Olawale obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) in 2006 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2007. Upon his admission to the Bar and to further position himself for legal practice at a global scale, Olawale proceeded to take various comprehensive courses on the Law of the Sea; Maritime Law; Energy Law; and Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
He joined the Firm in 2011 after working in some notable law firms where he mastered the basics of legal practice. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Department of the Firm and has advised on a broad range of legal issues and has also been actively involved in diverse categories of complex litigation and arbitration matters in various areas of law including banking, oil and gas, telecommunication, employment, intellectual property and commercial contracts. As a commercial litigator/dispute resolution expert, he pursues clients’ cases with uncommon vigour and dynamism, great depth of research and thorough presentation at various levels of court (both trial and appellate) and tribunals. He also represents clients in mediation and negotiation.
In 2016, Olawale was selected by the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA) as one of the 22 African lawyers to participate in its flagship programme in the United Kingdom. In the course of the programme, he participated in the advanced legal training offered by top United Kingdom law firms on Oil & Gas, Power/Gas Offtake Arrangements, Sub-Contracting Arrangements, Mergers & Acquisition, Restructuring, International Commercial & Investment Arbitration, Private Public Partnership, Project Finance, Corporate Finance, Trade Finance, Islamic Finance, Private Equity, Environmental Law. He also attended international public law seminars at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge and St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford.
Olawale worked as a secondee lawyer with the leading law firm of Pinsent Masons LLP, London. Working with the Energy and Infrastructure Group and the Construction Group of the firm provided him with invaluable and world-class insight and understanding of the structuring, issues, risks allocation and agreements in the oil and gas, power and infrastructural projects and transactions, and public-private partnerships. He also had a work placement with 7 King's Bench Walk (Barristers' Chambers), London under an exchange programme jointly organized by ILFA and the Commercial Bar Association, United Kingdom.
With a proficiency certificate in management from the Nigerian Institute of Management, Olawale has also completed a training in Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt). He was a part-time lecturer of Business Law in a higher institution, and he is a volunteer counsel with the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership.