Funke Aboyade, SAN
Funke gained her LL.M from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College) in 1985 with distinctions in several courses. Prior to this, she had been admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1983, emerging in the top 1% of her graduating set at the Nigerian Law School. Before that, she attended the University of Ife where she graduated in the top 1% of her class, obtaining her LL.B in 1982. In all three, she graduated with Second Class Upper Division, winning prizes and distinctions.
Funke was admitted to the Inner Bar, becoming Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2013. Currently, there are under 20 female Senior Advocates of Nigeria out of the over 450 conferred with the rank since inception in 1975.
Funke has undertaken courses in International Project Finance in Lagos and Oslo, Norway. Prior to formally setting up ABOYADE & Co., she was a Partner at one of the nation’s top commercial law firms, heading the firm's Project Finance Group.
She was also the pioneer Editor and creator of THISDAY LAWYER, a 16-page weekly colour and imaginative pullout law section of THISDAY newspaper, where she also maintained for 13 years a weekly column, The Wig & Skirt, where she regularly spoke truth to power.
A member of the International Bar Association and the Nigerian Bar Association where she served as a pioneer council member of the Section on Business Law, she is a much sought after public speaker and has presented papers locally and internationally. She has spoken widely on diverse topics that range from law to leadership. She is also a rare two-time Fellow of the world class Salzburg Seminar, Austria. She is a Notary Public.
Funke has served as Chairperson of the Lagos State Prerogative of Mercy Council set up under the Nigerian Constitution to advise the Lagos State Governor on the grant of pardon, respite, substitution or remission of sentences on convicts. Her close interaction and work with Attorneys-General across the nation deepen her knowledge of the challenges of public sector provision of legal services to the citizenry.
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Ganiyu Owoyemi Tiamiyu
Ganiyu received his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from Lagos State University, Ojo in 2012 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2013. Ganiyu graduated with Second Class Upper division both at the University and Nigerian Law School.
He received various Scholarships and awards including the Sir Michael Otedola Scholarship Award in 2009 and Professor I.O. Smith Award 2012.
Ganiyu is experienced in Corporate and Commercial Law Practice, Property Law, Criminal Litigation, General Civil litigation and he is currently in the Litigation Department of the Firm.
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Tolulope obtained her Bachelor of Law degree (LL.B) from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 2010, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. She proceeded to University of Ibadan where she obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M) in 2014 with distinctions in several courses.
Over the course of her years in the Legal practice, she garnered experience in Legal Drafting and Dispute Resolution. Her wealth of experience in people management puts her in a unique position as a formidable team leader as well as an invaluable team player.
Tolulope is a Lawyer with an analytical mind and her research skills help her proffer suitable, contemporary, business-friendly and apt legal recommendations. She has advised various clients on complex transactions.
Her areas of specialisation include Corporate/Commercial Practice, Labour and Employment Practice, Property Law Practice, Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a certified member of ICPC’s National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corp.
Olaoluwatofunmi received her Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) from University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 2013, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2014. She proceeded to University of Warwick where she obtained her Master of Laws (LL.M) in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation with distinction in several courses.
Her LL.M dissertation at the University of Warwick bordered on the disregard for regulatory compliance by multinational organisations in developing countries using Nigeria as a case study, where she was graded a distinction.
Olaoluwatofunmi has been a recipient of various scholarships and awards which include the University of Warwick General Scholarship (2015), and the award for best graduating student in Law of Business Association (2013), University of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Her experience as a cooperate lawyer has involved her carrying out company secretarial duties on behalf of multi- billion Naira cooperate clients ensuring that their business licenses are up to date, their business activities are within the confines of the law and offering legal advice at board meetings. She also has a wealth of experience in the area of intellectual property, debt recovery, business law and most especially regulation compliance where she has been actively involved in branding and anti-counterfeiting operations on behalf of foreign clients.
Olaoluwatofunmi is a lover of positive change in the society. She is a one time member of the Student Representative Council of the Student Union, University of Ibadan. She also served as the financial secretary of the Clean Earth Society, an environmental group promoting sustainable practices for a healthier planet earth. She is presently an active member at a Youth Friendly Centre where she has been a volunteer instructor for 8 years.
Olaoluwatofunmi’s work experience has been versatile and varied and comes in handy for the brainstorming sessions and trial strategy development which are a staple of Aboyade and Co.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
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Victory obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree from the University of Calabar in 2014 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2015.
With experience in Criminal and Civil Litigation, Victory was prosecuting counsel for the Oyo State Ministry of Justice where she sharpened her skills in public interest cases.
She is a problem solver, strategic thinker and an innovation-oriented individual whose core competence is in helping organisations develop out of the box alternative dispute resolution strategies.
Victory volunteers with the Slum 2 School Africa project as well as the Bethesda Child Support Agency.