Mr. Yemi Candide-Johnson(SAN) is a senior partner at Strachan Partners – a leading commercial law firm based in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria and substantial practice across the nation. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 1984 and conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2003. He received an LL.M Degree from the University of London in 1985 and between 1984 and 1990 was Counsel in the leading chambers of Jon. B. Majiyagbe SAN, in Kano, Nigeria. He moved to Lagos in 1990 to establish the Lagos practice of that firm and in 1994 led the founding of Strachan Partners.
Author of several scholarly papers as well as the leading text book on Arbitration in Nigeria; he is engaged as leading counsel in on going major and high profile commercial and public policy litigation across the courts of Nigeria. He has acted either as counsel or as arbitrator in several domestic and international commercial arbitrations in the maritime, petroleum and construction industries and has made presentations on arbitration in Nigeria in several international fora.
Appointed as notary public for Nigeria in 1988 and in 1996 a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of England, Yemi is an approved tutor-examiner for the Institute. He is an honorary fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria and a supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitration Association.
Yemi is currently the president of Lagos Court of Arbitration.