Dr. Kolawole Mayomi, FCIArb


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Dr. Kolawole Mayomi was called to the Nigerian bar in 2003, and co-heads the dispute resolution department of the firm.

A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he has been involved as counsel in many high-stakes commercial disputes that have been resolved by litigation or arbitration in Nigeria over the past decade. He has handled complex disputes arising from construction and infrastructural projects, trade finance, contractual warranty claims, and shareholders derivative rights.

He is listed on the panel of arbitrators for the Arbitration Foundation for South African (AFSA); the Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA), and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria; and has acted as sole arbitrator or co-arbitrator in many commercial arbitration proceedings. He is also an accredited course tutor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

Dr. Mayomi is regarded as a thought leader on the law relating to the securitisation of commercial obligations, and wrote his doctoral thesis in this field. He authored many of the leading articles/book chapters on this subject, and frequently advises corporate and financial entities on the nature and enforcement of the payment obligations that arise from indemnity bonds, bank guarantees, performance bonds, advance payment guarantees, etc.

He is listed as a leading practitioner in Who is Who Legal (Arbitration/Banking) 2024.

  • University of Lagos, Ph.D. (Commercial Law)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, LL.M (Commercial Law)
  • Nigerian Law School, B.L 
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, LL. B
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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