11 years on, Wiseview continues to expand Nigeria’s legal practice frontiers
With the years of its stakeholders in the legal profession put at above 100 years cumulatively, Wiseview legal consultancy has become a phenomenon in Nigeria’s jurisprudence.
Planted as a mustard seed, on the Oceanside of Lekki Phase 1 Area of Lagos, by Justice George Oguntade, JSC (Rtd) upon his retirement from the Supreme Court of Nigeria, as a consultancy firm on April 19, 2010, Wiseview Legal Consultancy, has in all its essence, continued to loom larger than life within a decade of its existence.
The erudite Justice, who had made indelible milestones with landmark judgments on the bench up to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, began the consultancy firm without a Partner
He was supported with only two lawyers, a secretary and a few administrative staff.
However, overtime, more lawyers have joined the firm and today, the firm has 20 lawyers who are actively engaged and ensured that clients have more benefits for their legal fee.
Retired Justice Oguntade has sat on numerous Arbitral panels, including arbitration panel in resolving the dispute between British Airways and the Nigerian authorities and a sole arbitrator in several arbitral proceedings, he has also been invited to sit on different Standing Tribunals as Chairman, including Tribunals relating to the Institutes of Stockbrokers, Insurance and Banking respectively.
However, during the Justice Oguntade’s appointment as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2020, the organisation managed to weather the storm, although his presence was greatly felt. They managed to fill the vacuum, especially as there are many eminent senior Consultants with many years of professional practice and experience.
According to the Head of Practice, Mrs. Abosede Oguntade-Oworu, who leads the consultancy as a senior consultant, “We have been able to resolve a lot of disputes, particularly as they relate to land and property cases in all states of the South-West; amongst families, state governments and corporate organisations.”
She stressed that the firm has lined up activities that would ordinarily last a century for some other organizations into its 10 years existence.
This, she said, was made possible especially with the experience of its founding principal Consultant, having been a quintessential jurist and an authority in law who continues to provide expert opinions to top tier law firms within and outside Nigeria, corporations and state governments in Nigeria, and also in courts in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
On the firm’s range of services, Oguntade-Oworu said: “Yes, we do a lot of Mediation, Arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms. When clients approach us with certain disputes, our first point of call is to invite parties involved to see how best we can mediate.”
Indeed, the founding principal consultant, with his deep and distinguished knowledge as a certified Arbitrator and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration UK, has proved to being immensely advantageous to the consultancy firm.
“We were able to hold forth as we had the support from other Senior Consultants such as George Oguntade, SAN, Mrs. Abosede Oguntade-Oworu, Mrs. Adedoyin Bosuro, Babatola Onibon-oje, Gbenga Ajala amongst others,” the lawyer said.
She stressed it might be difficult to completely list all the achievements of the firm. “But when you limit this to our immediate community, I readily remember some. One of which is our pro-bono involvement in the resolution of several cases involving communities like the Odoragushin community in Epe Area of Lagos, which is near completion but will see to the placement and comfort of over 250 persons hitherto displaced by actions of organs seen to be greater than them.”
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