Plot 35 Block 93
Lekki Scheme 1
P.O. Box 74266
Tel: (234-0) 7098732355, 7098732356, 7098732357
James Akingbola Akinola
He joined the Corporate and Commercial law practice of George Etomi & Partners in January 1989 and became the Head, Litigation Department of the firm (1989-1992), whereafter he established his private practice Gbola Akinola & Co, in 1992. Prior to Gbola Akinola & Co’s merger with four other practices forming THE LAW UNION in May 1998, he developed a specialty in Corporate and Commercial law litigation, Arbitration, general Maritime and Aviation practice and Environmental issues.
He is a legal practitioner with cognate experience in Corporate and Commercial Law practice and a highly skilled advocate with extensive commercial legal advisory experience. He has acted on several occasions for ship owners, charterers, shippers and marine insurers including P&I Clubs. Provided advice on several aspects of shipping law including ship arrests cargo loss and damage, ship sale and purchase, disputes arising out of bills of lading, charter parties, collisions, insurance and other marine related matters.
He has also focused on Aviation, Environmental Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). He has acquired considerable experience in negotiation and concluding commercial contracts bordering on acquisition and disposition of Aviation and Shipping equipment. His contacts are extensive in the Aviation, Shipping, operational, regulatory, support service and corporate finance business within Nigeria and abroad.
He has experience of and continues to seek new challenges in the growing field of Environmental law and practice, waste management, industrial and marine pollution, green issues both within and outside Nigeria. He has advised clients across the full range of environmental issues, from industrial and marine pollution through waste management and product liability to development control.
J. Akingbola Akinola was appointed a Notary Public in May 1998, admitted as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in November 1999 and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in January 2000.
He was appointed as a Special Assistant to the Honourable Minister of Information and later Honourable Minister of Cooperation and Integration in Africa in June 1999.
In June 2000, he was appointed a Special Assistant to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Member of the Nigerian Legal Team to the International Court of Justice in the Hague representing Nigeria in the Bakassi case, March, 2002.
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