Afe Babalola, SAN & CO.Lagos
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The Law Firm of Afe Babalola & Co was founded in 1965 by Mr. Afe Babalola (as he then was) after two years of eventful pupilage with the Law firm of Ayoola & Ayoola & Co. The firm which began as a one-man chambers in 1965 is today one of the largest in Nigeria with over thirty lawyers including two Senior Advocates of Nigeria. (S.A.N.) The firm's Head Office is in Ibadan city and it presently maintains three branch offices in the cities of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt and two other correspondence offices in city of Ado-Ekiti and the city of London in the United Kingdom
In 1986 the firm's main office was moved from a rented apartment to a modern four storey building at No.80, Fajuyi Road, Ekotedo, Ibadan designed and built purposely by the founder for legal practice. This building presently hosts the firm’s head office. In 2005, the firm hosted its internet website which is purely for informational purposes and in line with modern information technological developments.
The Chambers of Afe Babalola & Co. (also known as Emmanuel Chambers) is one of the leading firms of Barristers and Solicitors in Nigeria and its principal, Chief Afe Babalola, S.A.N. has been noted in reported cases as industrious and masterful in conduct of his client’ s cases by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The firm has produced several judges and fourteen (14) Senior Advocates of Nigeria, (Nigerian equivalent of Queens Counsel in England) which is the largest number produced by any law firm in the country.
Emmanuel Chambers is a composite firm of legal practitioners engaged in providing a wide range of legal services to persons and corporate bodies that may require same. The firm’s legal practice areas and services are extensive and all-encompassing. The firm also renders consultancy services to other law firms based in Europe and America.
The Firm is principally a litigation law firm. Its litigation services cover virtually all branches of law. The firm's areas of practice include the following:
Company and Commercial Law:
This is a major department in the Firm. There are seven lawyers whose postgraduate work was in this area of law. The areas of practice include: General Practice, Corporate Finance, Joint Ventures, Partnership, Public Issues, Mergers and Acquisitions, Privatization, Investment, Stock Brokerage, Taxation, Debt Recovery, Arbitration Matters, Receivership and other Insolvency Procedures, Intellectual Property and other related matters.
This department renders consultancy services and undertakes litigation in admiralty or maritime matters. It offers advice to owners, chatterers, Shippers, Consignees, Insurers, Towage Companies, Sailors, Suppliers of goods to ship and all related maritime issues
Oil and Gas Law:
This department handles all legal matters relating to oil and gas business transactions including, but not limited to, regulatory matters, oil and gas contracts, etc.
The Firm handles cases relating to employment, Landlord and Tenant, Professional and Medical Negligence, Disciplinary Hearings, Arbitration, Major Enquiries, Building and Engineering.
Family and Matrimonial Law:
This is a department which handles all areas of matrimonial law and provides advice on divorce, injunctions, custody and maintenance of children as well as matters relating to family property, wills and inheritance.
Civil Liberties/Public Law and Trade Unionism:
The department renders advice in all areas touching on public bodies and handles cases challenging the decision of government and other public bodies. The firm has handled several Trade Union cases including the most sensational and contentious Trade Union cases of 2003 and 2004.
Over the years, the Firm has developed a special expertise and varied practice in constitutional law matters as well as in administrative and regulatory law. It handles litigation relating to the interpretation of the Constitution, Human Rights Abuses, Privatization and Government Regulations. It represents a wide range of private and public sector clients before both federal and state regulatory and administrative agencies. Since the return of civilian government in 1999, it has represented the federal government in over 25 constitutional cases.
The firm is the leading authority in election matters. Over the years it has handled hundred of election petitions throughout the length and breadth of Nigeria. With the advent of civil government in 1999, the firm has admirably represented the President in the numerous petitions filed against him and the Vice President, winning all the cases.
This Department specializes in all types of industrial, commercial and real estate transactions.
International Law and Practice:
The Department handles international arbitration cases and international business transactions and immigration matters. It offers a wide range of services to Embassies and personnel of Embassies.
Appeals and Appellate Practice
The Appeals Department is supervised by three Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) including Chief Afe Babalola SAN himself. The Firm takes over many cases at the appeal level. It handles appeals in all appellate courts in Nigeria.
Consultancy and Advisory Services:
i.Incorporation and Registration of various business undertakings (companies, partnerships, trade names, associations, clubs etc.)
ii. Drafting, interpretation, management and engrossment of various banking documents including (but not limited to) debentures, guarantees, mortgage deeds, bonds, indemnities, loans syndication, documentation of release and surrender.
iii. Preparation, documentation and perfection of conveyances and other related documents including leases, assignment and Power of Attorney, Deeds of Discharge and documentation of land transactions
iv. Advice on Insurance law and practice.
v. Preparation and Filing of Companies Annual Returns, Reports as required by the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA)
vi. Various aspects of Trade protection, restriction and licensing arrangement, including registration of designs, trade marks, patents and copyright.
vii. Acting as arbitrators in cases of commercial and industrial disputes, and attendance of annual general meetings of companies as proxies, etc.
viii. Consultants on labour and labour relations laws, arbitration and practice.
ix. Consultants to press law and practice.
x. Preparation, interpretation and management of international contract agreements.
xi. Instituting or defending of civil litigation in all ramifications in all courts.
xii. Prosecuting or defending clients in criminal and other matters.
xiii. Accompanying clients as solicitors to business meetings.
xiv. General Consultancy.
xv. Advice on government regulations as it affects business in Nigeria.
xvi. Debt recovery and collection by due process of law.
xvii. Advice on Legal issues arising out of transactions (business or commercial) of companies, individuals and partnership.
xviii. Consultants in Insolvency, mergers and acquisitions.
xix. Banking and Estates.
xx. Advising on Drafting of Wills and Trusts.
xxi. Real Estate acquisition.
Emmanuel House, Plot 1 Block 4 CMB/Jubilee Road Behind Mobil Filling Station, Magodo GRA Magodo, Lagos