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ABOAGYE DA COSTA
V.
DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE OF GENERAL LEGAL COUNCIL

(1991) JELR 63768 (CA)    
Court of Appeal  ·  3 Jul 1991 ·  Ghana
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Other Citations
[1976] 2 GLR 313
CORAM
FRANCOIS J.S.C,AMPIAH J.A.,ADJABENG J.A.

Ratio Decidendi

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presbyterian church
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francois j.s.c.
general legal council
general medical council
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legal profession act
lord parker
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nana bosompem’s legal instructions
order of a disciplinary committee
professional conduct
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solicitor friend
souring of relationship
special relationship
strained relationship
strong case
sufficient material
time place
various shades of conduct

FRANCOIS J.S.C.

This is an appeal from the findings and order of a disciplinary committee constituted under the Legal Profession Act, 1960 (Act 32) which found the appellant guilty of grave professional misconduct and suspended him from practice for one year.

The charges which the disciplinary committee formulated against the appellant had their genesis from the souring of relationship between the appellant and one Nana Bosompem, the complainant. The two had started out as good friends. Nana Bosompem seemed to have relied on his lawyer friend for assistance in solving his legal problems. A number of situations where this kind of assistance was sought has been narrated. In return, Nana Bosompem claims to have given his solicitor friend princely sums, some even unsought. The appellant rejects the picture of the complainant as a munificent philanthropist to whom he is beholden. He does not accept that he was kept in funds. He even rejects the thought of the complainant as a friend. He den…

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