Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice

We recognize that relationships are important and that disputes are part of relationships. It is on this premise that we strive to balance our clients’ needs for redress, with the need to maintain relationships. Our Dispute Resolution practice, therefore, seeks beneficial resolution mechanisms for our clients.

Where alternative Resolution Mechanisms fail, we defer to litigation. Understanding that litigation can be unpleasant, we only defer to it as a last resort. We also recognize that it can in some instances be unavoidable, whether as an unwilling innocent defendant or as a Plaintiff forced to protect his rights through litigation. In advising our clients at Canaan Solicitors, we strive to balance the advantage of a vigorously conducted litigation with the benefits of a rapid out-of-court settlement of disputes through other forms of dispute resolution.

Our firm handles all aspects of civil dispute resolution/litigation, not limited to commercial litigation, personal injury claims, defamation actions, and professional negligence matters.

Our experience and expertise in this area range from conduct of quick but substantial negotiated settlements, to major multi-party litigation cases, involving actions in several jurisdictions, including (where appropriate), seeking applications for injunctions, ancillary reliefs, etc., at short notice.

We act for ship owners, shippers, marine insurers including P & I and FD & D clubs. We provide advice on all aspects of shipping law, inclusive of vessel sale and purchase, disputes arising out of charter parties, bills of lading, collisions, insurance, and all other marine relative matters.

Canaan Solicitors also specializes in aspects of criminal law, particularly serious frauds and white-collar crimes.

Our dispute resolution team comprises astute litigators, arbitrators, and mediators whose sole objective is to find quick and cost-effective resolutions to disputes arising from personal or corporate transactions.


We have handled several high-end, municipal, and multi-jurisdictional matters at every level within the Nigerian legal system. We were counsel in several landmark matters, not limited to the following;

  • Faith Nosa v. Alitalia Airlines
  • Olaleye v. Fittco Securities/Security & Exchange Commission
  • Prime Sugarland v. Ojomu Chieftaincy Family
  • CAJ v. Governor of Lagos State.