DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 204)
“It Is Professional Misconduct For Lawyer To Under Charge Client.

A lawyer is entitled to adequate payment for his services. Legal Practice is the business of legal Practitioners. Although a lawyer’s fee can be reduced or be no fee at all on grounds of special relationship or poorness of client, it unprofessional for a lawyer to under charge clients. Undercharging (Undercutting) is a professional misconduct.

My authorities are Rules 48 (1) and 52 of Rules of Professional Conduct For Legal Practitioners, 2007.

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Onyekachi Umah, Esq will be talking to his fellow lawyers on "EFFECTIVE AND REALISTIC BILLING SYSTEM FOR NIGERIAN LAWYERS" on Monday 24 September 2018 at the Abuja Film Village Theatre, Cyprian Ekwensi Centre for Arts and Culture, Area 10, Abuja.

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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