Joke Aliu


Joke possesses a deep and thorough understanding of her clients’ businesses, helping to define clear objectives, overcoming challenges and achieving objectives in the areas of dispute resolution and corporate commercial law.



Joke, our co-Managing Partner, has a wide range of experience across the firm’s dispute resolution and corporate practice areas. She has represented several multinational and local companies and individuals in complex, high-value arbitration and litigation proceedings in local and regional courts, arising from matters including oil and gas, maritime, employment, shareholder disputes, debt recovery and human rights. Joke also has acted as a joint expert in Nigerian law. In proceedings at Truro County Court, United Kingdom, she provided an expert report on the enforcement of foreign judgements. She represented the family of the late Gambian journalist, Deyda Hydara, in a successful suit against the Republic of Gambia at the Community Court of Justice ECOWAS. She currently serves as Nigerian counsel to a Spanish oil company in a Chartered Institute of Arbitrators commercial arbitration (with its seat in London) arising from the termination of a contract governed by English law, regulating potential business ventures in Nigeria. She regularly engages with key regulators and advises on company formation, regulatory and compliance issues.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, LLM, 2009
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business and Law Certificate, 2009
  • Nigerian Law School, BL, 2003
  • University of Ibadan, LLB, 2001


Bar Admissions Outside Nigeria & Special Certifications

New York State Bar


Awards & Recognitions
  • 2016 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards, named as one of 40 Outstanding Young Professionals of the Year
  • Fellow, Nigeria Leadership Initiative
  • Notary Public of the Federal Republic of Nigeria


Memberships & Professional Associations
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Women in Mining, Nigeria
  • American Law Society


Community Service/Pro Bono
  • Lekki Pensinsula College – taught English and Literature in English pro bono
  • Advisory services to start-ups and local non-profit organisations


Speeches & Publications
  • Speeches:
  • “Understanding the Regulatory and Compliance Framework of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry”, at a sensitisation programme for senators of Nigeria on developing legislators' understanding of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in the oil and gas industry, March 2018, Accra, Ghana
  • “Registration of Security Documentation for Complex Loan Transactions”, at joint interactive session of the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council, March 2018, Abuja
  • “Loan Registration/Documentation Issues from a Practitioner’s Perspective”, at a workshop jointly organised by the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law and the Corporate Affairs Commission, May 2016, Abuja
  • “21st Century Law Office Management”, Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja Law Week, 2015
    Moderator at the Nigerian Bar Association Section for Business Law’s 12th Annual Business Law Conference, June 2018, Abuja
  • “Developing and Communicating your Value as a Lawyer”, Young Lawyers Forum, June 2018, Abuja
  • Publications:
  • “Financial Services Regulation in the Middle East and Africa”, edited by Richmond Law & Tax