Daily Archives: 28/07/2017

Letter Of Reprimand : Complaint of Seth Kwesi Gyan Against Kwame Quayson Esq.

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I refer to the above subject matter.

The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council (the “Council’) at its meeting held on 6th July 2017, after a preliminary enquiry at which you were present, decided that you must be reprimanded for your conduct in this matter, to wit:

As a lawyer, you received an amount of Four Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHC4,000.00) from the Complainant herein, with a promise to help him obtain visa to enable him continue his football career abroad irrespective of the fact that you are not a registered Player Agent. Albeit you were unsuccessful in securing him the visa, you failed to refund to him an outstanding balance of Three Thousand Five Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC3,500.00) until your conduct was reported to the Council.

By this letter, you are hereby reprimanded for your unacceptable and highly unethical conduct. The Council will not approve of any such professional misconduct from you in the future.

Please note that this letter will be published on the Council’s website, after delivery to you.

 SGD.
HON. JUSTICE WILLIAM ATUGUBA
CHAIRPERSON, DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL

 Cc: The Honourable Lady Chief Justice

 

Suspension of Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa from Legal Practice

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa is hereby suspended from legal practice for a period of four (4) years commencing from 27th July, 2017.

The above-named lawyer was formally charged with two counts under Rule 5 (10) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613 as follows:

Count 1
That he; having previously acted as Counsel for one Dr. Emelia Timpo in a probate action involving her mother’s estate and assisted her in obtaining Letters of Administration in respect of the same estate, subsequently acted against her interest by representing her brother called Nana Kwamina Apreh Ackah in an action with Suit No.C12/230/14 over property which forms part of the said estate and ;

Count 2
That he, having previously acted as counsel for one Kodwo Ackah, the legal owner of property No, 19A in a Civil Proceedings to evict his tenant at the Ashanti New Town Court, Kumasi, [subsequently brought an action on behalf of his brother, Nana Kwamina Apreh Ackah in an action with suit No.C12/230/14 over property which forms part of the said estate against the said Kodwo Ackah and Dr. Emelia Timpo.

Lawyer Afrifa was also formally charged with a third count under Rule 9 (4) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613 that he; having previously acted as Counsel for one Kodwo Ackah of property No. 19A in civil proceedings to evict his tenant at the Ashanti New Town Court, Kumasi subsequently represented his siblings in a probate action involving their mother’s estate and included the said Kodwo Ackah’s property (aforesaid) in the inventory of the estate.

He was convicted on the three counts.

During the period of suspension, he shall not hold himself out as a Legal Practitioner or attend Chambers, or render, or purport to render any professional legal services to the public for a fee. He may not attend chambers at anytime during the period of his suspension.

The licence of Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa to practise for the next four (4) years is hereby withdrawn forthwith.


DATED AT THE LAW COURTS BUILDING, ACCRA
THIS 28TH  DAY OF JULY, 2017

SGD.
JUSTICE ALEX B. POKU-ACHEAMPONG
JUDICIAL SECRETARY AND
SECRETARY TO THE GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL

 

Letter of Reprimand : Misconduct of Nashiru Yussif, Esq.

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I refer to the above subject matter.

The Disciplinary Committee of the General Legal Council (the “Council”) at its meeting held on 6th July 2017, after a preliminary enquiry at which you were present, decided that you must be reprimanded for your conduct in this matter, to wit:
In the conduct of the Appellant’s case, civil appeal case No. J4/23/2016 intituled Theophilus Nortey v Thomas Fosu Twum and Dr. T. A. Osea; the Supreme Court granted you an extension of time to file within five (5) days the exact Statement of Case exhibited in your client’s application. You failed to comply with the time frame given by the Court, pursuant to the leave granted and rather filed the purported Statement of Case after seven (7) days without further leave of the Court contrary to section 48 (4) of C.I 16. Although your attention was drawn to the said error, you failed or neglected to apply to the Court for another extension of time, after almost eleven (11) months, necessitating an adjournment of your client’s case sine die with an order to you to formally apply for an extension of time within seven (7) days from 7th March, 2017.You therefore failed to conduct your client’s case with diligence.

By this letter, you are hereby reprimanded for your opaque conduct and warned to be more diligent in future. The Council will not approve of any such professional misconduct from you in the future.

Please note that this letter will be published on the Council’s website, after delivery to you.

SGD.
HON. JUSTICE WILLIAM ATUGUBA
CHAIRPERSON, DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL

 Cc: The Honourable Lady Chief Justice