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Legal Practitioners Cannot Sell Land In Nigeria.

by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 174)
“Legal Practitioners Cannot Sell Land In Nigeria.”

Practise of law is for legal practitioners alone. A legal practitioner is a lawyer that has been called to the Nigerian Bar. Legal practitioners are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct For legal Practitioners 2007. Among the provisions of the said Rule, is that legal practitioners cannot engage in any other profession. The survey, valuation and sell of land is for another profession (Estate Surveyors and Valuers), hence no legal practitioner can combine such profession with law practise. Note, that a lawyer can work as “Transaction Adviser” as well as “Due Diligence and Compliance Expert” for any land transaction but cannot be a mere land agent, jobber and estate manager.

My authorities are Rule 7 of Rules of Professional Conduct For Legal Practitioners 2007 and the Judgement In NBA V. IBEBUNJO (2013) 18 NWLR (PT. 1386)

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