Chief Bayo Ojo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is the founder and Senior Partner of Bayo Ojo and Company, a firm of legal practitioners in Nigeria established in 1985. He graduated from the University of Lagos in June 1977 where he obtained his LL.B and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1978. He is also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
He started his Law practice before obtaining his LL.M from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London in 1982. He also obtained a Certificate in Legal Drafting from the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London and a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He is a fellow of the same Institute, and a Chartered Arbitrator.
Bayo Ojo is a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice of Nigeria, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, past Chairman of the Nigerian Branch of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and past Chairman of the Legal Aid Board of Nigeria (1999-2004). He is a former member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations in Geneva and currently a member of Council of the Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association and the Trustee representing Africa on the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. He is a member of the panel of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), Hague, Netherlands. He is the President of the Africa Users’ Council of the London Court of International arbitration(LCIA), Alternate Chairman of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Appeal Tribunal in Paris, Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal studies (FNIALS), West African representative of the Foundation For International Commercial Arbitration (SICA/FICA) based in Netherlands, a Patron of the Nigerian society of International Law and a recipient of the Nigerian National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)
Chief Bayo Ojo has extensive experience in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial law, Administrative law, International Law, Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration. In the course of his career, he has advised on several major transactions including the exit of Nigeria from the Paris and London Club debts. He has also acted as counsel, sole arbitrator and presiding arbitrator in quite a number of Domestic and International Arbitrations. As Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, he initiated key reforms in the Justice Sector including prison decongestion. He has delivered several public lectures and written articles on diverse legal topics.