Babajide Ogundipe obtained his LLB from the University of London in 1978 and was called to the Nigeria Bar in 1979. After nine years at Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers, he co-founded Sofunde, Osakwe, Ogundipe & Belgore in 1989. A fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 1994, he held various positions in the Nigerian branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators between 1997 and 2009, serving as chairman from 2006 to 2009. He is currently on the board of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, having served as its president from 2010 to 2014.
Asset recovery is a major part of his work as a litigator, and he has represented numerous clients seeking to recover assets lost due to fraud and other misfeasance. With this experience, he is recognised as one of Nigeria’s leading lawyers in the field.
As arbitrator, he has been appointed in cases involving oil and gas-related engineering and exploration issues, the provision of marine and aviation services, insurance, road and building construction, airline agency commissions, sports sponsorships, defence contracts and electricity generation, conducted under the UNCITRAL based rules of Nigeria’s Arbitration and Conciliation Act, ICC Arbitration Rules, UNCITRAL rules in LCIA administered arbitrations and the rules of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.
A frequent speaker at conferences on arbitration, anti-corruption and asset recovery issues and the regulation of the legal profession, he is ICC FraudNet’s Nigeria representative. He is an active member of the International Bar Association and served for several years as an officer of the anti-corruption and regulation of lawyers’ compliance committees.