Welcome to Wole Olanipekun & Co.
Established in 1980, we are a fully serviced legal practice that has earned a reputation for consistently exceeding the expectations of our clients. 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.
We operate from three fully functional offices in Lagos, Abuja and Ilorin. We also have a representative office in Akure and strong professional presence in 29 states across Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The firm is headed by its founder, Chief Wole Olanipekun. In 1991 he became the youngest recipient (as at then) of the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. Chief Olanipekun’s has held different offices including being a former Attorney General of the Old Ondo State, Past President of the Nigerian Bar Association, former council member of the International Bar Association and Commonwealth Bar Association, Vice President (West Africa) of the Pan African Law Union and a life member of the Nigerian Body of Benchers.
The firm is staffed and operated by a team of lawyers with diverse qualifications and expertise to reflect and satisfy our equally diverse clientele base and practice areas.
We demonstrate a deep understanding of and also engage in continuous development and upgrade of competence in the legal requirements and implications of operating in the major sectors of the Nigerian economy, whilst keeping fully abreast of global trends in similar and different jurisdictions. This has made us a preferred point of call for major multi–national companies, private entrepreneurs, state-owned corporations, governments, governmental departments and agencies, banks and financial institutions and high-net worth individuals who require industry specific legal services.
We have similarly also deliberately developed competence in constitutional, pre- and post-election dispute resolutions, thereby handling a wide range of complex constitutional and election-related litigations including successful defence of the petitions against the 2007 and 2011 elections of Presidents Umaru Musa Yaradua and Goodluck Jonathan.
Many members of the firm’s Alumni have performed and still play significant roles in the Legal Profession as Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Judges of Superior Courts of Record, University Dons, Secretaries and Legal Advisers of various Blue Chip Companies, Attorneys General of different States etc. In 2015, a Partner in the firm, Dr. Oladapo Olanipekun was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, setting a new record as the youngest Nigerian to be so elevated. A similar feat was recorded in year 2018, when the Managing Partner of the firm, Olabode Olanipekun was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, as the youngest both biologically and post-call to be elevated to the exalted rank in that year.
By consistently evolving means to satisfy the needs of our clients, we take full advantage of the latest technological business support tools to deliver on-demand services to our clients in record time. We also build close relationships with leading commercial institutions globally so that our clients can leverage on these relationships.
News and Events
Wole Olanipekun &Co. is proud of the elevation of our Managing Partner, Bode Olanipekun to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria. By this significant feat, he is currently the youngest holder of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, an elevation conferred before he attained the age of 12 years post call as a lawyer.
Bode typifies the standard that our firm represents in defying the odds to attain celebratory excellence. Consistent display of rare and profound intellectual curiosity fueled by an insatiable appetite for research, learning and knowledge are part of the traits WOC celebrates in Bode as one of its products.
Bode was appointed as Senior Advocate of Nigeria by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee on the 12th of July, 2018 and sworn in to the office/rank on 24th September, 2018.
THE ROLE OF THE JUDICIARY, THE MEDIA AND THE POLITICAL CLASS IN MIDWIFING THE 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS AND SUSTANING NIGERIA’S DEMOCRATIC PROCESS
Author: Wole Olanipekun & Co.
INTRODUCTION By a letter dated 7th May, 2018 and titled “NAJUC Lecture 2018: Request for Your Participation as Keynote Speaker”, the National Association of Judiciary Correspondents (NAJUC) invited me to participate in this most auspicious event as the Keynote Speaker. I mentally juxtaposed the eminence of the Association with the content of the letter, and…
In Affirming Prof. Ben Ayade As Governor Of Cross River State, Supreme Court Of Nigeria, Whilst Re-Confirming The Supremacy Of The Nigerian Constitution, Declares The Impropriety Of Proof Of Crime Through Originating Summons – SC 256/2016 Delivered On December 9, 2016.
Author: Wole Olanipekun & Co.
FACTUAL CONTEXT In nominating its candidate for the Cross River State Governorship election of April 11, 2015, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in accordance with statutory demands, held its party primaries on December 8, 2014, leading to the emergence of the Professor Benedict B. Ayade as the winner of the said primaries over and above…
Statutory And Commercial Impropriety of Ex-Parte Orders In Winding Up Proceedings – Honeywell Flour Mills Plc V Ecobank Nigeria Limited (2016) LPELR – 40221 (CA) Judgment Delivered On March 30, 2016.
Author: Wole Olanipekun & Co.
Factual Context Sometimes in 2013, the parties (which were in a mutual banker/customer relationship) commenced discussions on settlement of outstanding liabilities arising from various relationships including underwriting commitments, margin facilities etc. The performance of the agreements led to dispute resolution proceedings one of which was a recovery/winding up proceedings against the appellant at the Federal…