Uche Nwokedi SAN is one of the leading commercial lawyers in Nigeria. He is described as a "calm and extremely persuasive advocate", with a high success rate in many contentious and precedent setting commercial matters. His main area of expertise is in oil and gas law and Practice where he has built up tremendous experience in transactional work, litigation and arbitration.
His experience in the oil and gas industry led to the founding of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Cases (NOGC), a law reporting service founded and edited by him. The NOGC carefully identifies, compiles and edits over 150 cases, to date, from 1961, which deal with issues which impact on oil and gas law and practice, from the definition of an oilfield blowout to the rights of a concession licence holder under Nigerian law. His work here presents a fresh perspective and helps to highlight the legal issues that affect the oil and gas industry in Nigeria today.
His national assignments to date include: the Committee of Legal Experts established by the Federal Government to review and redraft the Minerals and Mining Legislation; the oil and gas sector Reform Implementation Committee (Sub-Committee on legal regulatory framework). He is also a member of the Executive Council of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria, The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He has presented papers on various issues relating to the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, and contributes to local and international journals. His arbitration experience is as both counsel and arbitrator under LCIA arbitration and domestic arbitration.
The firm, Uche Nwokedi & Co (UNC) continues to grow from strength to strength. It has remained consistent in its high standard of legal services, and maintained its reputation as a leader in energy and natural resources law, financial services and international commercial arbitration. Other areas of experience include arbitration, mediation, solid minerals law, maritime law and practice, environmental law and practice, intellectual property, general corporate and commercial services, civil and commercial litigation, and consulting for and with major US/European corporations and law firms.
Notable cases include Federal Government of Nigeria v Zebbra Energy Limited [NOGC 3(1) (2001-2002) 155; NOGC 3(2) (2001-2002) 354], which challenged the power of revocation by the Federal Government and settled for the first time, the rights of concession interest holders in Nigeria; NNPC v Lutin Investments Ltd (2006) 2 CLRN pg 1, which dealt with the controversial strategic storage reserve project, and defined the rights of a sole arbitrator; Afribank Nigeria PLC v Chima Akwara (2006) 5 NWLR pt 974 pg 619 on the treatment of debts claimed in foreign currency; and Inducon & Abebe v Statoil Court of Appeal CA/L/284/2011 which settled for the first time the assignment of a net profit interest in oil concessions granted to the licence holder pursuant to the business development effort of the indigenous partner.