Dec 2, 2016

Personality Profile - Dapo Olanipekun SAN

Dapo Olanipekun SAN was elevated to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in July, 2015, being the youngest person ever to be conferred with the rank since inception. Dapo studied his LLB at the University of Lagos and proceeded to Queen Mary University where he bagged his LLM and PhD respectively.

Currently, Dapo is a partner in the firm of Wole Olanipekun & Co., a firm founded by his father, Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN. Dapo is also the editor- in- chief of the Banking and Financial Law Reports (BFLR) and the chairman of the Advisory Board of the Constitutional Rights Awareness and Liberty Initiative (CRALI).

Dapo’s core areas of practice and academic research include banking and finance, shareholder disputes, consumer protection, domestic and international trade, financial crime, constitutional law, general civil litigation and dispute resolution. He also heads the Au Courant Research Group.

In the course of his practice, he has been invited twice by the Court of Appeal, as amicus curiae, to give expert opinion on complex issues of commercial law in Edo State Board of Internal Revenue v Independent Television/Radio (2014) LPELR 23215; and Nigerian Breweries PLC v. Dumuje (2015) LPELR25583.

Between 2012 and 2014, he served as a member of the National Editorial Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), as well as the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Panel of the NBA. He was reappointed as the Alternate Chairman of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Panel B of the NBA in 2015. He was a lecturer at the Department of Commercial and Industrial Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Dr. Olanipekun serves on the editorial boards of several leading law periodicals and has a number of publications to his credit. He has delivered papers on diverse topics at many conferences and seminars.

He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria and he chairs the Banking and Finance Committee of the Institute.

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