Fact File


YEAR OF CALL TO BAR: 1975 (Nigerian) 2004(English)


Present Position: Managing Partner

Law Firm: Aelex (Legal Practitioners and Arbitrators)

Address: 7th Floor Marble House, 1 Kingsway Road, Str. Falomo,  Ikoy, Lagos

TEL: 01-46305 80 01-4617321/23(ext.103) 08023023738

Email: oadekoya@aelex.com

Website: www.aelex.com

In a male-dominated world, a glimpse at Funke Adekoya’s impressive portfolio as an advocate and a homemaker presents more than one rationale to female “wannabes” in professional advocacy.

The intellectually endowed dame graduate from University of Ife in 1974 and was called to bar in 1975. Her prowess in the courtroom battles marks her out of the pack of female lawyers whose blazing performances have clearly distinguished them. Despite the demands of an enviable family life, Mrs. Adekoya has a faithful and fruitful union with her career. She has an LL.M from the Harvard Law School, Boston Massachusetts in 1977. Her specialization in dispute resolution, corporate insolvency, Business turn-around, commercial litigation, competition law and policy spans over 25years. Appointed a Notary public in 1986, she founded her firm on August 1st 1990 after garnering experience from various chambers. Being the fifth woman to be elevated to wear the prestigious Silk and Wig since 2001, she has been actively involved in impacting the legal profession through her service in the Nigeria Bar Association as the Assistant National Secretary between 1979 to 1980, Secretary of the Lagos Branch between 1984 to 1986, National Treasurer between 1990 to 1992, 1st Vice President between 2002 to 2004. She represented the NBA at the consultative Assembly on the Reform of Law in Nigeria in 1989; 2nd Vice Chairman, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria (2002) Chairman, Curriculum Review Committee, Nigeria Law School (2006); Member, Consultative Assembly on the Reform of Company Law in Nkigeria (1989) Advisory Board Member, African Regional Forum, International Bar Association, Member Policy Committee, International Bar Association.

A member of the Body of Benchers since 1999, she was appointed the 1st vice chairman of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, in June 2009. The Principal Partner of AELEX, who has been a Life Bencher since 2007, is also a Life Member, International Federation of Woman Lawyers.

She was nominated and voted as the most outstanding female legal practitioner of the year 2007 by Financial Standard Newspaper and Women Entrepreneurs African Network. Her professional membership includes:- National Judicial Committee of the NBA (2001), Editorial Committee that produced the Companies and Allied Matter Act in 1990, Lagos State Government Review and Draft Committee on new High Court Civil Procedure Rules (2004), Presidential Committee on Prison De-congestion and Reforms (2003); International Bar Association’s Legal Practice Division, Professional and Public Interest Law Division, Practice Management and Technology Committee Section on Legal Practice, NBA (2005). Also, she is a Fellow of the chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK (2002). (This profile was partially culled from The Radiance of Silk,   a publication of Goodways Publications Limited), partially from Compendium of Senior Advocates of Nigeria a publication of GEM Publication Resources as well as other information sources edited and  supplemented).