Chima Nnadozie Umezuruike
Called to the Bar: 1986 Nigeria
1991 England & Wales (InnerTemple)
LLB (Hons) (University of Nigeria, Nsukka) 1985
LLM (Lond) (LondonSchool of Economics)1992
Membership of Professional Bodies
-Practising Member of the Academy of Experts (expertise: Nigerian law) [Membership No. 2503]
-Practising Member of the Expert Witness Institute (expertise: Nigerian law)[Membership No. 1574]
-Member of the Society of Expert Witnesses (expertise: Nigerian law)
Areas of Practice
Chima also practises English law as a barrister at Great James Street Chambers, 37 Great James Street ,London WC1N 3HB.
He is an accredited expert on Nigerian law. In February and September 2010, he gave expert evidence on Nigerian criminal law and constitutional law in a fraud and money laundering trial involving a former Governor of a State in Nigeria (James Ibori) in Southwark Crown Court, London. In February 2012, he gave expert evidence on Nigeria constitutional law on behalf of the Crown at the trial of James Ibori at Southwark Crown Court, London.
He conducts complex cross-border litigation involving England, Nigeria and Zambia. He coordinates litigation in London, Lagos and Lusaka in commercial cases, big money divorce cases, trust and probate cases, including obtaining simultaneous pre-emptive remedies in different jurisdictions and enforcing judgments in English and Nigerian courts.
His notable English cases include:
-Mark –v- Mark  UKHL 42 where he represented the Respondent in the House of Lords. The issue was whether one can acquire an English domicile of choice and assert an English habitual residence if one’s presence in England is unlawful;
-Attorney General of Zambia –v- Meer Care Desai and ors  EWCA Civ 390 (CA) where he represented five of the Defendants, including Dr Chiluba, the former Zambian President, in the Court of Appeal in the flagship case on breach of fiduciary duties and trust;
-Aribisala -v- St James’ Homes (Grosvenor Dock) Ltd  EWHC 456 (Ch) where he represented the Claimant in the Chancery Division of the High Court in this case that clarified the principles governing the exercise of the court’s discretion under section 49 (2) of the Law of Property Act 1925
-Aribisala -v- St James’ Homes (Grosvenor Dock) Ltd  EWHC 1694 (Ch) where he represented the Claimant in the Chancery Division of the High Court in this case that held that any provision in a contract that excludes the right of a purchaser to apply for relief from forfeiture under section 49 (2) of the Law of Property Act 1925 is void
-AIC Ltd -v- Federal Government of Nigeria and Anor  EWHC 1357 (QB) where he acted for the Claimant in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in this case that dealt with State immunity.
Chima also undertakes the drafting of legal documents and advisory work in the spheres of commercial law, property law and trust law.
Our Practice Areas
Conveyance and Arbitration