Insurers cause confusion in legal fraternity

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Legal insurance companies are presenting a new challenge and concern to the legal fraternity because some of them have started providing legal services.

“The insurers need to note that they cannot determine fees for professionals, and on the other hand, attorneys also need to be made aware that agreeing fees with a third party who is not your client is misconduct,” said chairman of Law Society of Botswana (LSB), Lawrence Lecha, at the opening of the legal year on Tuesday.

He said that even though business has not been good recently, anticompetitive behaviour and misconduct should not be allowed, as it may cause irreparable damage to the image of the profession. “In this regard, the society is looking to the Attorney General, statutory corporations and banks to spread work evenly through the law firms in order to improve market conditions,” he said.

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