Our Leaders

Lead Partners:

Chief Chijioke Onyeneke, Esq. LLB, B.L, LLM (Bristol)

Mr. Onyeneke is a Senior Partner with BCI. He was trained in Nigeria and United Kingdom with a master’s degree in law from the University of Bristol. He is an experienced commercial lawyer with vast experience in Banking, Insurance, Financial Services Regulation, Credit Security and Insolvency. He is actively engaged in commercial arbitration and litigation at all levels. Before joining our firm, he worked with TLT Solicitors, Temple Street Solicitors and NFU Mutual Insurance Company in the United Kingdom. Since joining our team, he has done exceedingly well in debt recoveries, insolvency, international trades and litigation. 

 

Mr. Onyekachi Umah, Esq. LLB, B.L, LL.M, MBA, MCIArb(UK)

Onyekachi Umah is the Managing Partner of BCI. He is an exceptional Legal Practitioner, Arbitrator, Notary Public and Legal Awareness Expert with over a decade of experience in arbitration, civil law, criminal law and human rights. He holds a Master of Laws; a Master of Business Administration. Mr. Umah consults and provides legal services to several national and international organisations.

 

He has published over 820 legal articles in diverse areas of law, delivered over 35 public lectures, anchored over 67 law radio/tv shows and supported several legal and developmental projects across Africa. To improve legal awareness, since 2017, Mr. Umah publishes free daily law tips on www.SabiLaw.org. On September 11 2018, Mr. Umah was featured by a national daily, “This Day Newspaper”, as the Legal Personality of the Week. In December 2023, he was ranked number 28 among Nigeria’s Top 100 Lawyers by LMT Academy.


Sir. Christopher Udeajaegbunam, LLB. B.L,

Christopher is called to the Nigerian Bar as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He has a profound experience and interest in civil and criminal litigation across courts in Nigeria. He represents our clients in several courtroom cases. He is a Partner in our firm and chairs Litigation Unit.

 

THE ADVISORY BOARD:

Bezaleel Chambers International (BCI) leverages the experiences of select academic dons, court room czars, commercial law experts, researchers, captains of industries, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, leaders, consultants and professionals in other fields from across the globe. The experts, leaders and professionals make up the global advisory board of BCI. The Advisory Board is chaired by the highly revered commercial law expert Prof. Paul Obo-Idornigie, SAN, PhD, FCIS, FNIALS, C.Arb, and Co-Chaired by the renowned criminal law expert;  Mr. Ogaga Ovrawah, SAN.

 

The Consulting Network:

Over time we have built strong relationships, partnerships, friendships and trust with very learned senior lawyers, academic dons, industry giants, specialists, regulators, industry tops and traditional rulers through our Partners and the members of the Advisory Board. Hence, we seek their opinions and guidance on our clients’ emerging, novel and specialised areas of interest. A list of consultants may be provided on request.

The Global Team:

Our strength is in our large networks of committed experts across the globe. BCI has diverse teams of lawyers, arbitrators, notaries public and many other experts who work together towards satisfying our clients, supporting our communities and bettering ourselves.