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E – IMPROPER ATTRACTION OF BUSINESS
39. (1) Subject to paragraphs (2) and (3) of this rule a lawyer may engage in any advertising or promotion in connection with his practice of the law, provided it –
(a) is fair and proper in all the circumstances; and
(b) complies with the provision of these Rules.
(2) A lawyer shall not engage or be involved in any advertising or promotion of his practice of the law which –
(a) is inaccurate or likely to mislead;
(b) is likely to diminish public confidence in the legal profession, or the administration of justice, or otherwise bring the legal profession into disrepute;
(c) makes comparison with or criticizes other lawyers or other professions or professionals;
(d) includes any statement about the quality of the lawyer’s work, the size or success of his practice or his success rate; or
(e) is so frequent or obstructive as to cause annoyance to those to whom it is directed.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph (1) of this rule, a lawyer shall not solicit professional employment either directly or indirectly by –
(a) circulars, handbills, advertisement, through touts or personal communication or interview;
(b) furnishing, permitting or inspiring newspaper, radio or television comments in relation to his practice of the law;
(c) procuring his photograph to be published in connection with matters in which he has been or is engaged, or concerning the manner of their conduct, the magnitude of the interest involved or the importance of the lawyer’s position;
(d) permitting or inspiring sound recording in relation to his practice of the law; or
(e) such similar self-
(4) Nothing in this rule shall preclude a lawyer from publishing in a reputable law list or Law Directory, a brief biographical or informative data of himself, including all or any of the following matters –
(a) his name or names of his professional association;
(b) his address, telephone number, telex number, e-
(c) the school, colleges or other institutions attended with dates of graduation, degree and other educational or academic qualifications or distinctions;
(d) date and place of birth and admission to practise law;
(e) any public or quasi-
(f) any legal teaching position;
(g) any National Honours;
(h) membership and office in the Bar Association and duties thereon; and
(i) any position held in legal scientific societies.
A Bill for an Act to amend the Legal Practitioners Act.
BE IT ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as follows:
Sections 1 – 11
1. (a) The Legal Practitioners Act as amended (“the Principal Act”) is further amended as specified in this Act.
(b) These amendments effect consequential and serial re-
2. Section 2(1) of the Principal Act is repealed and the following provision substituted:
2(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a person shall be entitled to practise as a Legal Practitioner if his name is on the roll.
3. New paragraph (f) is inserted as follows:
3(1) (f) The President of the Industrial Court
4. Practising Fees
Section 8 of the Principal Act is repealed and the following substituted:
8(1) No legal practitioner shall have the right to practise as a legal practitioner in any year unless he has paid to the Registrar in respect of that year such practising fee as may be prescribed from time to time by the Nigerian Bar Association.
(2) The National Executive Committee of the Association may from time to time vary the rates of practising fee.
(3) The Registrar shall –
(a) issue to every legal practitioner who pays a practising fee a receipt indicating his name, his year of call, the year in respect of which the payment is made, the amount paid, and the date on which payment is made.
(b) within a reasonable time after the end of March in each year, and from time to time throughout the year, print, publish and sell lists and supplementary lists of legal practitioners who have paid their practising fees to date.
(c) pay over to the Association all sums received by him as practising fees
5. Without prejudice to the generality of section 1(b) on consequential renumbering of sections, sections 9 to 25 of the Principal Act are renumbered as sections 14 to 30 respectively.
6. Section 5(3) (g) of the Principal Act is repealed and the following is inserted
5(3)(g) Four legal practitioners who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria to be appointed by the Nigerian Bar Association
7. New paragraph (h) is inserted as follows:
5(3)(g) The President of the Nigerian Bar Association
8. Section 5(4) of the Principle Act is amended to read
5(4) The members of the committee under paragraph (c) and (e) of subsection (3) of this section shall be appointed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria in consultation with the Attorney General.
9. New sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 are inserted as follows:
9(1) Subject to the regulations from time to time made by the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, a person whose name is on the roll shall be entitled to practise as a legal practitioner provided that before providing any form of legal service he obtains a practising licence from the Nigerian Bar Association certifying that he is entitled to practise as a legal practitioner according to the provisions of this section.
(2) The practising licence shall be issued or renewed at intervals prescribed under the regulations made from time to time by the Nigerian Bar Association.
(3) The practising licence shall be issued or renewed on the Association being satisfied that the applicant has:
(a) obtained the required number of credits under a mandatory continuing legal education scheme administered by the Nigerian Bar Association;
(b) paid annual practising fees stipulated in this Act for the year the application is made and for all previous years since his admission to the bar; and
(c) satisfied the Nigerian Bar Association that he is a person of good character.
(4) It shall be unlawful for any person who has not obtained a practising licence to do any one or more of the following –
(a) act or present himself before any court, tribunal, arbitrator or arbitration panel as a legal practitioner;
(b) prepare or sign any writ, originating process, summons, motion, brief, pleading, petition, application or any other document in any court, tribunal, arbitration panel, Board of Inquiry or administrative board;
(c) use the title or name of advocate, attorney, barrister, lawyer, legal adviser, legal practitioner, or solicitor;
(d) in any way act as a legal practitioner or hold himself out as one, for example by preparing, signing, filing any contract, memorandum, deed, lease, assignment, power of attorney, mortgage, title deed, notice, warrant, bond, legal opinion, affidavit or any other document whatsoever;
(e) teach a law course in any law or other department or faculty, or any Law School, or any other academy, college, institute, polytechnic, school or university in Nigeria
(5) Any person who contravenes the provisions of sub-
Licences for Trial Advocates & Law Teachers
10(1) The Nigerian Bar Association shall establish an Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
(2) Every person enrolled to practise law in Nigeria after the 1st day of January 2010 shall require a certificate from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in order to be eligible to practise before any court or tribunal (3) The certificate referred to in subsection (2) may only be issued upon completion of a basic course on trial advocacy totalling at least 24 actual hours of instruction. The course shall cover such topics as client interviewing and counselling, case analysis, the skills of trial advocacy, expert witnesses, the skills of application advocacy, and ethics for trial advocates.
(4) Every person enrolled to practise law in Nigeria after the 1st day of January 2010 shall require a certificate from the Institute of Continuing Legal Education in order to be eligible to teach any law course in any academy, college, institute, polytechnic, school or university, whether on a full-
Stamp and Seal
11. (a) The Nigerian Bar Association shall issue official seals or stamps to all legal practitioners in good standing (b) Whenever a legal practitioner signs a document which affects or purports to affect the rights, interests, estate or liability of any person, he shall authenticate the document with his seal or stamp.
Nigerian Bar Association
12(1) The Nigerian Bar Association (“the Association”) shall continue to fulfil its role as the umbrella professional association of Nigerian lawyers with such increased duties and functions as may be specified in this or any other Act and in subsidiary legislation.
(2) Membership of the Association shall be open to all legal practitioners enrolled in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
(3) The functions of the Association shall include the following:
(a) Promoting and maintaining high standards of professional conduct, ethics and discipline among members.
(b) Maintaining and defending the integrity and independence of the Bar and the Judiciary;
(c) Promoting the rule of law;
(d) Reforming the administration of justice, legal aid, and access to justice for all;
(e) Promoting and advancing legal education and organising a scheme of mandatory continuing legal education for legal practitioners;
(f) Establishing schemes for the promotion of the welfare and advancement of members;
(g) Issuing and renewing practice licences, stamps and seals to legal practitioners;
(h) Training and licensing paralegals;
(i) Making further regulations in relation to the full discharge of its functions under or pursuant to this Act.
(4) Subject to the provisions of this Act the Association shall be managed in accordance with its Constitution.