Lawyers Charged To Be Dynamic In Their Practice

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Feb 5th, 2014
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Chief Justice Georgina Woode has implored law firms and practitioners to endeavour to be at par with current demands of the profession so as to enable them respond to the changing and varied needs of clients.

Speaking at the opening of AB & David’s luxurious West Africa head office in Accra, she said the practice of law has moved beyond the courtroom and filing writs of summons, as more lawyers are into transaction structuring, public-private partnerships, alternative dispute resolution and project financing.

“Clients are becoming increasingly sophisticated and now demand value for money, and they want lawyers who understand business — aside from their quest for efficiency and utmost care.

“Besides this, a business-minded lawyer needs a deep understanding of the corporate world, industry and the workings of government in order to practice law successfully. This, to me, is the only way to make lawyers more efficient, productive and competitive in today’s global market,” she advised.

AB & David, a multi-specialist business law firm, opened its ultra-modern West Africa head office in Accra as part of the company’s effort to consolidate its cross-border practice as well as better serve clients in an up-class and service-friendly environment.

Isabel Boaten, Managing Partner, said the huge investment comes on the back of sustained expansion and growth of the company, and an innate desire to provide superior customer service to clients.

“The opening of this ultra-modern office goes to affirm AB & David’s focal objectives of taking an interest in the business of clients, adding value, and delivering service in a way that will ensure total client care and satisfaction.

“For us as a business law firm, we believe that the quality of advice we offer clients must be matched with how the service is delivered. Over the years, we have come to realise from interactions with our clientele that companies are increasingly seeking to do business not only in Ghana but across West Africa.

“This office building is our response to this growing trend, with AB & David having recommitted itself to strengthening its West Africa practice, working with a network of leading law firms throughout the region, and a consolidation of that commitment,” she said.

AB & David is solely dedicated to advising businesses and governments in Africa with its team of experienced and highly qualified lawyers, support staff and affiliate firms in several African countries including Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Zambia.

The company recently secured “Lexcel”, which is a recognised international accreditation scheme for law firms and in-house legal departments that is only awarded to practicing firms which meet the highest management and customer-care standards.

By Patrick PAINTSIL

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