Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—The Malawi Law Society (MLS) says it will revise fees lawyers charge claiming that they have also been affected by the devaluation of the Kwacha.
The body’s newly elected president Mandala Mambulasa observed that legal service providers have not been spared from the effects of devaluation and inflation, hence the need to revise the legislation that guide lawyers regarding to legal fees.
“This is one of the issues I will be pursuing to see that legal fees revised because lawyers were not spared from the effects of devaluation. It is high time we revised the rules and legislation that lawyers follow to charge a client after providing legal services,” Mambulasa, who took over the mantle from outspoken John Gift Mwakhwawa.
On lawyers’ misconduct claims from clients, Mambulasa said MLS will put in place measures that will help instill discipline among lawyers.
MLS outgoing president said during the body’s annual general meeting last weekend that his office received 50 complaints against lawyers.
Mwakhwawa observed that there were cases of misconduct, incompetence, pure criminality and lack of explanation from lawyers to their clients.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013