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PROSPECTS FOR LAWYERS IN NIGERIA

By 

ONYEKACHI UMAH, ESQ., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 147)
“Law Firms/Chambers Cannot Be Engaged and Briefed To Render Legal Services or Sign Documents”.

The practise of law is reserved for legal practitioners that are called to the Nigerian Bar and their names enrolled in the records of Supreme Court of Nigeria. Hence, the service of a lawyer cannot be rendered by a company, business name, partnership, firm or chamber of lawyers rather by the lawyers therein. Such institutions and formations are not lawyers licensed to practise although their owners, promoters, members and staff are licensed lawyers. So you engage lawyers and not law firms!

My authorities are sections 2 and 24 of Legal Practitioners Act and the Supreme Court decision in Okafor V. Nweke (2007)10 NWLR (PT.1043) 521 at 531.

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