Olawale heads the firm's compliance and corporate governance portfolio. He also co-leads its energy and natural resources work, advising exclusively on up and downstream oil and gas contracts.

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996, Olawale commenced his professional career in England with the Crown Prosecution Service, moving later to the regulatory and compliance directorate of the Law Society of England and Wales. In 2002 he joined one of Nigeria's foremost law firms where he leds its commercial and regulatory practice. Olawale has advised and acted for numerous Nigerian and foreign companies, public and private entities.

In addition, Olawale lends his skills to the firm's employment portfolio, advising on international labour treaties and conditional bargaining agreements. He oversees the firm's private client work, which involves estate planning and succession, wills, truts, offshore settlements and non-contentious probate.

Olawale obtained his LLB (Hons) in England (1991). He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales and is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England. An adept public speaker, he recently delivered a paper in London at the UKTI session of the Global Law Summit held in commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

Olawale provides mentoring and coaching guidance to young lawyers. He was recently inducted as a member of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce, where he sits on its investment, advisory and mobilisation committee.