Nigerian Law

The set’s work in the area of Nigerian law is unparalleled in the UK. Over the past twelve months it has provided expert advice on Nigerian law to some of the country’s leading law firms. It is involved in some of Nigeria’s most significant ongoing and recent cases, including only the second ICSID case that Nigeria has ever faced; the Shell Bodo oil spill pollution litigation which settled earlier this year for damages of £55m, (the largest pay out so far to any community in Africa for environmental damage); the claim for record damages for victims of the Dana Airways aeroplane crash in a case of international significance being brought in the Federal High Court of Nigeria; and a landmark challenge to Nigeria’s Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act again in Nigeria.


The areas of Nigerian law covered by the set include arbitration, commercial contract disputes, business and financial crime and large inheritance and family disputes. The set offers general advisory and advocacy services in Nigerian law as well as a specialist expert witness service in contested cases. Pump Court’s Head of Chambers, Oba Nsugbe QC, SAN, has given expert evidence on Nigerian law in the High Court, Crown Court and County Courts of England and Wales, including in the reported case of Howard v Shirlstar [1990] 1 WLR 1992. He has been instructed in a wide range of other cases requiring expert evidence in Nigerian law for companies and individuals with business or other interests in Nigeria, such as Lafarge Cement, Global Steel, the Protea Hotel Group, Maritime Asset Security Ltd, and Phillip Morris International. For many years, Mr Nsugbe chaired the British Nigeria Law Forum (“BNLF”), was legal advisor to the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (“CANUK”), and advises the Nigerian High Commission in the United Kingdom


In addition, he is a member of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (on the appointment of the President) a Senior Fellow of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (“NLI”) and a member of the Body of Benchers, Nigeria.

He provides training to judges and advocates in Nigeria as well as lecturing extensively in the country. He was the Guest Lecturer for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Nigerian Law School in 2014.


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Oba Nsugbe QC

020 7353 0711

Year of call: 1985

He is qualified in both the UK and Nigeria and is highly experienced in the courts of both countries. He specialises in arbitration and complex...