Folabi Kuti


Folabi Kuti, SAN


Folabi is a core litigator who was elevated to the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2021. Since joining the Firm, Folabi has demonstrated competence in Corporate Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Debt Recovery, Intellectual Property Law, Insolvency and Secured Credit Transactions and Labour Law, a member of the insolvency practitioners of Nigeria.
With his vast litigation experience and appearances before the various courts in the federation Folabi has the requisite competence to effectively handle and advise the Corporation on its debt recovery matters. He brings to his work penetrating insights accrued over several years of experience in 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 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.

As part of the transactions involved in, Folabi has advised on:
Negotiated and facilitated collective bargaining agreement for workers of Dangote Flour Mills absolved into Crown Flour Mills through the acquisition by Olam Nigeria Limited.
Facilitated sessions for member companies/groups of Chartered Institute of Personnel Management for pay cut, and other measures for staff-ratio in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He recently facilitated an out-of-court settlement on behalf of a major flour company in Nigeria in respect of a trade dispute which had earlier resulted in an industrial strike action.
He restructures the employment portfolio and evolving atypical work relationships of both local and multinational companies.
Led a due diligence exercise and litigation audit for a major commercial bank.
Lead Counsel to a multinational Oil & Gas company defending multiple claims against it before the National Industrial Court of Nigeria by estranged employees.
He leads the team currently representing over 50 (fifty) former employees in a class action against a Financial Services Company for the recovery of their respective terminal benefits.
He leads the team currently representing 20 (twenty) former employees of a Federal University in a class action for unlawful termination.
Conducted in-depth legal analysis of the global employment documentation (staff handbook, contract of employment, codes of conduct, employment policies) of a renown international avionics company.
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.
Acted for major banks in debt -recovery and insolvency related matters
He advises multi-billion-dollar international companies on contentious employment/labour matters
Advised a foreign pharmaceutical company on available debt recovery options against a Nigerian entity
Represented a leading foreign company in intellectual property litigation at the Federal High Court, Abuja
Representing oil and gas companies and high-net worth individuals in diverse litigations pending before various-tier of superior courts of record
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.