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OUR PROFILE.

Our law firm originally known as Mike Igbokwe & Company (registered in 1990) which was superseded by Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co in 2004, is a law firm engaged mainly in corporate, commercial, maritime, banking, insurance, energy, environmental, real property and criminal law practice, consultancy, arbitration  that  delivers quality and outstanding client service and provides fulfilling careers and professional satisfaction to the highest standards.

The law firm had over the years been providing legal services including legal advice, opinions and consultations, legal documentation and representations in Court in its key areas of legal practice to shipping and oil and gas companies, organisations of all sizes whether large multi-national corporations or foreign or local corporations, enterprises and private entrepreneurs. It is committed to law practice and is consistently developing and nurturing long-lasting relationships with clients and defining issues, proposing legal solutions and implementing changes which suit their commercial needs and objectives and significantly add value to the clients’ end products.

Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co is strongly committed to achieving clients’ goals, advancing and or protecting their interests first by helping to avoid expensive litigation and financial loss through commercial dispute resolution methods, and second when litigation becomes inevitable, stoutly defending or pursuing their interests whenever threatened. It also upholds uprightness in its dealings and maintains the strictest confidentiality in its handling of the affairs and performance of the instructions of its various clients on the basis of professionally privileged communication (except where otherwise compelled by law), and does not knowingly permit a conflict of interest that may adversely affect any of its clients.

The Law Firm is structured in such a way as to enable it furnish clients with competitively priced “personal-touch”, flexible service and attention. Headed by its Principal Counsel, Mr. Mike I. Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (equivalent to the English Queen’s Counsel),  a Member of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, Nigerian Maritime Lawyers Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Nig) and other organizations, it has other Associates and Administrative staff. Its Staff continuously participate in various international and local conferences relevant to its key areas of practice in order to brush up, update and keep abreast of current trends in law and to acquire specific and current skills in law practice for the purpose of advancing and or protecting clients’ interests either in legal documentation or dispute resolution. Its Principal Counsel is a member of various professional associations in Nigeria and abroad.

The Firm is versatile and so has been playing major roles in the Nigerian maritime and financial sectors, has participated actively in the public hearings, seminars and worked on the making of the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act, 2003, (“Cabotage Act). ”).  Its Principal Counsel, Mr. Mike Igbokwe, SAN is one of those who assiduously worked for and whose papers were used in the enactment of the Coastal and Inland Shipping Cabotage Act, 2003 and the author of “Nigerian Maritime Cabotage Law and Policy: The Case and Advocacy”, the most comprehensive book on Nigerian maritime cabotage policy and law. Its Principal Counsel has also written a lot of papers on other areas of maritime law, marine insurance law, aviation, environmental law, oil and gas law, international trade, intellectual property law and commercial law. He acted as the Maritime Consultant to the National Maritime Authority (NMA) (now Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on cabotage services and the Maritime Consultant of the Federal Ministry of Transport in 2002 that reviewed the Cabotage Bill 2001 passed by the House of Representatives and reflected therein the views of the different Government Agencies under the Federal Ministry of Transport. He also acted as the Maritime Consultant to NMA on the merger of JOMALIC and NMA through an Act establishing a single maritime safety administration (NIMASA Act) that combined their functions and performed additional functions. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Legal/Regulatory Sub-Committee of the Ministerial Committee for the Implementation of the Cabotage Act during which he took part in the drafting of the Ministerial Guidelines for the Implementation of the Cabotage Act, released in June, 2004. Between 2004 and 2011, the Firm had consulted with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and co-represented it at a Public Hearing at the National Assembly on a Bill on accounting and financial practices/services which ICAN sponsored and drafted (and later incorporated inputs from the International Maritime Organisation’s appointed Consultant it worked with, into), a Bill on Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea, at the instance of NIMASA and worked towards its being passed into an Act of the National Assembly.

Between 17th and 19th September, 2008, its Principal Counsel attended a Seminar on International P & I organized in London by Lloyds Maritime Academy.

The Firm’s key areas of law practice are the following:

A. Maritime and Aviation Laws.

The legal services we render in maritime and aviation transportation include:

  1. Judicial arrests/detentions of ships, cargo, aircraft and freight as pre-judgement securities for the satisfaction of final judgements; protection of oil companies/ship/aircraft mortgagor and cargo interests from arrests and repossession of ships and aircraft, provision of securities [bank guarantees, bonds, bails & undertakings] and releases of arrested ships, aircraft or cargo from judicial arrests/detention.
  2.  Collision, salvage, towage agreements and actions, harbour and port operations, marine and oil pollution claims and liabilities; air cargo claims and liabilities, death  and personal injury claims, demurrage claims, aircraft acquisition, registration and sales, wet and dry leasing and financing of aircraft, equipment spares leasing; marine insurance claims and defences.
  3. Debt protection, debt recovery, debt swapping and debt factoring through legal defences, realisation of collateral securities for local and foreign loans and voluntary and compulsory winding up of companies.
  4. Preparation of legal opinions and advice on and helping institutions and corporate bodies engaged in shipping to overcome the risks and manage the risks involved in ship/aircraft finance, ship/aircraft mortgage, ship/aircraft leasing/charters, ship/aircraft sales/auctions, ship/aircraft valuation, and realisation of security of loans based on sales of ships and aircraft.
  5. Registering ships for ship owners, demise charterers and banks/financiers and advising banks on the implications of registering ships; advising banks, shipowners and ship owners/operators on the eligibility of Nigerian-owned ships, joint-venture-owned ships, bare-boat chartered-in ships and foreign-owned ships for registration, and the licensing and temporary registration of foreign-owned ships in the Special Register for Vessels and Ship Owning Companies engaged in Cabotage trade; procuring and renewing Ministerial waivers and licences for foreign-owned ships for cabotage trade in Nigeria and advising on compliance with the Cabotage Act, 2003 and other laws dealing with coastal and inland shipping in Nigeria.
  6. Conducting relevant searches on the titles and liens on ships which are to be  purchased by clients through banks, conducting searches, advising on what assets should be given as security(ies), advising ship and aircraft mortgagors, owners and operators, and conducting litigations on carriage of goods by sea/air, loss of or damage to cargo, personal injury and death, bills of lading, airway bills, charter-parties (bareboat charters), ownership, sale/purchase, leasing, financing and mortgaging of ships and aircraft and disputes connected to them.
  7. Advising and preparing agreements on loan, guarantees, financial indemnities, escrows, undertakings, debentures, Memorandum of Agreements and other ship’s sale, purchase and delivery documents, bills of sale, ship mortgages, crew management, attachments of ship’s earnings and insurance money, and registering/licensing shipping companies.
  8. Preparation, legal advice/opinions on, perfection/registration and stamping of syndicated loans, legal mortgages, ship mortgages/finance, chattel mortgages, debentures, guarantees, bonds, loan agreements, equipment lease agreements and other securities for loans.

 

B. Environmental and Energy Laws.

The work and services being done and provided by the Firm in this area encompass:

  1. Consultation and giving legal opinions on environmental issues including how to minimise risks and avoid liabilities when Environment, Health and Safety matters arise especially from marine and ship-based pollution, oil spillage and oil exploration and its effects, and the legal and institutional frameworks concerning environmental pollution, implementation, enforcement and compliance.
  2. Preparing, perusing of, advice, litigation on energy matters including crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas sales/purchase agreements, the laws concerning them, rights/duties in oil exploration licenses [OEL], oil prospecting licences [OPL], oil mining leases [OML], petroleum joint venture agreements, service contracts, production sharing contracts, risk service contracts, marginal fields, decommissioning, straddled fields, oil and gas investments, gas flaring, refinery and the legal regime for refineries, nature and issues in trans-national investments in oil and gas,  petroleum profit tax and fiscal incentives.
  3. Advice, consultation, resolution by negotiation or litigation of disputes and claims on the environmental effects of ship-based pollution, oil spillage, oil exploration and production, decommissioning and crude and petroleum products including LNG and LPG shipment.

 

C. Finance, Banking, Insurance, Intellectual Property and Technology Laws.

The firm’s extensive knowledge and work/services in this area cover:-

  1. Advising and conducting cases on corporate finance and governance, banks and customers relationships and disputes, bills of exchange, electronic banking and finance, guarantees, electronic banking and bank payments including electronic [internet] money transfers, cross-border credit transfers, international banking, trade and finance, travellers’ cheques, plastic moneys including cheque cards, debit cards, credit cards and charge cards and automated teller machine cards, conflicts of law and international sales of goods.
  2. Anti-money laundering measures and money laundering offences, banking frauds, ship and aircraft finance, ship and aircraft lease facilities and claims, bills of lading and documentary letters of credit and other international credit and security documentary transactions, solicitors to issuing houses on securities and acting as receivers and liquidators of companies.
  3. Debt protection, debt recovery, debt swapping and debt factoring through legal defences, realisation of collateral securities for local and foreign loans and voluntary and compulsory winding up of companies, indemnities, guarantees, pledges, bonds, legal and equitable mortgages.
  4. Preparation, legal advice/opinions on, perfection/registration and stamping of syndicated loans, legal mortgages, ship mortgages, chattel mortgages, debentures, guarantees, bonds, loan agreements, equipment lease agreements and other securities for loans.
  5. Life and non-life insurance, insurance and re-insurance of credit risks, motor-vehicles, ships, aircrafts, cargo, product liability, professional indemnity and environmental pollution insurance policies, insurance claims and liabilities generally.
  6. Preparing, filing, processing for both local and foreign clients, applications for the registration of trade marks, designs, copyrights and patents and maintaining,  surveying and protecting trade marks from infringement or passing-off, filing and prosecuting suits and oppositions notices for the protection and enforcement of trade marks and designs and restraining their infringement and/or passing off, negotiating and preparing franchises, licences, assignments of intellectual property rights and processing assignment of intellectual property rights, reviewing locally and preparing international exclusive distributor agreements and franchise agreements, advising on and procuring technology transfers and its registration.

D. Corporate and Commercial Laws.

Work/services being rendered by the Firm in this regard include:-

  1. Advising on and the floatation, incorporation, restructuring and winding up of different kinds of companies and associations, quotation of companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange to raise working capital, acquisitions, mergers and joint venture arrangements, acting as nominees, Company Secretary and providing company secretariat support.
  2. Guiding and advising on Nigerian laws and procedures for foreign direct investment in Nigeria, procurement of office and residential buildings and Government’s consents where necessary, procurement of expatriate quota or business permits and resident permits and processing their renewals for foreigners doing and intending to do business in Nigeria.
  3. Advising and assisting both employers and employees on different aspects of employment law including negotiation and preparation of various contracts of employment, director’s service agreements, employee manuals and handbooks, consultancy agreements, restraint of trade, discrimination, promotion, appointment, disciplinary control and dismissal of staff, employment disputes, actions for unlawful or unfair dismissal or breach or termination of contracts of employment and wrongful dismissal.
  4. Negotiations of sales, purchases and assignments, development leases or agreements and management, of real estate; conducting due diligence for local and foreign Clients intending to invest in real property and advising them on such investments.
  5. Preparation, registration and stamping of deeds of assignments, leases, subleases, and mortgages of landed properties and procurement of Governor’s consents and certificates of occupancy.
  6. Litigation in trial and appellate courts on titles to lands, damages for trespass, administration of Estates and succession to Estates of deceased persons, recovery of possession, arrears of rents and mesne profits in respect of landed properties.

E. Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods/Litigation.

The Firm advises and assists on the best, most effective and beneficial methods of resolving commercial disputes and claims using arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution methods of negotiation, mediation and conciliation and different options at different stages where applicable and effectively and efficiently applying and tackling any inevitable litigation that arises. By virtue of the roles being played by it in this area of law, its Principal Counsel was appointed an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), a member of the Executive Committee of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria and the Chairman of its sub-committee on training and ethics.

With experienced and exposed litigation background, the Firm through the Associates and lawyers in chambers who have wide-ranging experiences and exposure in the Firm’s key law practice areas, conducts trial and appellate civil and criminal cases for corporate and individual clients in the various trial and appellate courts of Nigeria. Mareva (Freezing)  injunctions, Anton Piller orders, Ex Parte applications  and bank guarantees for the arrests and releases respectively of ships or other property and Ex Parte interim injunctions, are used or defended on behalf of clients whenever necessary.

F. Criminal and Constitutional Laws and Fundamental Human Rights Enforcements.

In regular Courts and Tribunals, the law firm prosecutes and defends criminal charges especially those relating to or arising from every area of its key practices. The firm’s work here involves trials and appeals in regular Courts and Tribunals. The law firm also handles cases on constitutional issues involving the Legislative, Executive and Judicial arms of government and the institutions created by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria including judicial enforcements of fundamental rights when they have been violated or are being violated or about to be violated under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria or/and the African Charter on Human Rights and the procurement of requite damages or apologies for such breaches.

G.  Legal Consultancy/Seminars/Training.

Various services rendered and work done by the Firm in this regard cover:-

  1. Acting as legal consultants for enterprises, organizations and Government agencies in different areas of its practice and in this connection gives legal advice and opinions on the interpretation and application of constitutional and statutory provisions relevant to, affecting or relating to the functions, duties and powers of such organisations and agencies. Acted as the Maritime Consultant of the National Maritime Authority on cabotage services and of the Federal Ministry of Transport in 2002 that reviewed the Cabotage Bill 2001 passed by the House of Representatives and reflected therein the views of the different agencies under the Federal Ministry of Transport.
  2. Negotiating, reviewing, interpretation and advising on the application of contract documents.
  3. Organising, and acting as resource persons at, seminars and workshops for the training and capacity building of clients’ staff and the sensitisation of the stakeholders and the general public on the activities, functions and work of clients. Trained the staff of International Energy Insurance Company Plc in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt in 2004 on the insurance and financial opportunities available under the Cabotage Act, 2003 and its Guidelines and the staff of National Maritime Authority on Cabotage and Maritime Capacity Enhancement at a workshop organised by the Firm on 28th and 29th November, 2002.
  4. Legislative  and public Sensitization and Advocacy, as was done by the Firm for National Maritime Authority and the Federal Ministry of Transport on Nigerian Maritime Cabotage Policy and Act, and the merger of NMA  with  JOMALIC to form Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
  5. Consulting with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and co-representing it at a Public Hearing at the National Assembly on a Bill on accounting and financial practices which ICAN sponsored.
  6. Drafting (and later incorporated inputs from the International Maritime Organisation’s appointed Consultant he worked with, into), a Bill on Piracy and Armed Robbery at Sea, at the instance of NIMASA and worked towards its being passed into an Act of the National Assembly. The Firm also carried out Legislative and public Sensitization and Advocacy on the Bill.

 

*LIST OF LAWYERS, ASSOCIATES AND THEIR PROFILE.
Mr. Michael Ifeanyichukwu Igbokwe, SAN, ACIArb.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Notary Public for Nigeria, Associate of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Founder and Principal/Senior Counsel, Mike Igbokwe & Company, set up 1st June 1990 (superseded by Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co in 2004) to date.

Mr. Igbokwe is a committed, highly motivated, versatile, widely experienced and result-oriented lawyer who is consistently a key player in and a contributor to the development of the maritime transportation, legal and commercial sectors of the Nigerian and global economy. His key law practice areas are Maritime, Aviation and Environmental Laws, Corporate and Commercial Laws including Banking, Finance and Insurance, Intellectual Property and Franchising Laws, Real Property, Estates and Criminal Law, Legal Consultancy/Seminars/Training, Litigation and Settlement of Commercial and Maritime Disputes and Claims through Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods and Litigation. He is experienced and skilled in drafting and perfecting various legal documents and conducting various civil and criminal cases in trial and appellate Courts and Tribunals in Nigeria. He has ability to define issues, strategize, propose solutions and implement changes that significantly add value and contribute to positive development and progress of the clients. He is also a very good team player, a mobilizer, leader of persons and one of those who assiduously worked and advocated for the enactment of the Cabotage Act, 2003. In recognition of his character and contribution to the development of the law, in 2004 he was conferred with the prestigious rank of ‘Senior Advocate of Nigeria’ by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee.

RELEVANT EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

  1. Conferment with the rank and dignity of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, 13th September, 2004.
  2. Master of Laws [LLM] (Maritime & Commercial Laws) Degree, 2004. (Courses studied are: International Maritime Conventions, Marine Insurance, The Law of the Seas, Comparative Ports Policy and Comparative Ports Administration, Environmental Law, International Contracts, Oil & Gas Law).   
  3. Post-Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law, [with a distinction], 1999.(Courses are Admiralty Law, Marine Insurance, Incidents of Navigation and International Trade Law).
  4. Notary Public for Nigeria, 1992.
  5. Call to the Nigerian Bar, 17th August, 1984.
  6. Barrister-at-Law, [BL] The Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos, June 1984. 
  7. Bachelor of Laws Honours [LLB. Hons], The University of Lagos, Lagos, 1983.
  8. General Certificate Examination [Advanced Level], [BBC in 3 subjects], 1979.
  9. West African School Certificate Examination [Ordinary Level], 1977. [Best Result  Aggregate 17].

KEY LAW PRACTICE AREAS.

  1. Maritime, Aviation  and Environmental Laws.
  2. Environmental and Energy Laws.
  3. Banking, Finance, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Franchising, Real Property and Estates Laws.
  4. Corporate and Commercial Laws.
  5. Settlement of Commercial and Maritime Disputes and Claims through Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods.
  6. Prosecution and Defences of criminal cases in Tribunals and regular Courts including appeals arising therefrom.
  7. Legal Consultancy/Seminars/Training.
  8. Litigation.

 

C.  PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND  EXPERIENCE

1. Assistant-Head of Chambers, The Chambers of Mr. H. A. Lardner S.A.N; Lagos.  

  Trained as a pupil in, and subsequently became the most Senior pupil and Assistant Head of the reputable Chambers of Mr. H. A. Lardner a highly skilled, experienced and successful Senior Advocate of Nigeria, whose main practice areas were              corporate and commercial law and litigation.

2.Continuous legal education through attending international and local conferences and seminars as either a participant or a resource person including IBA, CMI and WIPO Conferences and the Maritime Seminar for judges, Annual conferences of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, to mention a few.

 
D. PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS

  1. Member, Nigerian Bar Association [National and Lagos Branch], former member of the Task Force on Malpractices in Banks and Financial Institutions of the Nigerian Bar Association and National Executive Committee of the Association, 2002. Officer, Maritime Committee of the Section on Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association.
  2. Member, the International Bar Association [IBA] and its Aviation Law, Intellectual Property Law, Maritime and Transportation Law, Banking, Arbitration and ADR Committees.
  3. Former Chairman, African Intellectual Property Agents Association.
  4. Member, Executive Committee, Nigerian Maritime Law Association.
  5. Associate, Nigerian Shippers’ Council.
  6. Ex-Member of Governing Board, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping.
  7. Associate Member, Indigenous Shipowners Association of Nigeria.
  8. Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
  9. Member, Executive Council, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria.
  10. Member, VGC Club and Ikoyi Club, Lagos.
  11. International Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria.
  12. 1st President, The University of Lagos Law Faculty Class of 1983(2008-2010).

 

E. ARTICLES/WORKS INCLUDING THOSE PUBLISHED AND PUBLICLY PRESENTED.

Mr. Igbokwe informs, educates and shares legal experiences with the public and advises policy makers and law makers in the transportation and commercial fields through his articles and works on topical issues especially on maritime and aviation laws which are presented at Seminars or published in local newspapers and newsletters and also internationally in the International Bar Association Newsletters some of which are:-

  1. ‘The Cabotage Act & Oil and Gas Vessel Operators: Requirements, Opportunities, Challenges and Suggestions for Improvement’ being the text of the Paper he presented at the Cabotage & Marine Vessel Contracting Workshop organized by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited  (SNEPCO) at Elion House Hotel, Dolphin State, Ikoyi, Lagos on 7/6/11.
  2. ‘Maritime Security Issues in Nigeria’ being the text of a paper he presented at the International Maritime Law Conference: Shipping in the New Financial Era in Connecticut, USA 25-26 March, 2010

  3. Proposed Merger of JOMALIC with NMA for a New Maritime Safety Administration: Advantages to the Nigerian Maritime Industry.

  4. ‘In rem or in personam: Mode of exercise of admiralty jurisdiction’ presented at the Admiralty Resources Services’ NIGERIAN ADMIRALTY MASTERCLASS, Lagos 21st to 22nd April, 2010.

  5. The Maritime Security Agency(Establishment ETC) Bill 2009: Its implications to the Maritime Industry’ being a text submitted to the House Committee on Marine Transport at the Public Hearing held on13/1/10.

  6. The Arrest Process Proper’ being a text presented at the National Training on Ship Arrest organized by Admiralty Resource Services, on 28th February, 2007.

  7.  “Oil Bunkering within the Nigerian Maritime Sector: The Urgent Need for Reform of Government Policies and Laws”, delivered at the Annual Conference of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association held at the Metropolitan Club, Victoria Island, Lagos on 5th and 6th May, 2004.

  8.  “Laws and Procedure Guiding Coastal and Inland Shipping” presented at the Continuing Legal Education: Workshop Series of Lawquest Limited held at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt on 27th and 28th April, 2004.

  9. “The Legislative Requirement for the Implementation of the ISPS Code” presented at the Seminar organised by the National Association of Master Mariners on 18th November, 2003 at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos and published in the Guardian newspapers of 10th and 31st December, 2003.

  10. “The Experience of Industrial Property Agents”, presented at the World Intellectual Property Organisation Regional Workshop for Industrial  Property Agents and Patents organised by WIPO in cooperation with the Government of Namibia, Windhoek, October 20 to 24, 2003.

  11. “Ship Arrest and Release: A synoptic guide on Procedure and Laws” delivered at the Eleventh Workshop series of Alpha Juris Continuing Legal Education Department held between 5th and 6th June, 2003 at the Presidential Hotel, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

  12. "The new Cabotage Act- -its intended effect on the local shipping industry” delivered at the Maritime Seminar of the Nigerian Maritime Law Association held at the Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos between 13th and 14th May, 2003.

  13. “Loss Payable Clauses in marine insurance policy: implications of the Contracts [Third Parties] Act, 1999 of UK” - a paper published in the MaritimeWatch page of the Guardian Newspapers Law Series, April, 2003 and in the Nigerian Journal of Maritime Law Vol. 1 No 1 of May, 2003, pages 18 – 28.

  14. “Cabotage: Meaning, Types and Benefits” presented at the Workshop on Cabotage and Maritime Capacity Enhancement organized by Mike Igbokwe & Company for the National Maritime Authority, in Lagos on 28th and 29th November, 2002.

  15.  “Cabotage and Indigenous Maritime Capacity Enhancement” presented at the Workshop on Cabotage and Maritime Capacity Enhancement organized by Mike Igbokwe & Company for the National Maritime Authority, in Lagos on 28th and 29th November, 2002.  

  16. “The Role of National Maritime Authority in the implementation of the Nigerian Cabotage Policy/Law”presented at the Workshop on Cabotage and Maritime Capacity Enhancement organized by Mike Igbokwe & Company for the National Maritime Authority, in Lagos on 28th and 29th November, 2002.

  17.  “Cabotage and Indigenous Capacity Enhancement: the Malaysian Experience” presented at the Workshop on Cabotage and Maritime Capacity Enhancement organized by Mike Igbokwe & Company for the National Maritime Authority, Lagos on 28th and 29th November, 2002.

  18. “Cabotage Bill: Reasons for Ministerial Waivers”- published in the MaritimeWatch page of the Guardian Newspapers Law Series, 2002.

  19. “World Trade Organization and its role in International Trade”- published in the MaritimeWatch page of the Guardian Newspapers Law Series, 2002.

  20. “Contracts of Sale/Purchase and Carriage of Goods”- presented at the instance of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council at the formal inauguration of the Kwara Shippers’ Association at Ilorin on 19th September, 2001.

  21. “Assessment of national legislations and regulations related to pollution prevention” – presented at the “National Workshop on the Ratification, Implementation and Enforcement of MARPOL 73/78” organized by IMO in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Transport in Lagos from 27th to 29th August, 2001 and published in the IMO’s Report on the Workshop.

  22. “Asset & Lease Financing including the financing of aircraft, ships and other mobile assets” presented at the Admiralty Jurisdiction and Maritime Litigation Seminar organized by the Centre for Continuing Education, Lagos in 2001.

  23. “Regional Cabotage in West Africa: A possibility?” an unpublished seminar paper on the possibility of establishing a regional cabotage or short sea shipping by ECOWAS within the Economic Community Of West African States.

  24. “UNCLOS and Marine Pollution Regulation”; unpublished seminar
       paper.

  25. “The Law of the Seas and the Regulation of Marine Pollution”:  
     unpublished  seminar paper.

  26. “Major problems associated with Nigerian Ports System and
     Solutions”: unpublished seminar paper.

  27. “Importance of Maritime Transport to the Nigerian Economy” -
     unpublished seminar paper.

  28. Letter of 6/10/02 to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Marine Transport on the implications of the agenda of the Seminar organised by the Oil Sector Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce, fixed for 7th to 8th October 2002 on certain aspects of the Draft Cabotage Bill.

  29. Letter dated 2/3/03 to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives on the undue delay by the National Assembly in passing the Cabotage Bill into an Act and its implications. The Bill was passed by the National Assembly a few days after the letter and assented to by the President on 30/4/03.

  30. “Advocacy Paper for the promulgation of a Nigerian Maritime Cabotage Law”- presented at the Public/Open Hearing on the Proposed Cabotage Bill held by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Transport National Assembly Complex, Abuja on 10th April, 2001.

  31. “Advocacy paper for the promulgation of a Nigerian Maritime Cabotage Law part 2- present and potential problems and recommended solutions”- presented at the Open/Public Hearing on the Proposed Cabotage Bill held by the House of Representatives Committee on Transport at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja on 10th April, 2001.

  32. “Entering into Admiralty Practice”, - presented on 22nd August, 2000 at the year 2000 Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held between 21st-25th August 2000 at the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.

  33. “Abolition of Cargo Sharing Policy: Matters Arising.” [An article published in the Maritime Newsletter (a quarterly journal on Maritime Law in Nigeria April-June 2000) and the MaritimeWatch page of the Guardian Newspapers Law Series, April-May, 2000].

  34. “Admiralty Action in Rem and its significance”. [An article published in the Maritime Newsletter (a quarterly journal on Maritime Law in Nigeria Jan-March 2000 and the MaritimeWatch page of the Guardian Newspapers Law Series, February, 2000].

  35. “The Effect of Section 2 of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act on in-ward bills of lading transactions”. [An article published in the International Bar Association Maritime and Transport Law Newsletter, February, 2000, and in the Maritime Newsletter (a quarterly journal on Maritime Law in Nigeria August-October 1999) and the MaritimeWatch page of the Guardian Newspapers Law Series, February, 2000].

 

The papers and articles on aviation issues are:

  1.  Aviation Legal Issues in Nigeria: Comments on the Supreme Court’s judgement in Ibidapo-Obe-v-Lufthansa German Airlines [Contribution to the International Bar Association Aviation Law Newsletter, 2000].

  2. Recent Developments in the Nigerian Aviation Industry. [International Bar Association Aviation Law Newsletter, Vol.6, April, 2000 page 13].

  3. ”National Civil Aviation Policy”. [International Bar Association Aviation Law Newsletter, June, 1999, page 13].

 

He is also the author of the most comprehensive book on Nigerian cabotage trade and policy entitled “NIGERIAN MARITIME CABOTAGE POLICY AND LAW: The Case and Advocacy”, published in February, 2007.

      F. OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION          

(a) Interests: Reading, Sports, Music, Travelling. Fairly extensive international travels.

(b) Humanitarian Services: Happily married with three children, he is a Christian and a faithful church worker who oversees the Benevolence Department that caters for the needy and the poor in his church. Founder and Chairman ‘Mike Igbokwe (SAN) Foundation Ltd/Gte’ to cater for the needy and the poor and alleviate poverty amongst Nigerians.

(c ) Fluent in Igbo, Yoruba and English Languages.

 

*A list of all the lawyers and Associates of the Law Firm can be inspected at its registered office or supplied on request. However, as a matter of policy, all the Firm’s lawyers and Associates are exposed to, made to be familiar with, experienced and involved in all the key areas of practice of and matters being handled by, the law firm so as to ensure that if for any reason any leading counsel in a matter is not available to handle or to attend to the matter, another counsel in Chambers can easily step in and attend to it so as to protect and preserve the interest of the clients. All the lawyers are also computer-literate and have as their goal, excellent service delivery to clients.

 

 

 

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