Kolawole Mayomi


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Kolawole Mayomi is a prize-winning graduate of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and also holds a LLM from the same Univesity. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003, and had his legal pupillage in the Chambers of Chief I. N. Umezuruike, SAN (Aba). He subsequently gained extensive litigation experience with some leading Nigerian commercial law firms. He has been involved as counsel in many high stakes arbitration disputes that have taken place in Nigeria over the past decade, and is particularly noted for his expertise in handling complex claims arising from construction and infrastructural projects, trade finance, and shareholders derivative rights.

Kolawole has authored many articles/book chapters on the law relating to demand guarantees in Nigeria, and is widely considered to be a thought-leader on the subject. In addition, he has advised several banks and construction companies on the nature of the payment obligation in demand guarantees, performance bonds, advance payment guarantees, etc. He is a Trustee of the Society for Construction Law Nigeria, and was formerly a Regional Coordinating Committee member for the Africa, Middle East and Turkey Chapter of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum.

  • Nigerian Law School, B.L 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, LL. B 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, LL.M (Commercial Law)
Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), Society for Construction Law, Nigeria (SCL)
    • Enforcement of Guarantees and Indemnities: Problems Arising’. [2017] Vol. 8(3) Gravitas Review of Business & Property Law, pp.1-15.
    • ‘How Indulgent is your Indulgence Clause?’ [2017] Vol. 14 Law Digest, pp.47-50.
    • ‘Unilateral-Option Dispute Resolution Clause in Financing Agreements: Status and Enforceability’ [2017] Vol. 3(1) Journal of Commercial Law, pp. 385-396.
    • NIGERIA Chapter – Africa Law & Business: Special Report on Investment in Africa, Hogan Lovells (ed.) [2017] Global Legal Group London, pp.123-130.
    • Sole Option Arbitration Clauses: Trump Card or Unconscionable Advantage?’ [2017] Vol. 9(5) The Arbitrator (Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Nigeria Branch), pp.28-29.
    • NIGERIA Chapter (co-authored with Dr. B.A.M. Ajibade, SAN) – GAR Know How on Enforcement of Arbitration Awards. Accessible online at http://globalarbitrationreview.com/jurisdiction/1004839/nigeria
    • ‘Construction of Section 86 & 87 of the Nigerian Evidence Act with relation to contents of an Affidavit’. [2003] Vol. 1 Corpus Juris (Nigerian Law School, Abuja), pp.51-57.
    • ‘Case Commentary: Njikonye v MTN (Nig.) Communications Ltd’. [2010] Vol. 1(1) Nigerian Communications Law & Policy Journal, pp.111-115.
    • ‘Arbitrating in Nigeria?’ [2010] Global Arbitration Review, London. Vol. 5 (5), pp.24-26.
    • ‘Bifurcation in Commercial Arbitration Proceedings.’ [2011] Vol. 7(1) The Arbitrator (Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, Nigeria Branch), pp.17-20.
    • ‘The Proper Place of Service of Originating Processes: Registered Office or Branch Office? Kraus Thompson Ltd v. University of Calabar’ in Perspective. [2011] Vol. 2(1) The Appellate Review, pp.17-33.
    • NIGERIA Chapter in Global Legal Insights: Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Michael Madden (ed.) [2012] Global Legal Group London, pp.224-234.
    • NIGERIA Chapter in International Civil Fraud, Louis Flannery (ed.) [2014] Sweet & Maxwell, London, pp. 161-169.
    • ‘Enforcement of Forum Selection Clauses in Maritime Contracts.’ [2014] Vol. 5 Law Digest, pp.33-36.
    • ‘Dragetanos v. Fab-Madis Ventures Ltd: A missed opportunity to develop the law relating to Advance Payment Guarantees in Nigeria’ [2015] Vol. 3(2) Appellate Review, pp.15-29.
    • ‘Guarantees and Indemnities’; Chapter in Banking: Theory, Regulation, Law and Practice, Oladapo Olanipekun, SAN (ed.) [2016] Au Courant, Lagos, pp.376-401.
    • The Case for an Analytical Approach to the Construction of Demand Guarantees in Nigeria’ [2016] Vol. 7(2) Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti. pp 247 – 269.



  • 40 Lawyers U-40 Nigerian Legal Awards 2016.
  • Abia State NYSC Merit Award (pro-bono legal services) 2003/2004 Service Year.
  • G. Adoki Prize for the Best Student in Land Law (1999/2000 Session) Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

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