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Omololu Thomas

Omololu has a track record of litigation and advice in a wide range of criminal, civil, commercial and maritime cases. He regularly appears before the County, Magistrates' and Crown Courts and has recorded remarkable success in cases before the immigration appeal tribunals.

Omololu is open to instructions on maritime and shipping law having practised admiralty law extensively in Nigeria for a substantial period. He was part of the team in the landmark case that changed the scope of admiralty jurisdiction in Nigeria.


Omololu Thomas

Omololu is originally a barrister from Nigeria. He accumulated several years of experience in commercial, civil and admiralty law in Nigeria before coming to the UK to further his studies. In recognition of his practice in Nigeria, Omololu was shortlisted in the preliminary list of shipping and maritime practitioners in Nigeria by the UK-based publication “Who’s Who Legal” in 2010.

On completion of his masters degree, Omololu applied for and was called to the English Bar in 2011. Since his call, he has been practising his trade in the Bar of England and Wales and has also become an arbitrator. 

Omololu's Experience

Called in 2011

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Civil Litigation

Omololu accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in relation to a variety of civil proceedings in the County Court and the High Court. The lion's share of his civil litigation practice falls within the following core areas:

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contract and money/debt claims
  • Property and Housing
  • Landlord & Tenant Law (possession and repossession claims)
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency
  • Personal Injury (incl. RTA claims)

He is open to instructions on maritime and shipping law having practiced admiralty law extensively in Nigeria for a substantial period and obtained a master degree in International Maritime Law from a prestigious university in the UK.

Family Law

Omololu accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in the field of family law with an emphasis on contested Children Act proceedings. His experience of criminal advocacy lends itself very well to his family law practice; he can be relied upon to provide robust representation in contested fact-findings and Final Hearings. 

Omololu's family practice typically includes cases featuring the following issues:

  • Child Arrangement Orders
  • Allegations of: 
    • Domestic violence
    • Substance abuse
    • Sexual abuse
  • Fact-finding hearings
  • Prohibited Steps Orders
  • Specific Issue Orders
  • Enforcement Applications
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Non-molestation and Occupation Orders

Omololu also has extensive experience of cases involving allegations of domestic violence and substance abuse with heavy social services and CAFCASS involvement; and is frequently instructed to represent clients in fact-finding hearings. Omololu is also happy to advise and represent clients in relation to injunctive proceedings before the family courts such as applications for non-molestation orders and occupation orders. He will represent both applicants and respondents throughout these proceedings from without notice applications right through to final hearings.

Divorce and Ancillary relief (Matrimonial Finance)                                                                                 
In relation to matrimonial finance proceedings, Omololu accepts instructions to represent clients throughout the whole process, from FDA, FDR to Final Hearings, including interim application hearings.

Regulatory Law

Omolulu accepts instructions to advise and represent commercial and private clients charged with a range of regulatory offences, including business rates proceedings and a range of local authority prosecutions.

Omolulu’s regulatory practice covers:

  • Local authority prosecutions (e.g. licencing and business rates)
  • Trading standards and health and safety matters
  • Appeals

In the past, he has represented the General Dental Council in a two-day trial at their hearing Centre in London, and worked with The Law Society of England and Wales in defending a solicitor at a two-day hearing in Manchester. 

Immigration Law

Omololu accepts instructions to advise and represent clients in relation to a variety of immigration proceedings including appeals and immigration bail applications. He has successfully persuaded the Immigration Appeal tribunal to apply the “exceptional circumstances rule” and “the proportionality rule” to a number of cases on appeal against decisions of the Home Office refusing leave to remain. He is often instructed to appear in the First Tier Tribunal. 

Criminal Offences

Omolulu is familiar with all aspects of summary only offences and sentencing in the Magistrates Court. He accepts instructions to advise and represent commercial and private clients charged with a range of criminal and regulatory offences. He is also regularly instructed to defend road traffic charges including speeding, driving under the influence, careless and dangerous driving, failure to furnish information and insurance offences. He also accepts instructions to deal with taxi licence appeals. Omolulu’s criminal  practice covers the following areas:

  • Motoring offences
  • Offences related to sex, drugs and violence
  • Plea and allocation issues
  • Matters for sentencing and mitigation
  • Appeals

He has defended in a wide range of cases resulting in acquittals for a significant number of them.

Hillary Rodham Clinton's School of Law Excellence Scholarship, Swansea University (2009)
  • Yoruba

Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Omololu Thomas, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:



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