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 general grievances and drafting commercial agreements and leases.

Prior to founding HARLEM, Babatunde worked 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 went into Corporate law practice in 2008 and garnered a handful of awards for consistent hardwork and near-religious commitment to excellence and perfection while in the employ of the multi-national telecommunication companies he worked for, receiving many accolades so numerous to give eletronic calculator severe circuit trouble, and rated as a Solid Performer during his entire career which cut 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 wife and daughters.

e-mail: biglaw@harlemsolicitors.com

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

Chair, Litigation Group

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

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.

During his personal time, Kola likes reading and travelling.

e-mail: kola.fatoye@harlemsolicitors.com

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Oluwadamilola Ogunesan, B.A., LL.B, B.L, LL.M

Senior Associate (Corporate Services & Litigation)

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

Damilola earned her first degree in English Language from Lagos State University before proceeding to the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom where she graduated with a Second Class (Upper Division) degree in Law. Further to being called to the Nigerian Bar, Damilola’s quest for more knowledge of the Law took her to the University of Manchester where she graduated magna cum laude with a Masters degree in International Business and Commercial Law.

Damilola brings an exceptionally strong commercial and business perspectives to her legal advice, having gained substantial experience in the law firms of O.A. Akomolafe & Associates (as an Intern) as well as Felix Akinnisola-Olubodun & Co. Legal Practitioners (as an Extern). The Lagos legal firm, First Legal Service, from where she joined Harlem Solicitors, was also integral in cultivating her legal career.

Quick of wit, Damilola enjoys tremendous rapport with our clients, friends and even opposing lawyers, having brought to Harlem Solicitors a high level of professionalism and an enormous capacity for excellent interpersonal relationship. While her practice in HARLEM is ultimately driven by client needs, Damilola is the team’s main point of contact on Immigration, Regulatory & Compliance Issues, General & Civil Mediation, Business & Commercial matters as well as Governmental affairs.

Damilola’s interests outside of legal practice include travelling.

e-mail: oluwadamilola.ogunesan@harlemsolicitors.com

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Olufemi Ojediran, LL.B, B.L, ACIArb.(UK)

Associate (General Litigation)

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Olufemi is an Associate in the firm’s Legal Drafting and general litigation practice. A Second Class Upper graduate of Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and duly called to the Nigerian Bar, Olufemi joined HARLEM from Jol And Jol & Co (Legal Pivot Chambers) where he was a Partner in the firm.

Over the years, Olufemi has garnered wide-ranging expertise and experience in Civil and Criminal Litigation, Client Counselling, Legal Drafting, Insolvency Practice, Tax-related matters, Real Estate Finance, Risk Management, Corporate Governance, Arbitration and Maritime matters. A remarkably protean thinker, Olufemi recommends himself to our clients and staff in one key respect: he possesses strong values, keen determination and razor-sharp sense of right and wrong and knows the value of having a lawyer who communicates with her clients and understands their immediate concerns.

Since joining HARLEM, Olufemi has been inextricably involved in the resolution of numerous complex litigation matters, through negotiation (with his certification as an Associate Mediator and trainings in ADR in tow).

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

e-mail: olufemi.ojediran@harlemsolicitors.com

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Tiwalade Adesulure, LL.B, B.L, ACIArb.(UK)

Associate (Corporate Services)

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

Tiwalade received her Bachelor’s degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, graduating with a Second Class Upper Division. Following her graduation from the Nigerian Law School (Lagos Campus), she interned at Ilo Okoli Chambers, headquartered at Victoria Island, Lagos, before moving to Babcock University (School of Law & Security Studies) as a Research Assistant and a key member of the institution’s Legal Information and Referral Sources Group, from where she joined HARLEM in Ibadan.

Tiwalade is an industrious lawyer whose unquenchable desire for excellence and perfection has contributed to delivery of top-notch services to our Clients. Little wonder our Clients describe her as a ‘cosmopolitan’ in her areas of practice; while we describe her as an assiduous problem-solver and a stupendous asset to the team’s ability to deliver cutting-edge legal research and qualitative services efficiently. With great panache, Tiwalade takes the lead in areas of research bordering on Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Employment & Labour-Related Matters, Family Law, Conflict of Laws, Oil & Gas as well as Real Estate, Property and Corporate/Commercial aspects of legal practice. 

‘Tiwa’, as she is fondly called, is 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 inverterate people person, Tiwalade enjoys reading, travelling and learning new things during her leisure.

e-mail: tiwalade.adesulure@harlemsolicitors.com

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Olawale Fagbite, LL.B, B.L

Junior Associate (Litigation)

  • 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 Second Class (Upper Division) 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

mobile no:  +234-9090041101

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Oyebola Badejo, LL.B, B.L

Junior Associate (Corporate Services)

  • 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

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