At HARLEM, we prize relationships over profits and are truly enamoured of the robust synergy among our lawyers, staff and third parties

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Babatunde I.G. Lawal, Esq., LL.B, B.L, LL.M, MCIArb., MNIPR

Principal Partner/CEO

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, African Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Member, International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
  • Member, Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (NICArb.)

Babatunde, an alumnus of the Polytechnic of Ibadan, bagged a degree in Law after successfully completing a Diploma-in-Law before he proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, and graduated summa cum laude with a Masters degree in Law following his being called to the Nigerian Bar. He later trained to join the membership of both the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations.

Babatunde’s vast experience and redoubtable skills in the general law practice and, profoundly, in the corporate sector extend to a variety of areas, including dispute/conflict resolution, government & community relations, contract negotiations, crisis management, corporate/commercial matters, real estate law as well as site acquisition (SAQ). He also has sufficiently cogent experience with confronting Immigration issues, general grievances and drafting commercial agreements and leases.

Prior to founding HARLEM, Babatunde cut his teeth on the profession, working in the Litigation unit of Chief Bon Nwakanma, SAN & Co. in Owerri, Imo State and continued in active legal practice in the Law firm of Alhaji Y.A Agbaje, SAN (with Mr. Akeem Agbaje as the then Supervisor) at Agbaje, Agbaje & Co. Legal Practitioners in Ibadan.

Babatunde ventured into the Corporate practice terrain in 2004 and garnered a handful of awards for consistent hardwork and religious commitment to excellence while in the employ of the multi-national telecommunication companies, receiving accolades so numerous enough to give electronic calculator severe circuit trouble, and rated as a Solid Performer during his entire career as an in-house Counsel, cutting across all areas of Regulatory/Compliance, ADR/Arbitration, Litigation, Real Estate, Lease Negotiations/Renewals & Drafting, Crisis Management, Recovery cases as well as Community and Government relations (not a small task!).

Babatunde’s unique personality and his adept writing skills have enshrined him in the hearts of the firm’s clients. Popularly known as ‘Bigg Laww’, and for doing as he promises, Babatunde also enjoys writing, blogging and spending quality time with his family.

e-mail: biglaw@harlemsolicitors.com                  

   * Phone: +234 8033852360

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Kola Fatoye, Esq., LL.B, B.L, LL.M, Notary Public

Chair, Litigation Group

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Notary Public

Kola earned his Law degree summa cum laude from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, and called to the Nigerian Bar over two decades ago. He also bagged his Masters degree in Law (LL.M) from Obafemi Awolowo University.

Kola started his legal practice in the law firm of Alfred Okupon  in Benin City, Edo State, where he acquired significant experience which gave him broad exposure to a variety of civil and commercial litigation matters, before he moved to Agbaje, Agbaje & Co., where he set the foundation for a trenchant success -spanning over 11 years- garnering a great deal of experience representing clients in litigation and maintaining a robust appellate practice while allowing for synergy between the lawyers, staff and third parties to be as optimal as possible.

Relying on his focused, tenured and consistent leadership in the Litigation Group, Kola has pursued multiple cases to favourable verdict for clients and represented a wide spectrum of clients in diverse matters raging from Wills, Probates, Corporate/Commercial Litigation, Employment & Labour, Civil and Criminal Litigation to high-exposure cases involving government-linked conglomerates, corporations and private high net worth individuals. He is also a Notary Public.

During his personal time, Kola likes reading and travelling.

e-mail: kola.fatoye@harlemsolicitors.com

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Alexander Adekunle, Esq., LL.B, B.L

Legal Administrator

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Alexander bagged a Bachelor of Laws from University of Ibadan after earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A, Hons.) in English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, and was thereafter duly admitted to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Prior to joining HARLEM, Alexander enjoyed an illustrious career with the Oyo State Ministry of Justice, where he gained significant strengths in high-conflict civil and commercial litigation and set a textbook example of success drafting of real estate documents, researching litigation matters and corporate/commercial issues, easing individuals’ worries with unbelievable ease and top quality ‘on-call’ legal solutions.

An assiduous problem solver, Alexander thrives under intense pressure and is distinguished by his seemingly unending patience and ability to relate to all of his clients with genuine pleasantness while driving through their cases, full-throttle, and designing lasting solutions. He is a self-motivated attorney with a strong sense of analytical thinking and an unbendable passion for problem solving, an avid reader, a Rennaisance man and philosopher, decorated with an art of sportsmanship.

When he is not working, Alexander enjoys reading, writing and travelling.

e-mail: alexander.adekunle@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234-8182403775/8033852360

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Ebunoluwa Akintibu, Esq. LL.B, B.L, ICMC

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (Ch.MC)

Ebunoluwa obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, and was thereafter duly admitted to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

 Ebunoluwa, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, Nigeria, is blessed with significant strengths in drafting legal documents, researching litigation matters, ADR issues and Corporate/Commercial issues, including Intellectual Property. She also designs lasting solutions in areas of Wills & Probates, ICT and Telecommunications, Immigration, Mortgages and Debt Recovery. A stickler for accuracy, Ebunoluwa is credited with being a committed lawyer and a valuable asset to our team providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services and working very hard to ensure that clients’ interests are represented and their legal rights, properly protected.

An inveterate people person, Ebuoluwa loves reading, researching  and watching movies during her leisure period.

email: ebunoluwa.akintibu@harlemsolicitors.com     

Phone: +234 9090041104/8033852360

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Oluwakemi Oladapo, Esq., LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Oluwakemi graduated from University of Abuja and was duly called to the Nigerian Bar. Endowed with a keen determination and razor-sharp sense of right and wrong, knowing the value of having a lawyer who communicates with her clients and understands their immediate concerns, Oluwakemi enjoys advising start-ups and big organisations on regulatory compliance matters, helping them to make prudent, mission-aligned decisions in mindful ways. 

Oluwakemi leads efforts on Corporate Finance and event-driven transactions, and she is in his element when developing and implementing bespoke regulatory compliance programs for her clients, being an assiduous problem-solver and a stupendous asset to the team’s ability to deliver cutting-edge, qualitative services efficiently. She is also adept at handling Media, ICT and Intellectual Property matters, Corporate/Commercial Disputes, Banking/Finance and Wills & Probate matters. 

During her personal time, she likes researching and watching movies.

e-mail: oluwakemi.oladapo@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234-9090041103/8033852360

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Idowu Adeyemi, Esq. LL.B, B.L.

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

A vital enabler of our strategy at HARLEM Solicitors is to seek and retain ONLY the best talents as well as culture and future-fit individuals, while promoting diversity and inclusion at every turn.

Physically-challenged Idowu bagged a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Ibadan and was duly admitted to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. ID, as he is fondly called, is analytical and detail-oriented and possesses a tailored competence in public speaking, advocacy and legal research. 

ID arrived HARLEM with tons of experience and sabre-sharp knowledge of Regulatory Compliance matters as well and recommends himself to our clients and team members as a people-oriented person who believes that cordial professional relationships and adequate communication with clients and colleagues facilitate the best results. He equally takes the lead in Commercial and Civil matters bordering on Debt & Asset Recovery, Crisis Management and Real Estate. In sum, ID joined HARLEM as a lawyer of exceptional stamp and a valuable asset to our team providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services.

During his personal time, he likes reading novels, watching movies and football.

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Grace Kalu, Esq. LL.B, B.L.

Executive Associate/Team Lead

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Grace graduated magna cum laude (Top 5%) with a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Uyo and also graduated with a First Class from the Nigerian Law School while emerging as the 7th Overall Best Student, with three awards to her name.

Having cut her teeth in the legal profession at the time-honoured law firm of Aare Afe Babalola, SAN & Co., Grace has been suitably groomed and adequately equipped to handle complex legal issues with minimal supervision. Constantly craving for success over the long haul, Grace is an ambitious team member with a sensuous nose for details and unquenchable thirst for client satisfaction, arriving HARLEM with a high volt of Corporate/Commercial and Litigation experiences as well as a demonstrable expertise in dispute resolution through litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), leveraging on her deeply entrenched commitment towards addressing the broader policy and institutional barriers which confront litigants in pursuit of ADR.

A remarkably protean thinker, Grace has acquired certifications in Copyright from the Harvard Law School, Intellectual Property from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Digital Marketing from Google, among others. She is a bundle of creative, goal-oriented and problem-solving skills, blessed as she is with great wit, intelligence, keen sense of proactive pre-planning and forward-looking resourcefulness.

Grace loves reading, researching, writing and watching movies in her spare time.

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Jadesola Esan, Esq., LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Jadesola bagged a Second Class Upper Bachelor of Laws Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, before being duly called to the Nigerian Bar, also graduating with a Second Class Upper.

As a linchpin of HARLEM’s Dispute Resolution practice group, Jadesola brings an exceptionally strong commercial and business perspectives to her legal advice, constantly advising and representing clients in disputes relating to real estate, labour and employment, corporate and commercial matters.

 Quick of wit, Jadesola is blessed with a rare knack for ingenious creativeness, bringing a high level of professionalism and an enormous capacity for dedication and enthusiasm to bear on her duties and relationship with clients while leveraging on her practice model which believes that the substratum of legal representation is to build an integrity based on mutual trust by putting clients first. While Jadesola’s practice in HARLEM is ultimately driven by client needs, she is the team’s main point of contact on ADR matters, Cyber Law, Regulatory & Compliance Issues, General Mediation as well as Governmental affairs.

Her interests outside of legal practice include listening to music, travelling, reading and writing.

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Bosede Adewara

Administrative Assistant 

Bosede Adewara is a 2021 Graduate of University of Ilorin, arriving HARLEM with a result-driven expertise and high volt of managerial and communication skills while serving as lead efforts in coordinating, planning and providing support in our daily operational and administrative functions even as we forge ahead in our sustained efforts towards providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services for our esteemed clients.

Bosede brings a rare combination of astuteness and raw talents to her roles, leveraging upon her formidable Client Relationship skills. An intelligent, dynamic, highly-motivated and passionate team player with tons of experience in maintaining enviable, lasting client relationships, Bosede has also been inextricably involved in maximizing  team productivity and driving breakthrough innovation while combining analytical precision with creative processes.

In her spare time, Bosede delights in reading, writing, baking and singing.

e-mail: bosede.adewara@harlemsolicitors.com

   * Phone: +234 8182399873

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Blessing Abimbola

Executive Assistant (Corporate Support Services)

Blessing Abimbola is a 2019 Graduate of University of Lagos. Being an ardent believer of achievement of the best results through alternative resolution strategies, she provides practical telephonic support and straight-forward assistance in promoting relationship with our Corporate Clients while ascertaining and trouble-shooting any issue being experienced by them.

 Constantly craving for success over the long haul, Blessing is an ambitious team member with a sensuous nose for details and unquenchable thirst for client satisfaction, blessed, no doubt, with eclectic mix of Client Relationship Management and Client Acquisition, and has arrived HARLEM with great professionalism, unimpeachable work ethics and overwhelming passion for corporate oversight, research and development, corporate governance and internal support systems. She came on board  with impressive credentials as an optimistic, resourceful, result-oriented and a valuable asset to our team providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services while working very hard to ensure that clients’ interests are represented and their legal rights, properly protected.

To say that Blessing is blessed with a powerful drive for progress and client satisfaction is to say that Albert Einstein knows his sums! Her lofty ideals and expertise on the job have endured intact since she came on board. These lofty ideals have inevitably provided sizable clientele base for HARLEM and consistently defined the Firm’s self-identity. Forthrightness, honesty and truth-telling fairness are her credos and with a firm whose watchword promises ‘Honest Advice, Proactive Strategies’, she finds herself in her element.

In her leisure, Blessing loves travelling and watching films.

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Toluwalope Ajibare, B.Sc.

Practice Manager

Kezia, as she is fondly called, is a Second Class Upper Graduate of University of Ilorin, Kwara State, and an intelligent, dynamic, highly motivated and passionate team member. After her NYSC programme, she had a great and fulfilled career with different organizations where she garnered cogent experience in effective customer service relationship, office administration and requisite skills to meet strict deadlines and also, providing solutions to meet challenging business needs.

Kezia is analytical and detail-oriented and possesses a sabre-sharp and tailored competence in Client Relationship Management, Cross-Functional Team Collaboration and Client Relationship Building. She is our lead efforts in coordinating, planning and providing support in our daily operational and administrative functions even as we forge ahead in our sustained efforts towards providing tenacious, client-oriented legal services.

In her leisure, Kezia enjoys singing, travelling and watching films.

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Ayobami Abe, HND

Legal Assistant

Ayobami is an intelligent, dynamic, highly motivated and passionate learner. She earned her Higher National Diploma in 2020.

Ayobami joined HARLEM’s Human Resources unit to oversee all aspects of our operations and administrative functions, providing paralegal support and actively participating in recruitment strategies, team development and attorney’s professional development, having garnered cogent work experience in effective customer service relationship, office administration and requisite skills to meet strict deadlines and provide solutions to meet challenging business needs.

Ayobami’s daily interaction with clients has availed her the opportunity to maintain enviable, lasting customer relationships, great professionalism and work ethics with them. She is proficient in the use of computer office applications for documents cataloging, creation, retrieval, computational data analysis, review and planning work schedules. 

Her hobbies include reading, singing and listening to music.

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