(2010) JELR 46497 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/E/143/08 ·  17 Dec 2010 ·  Nigeria
AMINA ADAMU AUGIE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria MOHAMMED LADAN TSAMIYA Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria ABDU ABOKI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
2nd defendant
lower court
good defence
general cause list
1st defendant
2nd appellant
summary judgment
1st appellant
civil procedure
legal services
limited liability company
statement of claim
complete defence
high court
learned trial judge
managing director
triable issues
undefended list
25-paragraph affidavit
agreement of the parties
anambra state high court
balance of his professional fees
case files
civil proceedings
consideration of our legal services
date judgment
enter judgment
favorable judgment
grant leave
leading judgment
legal services of the plaintiff
notice of appeal
onitsha high court of anambra state
personal matter
respect of the 2nd defendant
separate statements of defence
service of the originating processes
summary judgment procedure of order
total sum of n398,000.00
trial urge
various cases
zenith bank cheques nos

AMINA ADAMU AUGIE, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The Respondent, engaged by the Appellants to handle various cases they had in Court. However, by a letter dated 26th July 2006, the Respondent was informed - "We have deemed it necessary to debrief you and your Chambers of all the cases that you are handling for us. For over 2 (two) years we have been going to Court and none of the cases Viz: - - -has come to a successful conclusion. We shall be informing you who the new lawyers would be thanks for your co-operation".

In his reply dated 3rd August 2006, the Respondent withdrew his services, and after putting "the records straight", concluded thus -

"..We hereby condemn vehemently your crude and malicious innuendo alluding to our Chambers as non-result oriented. It only takes a greedy man and an ingrate to conclude that we did not produce any result in the cases - - Result means different things to different people. A reasonable man would know that we have produced results in…

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