THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ACT: A CODE FOR REGULATING THE CONDUCT OF LAWYERS IN NIGERIA*

  • Michael Chukwujindu Ogwezzy Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract

The legal practitioner is an expert whose services and expertise are required bymembers of the public. He is expected to maintain the highest standards of professionalconduct, etiquette and discipline in the discharge of his duties. In addressing himself as a legalpractitioner he represents to those who depend on his professional advice and other servicesthat he has the requisite acumen and expertise. For this reason, under the general common lawand the rule in Hedley Byrne & Co Ltd v. Heller & Partners Ltd, the lawyer can be held liablefor professional negligence. This paper will address “the Relationship between a Lawyer andthe Client” in the Context of the Legal Practitioners Act and Case Law as negligence inhandling of a client’s affairs may be of such a nature as to amount to professional misconductand if sued by the client will warrant prosecution and punishment of the Legal Practitioner.This is because it is the duty of a lawyer to devote his attention, energy and expertise to theservice of his client and, subject to any rule of law, to act in a manner consistent with the bestinterest of his client. He shall consult with his client in all questions of doubt; and keep theclient informed of the progress and any important development in the matter as may bereasonably necessary and warn his client against any particular risk which is likely to occur inthe course of the matter.

Author Biography

Michael Chukwujindu Ogwezzy, Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria
Faculty of Law, Department of Public International Law

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Published
2013-10-01
How to Cite
CHUKWUJINDU OGWEZZY, Michael. THE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS ACT: A CODE FOR REGULATING THE CONDUCT OF LAWYERS IN NIGERIA*. AGORA INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF JURIDICAL SCIENCES, [S.l.], v. 7, n. 3, oct. 2013. ISSN 2067-7677. Available at: <http://univagora.ro/jour/index.php/aijjs/article/view/693>. Date accessed: 17 may 2022. doi: https://doi.org/10.15837/aijjs.v7i3.693.

Keywords

Nigeria;lawyer;professinal ethic