prominent legal figure and University of London graduate, Aare Afe Babalola. [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][mkd_blockquote text="``The University of London is not just a university. It is the mother of the first university in Nigeria, University of Ibadan``"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]As part of their celebration during Black History Month, they featured a number of inspirational profiles of people who have made a real difference to the world. Their first feature is of a prominent legal figure who has also moved into the field of education by...

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Afe Babalola & Co petitions IG, Adamu over death of Ibadan businessman in police custody

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]A legal luminary, Aare Afe Babalola, on Monday, petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, over the arrest and death of one Mr. Kehinde Omotosho. Afe Babalola in a petition made available to DAILY POST in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, alleged that Omotosho was arrested and detained by some officers of the anti-cultism unit of the Oyo State Criminal Investigation Department last week. The legal luminary further explained that Omotosho was detained for six days without trial, the arrest which led to his death in police custody.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_empty_space height="30px"][vc_column_text]Afe Babalola & Co in a petition signed by one of the...

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GROWING A BUDDING ADR PRACTICE: The Role of Mentors and Sponsors in ADR Practice


I appreciate the organisers of this workshop – International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) for the opportunity to speak at this workshop.  I recognise every other speaker at this workshop and the amount of resource each speaker has offered at today’s workshop.

At the risk of rehashing what has already been said earlier on, permit me to re-introduce the workshop’s theme. The theme of this session is “Growing a budding ADR Practice”. However, the focus of my discussion is as it pertains to “The Role of Mentors and Sponsors in ADR Practice”. This is a very timely discussion as the practice of ADR is becoming a very viable and attractive practice area. This is seeing the influx of a lot of young practitioners into the ADR scene. Practitioners interested in making a successful practice require to have discussions such as the instant one and this avenue is very much appreciated.

What is ADR and ADR Practice?

I cannot effectively do justice to this topic without briefly touching on the meaning of ADR and ADR Practice. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a set of practices and techniques designed to facilitate the resolution of legal disputes outside the Courts system. It is a set of processes used in resolving disputes without the need to go to court. It can also be said to be a means of settling disputes by means other than litigation. It usually includes negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and a variety of other hybrid procedures involving a neutral party who facilitates the resolution of legal disputes without a formal adjudication, such as combining Mediation and Arbitration (Med-Arb). Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) may be preventive (negotiation, ADR clauses); facilitative (mediation); advisory (conciliation) or determinative (arbitration, Med-Arb, Arb-Med, and Adjudication).

The practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution indicates a person’s involvement in the facilitation of alternative means of resolving disputes. ADR practice connotes the giving of legal advice or of representation of another as an agent in an ADR process, or in the preparation of legal documents to be used in the procedure. ADR practice can also be said to extend to playing the role of facilitating a mediation as a mediator, performing in advisory function as a conciliator or acting as an unbiased umpire in determining the rights of the parties, although outside of the institution of the court.

As a lawyer, your role in ADR is diverse and therein presents the opportunities to grow a vibrant ADR practice. A lawyer may embrace the practice as a counsel or may play the role of resolving the dispute in some supervisory function. Either way, there appears to be an avenue to pursue a vibrant ADR practice.

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