Godwin is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Tax Group. Godwin doubles as head of the Real Estate Practice Group.
Godwin is highly skilled in commercial Dispute Resolution which encompasses commercial litigation including Oil and Gas Litigation, Arbitration and Conciliation and Shipping/Maritime law. He has also handled complex tax litigation issues for a variety of high profile clients from the Tax Appeal Tribunal, to the Appellate Courts.
He Litigated & obtained favourable judgements in many high profile oil spill cases involving major IOCs.
His clientele include major oil companies involved in litigation with the Federal Inland Revenue over the appropriate treatment of various tax items in calculating Petroleum Profits Tax, Royalty & Education Tax.
He is a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Relevant experience includes:
- Key member of the Templars team that obtained an award of over US $2billion in the Erha Crude Entitlement Dispute Arbitration with the NNPC.
- Key member of the Templars’ team representing the Erha Contractor Parties in court proceedings to set aside the arbitral award by the NNPC and to impeach the arbitration proceedings by FIRS at both the Federal High Court and the Appellate Courts.
- Key member of the Templars team on the Erha PSC Contractor’s PPT and EDT appeals, in respect of wrongful PPT and EDT assessments issued by the FIRS, at the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT) and in related appeals and judicial review proceedings at the Federal High Court.
- Key member of the Templars team currently representing Brunel Energy in an action against a Drilling Service Company for the non-issuance of Withholding Tax (WHT) receipts in respect of taxes deducted by the Drilling Services Company for services performed under a Master Service Agreement.