By Innocent Anaba
kaduna—Legal practitioners in Nigeria have been charged to acquire the requisite skills to thrive in the era of technology and globalisation.
A senior partner at Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors, Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN, who gave the charge in his keynote address at the 2018 Law week of the Kaduna chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, said the new technologies have changed the way of doing things and lawyers must embrace them to remain relevant.
Idigbe said: “Clients are becoming more demanding and they are no longer ready to pay too much for legal services, at the same time they want speed and efficiency from lawyers. They don’t want waste of time and the volume of work is increasing. So the only solution is to apply technology, as it will enable lawyers to do the work within a very short time.”
According to him, the appreciation of technology had greatly increased in Africa, adding “What we need is more education, more commitment, that is why I appreciate what we have done. We have spoken to lawyers at the grassroots, explaining to them what the variables are and the imperatives for change and that if they don’t change, technology is going to come anyway. There are market forces, competitive forces that other lawyers and non- lawyers providing the same services and clients unbundling the services and then moving those that are more process-based to completely different countries.”