The leadership of the NBA in a release by its publicity secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, invited members of the bar to two townhall meetings – “Regulation of Charges and fees for legal practitioners in Nigeria” and “Fixing Standard Remuneration for Lawyers in Employment”.
“You would recall that the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) had set up a Remuneration Committee for the NBA (the “Committee”) with the mandate to 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.
In furtherance of their mandate, the Committee recently carried out a survey, amongst lawyers, through a firm of consultants. Based on the preliminary feedback from that survey and other inputs that have been received, the Committee is calling for contributions in the form of memoranda, proposals, and position papers from members of the NBA and its special interest groups on any matter that will facilitate the actualization of the above stated mandate. All memoranda, position papers and proposals, addressed to the Chairman of the Committee, are to be submitted to the National Secretariat at NBA House, Plot 1101 Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District. FCT Abuja, not later than 6pm on Friday, 3 September 2021 or electronically to the email of the Committee’s secretariat: [email protected]
In addition, the Committee will be organizing townhall meetings on the “Regulation of Charges and Fees for Legal Practitioners in Nigeria” and “Fixing Standard Remuneration for Lawyers in Employment”. “
The first townhall meeting on “Regulation of Charges and Fees for Legal Practitioners in Nigeria” took place on 27th August 2021 and the latter will be held on Friday, 3rd September 2021 by 11am. Interested persons are encouraged to register through this link: bit.ly/NBATownhall1, for through this link: bit.ly/NBATownhall2.
The invitation concludes,
“The NBA appreciates that the issues around remuneration (whether of private practitioners, law officers or in-house counsel) and scale of charges are sensitive and require a well-thought-out and all-embracing approach in dealing with them, hence the need for these engagements which will enable the Committee to properly deliver on its mandate to the NBA and Nigerian lawyers.
We look forward to receiving your memoranda and to your active participation at the townhall meetings.”