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Briefcase lawyers on the rise in Nakuru

28 August 2013, 16:20 Wilshere

The chairman of Rift Valley Law Society of Kenya, Bernard Nge’tich, has urged Nakuru town residents to be on the look out for quack lawyers.

Nge’etich said that there are some lawyers who are spracticing law after they were suspended and others are not licensed by the LSK.

“There is a group of lawyers who have been suspended from practicing the law but they are still swindling the innocent public,” said the LSK chairman.

Nge’tich said that some of the fake lawyers are always found in the corridors of law courts where they lure unsuspecting clients into representing them in court cases.  

While speaking on Tuesday to the media, Nge’tich said that they will be removing all briefcase lawyers in Nakuru as they seek to bring sanity in the LSK.

He also noted that some of the quack lawyers who have been striked off the bar are using the young advocates and lawyers to take their pleas in court cases.

“Some of these fake lawyers are found roaming in courts corridors and since they are have been suspended by courts they are now using the young advocates joining the practice,” he said

A spot check carried out by the media revealed that, some of these crafty lawyers are paid as low as KES 500 to KES 1000 to represent unsuspecting clients in court cases.

The Rift Valley Chairman said that so far in Nakuru there are approximately 20 lawyers who are still practicing the law illegally.

He also noted that some of the quack lawyers operate from Nyayo gardens, hotels and cyber cafes in the town.

“These lawyers have even improvised ways of running their devious affairs in a public place where it is very difficult for any one to notice what they are up to,” he said.        

Some of the fake lawyers are also using fake registered law firms while representing their client cases.

Nge’tich said that in an effort to fight the vice, the LSK will next week be naming and shaming the 20 fake lawyers operating in Nakuru.

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