CHINWE OKIGBO is a graduate of law at the University of Burkingham, Buckinghamshire in England where she obtained a law degree in 1988 after her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Anambra State. Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989, Chinwe served under the direct tutelage of Late Bankole Aluko in the law chambers of FRA Williams.

Prior to her affiliation with Hermon, Chinwe served in several senior level positions in the corporate sector as a legal officer. She was a partner at Meribe, Lebechi and Okigbo from 1992 – 2000 and Barnville Solicitors from 2001 – 2010. In 2014, she was appointed as a member of the adhoc committee of the Lagos State Law Reform Commission charged with the development of the Laws of Lagos State.

Chinwe possesses a wealth of experience in M&A transactions and Public offers.

She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

chinwe@hermonlaw.com

IKECHUKWU IFEDIORA graduated from the University of Nigeria 1990 and was admitted to practice law in Nigeria in December 1991. His early professional practice experience was garnered as Head of chambers at Fidelis Nwadialo (SAN) & Co (former Director of Public Prosecution of the Federation).

Subsequent to this, he did a stint as Company Secretary and Legal Adviser to Oilserve Limited, a Port Harcourt based oil Service Company.

Ikechukwu’s extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution matters is an asset to the firm’s litigation portfolio. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria.

ik@hermonlaw.com

DR. LAWRENCE EMEKA MODEME obtained  obtained his LLB at the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1990 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. After his one year national youth service, he practiced law in Lagos for 10 years, focusing on corporate, commercial and real property law, and civil litigation. In 2001, Dr Modeme left Nigeria for further studies in the United Kingdom. In 20013, he obtained an LLM in international law from Nottingham Trent University. In 2009, he obtained a PhD in international law from the University of Manchester.

Dr Modeme has lectured extensively in law in different universities within and outside the United Kingdom, including the University of Manchester, the University of Salford and the University of Hong Kong. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University United Kingdom and a legal consultant to different Nigerian and international organisations. His areas of interest are corporate and business law, international trade law, public international law, and law of obligations.

Dr Modeme is an accomplished legal writer and contributor, and an author of legal and general interest books. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the European Society of International Law, and the African Society of International Law.

Emeka@hermonlaw.com

OLUWAFUNMILAYO IYANDA commenced her legal career as a trial lawyer in the year 2002 by handling a number of civil litigation cases on behalf of private clientele. In the course of her engagement as a Litigation lawyer for the first two and half years of her legal practice experience, Oluwafunmilayo learnt how to function under pressure with minimal supervision to achieve appreciable progress with the cases assigned to her to the satisfaction of her clients and firm of employment.

Through her out-of-chamber’s career growth, Oluwafunmilayo successfully produced a legal newspaper – Nigerian Law Times (NLT)  – with wide acclaim circulation all over the federation of Nigeria. Whilst on this beat as its Pioneer Editor, she had course to interact and interrelate with the finest legal minds at the Bench and Bar.  To her credit were opinions, feature writings and news and event coverage all presented to scintillate interest in the legal and justice sector.

As a Corporate lawyer, she possesses the capacity to advise on diverse areas of legal practice which professional skill is complimented by the ability to effectively project manage, network and sustain clientele, leadership and pro-active competencies backed by commendable communication skills and team spirit.

At Hermon, Oluwafunmilayo works extensively with an array of clientele that cut across both the private and public sector.  Chief among them are government institutions in the Oil and Gas Industry, regulatory and compliance agencies, private businesses in the media, branding and advertising industry, lottery and gaming, co-operatives, to mention a few.  She proffers fundamental legal advisory services to determine business choice forms backed by adequate statutory legal guidelines for SMEs.

Oluwafunmilayo is a year 2000 law graduate (LL.B. (Hons)) of the prestigious Premier University in Nigeria, University of Ibadan, Ibadan in Oyo State. She qualified to practice as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in the year 2002. With a Master’s Degree in legislative Drafting from the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) (2006), Oluwafunmilayo is a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Certified Capital Market Compliance Officer (2017) and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (2018).

 funmi@hermonlaw.com

Dr. JEROME OKORO is a law graduate with honours from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State. He thereafter proceeded to the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State and University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State where he obtained his Master’s degree and Ph.D (Energy Law) respectively.

His one year compulsory National Youth Service Corp  (NYSC) was as counsel at Taiwo Ajala & Co. from the year 2007 – 2008.

On completion of this national assignment, he joined the law firm of Olawoyin & Olawoyin as an associate between the years 2008 – 2012. From there, he proceeded to the

Legal Department of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) where he was actively involved in civil and criminal litigation on tax matters from 2012 to 2018.

Whilst at FIRS, a handful of landmark judgments on intricate tax matters at trial and appellate courts’ levels were obtained on account of the deployment of his expertise.

In 2018, he left FIRS for the law firm of AELEX as a Senior Associate where he rendered tax and energy law advisory services on behalf of the firm. He left for Hermon at March 2019.

Jerome has several publications in local and international journals to his credit. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK), International Fiscal Association, International Bar Association and Nigerian Bar Association

His areas of specialisation are   General Litigation (civil & criminal), Arbitration, Taxation (litigation & advisory), Oil & Gas (litigation & advisory).

 jerome@hermonlaw.com