Who We Are

Chris. O. Okunowo & Co. has run a vast legal practice for a period spanning over thirty years. It is a law firm with a track record of excellence and outstanding professional efficiency that transcends the conservative legal practice. Aside its in-depth expertise on virtually all areas of law, it has also, over the years been known as a training ground for solicitors who have developed core experience and knowledge in the most sought-after areas of law. Chris. O. Okunowo & Co. is a notable firm with a broad financial, corporate, commercial, and dispute resolution practice. With almost four decades experience of helping governments, organizations and individuals achieve their goals, the firm has developed particular expertise in Civil Aviation law and practice. The firm offers general legal advice on all matters including Company and Commercial Practice, conveyance and Real Estate, Contracts, Litigation and Taxation, (both Corporate and Personal, Insurance, Industrial and Labour Relations, Maritime, shipping and Entertainment. Needless to say we do not advise our clients or anybody else against our clients’ interest.
With the experience gathered over the years in advising businesses, financial institutions, governments and public sector bodies, we have come to appreciate the demands of major projects and clients’ needs. We are thus able to be in an unrivalled position to provide proactive, practical and commercially sound advice of the highest quality. At Chris. O. Okunowo & Co. we have extensive experience in servicing medium to large-scale clients across all business sectors. We have worked with both local and international organizations, equipping us with a good mix of local knowledge and international expertise. Our deliberate policy of maintaining a medium scale workforce ensures that each of our clients is given the benefit of our personalized and focused attention. The importance placed by clients on flexibility, ability to meet deadline and the provision of value for money is understood by us at Chris. O. Okunowo & Co. This enables us to achieve better results for our clients in terms of quality, time and cost.

We appear in High Courts, Federal or State, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court

Our firm is well staffed by competent legal, Para-legal and non-legal staff (our staff strength as at date is 37). Coupled with a lot of experience and exposure, the firm is very well-equipped to meet the multifarious challenges presented by the diversity and depth of any brief you may wish to engage us on. We are also adequately poised to handle any legal matter concerning the privatization and commercialization of public enterprises.
The firm possesses a wide knowledge and valuable experience of aviation practices in Nigeria due to our participation in many airline registration and aircraft acquisition and development transactions deals and syndications. We act as Counsel to several banks, governmental institutions, financial and other corporate institutions and major insurance companies. We handle diverse matters for our clients and often engage in negotiations on their behalf.
We have also been privileged to handle several property audit and due diligence for a number of governmental agencies, individuals, Banks, corporations and financial institutions. We provide assistance to clients who require approvals and permits for start-up of their businesses from Government as we have become quite familiar with the organization and functions of these government organs. We offer advice on all manner of legal documentation. A cross-section of our clients includes corporations-foreign and domestic, Banks and joint-ventures from abroad. With respect to Due Diligence, our task has always been to ensure that we assist our client’s in the onerous task of identifying all key risks and proffer cost effective options within the available legal framework. We report on all the key areas of the business to wit; corporate structure, regulatory, assets contracts, personnel, credit and litigation.

We act as Counsel to several banks and governmental institutions

In order to meet the need of our clients, both locally and internationally, the firm has established working relationships with leading commercial law firms in Europe and United States of America. We recently signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Messrs Albert Bekker Vorster Pillay & Associates, Inc., a foremost law firm in Republic of South Africa who has in turn formed various strategic partnerships with other professionals based in Southern Africa and the rest of the African Continent. It is our hope that this Alliance will offer a one stop solution approach with specialist expertise to act for both national and international clients with business and investment interests in Southern Africa and Nigeria. The firm actively engages in
Dispute Resolution Practices on behalf of our clients for whom we handle a wide variety of matters ranging from corporate disputes – Aviation law and practice, commercial law, real estate disputes, shipping and admiralty, construction claims, revenue matters, employment disputes to simple debt claims. Where the client is a corporate body, we have been called upon several times to represent individual members of staff. We appear in High Courts, Federal or State, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, but reserve the right not to appear in respect of proceedings in a Magistrate Court outside the Lagos area. We also appear before Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation Panels both within and outside the country on behalf of our clients.

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With respect to Due Diligence, our task has always been to ensure that we assist our client’s in the onerous task of identifying all key risks and proffer cost effective options within the available legal framework.