Legal Luminary Profile – Professor Fidelis Oditah QC, SAN

Professor Fidelis Oditah QC, SAN


 Professor Fidelis Oditah QC, SAN  has practiced law in the last two decades.  He was called to both the English and Nigerian Bars and practices in a broad range of areas. He is the Principal Partner of Fidelis Oditah & Co.

Formation Years

Professor Oditah QC, SAN was Born in Nigeria on 27 March, 1964, the son of a Head Teacher. He attended Federal Government College Warri, where he graduated with a distinction. In 1984, at the age of 20 he graduated from the University of Lagos with a first-class in law and won 12 of the 13 prize awards. The following year he graduated with the highest first-class honours awarded by the Nigerian Law School. He won a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at Magdalene College, Oxford University. At Oxford, Professor Oditah obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law in 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy of Law in 1989, completing his thesis in two years. Professor Oditah was admitted to the famous Lincoln Inn in 1992.  He was awarded a QC, Queen’s Counsel by the English Bar in 2003, and subsequently became a, Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2004. He is also a Professor of Law at Oxford University.

Career Part

.Professor Oditah’s career began in 1985 when he undertook his National Youth Service Scheme at the Nigerian Law School where he worked as a lecturer until August 1986. He taught corporate finance, corporate insolvency, company law, contracts and trusts for many years in Oxford University, England before going into full time commercial practice. He has an extensive legal practice in Nigeria and UK. His practice area includes Company Law, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance, Asset-based financing, Projects, Financial Services, Banking and Commercial Arbitration. He has acted and/or advised on virtually all major corporate insolvencies in the UK . In Nigeria, his practice encompasses energy, projects, corporate and general commercial law. He has advised and acted for the Federal Government of Nigeria in a number of the most significant energy and power matters, and for many large and medium sized companies.

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Academic Contributions

Professor Oditah was a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Merton College, Oxford and Travers Smith Braithwaite Lecturer in Corporate Finance Law at Oxford from 1989 until 1997.

He has authored many books and learned articles in periodical journals, but his best known publication is probably Legal Aspects of Receivables Financing, published in 1991, a leading text in its field, which is an expanded version of his doctoral thesis. He was also the founding editor of Company, Financial and Insolvency Law Review.

Professor Oditah is a man of many attributes, his contribution toward academic empowerment per excellence accounted for Oditah Foundation at Oxford University. He was also given the award of the best achieving student based on his outstanding professional achievements and the precision with which he went about it by the University of Lagos.

Professional Affiliation/Honours

He was the founding editor of Company, Financial and Insolvency Law Review. He is the President of the Nigerian Branch of the International Law Association.

He also served as a consultant to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law from 1995 until 1999 and was the President of the African Users Council of The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a member of court (governing council) of the LCIA, a member of the Board of Trustees of Foundation for International Arbitration Advocacy (FIAA).

He is a member of the Editorial Board of Insolvency Lawyer, a member of the Chancery and Commercial Bar Associations and was a member of the Financial Law Panel Working Group on E-Commerce between 1999 and 2002.

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Professor Oditah is married with four children.

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