ProfileJulius is instructed as counsel in domestic and international arbitrations. Additionally, he his qualified for appointment as Arbitrator. He acts in high value arbitrations globally with a particular focus in Africa.
Julius Nkafu is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has been appointed to the Practice and Standards Committee of the Institute. He is a member of the Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa and a Board member of the African Arbitration Association. He has been appointed by the Commonwealth to observe Presidential Elections in Zambia in 2016, Sierra Leone in 2018 and by the FCO to observe the Referendum in Macedonia in 2018.
'I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London.
Over the years, I have developed a keen interest in Arbitration which led me to take a course in the University with international arbitration being a key module. Consequently, I did a lot of work on arbitration which entailed me writing essays. The other subjects I took and passed include; Arbitration and dispute resolution, law of Energy Security and Sustainability and Energy Processing and distribution law.
On a practical level, I have and continue to represent a leading Oil and Gas company in Cameroon at arbitration in London. I have worked on the matter alone but also as part of a team with a major London based law firm.
I advised on the appropriateness of other methods for resolving dispute. We commenced the procedure from the beginning to the conclusion and I played a role at every step of the procedure, including the hearings.
In the past three years, I have been involved in lengthy arbitration currently going on in London. As part of the team representing the claimant, I travelled abroad to interview witnesses, take statements, peruse files for evidence, and contribute towards drafting documents and attending hearings at the arbitration centre at Fleet Street in London. I am familiar with the procedure from the pre-action stage to the enforcement stage.
My area of specialism and interest include energy law, civil and commercial disputes, environment, employment and family law.'
Julius Nkafu was called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple in 2014 and called to the Cameroon Bar in 2006. He was enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of E&W in 2002. He obtained his first degree in law (premier degre en droit public) in the University of Yaoundé Cameroon, CPE, LLM at the London Guildhall University, PGCE at the University of Greenwich and PGC in Transnational Oil & Gas and Energy Law, University of Derby.
He started his legal Career in 1995 at MHQ Solicitors in the Docklands. He set up Julius & Co solicitors in 2006 and in 2010 became a partner at Julliz Solicitors LLP.
Having practised as a solicitor for many years Julius is appreciative of the need to work in a cohesive manner as part of a team.
Before joining the Bar, Julius was instructed by other solicitors by way of Agency to represent clients in court, presenting their cases and arguments. Julius has been invited to present papers and speak at some very high-level events abroad organised by governments and the private sector dealing with energy and other matters.
Julius has extensive expertise in Alternative Disputes Resolution – Mediation and Arbitration.
Julius has been an elected member (Councillor) in the London Borough of Hackney and a member of the Cabinet for Crime and Community safety over 12 years and understands the law-making process and the reasoning behind various laws. During this period, he chaired various committees and groups including the first Recommendation 61 (Macpherson report) monitoring group in the United Kingdom.
Julius was one of three lawyers in a team of 12 international observers appointed by the Commonwealth to observe and write a report on the Zambian General Elections which took place on the 11 of August 2016 and also the Presidential Elections of Sierra Leone of March 2018. This involved a detailed look at electoral laws and other relevant laws of the country to see to what extent the laws were complied with and to write a report with recommendations.
Julius has been appointed as an External Alternate Member of the Sanctions Appeals Board (SAB) of the African Development Bank Group.
Julius is Chairman of the Cameroon Business Council.
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