President's Message

TEACHINGS OF THE SUPREME COURT
"...it is not only the Judge who must keep the good conduct in court. Counsel must also do so. That is the import of sections 17 and 74..."
by
Hon. Ag. Justice Kitumba at page 41 of Judgment delivered on 2nd July 2014 in CIVIL APPEAL NO.2/2013 - SHELL (U) LTD & 9 ORS VS MUWEMA & MUGERWA ADVOCATES & URA
As learned as we are, Supreme Court Judgments are some of those things in our professional lives that continuously keep us on the learning path. If you have entered contingent/success based fee arrangements with your clients, the Supreme Court in the above case has declared them illegal and now you are free from them. In such an arrangement, the lawyer's fees will be payable only if the lawsuit is successful or is settled favorably out of court. This is legal in some jurisdictions but it is fraught with ethical issues because in reality each lawyer sets their own fees a situation that creates its own set of problems. Coming back, let us consider what their Lordships had to say that should further shape the way we carry out our work and serve the public. There may be many points to note but I have picked only five and t...Read More

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