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 went into Corporate Law practice 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 he worked for, receiving many accolades so numerous 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

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

Phone No. +234 9090031106

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Sophia Kolawole, LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Sophia graduated from Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo State in 2014 and was duly called to the Nigerian Bar. She cut her teeth on the profession at Urban & Rural Health Awareness Initiative in Jos as the Program Officer before proceeding to Aina, Aina & Co. and Kunle Shittu & Co.

Under Sophia’s supervision, HARLEM is presently appointed as due diligence Solicitors, working in tandem and closely with the legal department of two reputable pharmaceutical companies. 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.

A remarkably protean thinker, Sophia recommends herself to our clients and staff in one key respect: she 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. She has also been inextricably involved in the resolution of numerous complex regulatory matters, while taking the lead in legal research and compliance issues.

During her personal time, ‘Sophie’ (as she is fondly called) enjoys reading, discussing and watching TV.

email: sophia.kolawole@harlemsolicitors.com     

Phone: +234 9090041104

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Michael Emmanuel, LL.B, B.L, LL.M

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Michael bagged his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, before being duly called to the Nigerian Bar. He later proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he earned his Masters degree in Law, LLM, with a bias for Tax Law, Cyber Law and International Commercial Dispute.

Prior to his time in HARLEM, Michael worked for the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, Port Harcourt, and also had a volunteering experience with Evans Dule Foundation, a Human Rights Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, with an affiliation with the National Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

Michael brings an exceptionally strong litigation, commercial and business perspectives to his legal advice, having gained substantial experience in the law firm of S.C.Akonani & Co. based in Port Harcourt, from where he joined HARLEM. Quick of wit, Michael brings a high level of professionalism and an enormous capacity for excellent interpersonal relationship in his tow, leveraging on his practice model which believes that the substratum of legal representation is to build an integrity based on mutual trust by putting clients first.

While Michael’s practice in HARLEM is ultimately driven by client needs, he is the main point of contact on Tax-related matters, Cyber Law, Regulatory & Compliance Issues, General & Civil Mediation as well as Governmental affairs. He is also blessed with significant strenghts in drafting legal documents, researching litigation matters and Corporrate/Commercial issues.

His interests outside of legal practice include listening to music, playing the keyboard, travelling, reading and writing.

e-mail: michael.emmanuel@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234 9090041105

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Etimbuk Udofia, LL.B, B.L

Associate

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Etimbuk, or fondly called ‘Ety’, attained Bachelor of Laws from Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State and was thereafter duly admitted to the Nigerian Bar as Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Etmbuk is an Associate with overwhelming passion for litigation and corporate practice. She came on board  with impressive credentials and a high volt of experience, having interned at Alpha-Juris Chambers before moving to the Oyo State Ministry of Justice in Ibadan from where she joined HARLEM.

Etimbuk is optimistic, resourceful, result-oriented 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.

With great panache, Etimbuk takes the lead in specific areas bordering on Arbitration, Debt & Asset Recovery, Finance & Securities, Employment & Labour-Related Matters, Oil & Gas as well as Real Estate, Property and Corporate/Commercial aspects of legal practice.

An inverterate people person, Etimbuk loves reading, watching TV and taking pictures during her leisure period.

email: etimbuk.udofia@harlemsolicitors.com

Phone: +234-9090041103

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Olawale Fagbite, 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

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Oyebola Badejo, 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

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