Godwin Omoaka, SAN is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution Group.
He routinely appears as counsel in large commercial disputes before the major courts in Nigeria. He also acts as counsel in institutional and ad hoc commercial arbitrations involving corporates, state-owned enterprises and sovereigns.
He has been very active in recent crude entitlement and petroleum profits tax disputes between the Nigerian national oil company, NNPC, and many of its international oil company PSC counter parties.
He is a Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
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.