• Name: Folabi Kuti
  • Role: Partner
  • Position: Partner
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Folabi Kuti graduated with an LL.B (Upper Division) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Upon being called to the Bar, he subsequently obtained an LL.M (Masters of Law) from the University of Lagos. Folabi is a leading expert in the field of employment and labour relations. Since joining the Firm, Folabi has demonstrated competence in Corporate Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property Law, Insolvency and Secured Credit Transactions. He has acquired extensive knowledge and proficiency in labour matters, advising numerous clients with an objective to create a seamless relationship between employer and employee.

With his vast litigation experience and appearances before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria and other courts in the federation, Folabi aims to assist employers avoid the liability to be occasioned by claims before the court. He brings to his work penetrating insights accrued over several years of experience in core litigation and he currently oversees the Litigation Department of the Firm.

Folabi has a keen interest in the development of Nigerian law as well as those in other jurisdictions. His resourcefulness has contributed immensely to deepening the corporate and commercial advocacy practice of the firm. A prolific writer, Folabi has published articles and commentaries on a wide range of subjects such as commercial litigation, civil procedure and literary criticism.

Folabi is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He is a Notary Public and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to practise in the Nigerian Capital Market.

Folabi is a contributing editor to the widely-acclaimed, UK-based publication, Employment Law Review, as a co-contributor (with Olawale Adebambo and Ifedayo Iroche, both of Perchstone & Graeys) on the chapter on Nigeria; contributing editor to Squire Patton Boggs’ online publication on labour and employment, and a few other employment related journals. Amongst other Employment & Labour Law professionals drawn from 7 countries across the continents, he was part of the facilitators at the ENI International Human Resource Legal team organised session at San Donato, Milan, Italy on non-discrimination legislations in countries where Agip-ENI carries out operations, with particular emphasis on the application in Nigeria of Article 111 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention.                                    

  • Advised a foreign pharmaceutical company on available debt recovery options against a Nigerian entity.
  • Acting for major banks in insolvency related matters.
  • Representing an international oil contractor (IOC) in litigations bordering on alleged acts of negligence (oil spillages) from its oil pipelines in various communities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
  • Represented a leading foreign company in intellectual property litigation at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
  • Represented a major multinational telecommunications company in varied court matters.
  • Represented an oil & gas company and successfully raised an objection to a court matter (involving the company), on ground of breach of the provision for recourse to arbitration as agreed by parties for dispute resolution, as first course.
  • Defended the interest of a multinational company in an action for breach of contract.
  • At various times in recent past, advised overseas law firm on an action for exemplary damages against an air travel regulatory body; on proceedings for the arrest of a ship suspected to have been involved in the theft of a large shipment of gasoil; import of an appellate court judgment given against a leading Asian oil Corporation with respect to bids for oil blocks (Oil Prospecting Licences OPL) etc