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The firm of DOROTHY UFOT & CO was established in 1994 and draws together the expertise of a few lawyers who have been trained in diverse areas of Nigerian as well as International Law, with specific interest in International Trade, Oil and Gas, Immigration Law, Diplomatic and Consular Matters, Capital Market, Negotiation and Documentation of local and International Contracts, Banking and Finance, Aviation Law, Insolvency Practice, Project Finance, Arbitration (Domestic and International, with appointments as Arbitrator and Counsel respectively) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Telecommunications Law, Insurance, Litigation and Investment Consultancy generally.


The principal partner and founder of the firm, is MRS. DOROTHY UFOT, B.Sc, LL. B, LL. M, Adv. Dip. CLP, FCIArb, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Calabar, where she specialized in Political Economy.
She thereafter studied Law and is the holder also of the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws both from the University of Lagos where she specialised in International Trade Law, Secured Credit Transactions, Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas, Maritime Law, Investments, divestments, Negotiation and Documentation of Contracts, Immigration, Diplomatic and Consular Law.

Upon her call to the Nigerian Bar in 1989, Mrs. Ufot worked briefly in the Chambers of Late Mr. M. A. Agbamuche, S.A.N (Former ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND MINISTER OF JUSTICE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA) and later joined the Chambers of the renowned Mr. H. A. Lardner, S.A.N., where she spent five years in continuous active legal practice before the establishment of DOROTHY UFOT & CO.

While in the Chambers of Mr. H. A. Lardner, S.A.N., Mrs. Ufot worked directly with Mr. Lardner, and gained considerable experience in the Law of Leases and Mortgages, Land Law, Investment Law and Practice, particularly Investments, Divestments, Corporate Structuring and Restructuring, Corporate Finance and Arbitration, Immigration and Consular Matters.

She was also exposed to active litigation where she personally handled numerous contentious matters and excelled in the art of brief writing to the appellate courts.

Mrs. Ufot has good knowledge of the Regulatory Consents and Compliance procedures relating to investments (FPI & FDI) in Nigeria as laid down by the SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (S.E.C.) and the NIGERIAN STOCK EXCHANGE (N.S.E.) and is fully conversant with the provisions and workings of the NIGERIAN INVESTMENT PROMOTION COMMISSION DECREE NO. 16 of 1995 (as amended), the FOREIGN EXCHANGE (MONITORING AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) DECREE NO. 17 of 1995 as well as the INVESTMENTS AND SECURITIES ACT, 1999, all of which laws aim at deregulating and liberalising the Nigerian economy in general and the investment sector in particular, with a view to attracting both local and foreign investments into the country.

In Order to prepare the firm for greater challenges in corporate legal practice, Mrs. Ufot enrolled for a one year ADVANCE DIPLOMA COURSE IN COMMERCIAL LAW AND PRACTICE at the University of Lagos, (1998 – 1999), where she emerged the best student in the qualifying examinations, having undertaken practical lessons in Negotiation and Documentation of Contracts, Company Law Management, Issues in Banking, International Trade, Equipment Leasing, Commercial Arbitration, Marine Insurance and The Law of Labour Relations.

Following her success at the Fellowship Examination of the CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ARBITRATORS, LONDON, held in BARCELONA, SPAIN in September, 1999, Mrs. Ufot qualified as a FELLOW of the CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF ARBITRATORS, LONDON.

She thereafter commenced her two years pupilage training with Mr. Anthony Canham, the immediate past President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.

Following the completion of her pupilage training as well as her success at the institute’s panel interview which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in May, 2003, Mrs. Ufot qualified as a Chartered Arbitrator, thus making her the second Nigerian female and the 5th and youngest Nigerian to be so elevated by the United Kingdom Institute.

Mrs. Ufot has cognate experience in the practice and procedure of International and Domestic Commercial Arbitration and often participates as both member of the Arbitral Tribunal and as counsel in arbitration proceedings. She is also regularly invited as a resource person to give talks and to present papers at workshops, seminars and conferences on International Commercial Arbitration.

She is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris and a Vice-Chairman of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mrs. Ufot is also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Arbitration in Paris, France and a member of the panels of Arbitrators of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators U. K., as well as the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) in Dublin, Ireland. The ICDR is the international division of the American Arbitration Association.

Mrs. Ufot is an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School, having attended the school’s Advanced Management Programme (AMP) in 2001.

In order to take full advantage of the on-going globalisation of the world economy as well as the desire to meet the challenges of modern international corporate legal practice, Mrs. Ufot frequently participates in local and international conferences, workshops and seminars relating to the oil and gas industry, the Capital Market, Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and Foreign Portfolio Investments (FPI), Project Finance, Negotiation and Documentation of International Contracts and International Commercial Arbitration in different parts of the world either as a participant or as a resource person.

   
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