We (Nigeria) inherited the English legal system almost wholesale by virtue of statutory provisions, including reception clauses. But the Nigerian legal system, pathetically, continues to uphold obsolete English law traditions that have since been abandoned in England.
One example is the prohibition of professional advert by Nigerian lawyers. But in England today, you find lawyers' adverts on television, radio, websites and in newspapers and other media everyday, every time.
Is it not about time we changed this backward practice in Nigeria by changing our rules of professional conduct? If we cannot advertise "barrister" services, why can't we advertise "solicitor" services in Nigeria?
What is wrong in helping prospective clients know you are there? Why can't the Nigerian legal profession embrace necessary changes in contemporary legal practice and philosophy? Pertinent questions abound.
Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Law Researcher, Author of Nigerian law eBooks and print books, Social Media Communicator.
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