CFS is managed by ‘Toyin Bashorun L.L.B (Hons), LLM, B.L, MCIArb. She is a 1987 graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1988 and obtained her LLM degree from the University of Lagos in 1999. She is a special member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators United Kingdom.
Ms. Bashorun commenced her legal career as Junior Counsel in the firm of Olowofoyeku & Co during her National Youth Corp year. Thereafter she joined the firm of Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co. where in addition to acquiring more expertise and experience in advocacy, she also acquired considerable exposure and know-how in Corporate, Commercial, Financial and Insolvency matters. She participated in the preparation of legal documentation relating to Rights Issues as Solicitors to Issuing Houses for both private and public placements. She was actively involved in matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Nigerian Stock Exchange on behalf of companies and the Technical Committee on Privatization and Commercialization. She acquired considerable exposure and expertise about Capital Market matters and the working of the relevant regulatory authorities by so doing she is presently registered as a consultant at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Ms. Bashorun subsequently left Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co. for Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers ( The firm run and managed by the late doyen of law in Nigeria Chief Fredrick Alade Rotimi Williams ) where she was counsel in chambers from 1991–1998. Her tenure there afforded her the opportunity to be part of an internationally acclaimed and renowned legal practice and benefit from same. Her schedule of duties at Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers included conduct of commercial litigation at both Federal and State High Courts nationwide. She also regularly appeared at various Divisions of the Court of Appeal to argue both interlocutory and substantive appeals. Apart from regular appearances at the Supreme Court as Junior Counsel to Senior Advocates, she also argued motions and substantive appeals at the Supreme Court. The cases she argued are reported in the various case law reports nationwide.
Ms. Bashorun also acquired valuable exposure, expertise and experience in solicitor’s practice at Chief Rotimi Williams Chambers. She was active in the structuring, preparation and perfection of various commercial documentation; international transactions; mergers and acquisitions; aviation and environment matters, sales and leases of oil blocks amongst others.
Ms. Bashorun established her own practice in October 1998, which was later restructured in August 2001 to emerge as what is now known as Churchfields solicitors (CFS). CFS entered into a strategic alliance with its partner law firm St. Matthew Daniel Balogun & Co. to better enhance the practice’s provision and delivery of responsive and effective service to clients in the most efficient manner. The alliance was from 2001 to 2009 when a Senior Partner of the alliance died. Thereafter CFS was further restructured into a high profile
legal firm with a leading senior advocate in Nigeria as the consulting partner.
She is a frequent speaker and has written extensively on various subjects, especially on environmental law and its effect on foreign direct investment, and she has acted as part of the government think tank on the reformation of the operating system of the courts in Lagos State, etc. She was also engaged by the upper house of the legislative chambers as part of team which reviewed the Cabotage bill before it was passed into law.
Ms. Bashorun is an innovative legal practitioner, a Notary Public and active member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Advocates International, Association of Intellectual Property Law Practitioners in Nigeria, International Trademark Association, Women and the Environment Association USA, as well as African Christian Lawyers Network. She is a regular and active participant at international Bar Association (IBA) conferences. She is presently a council member, and IBA council representative on corporate /social responsibility in the PPID section. Her growing renown expertise in the area of Environmental law is demonstrated by the fact that in recent years she has been invited on several occasions to prepare and present papers on various matters at the IBA conferences, some of the papers presented were ‘Glass Celings and Compensation Discrimination facing women lawyers’’, International Bar Conference Argentina (2008) Titled ‘‘Women in Development, Focus on Deficiency or Cultural Barriers’’ A Legal and Judicial Perspective.
She has also attended regularly Professional Workshops and Seminars in areas of her professional practice in and outside Nigeria as part of her commitments to continuous professional training and acquisition of knowledge and skills relevant to her areas of practice. These courses include: Intellectual Property Law Seminar Organized by Benthey Edu & Co. (1991); Workshop on the Practical Implementation And Review Of The Companies and Allied Matters Decree 1990 (27th – 29th Sept. 1995); Seminar on Intellectual Property Law and Environment Law at the Terralex Conference Argentina, South America.(1996 and 1997); Workshop on the Review of Commercial Practice (1997); National Law Conference on Challenges of Legal Practice in the 21st Century Nigeria – by Nigerian Law Reform Commission.(1997); Industrial Property Law Interest Group, in association with NOTAP and Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (1997); Industrial Property Law Interest Group, in association with NOTAP and Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (1998); Industrial Property Law Interest Group, in association with NOTAP and Federal Ministry of Commerce and Tourism (1999); World Women Lawyers Conference, London, 1st – 2nd March, 2001; International Bar Association Conference Nairobi Kenya (Oct 2001); International Bar Association Conference Cancun, Mexico (2001); Periodic Seminars organised by the Nigerian School of Advanced Legal on Commercial Law.(Since 1999). For the better part of 2009, she wrote opinions and comments for the ‘‘Going Green’’ Lawyers column of This Day Newspaper. She was also actively involved in the remedial actions against Mobil Oil and Chevron Texaco during the 2009, 2010, oil spillage in the South – South area of Nigeria. In 2009, she was appointed by His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Raji Babatunde Fashola (SAN),as a member of team for the reformation of the justice sector and magistracy in Lagos State.
Other workshops and conferences attended by Ms. Bashorun includes; Yearly Finance Investment Conference in Dubai since 2005, to date, 13th African Securities Exchange Association (ASEA) Conference, (December 2009), Inaugural Dialogue of the Business Environment Network (BEN) which focused on ‘‘Enhancing the Legislative and Institutional Framework for the Effective and Efficient Resolution of Business – Related Disputes in Nigeria’’ July, (2010), African Regional Forum Conference Cape Town, South Africa (2010), International Bar Association council and board meetings Bahamas, (2011), Ms. Toyin Bashorun was among one of the facilitators at the training on effective litigation skills organised by Odade Consulting, February (2011). Foreign and Direct Investment Conferences held annually in Dubai since 2008 up to date. She was appointed a member of the prosecuting team of Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal of the Body of Benchers by the President of Nigerian Bar Association in 2013.
She has consistently received awards in recognition of her achievement and contribution in the legal profession, these includes, Leading Environmental lawyer in Nigeria, in the International Who’s Who Legal, 2004, Leading Environmental lawyer in Nigeria in the Who’s Who Legal Nigeria, 2011 & 2012. She has been awarded the leading acquisition Internal Advisor 2013, Officer of the African Regional Forum in October (2010) by the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association. She is a director and member of the Board of Studies of the Odade Publishers Partners of Nexis Publishers in Nigeria. She was formerly the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (Lagos Branch) 2010 -2011. She is presently, the secretary of the Stamp and Seal Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (National).