The Partners of Aluko & Oyebode are pleased to announce the admission of Hamid Abdulkareem into the Firm's Partnership, with effect from 1 January 2018.

Prior to this elevation, Hamid was a Senior Associate in the Firm's Litigation and Arbitration Practice. He is an experienced litigator and arbitration counsel, and regularly advises and represents clients in disputes on an extensive range of issues, including those pertaining to energy and natural resources, taxation, company and labour law. Some of his cases have resulted in landmark judgments from the Nigerian courts, including the decision that Nigerian courts have no jurisdiction to issue anti-arbitration injunctions (Statoil v. NNPC, 2013). 

Hamid has in recent years been involved in the resolution of a wide range of disputes arising from Nigeria’s petroleum industry, and is a trusted adviser in this area. His experience in this area includes:

  • acting as counsel in an ad-hoc arbitration (governed by the UNCITRAL Rules) in respect of a costs recovery dispute arising under a Nigerian deep offshore production sharing contract;  
  • acting as counsel in proceedings to enforce partial and final awards issued in an ad hoc arbitration (governed by the UNCITRAL Rules) involving a dispute with a Nigerian government agency, arising under a production sharing contract. The value of the award granted is in excess of US$500 million;
  • defending oil companies in crude lifting disputes with the Federal Government of Nigeria, valued in total at US$12 Billion (Federal High Court of Nigeria);
  • defending a consortium of oil majors in a claim brought by the preferred bidder in the aborted sale by the consortium of its participating interest in a Nigerian oilfield (Nigerian Court of Appeal and Supreme Court).

Hamid is an alumnus of the University of Ilorin and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) as well as the Young International Arbitrators Group of the London Court for International Arbitration. Hamid recently earned an Excellence in Advocacy Award, conferred at the 2015 Singapore International Arbitration Academy.

Kofo Dosekun, Aluko & Oyebode’s Managing Partner says:

“We would like to congratulate Hamid for this significant achievement. His impressive combination of talent, integrity and commitment to excellence reflects the ideals of our partnership. Hamid is generally recognised by his colleagues and clients for his exceptional advice and the quality of his work."