29 Jul 2014

Lawyers split over Nigerian 'Top 100' lawyers

Nigerian lawyers are waging warfare over a soon-to-be published ranking of lawyers by a local publication.

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Nigerian lawyers are up in arms over the first local attempt to rank Nigeria’s top lawyers. A number are arguing that the release of the Top 100 lawyers by City Lawyer Magazine could be considered ‘advertising’ which is against the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners (RPC). Others are threatening to take the magazine to court over the rankings. One lawyer, Kizito Ude, complained that the hot list “confirms the fact that RPC is an instrument of subjugation in the hands of the so called senior lawyers against the young lawyer.’ Another, Terhemen Oscar Aorabee, said that “once I lay my hands on a copy I am going to sue all the 100 plus their publisher.”


However, a number welcome the listings which they see as positive for the Nigerian legal profession’s global reputation. The article quotes the publishers saying that the ratings will provide the most transparent and definitive referral guide on legal excellence in Nigeria and emphasised that the publishers would not accept payment of any kind for listings. Source: NigerianGuardiannews.com

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