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  • Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986
    Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1991
    Member of the Academy of Experts (expertise: Nigerian law) - http://www.academyofexperts.org/
    Member of the Expert Witness Institute (expertise: Nigerian law)
    Member of the Society of Experts (expertise: Nigerian law)

    Education
    LLB (University of Nigeria): 1985
    LLM (University of London): 1992

    Practice
    Chima practised at the Nigerian Bar before being called to the English Bar in 1991.
    He has a versatile practice which includes, immigration law and practice, commercial law, property law, big money divorce cases, employment law and public law.

    He has appeared as an advocate in complex cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords. He was the lead counsel for the Respondent inthe case of Mark –v- Mark [2005] UKHL 42 in the House of Lords.

    He was counsel for 6 of the defendants (including, the late President Frederick Chiluba) in the case of Attorney General of Zambia –v- Meer Care & Desai (a firm) and others both in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2006/390.html

    Chima has acted for both wives and husbands in many complex ‘big money’ divorce case.

    He has also been involved in my cross-border cases between Nigeria and England.
    He is an accredited expert on Nigerian law.
    Chima accepts instructions from solicitors and individuals on a direct access basis.

    Reported cases

    M v M (MAINTENANCE PENDING SUIT: ENFORCEMENT: ON DISMISSAL OF SUIT) (2008) [2008] EWHC 2153 (Fam), (2009) 1 FLR 790
    the enforcement of an English MPS order, following a foreign decree of divorce and an order of financial ancillary relief.


    Keazor -v- Law Society LTL 22/1/2009 (Divisional Court) Principles governing the striking off of a solicitor who has been reckless but has not been dishonest.


    Aribisala v St James' Homes (Grosvenor Dock) Ltd.[2008] EWHC 456 (Ch) Floyd J - principles of exercising the court's discretion under s.49 (2) LPA 1925.


    Aribisala v St James' Homes (Grosvenor Dock) Ltd. [2007] EWHC 1694 (Ch) Alan Steinfield QC (sitting as a deputy High Court Judge) - whether the court's power to grant relief from forfeiture under section 49(2) LPA 1925 could be validly excluded by contract.


    Attorney General of Zambia v Meer Care & Desai (A firm) and Others [2006] EWCA Civ 390 (CA) - Forum non conveniens and Article 6 of ECHR.


    Corporate Carriages Ltd. v Smith and another Chancery Division 7 November 2005 - the fiduciary duties of vendors of shares to the purchaser.


    M-T v T (Fam) Charles J - Nigerian parties, jurisdiction and the application of the DPMA 1973 on habitual residence.


    Mark v Mark[2005] UKHL 42 (on appeal from [2004] EWCA Civ 168 - whether a person can be either habitually resident or domiciled in England and Wales if her presence in the United Kingdom is a criminal offence under the Immigration Act 1971.


    Moses-Taiga v Taiga [2004] EWCA Civ 1399 - Power of appellate court to vary the terms of the grant of permission to appeal and the terms of the order for stay pending appeal.


    R (on the application of Farina HAQQ) –v- HM Coroner for Inner West London and Another[2003] EWHC 3366 (Admin) - entitlement to a dead body where the deceased died intestate.


    Abdullahi v Mudashiru [2003] ALL ER (D) 477 (Oct) - duty of disclosure in ex parte applications for injunction.


    AIC Ltd. v Federal Government of Nigeria and Anor[2003] EWHC 1357 (QB) .

    Steeds v Peverel Management Services Ltd [2001] EWCA Civ 419 CA - overriding the limitation period in personal injury cases.

    Arogundade v Brent London Borough Council (2000) LTL 16/10/2000, CA - CPR, Striking out.

    R v Secretary Of State for Home Department Ex parte Benson Isiocha [2000] Imm AR 404 - Judicial Review (Immigration).

    R v London Borough of Southwark ex parte Ahdurim Tafili[1999] EWCA Civ 2005 - denial of relief under the National Assistance Act 1948 on the ground of the applicant's misconduct.

    Aniagwu v London Borough of Hackney [1999] IRLR 303 - Race discrimination.


    Conrad Samuels v Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis [1999] EWCA Civ 883 (Police powers of arrest).


    R v Secretary of State for Home Department Ex parte Elijah Nkereumen [1999] Imm AR 267 - Judicial Review (Immigration).


    Secretary of State for Home Department v Goussebo (CA) LTL 27/11/98 - reversing a finding of fact made by a lower tribunal.


    R v Lambeth London Borough Council Ex parte Ogunmuyiwa (Times Law Report, 17 April 1997) 29 H.L.R 950 Judicial Review (Housing Benefits).


    R v Greenwich London Borough Council, Ex parte Moult [1998] EWCA Civ 1048 - judicial review of the decision of a Housing Benefit Review Board.


    R v Secretary of State for Home Department Ex parte Adeyibi [1997] Imm AR 57 Judicial Review (Immigration).


    R v Southwark London London Borough Council, Ex parte Anderson, 32 H.L.R 96, HC. - Judicial review (homelessness).


    R v Secretary of State for Home Department Ex parte Fawehinmi (Current Law Week, March 31 1995) Judicial Review (Immigration).

    Most of his reported cases can be found in the search section of BAILLI (British and Irish Legal Information Institute) website- http://www.bailii.org/databases.html

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