The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olumide Akpata, has called on lawyers to assist the NBA Remuneration Committee in coming up with an enforceable framework for charging legal fees of legal fees by lawyers
In a statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer, Akpata said the Committee has been meeting periodically and will soon send out questionnaires to lawyers.
Read the full statement below:
As part of our commitment towards improving the earning capacity of lawyers in Nigeria, my team and I recently set up (with the National Executive Committee) a Remuneration Committee for the Nigerian Bar Association (the “Committee”). The Committee is to, broadly speaking, design a workable and enforceable framework under which lawyers will (i) charge the right fees for their legal services using acceptable and realistic metrics; and (ii) ensure that those fees, when earned, trickle down, in terms of reasonable living wages and emoluments, to those who work with, or for, the lawyers.
This project is not only important to me but is also necessary for the economic well-being and advancement of our members. It is for this reason that I am writing to you.
Since setting up the Committee, the members of the Committee have been meeting periodically to deliver on their mandate. As part of that process and in order to get inputs from lawyers themselves, the Committee has (a) put together a questionnaire to be completed by lawyers; and (b) appointed a consultant, Viisaus Technology Limited, to carry out a random survey amongst lawyers via phone calls and other means.
The Committee needs your input to develop a robust and largely acceptable framework. The NBA therefore encourages you to kindly participate in the process and cooperate with the consultants, if contacted. In the interim, please click HERE to complete the remuneration/scale of charges questionnaire no later than 18th July 2021.
The consultants will not ask you for any banking or other sensitive information. I also have the assurance of the Committee and the consultants that all information provided will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
Thank you for your cooperation and have a great week ahead.
Nigerian Bar Association
(Cambridge University Press, January, 2021) By Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi, SAN, FCIArb, Professor of Law and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti
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