Francis Jarigo is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Templars.
He graduated with First Class Honors from the Nigerian Law School (BL) and top of his class from the University of Calabar, Cross River State. He is licensed to practice law in Nigeria and a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
Francis possesses significant experience in Dispute Resolution Practice and has represented a variety of clients in all hierarchies of courts in Nigeria. He is a respected advocate with a high trial capability in high-value commercial litigations. He is notable for his advocacy, attention to detail and ability to seamlessly navigate complex legal disputes.
His experience encompasses general commercial litigation, labour & employment, election petitions and public sector litigations. He also routinely advises on real estate, construction, corporate restructuring, white collar investigations and regulatory compliance.
Francis has successfully represented a significant number of indigenous and multinational clients in disputes arising from diverse areas of law and with considerable impact on the Nigerian economy. He is also passionate about providing pro bono legal services to civic organizations and indigent members of society.
A Selection Of Representative work
- Actively participated in the representation and defence of an IOC in a lawsuit brought against it by various individuals and communities in the Niger Delta region to enforce a judgement debt of 800billion Naira against it.
- Part of the team that represented Total Energies E & P Nigeria Limited (TotalEnergies) in an appeal that successfully dislodged a multimillion dollar judgment of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria against TotalEnergies and several other outsourcing companies.
- Actively participated in the representation of an IOC and its Nigerian subsidiary in multiple lawsuits commenced by a major Exploration and Production Company in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to recover, as specific damages, an aggregate sum of approximately USD$2.8 billion as alleged damages for converted crude and compensation for losses.
- Part of the team that successfully represented Nokia Solutions in an appeal before the National Industrial Court, Abuja, against the decision of the Industrial Arbitration Panel where the Panel had granted reliefs sought by The Private Telecommunications and Communications Senior Staff Association of Nigeria against NOKIA Solutions.
- Part of the team that represented and advised a major International Oil Company in respect of a dispute between it and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation regarding the potential sale transaction of the shares of its subsidiaries in an OML worth over USD$1billion.
- Acted as part of the team of lawyers that successfully represented an aspirant in the Rivers State Gubernatorial Elections at various courts/election tribunals including at the appellate court.
- Part of the team that regularly advises a major construction company and its subsidiaries in managing their diverse litigation portfolio with several sub-contractors and their corporate restructuring in Nigeria.
- Acts as part of the team of lawyers that regularly represents the Nigerian Bar Association in pro bono litigations before Nigerian courts.