Oladimeji Lapite

Consulting Lawyer

Professional Biography

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Email: oladimeji@cogens-law.com
Direct Tel (1): + 234 (0) 811 867 8313
Direct Tel (2): + 44 (0) 77 963 07619

Education

  • BA (Hons) (1981) University of Ibadan
  • LL.B. (Hons) (1986) University of Ibadan
  • B.L. (1987) Nigerian Law School, Lagos
  • Pg.Dip in Law (1996) University of Huddersfield

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria: 1987
  • Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales: 1998
  • Accredited as a Solicitor-Advocate of the Supreme Court of England & Wales: 2005

Professional memberships

  • Nigerian Bar Association;
  • Law Society Council Membership Committee;
  • British Nigeria Law Forum;
  • Solicitors in Local Government
  • Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association;
  • Commonwealth Law Revision Society;
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association and Commonwealth Business Forum

Interests

Travel, Music, Theatre, Literature, Sports

 

Oladimeji (Ladi) has broad experience as a Solicitor Advocate in England and as a Solicitor and Barrister in Nigeria. He has advised in numerous complex cases and has conducted general civil litigation in the areas of insolvency and winding-up petitions, debt recovery, employee rights, whistleblowing and organisational change. He advises our international clients on corporate restructuring.

Ladi also has significant public and administrative law expertise defending Judicial Review applications against public authorities, in the enforcement of trading standards, copyright breaches, proceeds of crime and asset recovery, and in corporate and white collar fraud.

His work as a solicitor in England has covered the wide spectrum of preparing cases for County Court proceedings, Lands Tribunal, Leasehold Valuation Tribunals, and Planning, Rights of Way and Village Green Inquiries

In the area of Matrimonial Proceedings Ladi is recognised as an expert on cross jurisdictional conflicts of law. Clients enjoy working with Ladi because of his practical approach to problem solving.

Examples of experience:

  • R (Essex Trading Standards) v Singh (2009) (Reported); Administrative Division of the High Court in England in which Ladi established that the burden of proof on a person claiming ignorance of counterfeit goods is to show what positive steps he took to check whether or not the goods were counterfeit. This is now an established authority in Trading standards enforcement cases.
  • Waltham Forest LBC v Mitoo (2016) Appeal in which Ladi successfully reversed a not guilty verdict against a defendant prosecuted for statutory nuisance whose defence was that he breached an abatement notice by playing music at the decibel level of nightclub music to drown out the sound of building works in an adjoining property;
  • High profile litigation on IT partnership agreement dissolution and equipment leases incorporating elements of borrowing to public bodies without the necessary approvals thereby making the agreements ultra vires. Successful mediation on behalf of schools across the U.K. in equipment leasing scam – working independently and with leading silk on public procurement procedures.
  • Obtaining and enforcement of injunctions, licence conditions and probation breach advice and enforcement.
  • Negotiation of compromise agreements in employment cases and advocacy at the Employment Tribunal
  • Several licensing appeals and reviews, public inquiries and decided cases in the county court.