On the 2nd of February 2024, at the Nigerian Bar Association Abuja Branch monthly meeting, Afam Osigwe conveyed a formal discourse to his esteemed colleagues regarding the crucial necessity of engaging in collaborative efforts with the Esteemed Remuneration Committee of the NBA, in which he proudly holds the distinguished position of chairman, to ensure the effective implementation of the Remuneration Order 2023.
This order aims to standardize the compensation of lawyers for their legal services. In his impassioned speech, Afam underscored the pivotal role lawyers will play in ensuring the robust execution of the order, declaring unequivocally that the era of meagre stipends for legal services is now a thing of the past.
The learned silk assured that his committee is prepared to embark on a protracted journey toward ensuring fair compensation for lawyers. He emphasized the need for lawyers to become advocates for this new legal regime on remuneration, thereby compelling clients to adequately compensate lawyers for their services.
Afam highlighted a critical shift in perspective, where professions like property agents historically commanded higher fees than lawyers for similar transactions. He proclaimed that such disparities in compensation are now obsolete in the evolving legal landscape.
This comprehensive address reflects Afam’s dedication to revolutionizing remuneration practices within the legal profession and his unwavering commitment to securing just compensation for lawyers.
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