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, 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 8033852360/9090041102

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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

Phone No. +234 9090041102/9090031106

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Doreen Obairi, Esq. LL.B, B.L

Executive Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Doreen earned her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from Abia State University and was called to the Nigerian Bar. She arrived HARLEM with a sabre-sharp knowledge of legal and secretarial duties as well as focused, tenured and consistent commitment in tow and recommends herself 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.

Prior to joining HARLEM, Doreen enjoyed an illustrious career with Lagos-based Goral Law Firm (formerly Gladstone & Brooks), where she gained significant strengths in civil and commercial litigation and set a textbook example of success drafting of legal documents, researching litigation matters and corporate/commercial issues and gained cutting-edge background and in-depth understanding of the need to build good rapport and integrity based on mutual trust by putting clients first. She was also inextricably involved in the resolution of numerous complex regulatory and risk matters, while taking the lead in transactional and compliance issues.

Doreen, who often combines analytical precision with creative processes, loves listening to music, travelling and dancing during her leisure.

e-mail: doreen.obairi@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234 9090041103/9090041102

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Temitope Adedeko, Esq. LL.B, B.L, ACIArb.

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK. (ACIArb.)

Temitope joined HARLEM from Anoka & Associates, a Corporate/Commercial law firm based in Lagos, having cut her teeth on the legal profession at S.A. Adebayo & Co. Solicitors in Ogun State. She bagged a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Lagos, Akoka, before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School (Abuja Campus) and was called to the Nigerian Bar. Prior to becoming a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, she underwent internship experiences at various law firms, including Jide Zaid & Co. in Lagos, Akunebu & Akunebu & Co. in Abuja as well as at the Office of Public Defender, Lagos.

Temitope, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK, is blessed with significant strengths in drafting legal documents, researching litigation matters, ADR issues and Corporate/Commercial issues including Mergers & Acquisitions and Business Advisory. She designs lasting solutions in areas of Civil and Criminal Litigation, Wills & Probates, Immigration, Mortgages and Debt Recovery, leveraging on her deeply entrenched commitment towards addressing the broader policy and institutional barriers which confront litigants in pursuit of alternative dispute resolution.

A self-motivated attorney with a strong sense of analytical thinking and an unbendable passion for problem solving, Temitope loves reading, writing and watching movies during her leisure.

e-mail: temitope.adedeko@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234 9090041100/9090041102

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

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Jadesola bagged her Bachelor of Laws degree cum laude from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, before being duly called to the Nigerian Bar.

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 & Civil Mediation as well as Governmental affairs.

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

e-mail: jadesola.esan@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234 9090041104/9090041102

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Olawale Fagbite, Esq., LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Trust Olawale to bring a rare combination of astuteness and raw legal talents to his clients’ Immigration, Employment & Labour and Debt/Asset Recovery issues, drawing upon his formidable negotiation skills.

Olawale is a graduate of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State. Being an ardent believer of achievement of the best results through alternative resolution strategies, he provides practical, straight-forward and cost-effective pieces of advice regarding complex and technical legal issues.

Olawale’s experiences include an internship at C.O. Omokhafe & Co. as well as externship at the Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State.

During his personal time, Olawale likes listening to music, reading and writing.

e-mail: olawale.fagbite@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone:  +234-9090041101/9090041102

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Oyebola Badejo, Esq., LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Oyebola bagged a degree in Law from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, graduating as the best overall student from the Faculty of Law. She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and was duly called to the Nigerian Bar, graduating with a First Class.

Oyebola is an ambitious team member with a sensuous nose for details and unquenchable thirst for success and client satisfaction.  As a key member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial practice group, she constantly advises clients in disputes relating to labour and employment matters, real estate and general corporate, commercial matters. She is equally adept at government relations matters and works efficiently and resourcefully to meet clients’ needs.

During her free time, Oyebola likes reading and writing.

e-mail: oyebola.badejo@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234 9090041102

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