Legal Luminary Profile: Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN

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Mrs. Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN

Mrs. Dorothy Udeme Ufot, B.SC, LL.B, LL.M.BL, FCIArb. (U.K.), Chartered Arbitrator is the founding partner of Dorothy Ufot & Co, a leading law firm in Nigeria.

She obtained a B.Sc. Political Science from the University of Calabar in 1983 and an LL.B, from the University of Lagos in 1988; LL.M, University of Lagos, Nigeria 1996; Advance Diploma Commercial Law and Practice, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 1998. – Advanced Management Programme (AMP) Lagos Business School, 2001. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 and admitted to the Inner-Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2009.

Mrs. Ufot SAN has been in active legal practice since 1990 when she joined the Chambers of Mr. H.A. Lardner SAN, a purely litigation firm in Lagos where she gained considerable experience in litigation in all the superior courts in Nigeria, at the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She left Lardner’s Chambers to establish DOROTHY UFOT & CO where she heads the international arbitration and litigation departments of the firm.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a chartered arbitrator. A member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the ICC Commission on Arbitration, she has extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (ICC, UNCITRAL). She is among the 467 experts in 63 jurisdictions who are listed in the 2009 edition of The International Who’s Who of Commercial arbitration Lawyers, recognized as leaders in the field of international commercial arbitration. She has acted as arbitrator in several complex high volume arbitrations in oil and gas, construction, joint venture, international supply contracts and financial services, having been appointed by major multinational oil corporations, state governments, federal government agencies and large and medium sized public and private companies.

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A member of the editorial board of the Journal of International Arbitration, Mrs. Ufot SAN teaches arbitration at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has presented papers on oil and gas arbitration, professional ethics and dispute resolution at several international conferences.

She is the author of the “Global Arbitration Review’s (GAR) International Arbitration know-how Nigeria Chapter”; the “ILO’s legal Newsletter updates on International Arbitration – Nigeria Chapter”; “The Influence of the New York Convention on the development of International Arbitration in Nigeria”. Journal of International Arbitration Volume 25, Number 6, December 2008. Published in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the New York Convention 1958. She also has several unpublished articles in the area of arbitration and dispute resolutions.

She is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association, the International Bar Association and many other professional bodies.  She was former vice-chairman of the arbitration committee IBA and currently a member of the council of the legal practice division of the IBA.

In the area of corporate social responsibility, Mrs. Ufot SAN has assisted in the decongestion of Nigerian Prisons by defending indigent inmates on pro bono basis at the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has secured the acquittal, discharge and release of three condemned prisoners on pro bono basis at the Court of Appeal.

She is a former Member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and Chairman of the Rules and Adjudication Committee of the NSE. She is former non-executive director of Chevron Oil Nigeria PLC as well as former non-executive director of MRS Oil Nigeria PLC.

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She is happily married and blessed with children.

Mrs. Ufot SAN is an accomplished legal luminary

Culled: Dorothy Ufot & Co

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