General Legal Council bans Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa from practicing for four years

General Legal Council bans Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa from practicing for four years

- He was charged on three accounts of conflict of interest

- The suspension is to run from Thursday July 27, 2017

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General Legal Council bans Lawyer Kwasi Afrifa banned from practicing for four years

Chief Justice and head of the General Legal Council, Sophia Akuffo

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The General Legal Council has announced the suspension of lawyer Kwasi Afrifa. It is scheduled to span for four (4) years, and starts from retrospectively from Thursday July 27, 2017.

Afrifa was charged with three counts per Rule 5 (10) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613. All the three counts related to identified cases of conflict of interest.

With the first count, he initially acted as counsel for Dr. Emelia Timpo, in a matter of securing a probate for his client. This was in relation to her mother’s estate. He also assisted her to obtain Letters of Administration in respect of the same estate.

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He then turned around to act for the other party, her brother Nana Kwamina Apreh Ackah in against his (now former) plaintiff over property that formed part of the same estate.

In the second case, he acted on behalf of one Kodwo Ackah, in a bid to get a tenant evicted. He then turned around only to represent the same tenant against his former tenant, in matters of the same estate.

In the third case, lawyer Kwasi Afrifa was charged under Rule 9 (4) of the Legal Profession (Professional Conduct and Etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613 in a civil matter in which he initiated a bid to evict a tenant, and subsequently turned around to represent the defendants in that same case.

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The council has convicted him on all three counts.

He has therefore been barred from presenting himself as a lawyer until the expiration of the sentence. He is neither expected to attend chambers nor attempt to provide any form of legal service to any member(s) of the public for a fee.

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