Udo Jude Ilo [Principal Partner]

Udo holds a Master of Laws degree from the Central European University Budapest majoring in international human rights and transnational corporations. One of the founding partners of Thought & Mace, Udo was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2003, Udo worked as a program and legal officer with the Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS) in the area of justice sector reform, electoral system and good governance. Within this period, he also served as Nigerian Project Manager for the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) death penalty project for commonwealth Africa. Part of the job profile was to help build a formidable network amongst African lawyers and activists for the abolition of death penalty.

Udo has published extensively in the area of electoral reform, justice sector reform and other governance related issues. He has to his credit more than forty published works. During his studies in Central European University, Udo’s research work saw him working as a Research Assistant at the BIICL. His research which was done in collaboration with the Chattam House focused on transboundry liability of transnational corporations and issues of corporate social responsibility.

Udo is a fellow of the Open Society Justice Initiative. He worked as a Program Advisor and Pioneer Head Program Department of the Nigerian Bar Association charged with the duty of program design and implementation in the area of social justice, electoral reform public finance and human rights. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Law and Social Action (CLASA). He sees the law as an instrument of social cohesion and believes development and economic empowerment can only be sustained by progressive laws. Udo currently is the Nigeria Programs Manager for the Forum of Federations, a global network on federalism with its headquarters in Ottawa Canada.

Chinedu Obienu [Managing Partner]

Chinedu is a consummate litigator. He has worked with different core litigation law firms including, Heritage Chambers Minna, Ehi uwaifoh & Co Abuja, Abuka & Partners Abuja and Zest Partners Abuja.

Chinedu holds an LL.B (Hons) from the University of Abuja, an LL.M from the University of Jos and a B.L from the Nigerian Law School.

Chinedu was a Programs officer with the Nigerian Bar Association under the leadership of the then NBA President Olisa Agbakoba. He also works as a programs consultant for Human Rights Law Services Lagos and The Initiative for Advancement of Good Leadership in Nigeria Abuja. He has delivered several papers and written several a number of incisive articles on topical issues affecting Nigeria.

Hilary Ogbonna

Hilary holds a Master of Laws Degree with specialisation in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights in University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Enugu State University. Mr. Ogbonna also holds a certificate from the West and Central Africa Institute for Human Rights and Development and Certificates in International Law, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Human Rights and Access to Medicines from the Academy of Good Governance, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Mr. Ogbonna has been engaged in policy and governance work for more than seven years, focusing on various aspects of governance, social policy, human rights, social justice, and sustainable human development in Nigeria and Africa. Working with international and national organizations as well as research institutions, he has gained considerable experience in the design and implementation of human rights, governance and development programs.

Hilary has over the past seven years gained specialist experience in building capacity and designing skills-building programs for communities, civil society, legislative houses and government agencies with experiences in developing and implementing programs in Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya. He has developed training manuals for diverse range of topics for different national and international organizations including Participatory Local Governance, Budget Monitoring and Evaluation, Analysis and Advocacy; Election Petitions in Nigeria and Capacity Assessment. He has provided Technical Advise to governments and institutions in Nigeria and Africa on development policies, legal and institutional reforms on governance and anti-corruption. He has worked with Anti-corruption agencies and civil society on designing anti-corruption programs (including assessments and monitoring) and legislations. Working with Legislatures at national and s state levels, he has designed budget reform and social legislations for the Federal and State Governments, including the Federal Budget Bill and a part of the team that drafted the Fiscal Responsibility Bill.

Hilary is an expert in African regional governance and human rights frameworks and has experience in working with pan African bodies. He has served as a Resource Person to the African Union Commission to draft the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in Africa. He has also been in a team that drafted two resolutions for the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

Hon. Herman Iorwase Hembe

Herman is a sitting member of the House of Representative Federal Republic of Nigeria. Called to the Bar in 2003, Hon Hembe one of the youngest members of the National Assembly has been a social crusader and public policy analyst all his life.

Herman has hands-on experience in the workings of government having worked as part of various Presidential committees before being elected into the National Assembly.

Herman brings to the Firm, a tested experience in policy formulation and public interest advocacy. His practical experience has enriched the Firms policy analysis content. Though with a diminished participation in Firm’s activities following his election, his advice and a wealth of experience continue to enrich the quality of the Firm’s work. Herman is one of the founding partners of Thoughts & Mace.

Gabriel Enuzie

Gabriel LL.B, LL.M in International and Commercial Law, World Trade Specialist Solicitor of England and WalesBarrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria

Gabriel has specialist experience in advising clients on international and commercial agreements; labour and industrial law; and extensive practical experience in UK immigration law for businesses and persons wishing to invest in the UK.

Gabriel has worked with several international and national companies, including being a Legal adviser, at Capita Commercial Services Ltd, a FTSE 100 company. Gabriel is practical, creative, innovative and commercially aware.