Prof. Fidelis Oditah
Prof. Fidelis Oditah, QC, SAN, BCL, DPhil. (Oxford) is the President of the Nigerian Branch of the ILA. Prof. Oditah was educated at the Universities of Lagos and Oxford. He qualified as a Nigerian lawyer in 1985 and as an English lawyer in 1993. He began his legal career at Oxford University, England in 1989 where he taught corporate finance, corporate insolvency, company law, contracts and trusts for many years before going into full time commercial practice in the City of London at 3/4 South Square, Gray’s Inn, London. There he practised as a commercial barrister providing transactional advice, drafting and litigation services to clients, both in England and abroad. In 2003, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and on his appointment in 2004 as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), the Nigerian equivalent of an English QC, he set up ODITAH with some of his Lagos-based colleagues.
Prof. Oditah has extensive knowledge and practical experience of Nigerian and English commercial law, banking and finance, corporate law, energy and natural resources and insolvency. He has advised oil and gas companies, banks, multinational companies and small businesses on various aspects of Nigerian commercial law and practice. Clients value his practical and authoritative advice, his hands-on approach, accessibility and his great understanding of the marketplace.
With his combined experience as an English QC, a Nigerian SAN and a leading arbitrator with considerable experience of local and international commercial and investment arbitration, he is much sought after for heavy weight and complex disputes in Nigeria.
Prof. Oditah has lectured and written extensively on contracts, banking and finance, company law, commercial arbitration, public law, legal practice and insolvency. His book, Legal Aspects of Receivables Financing is still the only full length textbook on this complex subject.