Legal Luminary Profile: Dele Adesina SAN, FCI Arb

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Mr. Julius Oladele Adesina LLM, SAN, FCI Arb. commonly known and called Dele Adesina is the Principal Partner of Dele Adesina LP. He graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1981 and the Nigerian Law School in 1982.  He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in July, 1982.  In 1998, he proceeded to the University of Lagos, Akoka for his Master’s degree in Law specializing in Comparative Company Law, (Commercial and Business) Comparative Constitutional Law and Comparative Criminal Law and Procedure.  He was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) – the highest recognition of excellency in the Legal Profession by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee on the 30th of October, 2007 at the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Mr. Adesina SAN has practiced law for 37 years and has run the law firm of Dele Adesina LP for 27 years effective from September, 1992. The Chambers has consistently grown over the years. Mr. Adesina is definitely one of those who appreciates the meaning of little beginnings and as such always seek ways of improving, enlarging and widening the scope of the Chambers operation. According to him, even though the beginning may be small the end shall be very great. Consequently, one of his fundamental personal philosophies is never to despise the days of little beginnings. His modus operandi is driven by responsibility and integrity, hence the Mission Statement of Dele Adesina LP “to harness our potentials to promote Justice and Rule of Law through a demonstrated degree of professionalism and proven integrity”.

Dele Adesina SAN a Bar man per excellence is very active both at the Bar and also in private legal practice. He was the Publicity Secretary, the Secretary, and Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja Branch at various periods. In 2002, he was elected the General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association. The leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association at the time during which he occupied the power house of the Association in the capacity of the Associations General Secretary is reputed for creative promotion of the welfare of Lawyers, uncompromising defence of Rule of Law, protection of the independence of the judiciary and the promotion of sustainable democracy.

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Dele Adesina, SAN has occupied different positions of authority and service in and outside of the legal profession, including but certainly not limited to Member, Governing Council Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, between 2002 and 2004. Member, General Council of the Bar 2005. Member, the National Political Reform Conference set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2005 where he also served as a member of the Judiciary and Legal Reform Committee of the Conference and a member of the Drafting Committee of the conference. Former Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Rule of Law Action Group 2012 to 2014, Life Member, National Executive Committee Nigerian Bar Association, Member, Ekiti State Judicial Service Commission, 2010 to 2014, Life Member, of the Distinguished Body of Benchers the highest regulatory Body of the Legal Profession, Former Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of Ekiti State University, 2017 to 2018 and Member Governing Council Lagos Multi-Door Court (LMDC) of the High Court of Justice, Lagos State. He is also a member of the International Bar Association and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria.

Dele Adesina, LLM, SAN, a prolific writer and a commentator on Legal and Constitutional issues of National importance has edited two books. First, Burning Issues in the 1999 Constitution and the second, The Force of Justice an 880 page practice book published in honour of Hon. Justice George Adesola Oguntade JSC., CON. Dele Adesina, SAN has written over forty-five (45) Legal articles for Newspaper publications and presentations at NBA programs and several other fora. These include but not limited to: Preventing the Breakdown of Democracy in Nigeria – An overview of 1999 Constitution – A paper presented at the Collin Powell’s Centre for Policy Studies, City College of New York U.S.A. in 2000; Law as a Dynamic Instrument of Social Engineering – Presented to the Law Society, University of Lagos; Delay in the Administration of Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolution – A paper presented to the Committee on Judiciary and Legal Reforms of the National Political Reform Conference of 2005.

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New Hopes and Responsibilities for Speedy Dispensation of Justice in Nigeria – Journey through the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2004 – A publication in the official magazine of F.I.D.A.; Fraud Litigation in the 21st Century. Issues in Procedure and Rules of Evidence.  (The View from the Bar)  – A paper presented at a Workshop on Fraud Audit, Investigation and Prosecution Organized by the Legal Research and Corporate Development Project and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2007; Attracting and Negotiating Foreign Direct Investment with Transnational Corporations in Nigeria – A book review presented at the Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State; The Challenges of Executive Immunity Clause in The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 – Presented at the Institute for Security Studies, Abuja in 2011.

Others are University of Lagos at Fifty (50), What is in a Name; Making a Difference: Maintaining Christian Identity in Secular Leadership – Presented at a Special Leadership Seminar organized by Harvest Feeds International in 2007; Re-Establishing Nigeria’s Constitutional Architecture for National cohesion through the Rule of Law, presented at the Annual Law Week Program of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Benin City, 2012. Non-Violent Approach to Conflict Resolution in Nigeria – Delivered at Sir Akingbule Annual Public Lecture and Awards Ceremony in Ondo, Ondo State in 2014; Re-Establishing Nigeria’s Constitutional Architecture for National cohesion through the Rule of Law – A paper presented at the 2012 Annual Law Week Program of the Nigerian Bar Association, Benin Branch, Benin City;  Challenges of Proving Title to Land Wither The Land Use Act 1978 – Organized by Section on Legal Practice (Civil Litigation Committee) in Benin Edo State, 25th April 2013; Developing a Realistic Standard for Legal Practitioners/Solicitors Fees for Millennial Lawyers – Presented at NBA Ilorin Branch on 4th March, 2013;  Constitutionality and respect for the Rule of Law: The Foundation of every true Democracy – Presented to the Law Students Association of Nigeria, South East Chapter, at the University of Nigeria, Nnsuka 24th November, 2017 and The Role of Law in Economic Development and National Security – Keynote address presented to NBA Benin Branch Law Week on the 11th of June, 2018.

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Mr. Dele Adesina SAN is a highly respected member of the Legal Profession. In 2018 a practice Book titled NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN LAW AND PRACTICE IN NIGERIA – An Essay was published in his Honour.  The Book featured Legal Essays written by erudite scholars comprising of twenty (20) Senior Advocates of Nigeria and six (6) Professors of Law.  NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN LAW AND PRACTICE IN NIGERIA a practice book was edited by Professor Bambo Adewopo, Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

A devoted Christian and member of the Living Faith Church International a.k.a Winners Chapel. Dele Adesina, SAN was a member of the Governing Council Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, former member, Appointment and Promotion Committee Board of Regent, Covenant University, former Secretary to the Living Faith Church Deacons Assembly and a member of the Christian Lawyers Association of Nigeria.

Mr. Dele Adesina, LLM, SAN, FCI Arb is married to Mrs. Bola Adesina and they are blessed with children, two of whom are also members of the Legal Profession.

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