If you have ever met Tunde Fagbohunlu,
then I don’t have to convince you of how much of a gentleman he is. Or how he
radiates poise,is very humble and treats everyone with utmost respect, even
younger lawyers. I met Tunde Fagbohunlu for the first time at the Law Society,
Chancery Lane, London. The event was about the Lagos Chamber of Arbitration, a
subject he is very passionate about. Here are a few things about this gentleman
per excellence.
Tunde obtained a Bachelor’s degree in
law (LLB honors) from the University of Ife, Ile Ife, Nigeria, and an LLM from
the University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 1987 and 1991 respectively. He is a
barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted 1988).

Tunde Fagbohunlu is a Partner and head
of Litigation, Arbitration and ADR Practice Group at Aluko & Oyebode. Tunde joined
the firm of Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors) in 1993 and his specialty
is in commercial litigation. Tunde has litigated on extensive range of issues,
including that pertaining to oil and gas, maritime, intellectual property,
telecommunications, taxation, finance and banking, contracts, receiverships and
insolvency, commercial law transactions and general litigation both at trial
and appellate levels. 
Tunde has represented various clients
including oil companies, telecommunication companies and banks both in
litigation and arbitration proceedings. He renders legal advice on a wide range
of commercial transactions. He regularly represents Nigerian as well as foreign
and multinational clients in ad hoc arbitrations and arbitrations administered
by arbitral institutions such as the International Court of Arbitration of the
Tunde was a member of the national
committee on the Reform and Harmonization of Arbitration/ADR Laws in Nigeria. In
Chambers Global 2013 legal rankings he was described as “hard-working
and thorough”
respected by peers for his litigation skills, and is
also increasingly involved in arbitration.
Tunde’s expertise has also been
recognised in publications such as Who’s Who Legal Nigeria 2010 and 2012. Where
he was described as a “fantastic litigator” and (2012), he was noted for his
“craftsmanship” in constructing legal arguments when representing international
entities in arbitration proceedings.

In December 2008, Tunde was conferred
with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Nigerian Legal
Practitioners Privileges Committee. A Nigerian equivalent of the Queen’s

Tunde participated in the International
Arbitration Seminar: Transnational Arbitration Issues in Emerging Markets
(jointly organized by Aluko & Oyebode and Clyde & Co) Lagos, Nigeria
(February 2011). He was also a speaker at the ICC, UK Annual Arbitration 
Practitioners’ Symposium, London, England (July 2010).

By: Adedunmade Onibokun