Female Dispute Resolution Professionals

Mrs. Bimpe Elebute Nkontchou MCIArb

Mrs. Elebute Nkontchou is a Partner at the law firm of Addie & Co. Solicitors, London. She has over 20 years’ experience practising law in the Nigerian law firms of Bentley, Edu & Co. and Aluko & Oyebode, as well as in the law firm of SJ Berwin, London.

As Partner and Head of the Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation departments at Addie & Co., she advises foreign investors doing business in sub-Saharan Africa (both Anglophone and Francophone), as well as African entrepreneurs and companies in their various activities in Europe and on the African continent.

Mrs. Elebute Nkontchou is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and a qualified Trust and Estate Adviser (accredited by the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners STEP). She is currently in training as a Commercial Mediator at the London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Trustee of the Africa Centre in Covent Garden, London.

 

Mrs. Doyin Rhodes-Vivour FCIArb

Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour is the Managing Partner of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co. Solicitors, Advocates and Arbitrators.

Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour is a member of the Court of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague, Netherlands, the International Maritime Conciliation and Mediation Panel, the International Chamber of Commerce Commission on Arbitration and the Governing Council of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom, the Institute of Directors London (Nigerian Branch), an Accredited Mediator Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) (UK) and a Notary Public of Nigeria.

In addition, Mrs. Rhodes-Vivour is the Immediate Past President of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, the Pioneer Chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Committee on Arbitration/ADR (2005 – 2010), and the former Vice Chairperson of the Institute of Directors (UK) Nigerian Branch Law Reform Committee.

She is also an approved tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom, the second Vice Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch, and is listed on various domestic and international arbitration panels including the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Division of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse, the Abuja Multi-door Courthouse, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (England), and the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria.

 

Mrs. Funmi Roberts FCIArb

Mrs. Roberts is the Principal Partner of Funmi Roberts & Co., as well as the head of the firm’s ADR unit. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigeria Branch and an Accredited Mediator of the CEDR.

Mrs. Roberts is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the Women’s Forum Executive Council. In addition, she is the Vice Chairman of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the Section on Business Law arm of the NBA.

Mrs. Roberts has made several presentations and published numerous articles on dispute resolution. These include, ‘Cultural Nuances to Mediating Commercial Disputes in Nigeria’ published in the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, among others.

 

Mrs. May Mbu MCIArb

Mrs. Mbu is the Principal Partner of Norfolk Partners and the Editor of ThisDay Lawyer. She specialises in Corporate and International Business law, arbitration and ADR. She graduated from the University of Ife in 1984 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985.

She is also qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1999, and has obtained a Master’s in Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Business Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London.

Mrs. Mbu is a member and Assistant Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration UK (Nigerian Branch) and several other professional associations such as the London Court of International Arbitration User’s Council, the Nigerian Bar Association, Law Asia, and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Mrs. Mbu has also served as a member of the Presidential Project Assessment Committee (2010-2011) to access all Federal Government projects. She was recently appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to serve on the Solid Minerals Sectors Roadmap Committee.

 

Mrs. Olufunke Adekoya, SAN FCIArb

Mrs. Adekoya, SAN is a Partner in the law firm, AELEX Legal Practitioners. She has over 35 years’ experience in commercial litigation and corporate dispute resolution.

She has acted either as a sole appointed arbitrator or as a part of an arbitration counsel in numerous arbitrations, both domestic and international.

Mrs. Adekoya regularly lectures on arbitration law and procedure and has been approved by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (Nigeria Branch) as a tutor and course director at the fellowship level.

She is listed on various panels, including those of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) Nigerian Branch, International Centre for Dispute Resolution Energy Arbitrators List, the London Court of International Arbitration African Users Council, the Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Lagos Multi-Door Court House, and the Nigerian Communications Commission Panel of Neutrals.

She received recognition as one of Nigeria’s leading arbitrators and commercial litigation experts by ‘Who’s Who’ Legal in its 2009 Special Report on Nigeria, and is a life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). She is a member of the International Bar Association and sits on its various committees including the Legal Practice Division (Arbitration Committee and Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law) and the Public and Professional Interest Division (Law Firm Management Committee).

 

Mrs. Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya MCIArb

Mrs. Badejo-Okusanya is a former General Counsel to the then Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN. Prior to this appointment, she was the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Justice Sector Reform, a position she held from August 2007 to July 2011. In this capacity, she worked in the Office of the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, to help conceptualise and implement the various justice administration and justice service delivery reform programmes of the Administration.

She has worked as a barrister in the Dispute Resolution practice of Olaniwun Ajayi, LP; one of Nigeria’s leading commercial law firms, and headed the firm’s Public Affairs and Regulatory Unit of the Enterprise Practice.

Mrs. Badejo-Okusanya was educated at the University of Lagos, where she obtained a B.A. (Hons.) degree and an LL.B (Hons.) degree respectively. She is a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK (Nigerian Branch). She was also the inaugural Secretary to the Board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration from 2010 to 2012, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (Nigeria Branch).