Tayo Oyetibo is the Chief Counsel and Founding Partner of the Firm and has been in legal practice in Nigeria for over 30 years, having been called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1983. A consummate advocate, reputed for his integrity and professional skills in the area of dispute resolution, particularly litigation and arbitration, Tayo Oyetibo was conferred with the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2003, which is a rank reserved for legal practitioners who have attained distinction in legal practice in Nigeria.
Tayo has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex litigations, and most of the cases handled by him are regularly reported in notable law reports in Nigeria. He regularly advises on a broad range of high profile commercial transactions. His expertise and skill in the area of dispute resolution has been widely recognised. He has been described in respect of a proceeding in which he was lead counsel, as ‘a skillful advocate with great capacity to make a success of an otherwise hopeless situation’.
In the area of constitutional law, he was a member of a team of consultants to the National Assembly of Nigeria, appointed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, which were carried out in the year 2010. He is a prolific writer and a highly sought after speaker. He has written many articles on diverse subjects of law and presented papers at various international and local law conferences, seminars and workshops. Since 1995, he has been a guest lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Lagos, where he delivers a lecture on a topic in practice and procedure. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Rights Project (CRP); a foremost human rights NGO in Nigeria. Some of his contributions to various legal publications in various capacities are:
(a) Assistant Editor, Digest of Supreme Court cases 1956-1984 (10 volumes)
(b) Deputy Editor, Nigerian Weekly Law Reports
(c) Deputy Editor, Supreme Court of Nigeria Law Reports
(d) Deputy Editor, High Court of Nigeria Law Reports
(e) Deputy Editor, Commercial Law Reports Quarterly
(f) Deputy Editor, Criminal Law Reports Quarterly”
Tayo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Patron of the Nigerian Branch of the International Law Association.
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