We provide full and multi-faceted services, of international standards, to the shipping and oil services industries. With over thirty-five (35) years combined experience at leading Nigerian and international law firms as well as shipping and offshore companies, members of our Shipping and Oil Services team have covered the field across these industries.

    Bloomfield advises on transactions relating to charterparties, bills of lading, corporate structures for ship ownership and joint ventures, drilling and service contracts, management agreements, flag and operational registrations, employment, port & logistics, ship finance and lease, ship sale and purchase, ship mortgage registrations, ship recycling, crude oil and commodities trading, trade finance, international sales, documentary credit, marine insurance, marine casualties, pollution, piracy, ship arrest and release, Nigerian Cabotage trade and the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.

    We work closely with well-established players, smaller players and participants and newcomers to the shipping and oil services industries on all aspects of their business. Our clients include owners, charterers, shipyards, Insurers, protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs, financiers, international agencies, brokers, offshore and marine companies, port and terminal operators/promoters, petroleum marketing and distribution companies, commodity trading houses and trade associations.

    Transaction Tracks

    Advising a Gibraltar based dun (“Fund”) on the purchase of an AHTS vessel and its subsequent bareboat charter to a Nigerian oil services company and the registration of the Funds (as mortgagee) interests in the AHTS vessel at the Nigerian Ship Registry.


    Defending the Owners of a vessel and The American Club (member of the International Group of P&I Clubs) in relation to a collision claim before the Federal High Court of Nigeria.


    Advising an international towage company (“ITC”) on its joint venture with a Nigerian oil services company structuring of the joint venture and its compliance with eh Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, 2010 and the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act 2003. We also advised on the sale of an offshore support vessel (“OSV”) to its Nigerian JV partner using a seller’s credit facility and the perfection of ITC’s security interest in the OSV.


    Advised Unico Marine in relation to its bareboat charter of a Liberian flagged 5000MT to a Nigerian tanker company and procured the regulatory permits and approvals necessary for the registration of the vessel in Nigerian and registered the mortgagee’s intersts in the vessel at the Nigerian Ship Registry.


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    We are delighted to announce the tenth-year anniversary of Bloomfield Law Practice (“Bloomfield”). From our humble beginnings, Bloomfield continues to grow from strength to strength in Nigeria and the global market. We would like to thank God for the Grace that has seen Bloomfield through the many years; starting as a dream to serve, to its current state. We would also like to thank our clients who believed in our desire to serve and gave us the opportunity to be their trusted advisors.

    Further, I would like to thank my partners, Ayodele Oni and Adedoyin Afun who bought into the Bloomfield vision and have injected a fresh drive to build an institution that would outlive us.

    Additionally, I would like to thank both the past and current legal practitioners and administrative staff that have helped to build Bloomfield in one capacity or the other.

    As we celebrate this wonderful milestone, our desire to act as trusted advisors to our clients is further regenerated and our hope is to leave an indelible mark in the African market, wherein the name, Bloomfield, is synonymous with excellence in provision of legal services.
    Adekunle Obebe, Managing Partner