L-R Tomiwa Ogunbanwo, Mimi Brown Osondu,, Bolanle Dabiri, Chika oke, Adeleke Alex-Adedipe, Soibi Ovia, Funke Alabi,An unnamed team member Ifeanyi Osakwe and Adeniyi Duale

Top Nigerian law firm Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe has won three awards at the the 2018 Africa Law Digest Awards held yesterday in Victoria Island Lagos.The awards are organised by Africa’s premier law journal Law Digest. Law Digest is the brainchild of Seyi Clement, who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. He re-qualified in Britain as a Solicitor where he has been practicing corporate and commercial law since 2000 and maintains a specialist corporate consultancy,

The Law Digest Africa Awards recognise and honour excellence in the African legal services market. The awards are based on the opinions of peers and on in-depth research conducted by the Law Digest. The awards concentrate on growth, innovation, capacity building, community engagement and customer care.

The combination of the award criteria, particularly the significance placed on client feedback, ensures that both large and small firms have equal opportunity to win.

The law firm which was founded in 2016 by the trio of Adeniyi Duale, Soibi Ovia and Adeleke Alex-Adedipe was nominated in six categories by the panel adjudicating this year’s awards

The firm was nominated in the following categories:

  • Emerging Law Firm of the Year (1-3 Partners)
  • Young Managing Partner of the Year
  • Managing Partner of the Year
  • Property, Infrastructure and Construction Team of the Year
  • IP and Technology Team of the Year
  • Power, Energy and Natural Resources Team of the Year

The firm however won the categories of Young Managing Partner of the Year, Managing Partner of the Year and Emerging Law Firm of the Year. The firm which has made giant strides in the legal industry has demonstrated its capacity through the recognition of its efforts by key persons in the highly competitive legal industry.

The managing partner Adeniyi Duale is regarded as an astute lawyer with a decade of experience on advising on various aspects of corporate and commercial matters. He specialises and has depth of experience in Energy (Oil and Gas, Power and Infrastructure), Capital Market, Telecommunication, Media and Technology, Real Estate, Aviation law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Private Equity and Business Regulatory and Advisory.

The only lady among the partners Soibi Ovia heads the Dispute Resolution Practice Group.She specializes in Civil and Commercial Litigation, Corporate Recovery and Insolvency and other aspects of Dispute Resolution including but not limited to Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation.

The third partner, Adeleke Alex-Adedipe  is a corporate commercial lawyer and the Partner in charge of the Technology, Media and Telecommunication practice in the Lagos office of Duale, Ovia & Alex-Adedipe He specialises and has depth of experience in Telecommunication, Media and Technology, Banking and Finance, Capital Market, Real Estate, Aviation law, Intellectual Property and other corporate commercial practices.

In recognition of the Firm’s notable achievements, positive contribution to the legal profession in Nigeria and growth rate in the short period of its existence, last year the Firm won the Real Estate and Construction Team of the Year as well as the Media and Technology Team of the Year at the Legal Blitz Limited’s annual ESQ Nigeria Legal Awards 2017.


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