• Michael Chukwujindu Ogwezzy Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria



Nigeria, lawyer, professinal ethic


The legal practitioner is an expert whose services and expertise are required by
members of the public. He is expected to maintain the highest standards of professional
conduct, etiquette and discipline in the discharge of his duties. In addressing himself as a legal
practitioner he represents to those who depend on his professional advice and other services
that he has the requisite acumen and expertise. For this reason, under the general common law
and the rule in Hedley Byrne & Co Ltd v. Heller & Partners Ltd, the lawyer can be held liable
for professional negligence. This paper will address “the Relationship between a Lawyer and
the Client” in the Context of the Legal Practitioners Act and Case Law as negligence in
handling of a client’s affairs may be of such a nature as to amount to professional misconduct
and 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 the
service of his client and, subject to any rule of law, to act in a manner consistent with the best
interest of his client. He shall consult with his client in all questions of doubt; and keep the
client informed of the progress and any important development in the matter as may be
reasonably necessary and warn his client against any particular risk which is likely to occur in
the 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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