Ovoke Florence
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Legal Officer
Job Type: Full-Time

Education

From 0 to 2011
University of Benin
From 0 to 2005
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
No added languages

Experience

Manager, Legal (West Africa)
Triton Group (Seafood Products Limited)
April 2013 - Present Day (4 years 4 months)

o Responsible for devising, preparing, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of agreements and contracts;

o Advice on pre-litigation phases and liaise with external counsel as appropriate in any litigation/arbitration case and settlement process; assist in the timely identification and preparation of documentation and witnesses required for the prosecution and defence of matters involving the company and in appropriate cases, testify on behalf of the company.

o Ensure that terms and conditions set out in contractual documentation are legally valid, consistent with the company’s policies and are in the organization’s best interest and generally analyze / assess identified legal risks and provide legal advice to any and all departments in the organization on wide ranging matters from fiscal issues to labour related matters;

o Responsible for the analysis and interpretation of relevant legislation and/or draft bills, and interpreting and advising the organization on contract provisions;

o Ensure the protection and defense of the organization's interest (and those of the Group and its affiliates) and promote their respective interests;

o Engage in legal research and proffering legal opinion as the need arises, and assist in the preparation of various reports and updates on litigation status;

o Responsible for providing administrative and project management support on strategic legal transactions and corporate projects;

o Manage and ensure prompt process of insurance claims on behalf of the organization.

o Ensure that the organization’s case and legal position in litigation is adequately represented and associated risks to the organization are mitigated.

o Assist in resolution of any dispute by or against the organization and manage its legal exposure at all regions;

o Monitor changes to legal and regulatory guidelines applicable to the organization and proactively develop solutions;

o Provide legal advice on Compliance matters and ensure that compliance principles are adhered to in Management decision-making, so that the organization acts in accordance with best-in-class compliance standards;

o Provide project administration support and handle time and fee schedules as well as project work plan monitoring, documentation and filing;

o Provide periodic reports to local and regional leadership regarding the status of compliance in the region.

Associate Counsel
Efere Ozako & Associates
April 2011 - March 2013 (2 years )

o Carry out research on issues of law and give legal opinion/advice;

o Prepare Court processes and prosecute/defend lawsuits especially in the areas of intellectual property, maritime/admiralty and business/commercial transactions;

o Advise clients on rights and responsibilities as well as liabilities;

o Apply for and monitor applications at both the Lands Registries and Corporate Affairs Commission;

o Conducting Due Diligence investigations, advising on acquisition and disposal of assets, conduct title searches and effect perfection of title;

o Drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements;

o Company secretarial duties such as attending Meetings, taking minutes and circulating the same, filing annual returns, company resolutions, etc;

o Incorporate companies and register business names.

Legal Officer
Aequitas A. V. Solicitors
February 2009 - February 2011 (2 years 1 month)

Draft and execute legal documents; Negotiate out of court settlements; Prepare release and discharge (Indemnity) forms, Conduct title searches; Vet legal documents and Agreements; Handle all incoming and outgoing correspondences, prioritize in terms of urgency and redirect as necessary; Coordinate meetings including preparation of agenda, taking minutes, circulating minutes prepared and follow up on action points agreed at the meetings.

Legal Officer
Tayo Laleye & Co.
March 2007 - February 2008 (1 year 1 month)

Attend court, prepare client’s status updates, negotiate settlements in cases of missing baggage, baggage pilferage and refund of unused air tickets, conduct client’s briefing/take their instructions.