Top 10 Litigation Law Firms in Nigeria 2017

Law litigators are to be feared in general, but certain litigation firms strike fear into the hearts of their opponents like no others. Law Repository Nigeria just concluded research into the "fearsome ten” — the most-feared litigation firms in the country.
This year, while two litigation powerhouses remained on the list (checkout our 2015 list here), two prominent law firms were edged out by other worthy victors. Another 15 firms were honored as “Awesome Opponents.”
So which law firms are the most feared when it comes to litigation in Nigeria? Let’s check out the latest rankings….
Without further ado, here are the new Fearsome Ten

The biggest law firm in the country when it comes to election petition matters. Wole Olanipekun & Co is undisputedly the biggest litigation law firm in the country. Established in 1980, the firm is a fully serviced legal practice that has earned a reputation for consistently exceeding the expectations of clients. The firm has represented several past and serving governors, presidents and National Assembly members. The law firm is revered when it comes to election petition and constitutional law matters. According to the firm’s website, the philosophy that inspires our business strategy is to provide efficient and value driven legal services engineered to suit the individual needs of each client within the permissible limits of the law and anchored on the basis of honesty, diligence and integrity. Olanipekun is lead Counsel to MTN in the matter of MTN and NCC.
The Rotimi Jacobs & Co is a law firm established in 1997 and has since being in a very active practice. The law firms practice spans both solicitorship and advocacy and has it’s offices in Lagos and Abuja. The law firm is one of the most feared when it comes to criminal matters in Nigeria. The law firm handles most of the high profile case on behalf of the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). They handle criminal cases with so much ease and they are reputed to be one of the best. They handled several criminal cases in the year in review

3.     Falana & Falana
Established in Nigeria since 1991. Falana & Falana’s Chambers is a leading law firm in constitutional law and human rights services. The Law Firm has handled several pro bono cases from 1991 till date and represented many victims of human rights violation in Nigerian Courts and the ECOWAS Community Court. The Firm is extensively consulted on labour matters and human rights matters. The firm has handled more human right matters and public contest cases than any other firm in Nigeria and has performed excellently well in the year in review.

The Chambers of Afe Babalola & Co. (also known as Emmanuel Chambers) is one of the leading firms of Barristers and Solicitors in Nigeria and its Principal, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has been noted in reported cases as industrious and masterful in conduct of his clients’ cases by the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The firm has produced several judges and fourteen (14) Senior Advocates of Nigeria, (Nigeria’s equivalent of Queens Counsel in England) which is the largest number produced by any law firm in the country.
Headed by the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, J. B. Daudu and Co. is a firm of legal practitioners who specialize in Litigation and Appellate practice at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria. The firm was established on the 1st of January, 1986 in Zaria by J. B. Daudu SAN. Branches were later established in Kaduna and Abuja, with the Abuja branch now serving as the head office. Since inception, the firm has grown tremendously with the handling of several landmark cases in Nigeria and beyond. The firm represents Saraki at the CCT Tribunal.
6.     Yussuf Alli & Co 
Yusuf Ali & Co., Ghalib Chambers, is a leading law firm of dedicated legal practitioners specialising in the practice of all aspects of corporate, commercial and financial law in Nigeria. The firm has offices in Ilorin, Abuja and Lagos. The law firm is headed by the famous Yussuf Alli SAN.
The firm is located in Abuja and is reputed to have handled many federal government cases. The firm is headed by Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama, a former presidential candidate at the Nigerian Bar Association 2016 Election. The law handled numerous civil and criminal cases in the year in review. 

8. Rickey Tarfa & Co
Rickey Tarfa & Co. was established in 1988 with the foresight of ranking amongst the foremost law firms in Nigeria, by providing excellent and quality legal services to its numerous clients. The Firm commenced with three (3) Lawyers, and has now grown to over fifty (50) Lawyers, thirty (30) paralegal and supporting staff, with two (2) retired Judges as Consultants in Chambers. 

Founded more than 30 years ago by a former Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Federation, Chief Akin Olujinmi, SAN and the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the law firm is a strict litigation law firm with more than 30 lawyers in Ibadan and Abuja. The law firm has handled numerous civil and election petition cases for clients across the country. Chief Olujinmi is the lead counsel in the EFCC’s case against Alex Badeh’s. The law firm last year handled several Election petition cases.


 M. A. Banire & Associates is a law firm with a solid profile of civil and criminal litigation, corporate and commercial practice. With over 18 years of experience in service to numerous organisations and individuals, the firm can boast of associates and counsel whose knowledge and expertise in civil and criminal litigation, corporate and commercial practice are superlative. Dr. Muiz Banire is the former National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Other Awesome Opponents   
Although the firms below did not make this years "fearsome ten" list, nevertheless, they should still be feared when it comes to litigation in Nigeria.
Punuka Chambers
Paul Usoro & Company
Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore
Tayo Oyetibo LP
Alex Iziyon & Co
Odujinrin & Adefulu
Bayo Ojo & Company
G. Elias & Company
Lateef O. Fagbemi (San) & Company
Olisa Agbakoba & Associates
Aluko & Oyebode       
Ajumogobia & Okeke
Layonu & Co
Olaniwun Ajayi LP
Babalakin & Co
Additional reporting by Adeyinka Abdulsalam Esq., Omololu Oluyemi Esq. and Emmanuel Olafusi Esq.


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