UZOMA AZIKIWE

Uzoma Azikiwe is a Partner and the head of the firm’s litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team. He provides advice in maritime, aviation, employment and energy matters, and his specialisations include advising multinationals on oil, gas and environmental matters, the provision, manning and maintenance of vessels, cabotage issues, telecommunications, construction, administrative and constitutional law.

He trained as an International Commercial Arbitrator with several Nigerian and international arbitration organisations including the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK, Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Nigeria), and Chartered Institute of Mediation and Conciliation. He obtained a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom and has benefitted from PIDA training in International Commercial Arbitration, PIDA training in International Commercial Contracts and training by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

Uzoma makes presentations, presents depositions and gives evidence as a legal expert on Nigerian law before various foreign courts. Most recently, he appeared in this capacity before the High Court of Justice in England (in the 2009 case of Dornoch Limited & Others -v- Westminster International BV & Others) and in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, USA in the case of Harry A. Akande –v- TransAmerica Airlines Inc & Others.

He has published articles on commercial law including “The Doctrine of Undisclosed Agency Revisited”, environmental law and arbitration. He presents papers at and conducts seminars for various major service companies in the oil industry in Nigeria on employment and labour matters.

Career

2006                Partner, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
1998                Senior Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie 
1990                Associate, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
1988                G.S. Ebeagwu & Co. 
1986-1987      State Counsel, Oyo State Ministry of Justice

Qualifications

2003                St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration 
1986                Nigerian Law School, BL
1985                University of Ife (LL.B); LL.M

Bar admissions

1986                 Nigeria

Professional membership

Nigerian Bar Association
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nigeria)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) - 2004 
Chartered Institute of Mediation and Conciliators
Chartered Institute of Taxation – 2004