FCArb. (Notary Public)

SHOLA ABILOYE

Partner, Southgate Solicitors

SOME INDICATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE/ ARCHIEVEMENT

I have represented clients on a broad range of
commercial transactions, litigation matters both at the
trial and appellate courts in Nigeria. I am a seasoned
arbitrator and have also represented my firm in
numerous local and international arbitration matters.
Some of my indicative works in litigation and arbitration
include the following:
· Counsel to Shell in the SPDC v. Pere Ajuwa Case
from the High Court to the Supreme Court

· Counsel to Shell in Nigerian Inland Waterways
Authority v Shell f rom the High Court to the
Supreme Court

· Counsel in the celebrated case of Longe v First Bank
of Nigeria at the Supreme Court (as Junior to Chief
Richard Akinjide, QC, SAN)
· Counsel to Mobil, Seplat, Oando in several on-going
litigations at the Federal High Court and Court of
Appeal

· Counsel to Huawei Technologies, a multinational
software/hardware company in enforcement
proceedings brought in Nigeria against a local
company in Nigeria in respect of an LCIA Arbitral
Award.

· Local advising Counsel to a major multinational oil
and gas servicing company in an arbitration
proceeding in a dispute relating to recovery of
unpaid fees under a Joint Bidding Agreement in the
downstream oil and gas sector. My role includes
advising on all areas of Nigerian law in the
arbitration proceedings. The Dispute involvesums
in excess of USD5, 000,000 (Five Million United
States Dollars).

· Local advising Counsel to a major multinational oil
and gas servicing company in an arbitration
proceeding in a dispute relating to recovery of
unpaid fees under a Joint Bidding Agreement in the
downstream oil and gas sector. My role includes
advising on all areas of Nigerian law in the
arbitration proceedings. The Dispute involvesums
in excess of USD5, 000,000 (Five Million United
States Dollars).
· Counsel in an arbitration involving a dispute over an
oil drilling contract between two indigenous oil and
gas companies which led to an arbitral award in
excess of USD10,000,000 (Ten Million United States
Dollars). Currently representing the client in
enforcement of the arbitral award in Nigeria.

Why Choose Me

A FIT FOR PURPOSE SECRETARY

INTEGRITY

DEDICATION

SERVICE

HUMANITY

ACCOUNTABILITY

I was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2008. Presently, I am the
Partner in charge of the Shipping and Dispute Resolution
Group of Southgate Solicitors, a full-service commercial
law firm based in Lagos, and Abuja, Nigeria. I have
extensive experience in Admiralty law, Shipping & Marine
Insurance Law & Litigation, Ship Registration, Cabotage
Registration & Compliance, Ship Finance & Securitization
and International Trade Law & Commercial Arbitration. I
was part of the Lagos Team that compiled and drafted the
Final Report for the Presidential Committee on Maritime
Sector Reform in 2012. I have acted and continue to act as
counsel to several Nigerian and foreign companies in
different areas of law including oil and gas law, project
finance, FinTech, corporate and commercial law and compliance, debt recovery and insolvency practice. I have
had the privilege to have served as Company Secretary of
various organisations including Mitsui OSK Lines Nigeria
Limited, Ocean Network Express (Nigeria) Limited,
Atrolinks International and the RCCG Lagos Province 4
Legal Team. I am presently serving as Board Company
Secretary and Member of the Advisory Board of Sickle Cell
Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI), a nongovernmental
organisation whose mission is to empower
and improve the lives of people, especially with sickle cell
disorder through strategic partnership via education,
creating awareness, and providing medical support.

1. “Problems with the enforcement of arbitral awards
in Nigeria”. Presented at the International Chamber
of Commerce (ICC) 1s t Regional Arbitration
Conference for Africa at the Eko Hotels on 20th June
20 1 6 . S u b s e q u e n t l y p u b l i s h e d by t h e I CC
Publication Committee and ThisDay Newspapers in
July 2016 as well as on the scholarly/research
website of www.academia.edu.

2. “The Impact of the Supreme Court Decision in
Kubor v Dickson (2014) 4 NWLR Part 1345, 534-549
on the Development of E-Commerce in Nigeria”
published by the International Law Office Journal
and on the website of www.acas-law.com

3. “Towards a Maritime Labour Policy Reform” –
Published on 30th October 2014 by ThisDay
N e w s p a p e r s a t h t t p s : / / b u s i n e s s d a y . n g / l e g a l –
business/article/towards-a-maritime-labour-policy-reform/


4. “Nigerian Shippers’ Council: Re-Introduction of
International Cargo Tracking” – Published by the
Guardian Newspapers on 5t h January 2016.
https://guardian.ng/features/nigeria-shippers-councils-re-introduction-ofinternational-
cargo-tracking-legal-perspectives/


5. “Principles of Valuation in Arbitration: Lessons from
the Arbitration between First City Properties Ltd v
H u a w e i Te c h n o l o g i e s L t d . ” P u b l i s h e d b y
BusinessDay Newspapers on 14th February 2014 and
on www.academia.edu
6. “Whilst Nigeria Await the Next Building Collapse”
published in the Guardian Newspapers of 20th
March 2016

PROFESSIONAL PRO BONO, COMMUNITY AND/OR CIVIC GROUP ACTIVITIES

1. Co-opted Member, Executive Committee of the
Nigeria Bar Association (Lagos Branch) 2017-2019.

 

 

 

5. Active participant in the initiative by a multi-national  conglomeration, and the former Chief Judge of Lagos State to strengthen the rule of law in Nigeria. This initiative is set up to transform Lagos state into a regional mediation hub and also aims at creating Mediation Centers for Lagos State.

2. Handled the logistics for the health check for branch members during the 2018 Law week, including facilitating the availability of doctors who come in from LUTH at no cost to the branch.

 

 

6.Volunteer in the on-going Pro-Bono Legal Services Scheme set up by the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) for the decongestion of national correctional centers across Nigeria.

3. As member of the executive committee of the branch 2017-2019, participated in the activity of the week planning committee during the administration.

 

 

 

7. Actively involved in the Lagos state Ministry of justice, Pro-Bono Service Scheme for indigent persons.

4. Also  participated in the activity of the week Planning Committee during the administration.