Funke Adekoya, SAN is a partner in the prestigious Nigerian law firm ‘AELEX” and she began her law career at the University of Ife where she
graduated with honours after attaining her LL.B in 1974. She was called to the
Nigerian Bar in 1975 before proceeding to study an LL.M at the prestigious
Harvard Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1977. Mrs. Adekoya became a
Solicitor in England and Whales in 2004 and her practice areas include:
Commercial Litigation, Corporate Dispute Resolution, Business Turnaround and Corporate
Insolvency, Competition Law and Policy.

Funke Adekoya was appointed as a Notary Public in 1986 and became the 5th
woman to be elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2001,
She became a Member of the Body of Benchers in 1999 and was elevated to Life
Bencher in March 2007.
Mrs Adekoya has a
long list of awards which she has received in the course of her work such as
being nominated and voted as the Most Outstanding female legal practitioner of
the year 2007 by Financial Standard Newspaper and Women Entrepreneurs African
Network. She was also nominated and voted as currently the 2nd Vice Chairman of
the Nigerian Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Has represented
parties as counsel in several arbitration proceedings and acted in numerous
disputes as either – party appointed Arbitrator, Sole Arbitrator and Presiding
She also regularly
lectures on arbitration law and procedure and has been approved by the
Chartered Institute as a Tutor at the Associate/ Entry Course level. Also acts
as visiting Faculty at the Centre for African Law and Development Studies,
Lagos where she lectures on arbitration and Civil Procedural issues.
As a litigator, she represents
clients regularly before the Nigerian courts at all levels, and has provided
expert opinions and appeared as an expert witness on Nigerian law issues before
the courts of England, United States and Turkey.
Mrs Adekoya is the 1st Vice President (2002/04) of the Nigerian Bar
Association, and has served the Bar Association as Assistant National Secretary
(1979/80), Secretary Lagos Branch (1984/85, 1985/86), National Treasurer
(1990/91, 1991/92), and represented the Nigerian Bar Association at the
Consultative Assembly on the Reform of Company Law in Nigeria (1989).

Mrs Adekoya is a Member, National Judiciary Committee of the NBA (2001);
Member, of the Editorial Committee that produced the Companies and Allied
Matters Act in 1990; Member, of Lagos State Government Committee appointed to
review and draft new High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2004. Funke Adekoya is a
life member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA); Member, of
the International Bar Association’s Legal Practice Division (Arbitration and
Business Organisations Committees), Professional and Public Interest Law
Division (Law Firm Management Committee. She is a Council Member of the
Professional and Public Interest Law Division and the Deputy Secretary General
[Africa West] for the IBA. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of
Arbitrators, UK (2002); Member, Practice Management and Technology Committee
Section on Legal Practice Nigerian Bar Association(2005).
Mrs Adekoya recently contested for the position of the President of the Nigerian bar Association.