Chief Rotimi Williams' Chambers

Chief Rotimi Williams' Chambers
Palm Grove House
1, Shagamu Avenue

(234 1) 271 5354-61
(234 1) 271 9638
Areas of Practice
Owing to the diverse and growing range of our clientele and the different requirements they have for legal advice and representation, our experience spans a wide and dynamic range of practice areas. Our competency traverses the whole gamut of the law, ranging from Energy, Oil & Gas, Taxation, Shipping & Admiralty and Aviation to Dispute Resolution & Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Immigration, Information & Communications Technology, Real Property and Intellectual Property. The firm also provides business advisory services.

Energy, Oil & Gas

The firm has considerable institutional knowledge of the oil & gas industry, having been actively offering services to the industry for over 50 years, in both the upstream and downstream sectors. It renders advice on areas including but not limited to the following: the operation of concessions, assignment of existing rights, acquisition and exploitation of oil licences. The firm also defends and handles environmental claims.

Maritime and Aviation

The firm handles various issues involved in the maritime and aviation sectors and represents several ship owners, charterers and airlines. It advises on the registration of Ships and aircrafts, financing of vessel acquisition and securitisation; it has also prepared and reviewed several agreements on behalf of clients, including but not limited to wet leases, charter party agreements, ship mortgages, aircraft mortgages, loan and security agreements and air operating licences.


All counsel in the firm are involved in litigation, handling a diverse range of commercial and personal disputes. The firm has handled almost all of the tax matters that have been litigated upon in this jurisdiction, right up to the Supreme Court. It has also represented numerous political parties and various levels of government in constitutional matters.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

The firm has been involved in major arbitration proceedings nationally and internationally, and has represented clients from various sectors of the industry. The services of the firm have also been engaged by a number of clients towards negotiating agreements on their behalf and representing such clients in conciliation proceedings.

Business Regulatory Services

These services include Taxation, Immigration, Information & Communications Technology and Intellectual Property. They vary: from the procurement of government permits to the filing of statutory documents at government regulatory departments.

Intellectual Property

This largely involves the filing of trade marks, patent and design applications at the various registries in Abuja. The firm is also involved in the protection of clients’ intellectual property and as such, also files oppositions to intellectual property applications where they are infringing on clients’ intellectual property.


This largely involves the filing and procurement of work permits, expatriate quota and combined expatriate residents permit and alien cards (CERPAC) on behalf of clients.

Information & Communications Technology

The firm has advised and produced numerous papers in the information and communications technology sector. It has also been involved with facility management and outsourcing contracts in the computer industry.

Business Advisory Services

The firm’s Business Advisory Services encompass a company secretarial arm, Unity Trustees Limited(UTL). UTL provides company secretarial and nominee services to several public and private companies. These include proffering advice on all forms of business issues including but not limited to registration of private and public companies, flotation of public companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, procurement of business permits, participation of foreign nationals in a local company, applications for capital importation, stock exchange listing, public offer of shares, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and various forms of arrangements.

Real Estate

The firm has a strong tradition of expertise in the Real Estate sector and has handled many private and commercial property transactions on behalf of clients.
Firm Description
Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers (CRWC) was founded in Lagos, Nigeria in 1943 by Chief Frederick Rotimi Alade Williams QC, SAN. (1920 – 2005), Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers – a full service law firm – with vast experience and exceptional focus in understanding its client’s needs to ensure their realisation. The firm is able to call upon an unparalleled depth of institutional knowledge acquired over the years. Its formidable experience as well as its commitment to information-gathering and communication technology makes it one of Nigeria’s top tier law firms.

CRWC is the Nigerian member of Terralex, a worldwide legal network of over 160 top law firms in over 100 countries around the globe, and carries on agency assignments on behalf of fellow firms from foreign jurisdictions.


Our firm has acted for and continues to act for a diverse range of international clientele, including multinational oil corporations, manufacturing companies, telecommunications companies, pharmaceutical companies, information and communication technology companies, financial corporations and foreign governments. Counsel in chambers also provide pro bono services.

Our founder believed that a legal practitioner ought to have the wherewithal to tackle any kind of legal matter on behalf of a client no matter the area of the law involved. This thinking continues to lie at the heart of our approach to law practice and inform our modus operandi.

Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers (CRWC) is client-focused rather than subject-matter-focused consequently, all counsel in the chambers are not required to restrict their expertise to areas. What is required of counsel is to ensure a comprehensive knowledge base on each and every client. This is fostered by our in-house programme in which each counsel in chambers is a Relationship Manager with responsibility for specific regulatory agency. In this way we get the best of both worlds: our counsel develop in-depth knowledge of their client’s business in a way that could never happen in a chambers driven by subject-matter-focus; and, additionally, counsel by virtue of their regulatory agency responsibilities, are often called upon to assist in service-delivery to different clients at various times.

Our clients are very much first in the ordering of our affairs.