BRIEF PROFILE OF PRINCE RAPHAEL AJIBOLA OLUYEDE

 

Described by a National Newspaper as the quintessential Lawyer, Prince Ajibola Oluyede has effectively traversed the entire gamut of legal Practice in Nigeria as a litigator. Admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1981, he began legal practice in Benin City and quickly came to public attention in the lawsuit filed to contest the quota system of admission of students into public funded Federal Universities in 1982. During the years of military dictatorship in Nigeria, he argued landmark cases in Habeas Corpus and Fundamental Human Rights Enforcement.

 

Gravitating eventually to commercial litigation, with a practice based in London, Lagos and Abuja, he has firmly established his reputation as a tough litigator and commercial lawyer with special interest in cross border financial transactions and compliance with money laundering as well as other regulations.

 

Prince Oluyede, previously Managing Partner at TRLP SOLICITORS LONDON, is a founding Principal Partner of TRLPLAW  (a full service international Commercial law practice) and is constantly consulted and has acted in respect of high profile matters in the United Kingdom involving many well-known Nigerian figures.

 

He is also much sought after for high stakes cases within Nigeria.

 

Highly respected in banking, finance and investment circles, he represented the interests of the Nigerian Creditors of the London Trust Bank in its administration by Price Waterhouse Coopers London and led the Creditors Committee in the eventual CVA of that entity. His advise and influence was pivotal in the record recovery of Nigerian funds tied up in the institution when the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority withdrew its license.

Although recognized by ‘Who’s who legal’ as one of Nigeria’s top litigators, Prince Ajibola Oluyede has refused to apply for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria for many years, despite pressure, due to his principled position that the ranking is unconstitutional in a Republican Nigeria  and is an obstruction of access to justice for all.

 

Prince Oluyede has significant investments in Energy, Natural resources and Agriculture. He sits on the Board of several important Nigerian enterprises including Nicert Limited, Nigeria’s pioneer Conformity Assessment and Certification body which in Partnership with Ecocert France provides needed Agriculture production guidelines and certification for export to Global lucrative markets.

 

Nicert’s intervention in the past two years has seen resurgence in the production of certified value added and high value Agricultural products including certified organic products.

Prince Oluyede is the Chairman of the Nicert Group, a founding member of NPNEN.