Sell Land as a Lawyer, and Be Derobed!

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Did you know that the RPC does not allow lawyers to sell land? Well, read the case of NBA v Ibebunjo (2013) 18 NWLR (Pt.1386) and find out how selling land can get you derobed!

On whether business of selling land incompatible with the practice of law

By virtue of rule 7(3) of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the business of selling land is a trade or business incompatible with the practice of law. In the instant case, the respondent was clearly doing illegal business to sell land.

“As it relates to count 2, it is clear beyond per adventure that the business of selling land is a trade or business incompatible with the practice of law. Rule 7(3) clearly provides the category of business that are compatible with the practice of law. From what we have reproduced above the respondent was clearly playing with fire when he was using the platform of his legal practice to sell land. The justice of this case demands that we allow him go full time into his main business of selling of land and to leave the business of practicing law to those who are bona fide legal practitioners.”

NBA v Ibebunjo (2013) 18 NWLR (Pt.1386) 413 @428, paras. A-C

It’s a serious something.

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