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Afam Osigwe, SAN Advocates for Fair Remuneration Practices at Surulere Lawyers Forum March Meeting

As lawyers, we deserve our wages, and the Remuneration Committee is committed to this, Afam Osigwe declares at the Surulere Lawyers Forum March meeting,”



Afam Osigwe, SAN Advocates for Fair Remuneration Practices at Surulere Lawyers Forum March Meeting

At the March monthly meeting of the Surulere Lawyers Forum, hosted by the Friends of Afam Osigwe, SAN, Afam Osigwe, SAN, delivered a compelling keynote speech addressing the pressing issue of enhancing lawyers’ remuneration. He commenced his address by highlighting a pivotal development in the legal profession—the enactment of the Remuneration Order of 2023.

This legislative milestone signifies a crucial stride towards standardizing remuneration practices for legal practitioners nationwide. The Remuneration Order establishes clear guidelines and standards for fee structures, aiming to foster fairness and transparency in the compensation of legal services.

Osigwe acknowledged the significance of the Remuneration Order but emphasized that it does not signify an immediate solution to the remuneration challenges. Instead, it provides a solid foundation for the legal community to address persistent obstacles to fair and adequate compensation. He stressed that while the challenges are significant, they are not insurmountable.

From his expertise, Osigwe outlined several strategies to navigate these challenges effectively. He advocated for enforcing the Remuneration Order of 2023, stating that legal professional bodies and associations must align their advocacy efforts with the objectives outlined in the Order. As mandated by the Nigerian Bar Association, the Remuneration Committee has been established, with him at its helm, tasked with ensuring the enforcement of the Order.

“Our role as legal practitioners extends beyond mere compliance; we are stewards of justice and guardians of professional integrity. Therefore, we must actively partner with the Remuneration Committee to uphold the standards outlined in the Order. This partnership entails adhering to the prescribed fee structures and reporting any instances of undercharging to the Committee.”

Under the Remuneration Order, undercharging is deemed professional misconduct, highlighting the seriousness with which adherence to the prescribed standards is regarded. By collaborating with the Remuneration Committee and reporting undercharging cases, we safeguard our profession’s integrity and ensure that all practitioners receive fair and equitable compensation for their services.

Expressing gratitude to the forum for the platform and their contributions to advancing the legal profession, Osigwe emphasized the importance of collaboration with the remuneration committee he chairs. He affirmed his commitment to ensuring the effective implementation of the Remuneration Order of 2023 through collaborative efforts.

In conclusion, Afam Osigwe, SAN’s keynote speech, served as a clarion call to legal practitioners to actively advocate for fair remuneration practices, leverage technology, and embrace value addition to overcome their challenges. His remarks highlighted the importance of collective action and collaboration in advancing legal professionals’ interests and upholding the legal profession’s integrity.



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