Hamid Abdulkareem


The vigorous pursuit of clients’ business goals lies at the core of the Hamid’s work. Whether in court, arbitration or another forum, he finds nothing more compelling than to help a client break down a complex case into digestible form for a judge or neutral. Once the facts have been presented, he applies his powers of persuasion to zealously advocate for his client’s commercial interest.


Hamid is a litigator skilled in deploying creative solutions that combine otherwise disparate legal strategies into a multi-pronged battle plan, often breaking new legal ground. In a recent victory, Statoil v. NNPC, he successfully defeated an anti-arbitration injunction by persuading the Nigerian Court of Appeal that existing legislation prohibited the courts from issuing such injunctions. Similarly, he convinced the Federal High Court of the previously unexplored argument that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s power to freeze assets was inchoate, and thereby, vacated an order obtained by the Commission against a client’s oil asset.

  • London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM (with Distinction), 2011
  • Nigerian Law School, BL, 2008
  • University of Ilorin, LLB, 2007, Best Graduating Student of the Faculty of Law
Awards & Recognitions
  • Excellence in Advocacy Award, Singapore International Arbitration Academy, 2015
  • Certificate of Merit for Representing Nigeria, International Rounds of the 48th Philip C Jessup
  • International Law Moot Court Competition, Washington, DC, US
Memberships & Professional Associations
  • Arb40 Subcommittee of the International Bar Association
  • Young International Arbitration Group of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • International Bar Association
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Speeches:
  • “Success Bridges - Avenues for Collaboration between Local and International Firms”, ALN Academy, Anjarwalla & Khanna and JMiles & Co – Conference on International Arbitration, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2018“Arbitrability in Africa – New Hopes or Lost Opportunities”, (Panelist), ICC Africa 2018 Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, July 2018
  • “Law Office Management – Trends and Techniques”, Moshood Shehu & Associates Annual Retreat, Lagos, Nigeria, April 2018
  • “Fork in the Road Clauses”, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members’ Group Bite-Size Series, Lagos, Nigeria, December 2017
  • “Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Nigeria – The Influence of the New York Convention”, Lagos Court of Arbitration – Shearman & Sterling International Arbitration in Nigeria Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, November 2017
  • “Jurisdictional Problems in Nigerian Arbitration – Much Room for Reform”, Law Digest 5th International Litigation and Asset Recovery Forum 2017, Lagos, Nigeria, November 2017
  • “The Role of Pupillage in Developing a Career in Arbitration”, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Members’ Group Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, November 2017
  • Publications:
  • “The ACA Amendment Bill: A Much-Anticipated Coming”, Africa Arbitration Blog
  • “The Principle of Limited Court Intervention Survives in Nigeria … But How Far Will the Courts Go?”, (with BJ Fagbohunlu, and A Euba), Kluwer Arbitration Blog
  • “Insulating the Vaults from the Tide of Dirty Money – Are the Floodgates Secure?”, (with K Ajayi), Journal of Money Laundering Control, Vol. 13 Issue: 1, pp. 33–44