The Firm is active in all areas of International trade and maritime law. The shipping group offers clients comprehensive legal services charter-party disputes, cargo claims, and carriage contracts. The firm represents shipowners, operators, charterers and their P&I Clubs. We are frequently instructed by leading international firms on behalf of Carrier interests. A&O covers sector-wide advice to all market players on bills of lading, contracts of sale, carriage of goods by sea statutes, cabotoge and investment in the shipping industry. Our oil and gas practice is easily complemented locally by our Shipping and Maritime Law Expertise particularly industry related Health Safety and Environment compliance.

The firm has acted as counsel for a syndicate of international financiers in the financing of the construction and acquisition of Tanker vessels and advised in the privatisation of the largest shipbuilding, off-shore structure fabrication and ship repair yard in Nigeria.

Our physical locations give easy access to the ports, enable us attend to emergencies and obtain first-hand information on the location of vessels. The group has varied experience in matters ranging from traditional “blue water” shipping, personal injury, cargo, longshore and towage operations to “brown water” oil and gas activities involving the exploration, development, pollution and environmental litigation, production and transportation of oil and gas.

The firm is a founding member of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria and members are active in Nigerian Maritime Lawyers Association.


  • Registration of vessels
  • Protection and Indemnity
  • International Sale and Trade
  • Charter parties
  • Syndication and Vessel Acquisition
  • Cargo Claims
  • Mortgages
  • Vessel Arrests
  • Cargo Defense

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