AARE AFE BABALOLA, SAN, B.Sc. (Econ.), LL.B (Hons), B.L., OFR, FNIALS, FCIArb, LL.D.
The founder of Afe Babalola & Co. (a.k.a. Emmanuel Chambers), Chief Afe Babalola was called to the Bar in England in 1963. He is a member of the Lincoln’s Inn, London, a registered member of the Bar of England and Wales and a distinguished member of the Nigerian Bar.
Chief Afe Babalola started his Legal Practice in the Chambers of Olu Ayoola and remained there till 1965 when he proceeded to establish the firm of Afe Babalola & Co (Emmanuel Chambers), reputed today, as one of the leading law firms in Nigeria.
He was admitted into the Nigerian Inner Bar as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 1987. Chief Afe Babalola has been in practice for over 40 years and is an active uninterrupted member of the Nigeria Bar Association and International Bar Association (IBA). He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria, fellow of the Leadership Institute of Nigeria, member of the Body of Benchers, the highest legal body in Nigeria. He was the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos from 2001-2007, Nigeria a traditional chief and a holder of the prestigious award of the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR)
An advocate par excellence, Chief Afe Babalola has made outstanding contributions to the development of Nigerian Law and Jurisprudence through advocacy in Court. This is evident from the celebrated cases which he has handled and the notable personalities and corporate bodies who constitute his clientele.
He has to his credit several legal books, namely
1. Injunctions and Enforcement of Order;
2. Law and Practice of Evidence in Nigeria;
3. Enforcement of Judgment and
4. Election Law and Practice, etc.
all of which have contributed immensely to the promotion of legal education and practice in Nigeria. He has also authored over 200 legal and non-legal articles contained in law books and journals some of which works he had delivered as lectures at various events.
Chief Afe Babalola is a Lecturer at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, visiting lecturer at the Post Graduate Schools of the University of Lagos and the University of Ibadan, as well as the Centre of African Law and Development studies. He is also the author of “YOU AND THE LAW”, a column published by the Nigerian Tribune Newspaper on Mondays.
A Patron of several law student societies, legal institution and corporate bodies, Chief Afe Babalola has trained over 300 lawyers and produced 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria (The largest number from any Chambers in the Country), several judges and Attorneys-General.
His experience and number of years in uninterrupted legal practice have equipped him with versatility in many areas of law. He is a consultant to several conglomerates, the Federal Government of Nigeria, companies and the World Bank.
Chief Afe Babalola is an administrator of repute and is actively involved in both domestic and international arbitration. Chief Afe Babalola owns a huge law library and is strongly devoted to the advancement of law and the legal profession in Nigeria.