Femi is currently resident in Tanzania where he has been a consultant lawyer for ATZ Law Chambers, a member firm of the African Legal Network (ALN) for the past 18 months. Femi quickly established a solid practice in regulatory and commercial law matters, particularly where dispute resolution issues have been at stake. With his 17+ years of public law and human rights expertise, Femi was able to bring a unique angle to his work in Tanzania translating this expertise into the increasingly key legal areas of privacy, data protection, consumer-rights, environmental management and sustainability and local community rights and engagement (including human-resettlement), thereby bridging the gap between the international commercial mind-set and human rights best-practices.
Femi is recognised as an expert international legal trainer, having been selected by the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) to deliver training to the South African Human Rights Commission and for the Uongozi Institute in Tanzania on Oil and Gas Contract Negotiation skills to a group of senior public sector officials from across the continent. Femi has also been a guest lecturer, course designer and tutor at the Law School of Tanzania.
Having successfully set-up the Legal Expertise Access Platform (LEAP) in 2013, a socio-legal, expertise access and knowledge sharing networking hub for Africa, in support of the rule of law, Femi has been tasked to play a leading role in the ALN Academy, which provides high level legal training throughout Africa to cater for key private, public and civil society sectors. The ALN Academy’s core objectives are to institute support for the rule of law, to build capacity across Africa, to be at the centre of Africa’s thought leadership and to drive the provision of legal service excellence.
Practice areas have included immigration, nationality and refugee law, international human rights law, administrative law, prison law, mental health, commercial law, international arbitral law, and advisory work regarding regulatory and legal reform in developing countries.
Work in Tanzania has included:
- Cross-border commercial transactional work; various arbitral matters acting for the Government of Tanzania (GOT) in disputes regarding public private partnerships, and also work for private clients involved in public procurement issues and disputes with the GOT.
- Facilitation/lecturing on behalf of UNICEF and African Child Policy Forum – December 2008, in a series of seminars to GOT ministries and other stakeholders in Tanzania, on the harmonization of domestic children’s legislation with international and regional Human Rights instruments.
- Continued development of capacity building legal skills programmes for public private, and CSO sectors.
Femi’s practice has been built on the premise of securing the highest levels of justice for his clients and he remains committed to this ethic and to the areas of law that he has been involved in over the best part of two decades. Given recent work in Tanzania and other parts of Africa, Femi better appreciates the potential for increasing positive outcomes for the various stakeholders within developing countries. These outcomes cut across political socio-economic levels, particularly when the levels of high quality legal service provision is increased, taken up and properly executed. Having provided advisory and technical legal assistance to the GOT, private companies, NGOs and multi-lateral organisations in the SADC region, on issues spanning good governance, regulatory and legal reform, and commercial efficacy, Femi will actively pursue expansion of practice and legal training areas to cater for these sectors.
Femi began his legal practice in the UK mainly as an appellate and administrative law specialist in human rights areas.
Femi has represented hundreds of clients in numerous legal matters; appeared before all levels of the UK national court system, including un-led appearances before the lower courts/tribunals through to the Court of Appeal and appearances before the House of Lords led by Queen’s Counsel.
Femi has acted in a number of high-profile and legally complex litigation matters, some of which have been reported,and has worked with some of the leading firms of solicitors and Queen’s Counsel on such matters.