GEORGE M. OGUNTADE MCIArb. SAN
George attended the University of Southampton, England and graduated in 1986 with a degree in Law – LL.B [Hons.]. He was admitted and enrolled as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in May 1989. In 1998, he obtained a Master Degree [LL.M] in Commercial Law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
George heads the Litigation and Arbitration Services and the Intellectual Property Practice Groups. He is a seasoned legal practitioner with over 20 years cognate experience and specializes in all aspects of commercial litigation at both trial and appellate Courts in Nigeria. As a member of the Institute of Trademarks Attorney [UK], George has substantial experience in intellectual property practice both in advisory and contentions matters. He has litigated several cases against international oil companies involving multi million naira claims for damages arising from oil spillage and pollution
He has also been involved in litigating a number of ground breaking cases ranging from petroleum taxation, banking and finance, shipping and general commerce. He has also acted as an “expert” on Nigerian Banking law in litigation before the Court of First Instance in Lausanne, Switzerland.
George is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK and has acted as Counsel in several proceedings involving disputes in the Oil spillage and Gas industry. In addition to his vast litigation and arbitration experience, George has also acquired expertise in negotiating and reviewing commercial agreements and advising foreign companies on issues ranging from industry market entry and exit strategies, joint ventures with local companies, foreign exchange and taxation and corporate regulation and compliance.
George was appointed a Notary Public in 2003 and was conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria [SAN] in April 2010 in recognition of his excellence and distinction at the
General Commercial Litigation
International Banking and Finance
Transportation [Shipping and Aviation]
Member – Nigerian Bar Association
Member – International Bar Association
Member – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [UK]
Member – Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys [UK]
Member – Business Recovery and Insolvency
Practitioners Association of Nigeria.[BRIPAN]
Member – Maritime Arbitration Association of Nigeria