Legal Luminary Profile: Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN

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Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN

Chief Mobolaji Olukayode Ayorinde SAN, FCIArb., OFR is the founder and Senior Partner of B.A Law LLP (formerly B. Ayorinde & CO) a thriving Nigerian law firm with offices in Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja in the Federal Capital Territory and Port-Harcourt.

Born into the Ayorinde family of Ajimajasan Compound, Agbokojo Ibadan to Honourable Justice Timothy Adebayo Ayorinde, Former Chief Judge of Oyo State and Chief Mrs Christiana Adetokunbo Ayorinde, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN as he is popularly called started his formal education at the Sacred Heart Private School, Ring-Road, Ibadan where he did his Primary School Education before proceeding to Government College, Ibadan in 1974 for his secondary school. He also attended the International School, University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 1979 and obtained his GCE Advanced Level Certificate, International Baccalaureate, A Levels Certificate in 1981.  In September 1981, he proceeded to the University College Buckland, Oxfordshire England, United Kingdom for his university education and obtained the University of Oxford, GCE Certificate [Law] Intermediate LLB) in 1983.

Thereafter, he attended the prestigious Holborn Law Tutors, Roupell Street, London for his University of London, Bachelor of Laws LLB Hons Degree Certificate and graduated in 1985. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, for his BL and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986.  He was appointed Notary Public for Nigeria in 1994 and in 2005 he was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN began his legal career with the Law Firm of Messrs. Akin-Delano, Legal Practitioners where he was posted for his National Youth Service Programme in 1986. During this period he worked directly under the Principal, Chief Akin – Delano S. A. N. and three years after, in 1989, he was seconded to take charge of the Lagos Office of the Firm. He worked in the firm of Akin-Delano until 1990 when he set up the Law Firm of B. Ayorinde & CO. His areas of legal practice include:  General Civil Litigation, Commercial litigation, Company Law, Family Law, Property and Land Law, Banking, Insurance & Liquidation law, Arbitration, Maritime and Shipping Law, Public Advocacy and Parliamentary Counseling Services.

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The Learned Silk has authored books and written several published and unpublished articles in topical legal and societal issues amongst which are: Securing and Enforcing Maritime Claims, Juriscope 1st Edition-2001 Series; Wills and Testamentary Disposition; Judicial precedent, Law Reporting and the need for Regulation; Justice Delivery and Judicial Bias among others.

He is a Member of the Nigerian Bar Association (N.B.A), International Bar Association [IBA], Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce, Nigerian-Belgian Commercial Information and Documentation Centre and Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He has been a Council Member, Section on Public and Development Law, (SPIDEL) of the N.B.A., Chairman Finance Committee, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch and he is an active member of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria. He was also a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee, Diocese of Lagos West at the inception of the Diocese. He is also a member of various church societies as well as several socio-cultural organizations, clubs and societies.

He was appointed Pro-Chancellor, Chairman Governing Council Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State (2007-2011), Member Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy (2011), Appointed Chairman Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (2012), Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, Chairman, Aviation & Transport Committee, Nigerian Institute of Chartered Arbitrators. He was also the Chairman of the Oyo State Committee on the Decongestion of Prisons.

He is the holder of the Ghana 2006/2007 outstanding African Nations Builders Gold Award, Society of Security Practitioners of Nigeria Award 2005/2007, Augustine Nnamani Chambers, Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan Distinguished Personality Award 2008, LAUTECH Alumni Award for Excellence in leadership and Administration 2007, Federation of Oyo State Students Union Platinum Award of Excellent Leadership Award 2008 and the 2010 Award for Professional Excellence by the Central Council for Ibadan Indigenes (CCII).

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In November 2011, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde SAN was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy (PACPM). In June 2012, he was appointed Chairman of the Governing Board of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria by the President. He was Conferred with the National Honour of “Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic” of Nigeria, OFR in 2014.

Chief Ayorinde SAN is an accomplished legal luminary

Culled: B.A Law LLP; Legalnija Blawg

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