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Senior Partners


Mr. Isaiah Odeleye

  • Energy;
  • Oil and Gas Asset Acquisition & Divestment
  • Oil & Gas Field Agreements;
  • Regulatory Compliance;
  • Company Secretarial Services;
  • Corporate Governance and Policies;
  • Policy and Legislative Advocacy


LL.B (Hos) University of Lagos, 1979;
B.L - Nigerian Law School, Lagos, 1980;
LL.M – University of Ife, (Obafemi Awolowo University), 1983.



Mr. Odeleye started his legal career as a State Counsel with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice in 1981; he worked in the Civil Litigation Department of the Ministry and represented the Government and its agencies in civil cases as defence counsel.  In 1983, he joined the Law Firm of Bisi Braithwaite and Co as a Senior Legal Officer and acquired more experience in litigation, commercial transactions, company secretarial practice and insurance matters in particular.

In 1984, he joined The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) as a Legal Assistant; he became the Legal Adviser to SPDC (Warri) in 1987, Legal Manager/Company Secretary in 1994. In 2001 he became the Company Secretary to Seven (7) SPDC companies in Nigeria and was responsible for managing legal aspects of legislative matters and government relations until he retired in 2004.

In 2005, he joined the Law Firm as a Senior Partner. In 2011 he joined Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (SEPLAT) where he served as the General Manager Legal/Company Secretary and later Legal Adviser until October 2016.  He returned to the Law Firm as a Senior Partner and Head, Energy Team in November, 2016.  He is an Arbitrator and Mediator.

He has over thirty five (35) years of experience as a Solicitor and Advocate and has actively headed and participated in various energy, oil and gas related projects/transactions.  

He has attended various courses within and outside Nigeria and also a frequent presenter at Seminars, Workshops and Legal professional conferences including NBA and IBA.  He is a Co-author of the Book on Corporate Social Responsibility: The Corporate Governance of the 21st Century edited by Ramon Mullerat and published by the IBA and Kluwer Law in 2005 and revised in 2010.

Professional Associations

  • Member, Nigeria Bar Association;
  • Member, National Executive Committee of the NBA – 1998-2004;
  • Member, International Dispute Resolution Institute (M.IDRI);
  • Member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN);
  • Member of the Council of Legal Education- 2003-2004;
  • Member of the Gas Committee of the IBA (SERL) 2000/2004;
  • Member of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the AIPN- 2016.