Mr. Imran Dapo Shitta-Bey is the founder of ‘The AAL Legal Roundtable’ a Forum for Legal Practitioners with core aims of ‘sharing knowledge in building enduring professional ties’ and ‘driving professional development towards excellence in legal practice. It is a virtual platform for the purpose of sharing knowledge in real time. This was the underlying concept behind establishing the Ask a Lawyer Forum (a.k.a. the AAL Legal Roundtable) on Whatsapp.
He attended University of Lagos Staff School, Akoka between 1973 and 1978 and Government College Lagos, Eric Moore Road, Surulere, between 1978 and 1983. He obtained his ‘A’ Level from Shiplake College, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire between 1983 and 1985. For his higher education, he attended the University of Warwick, Coventry (1985 – 1989) where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree and thereafter the Nigerian Law School (1989-1990) and was called to Bar on 6th June, 1991.
With an interest in advocacy and public interest matters he joined the Lagos Law Firm of S.A. Shitta-Bey & Co, in June 1991. There, the foundations of his legal practice were laid, particularly in the areas of Personal Injury (Medical Negligence and Malpractice, Drug Product Liability), Employment and Land Law, being involved in cases right up to the Supreme Court.
He had stints as a Solicitor’s Representative in Court with Fisher Meredith Solicitors, UK, clerking Criminal, Housing and Family Law cases in Court between 1998 and 1999. He later worked as a Foreign Lawyer in the Immigration and Conveyancing departments of Collisons and Co Solicitors, UK between 2002 and 2003.
In those formative years, he acquired technology skill-sets that would later help launch AAL Version 2 (LegalPractitioner.me), a social and professional network for Lawyers. In 2005, he began advising on UK spatial planning applications up to planning appeal level, having taken Land Development and Finance law (Advanced Land Law/Planning Law) as an undergraduate elective course. In June, 2010, he became Principal and Head of Chambers of S.A. Shitta-Bey & Co, Barrister & Solicitors.
He is the co-ordinator, Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), Surulere, LGA. An inclusive, multi-stakeholders, pan Nigerian pro democracy movement.