ONEGBEDAN
V.
UNITY BANK PLC

(2014) JELR 40205 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/B/85/2011 ·  22 Jan 2014 ·  Nigeria
CORAM
IBRAHIM MOHAMMED MUSA SAULAWA Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria AYOBODE OLUJIMI LOKULO-SODIPE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria TOM SHAIBU YAKUBU Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
appellant
appeal
respondent
court
bill of charges
learned trial judge
legal practitioner
oyekanmi v. nepa
statement of claim
legal practitioners act
conclusion of the appeal
inter alia
particulars of the principal items
professional fee
brief of argument
date of delivery of the bill
documentary exhibits
learned trial court
national electric power authority
said appeal
said bill of charges
tom shaibu yakubu
aforementioned appeal
authorities of oyekanmi v. nepa
case of a firm
circumstances of the present case
company secretary
constitution of the federal republic of nigeria
details of the bill of charges
exhibit f
exhibits d
filing of the suit no. b
interpretation of exhibits
issuance of exhibit d
judgment of the learned trial judge
leading judgment
mandatory provision of section
original parties e
particularisation of such principal items
review of his professional fee
review of the professional fee
said fee
see lewis v
statutory notice
sum of n17,500.00
total amount
trial court
written agreement

TOM SHAIBU YAKUBU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant, a Legal practitioner, was retained as an external solicitor by the respondent. He was engaged to defend an appeal for the respondent in this court in CA/B/91/94 - Jessica Trading Co. Ltd V. New Nigeria Bank Plc. The agreed and approved professional fee for the said handling of the aforementioned appeal by the appellant was N35,000.00. This was in 1992. The appellant was paid 50% of the said fee, that is, the sum of N17,500.00, at the onset of the agreement.

The said appeal lasted at this court for upwards of twelve years and the appellant had made thirty one (31) appearances in it. The appellant in May, 2004, wrote to the respondent, requesting for a review of his professional fee. The respondent in response, intimated the appellant that his request for a review of the professional fee would be considered at the conclusion of the appeal and upon the issuance of a final invoice by the appellant.

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