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(1966) JELR 67663 (HC)

High Court  •  18 Apr 1966  •  Ghana




The respondent was charged with the offence of unlawful assumption of the title of solicitor contrary to section 9 (2) of the Legal Profession Act, 1960 (Act 32). The facts that provided the grounds on which the charge was laid are that on or about 10 February 1965 the respondent not being enrolled under the Legal Profession Act, 1960, did take or use the title of solicitor. The respondent is the sole proprietor of a business designated General Insurance Claims Agency which has been registered under the Registration of Business Names Act, 1962 (Act 151). He wrote a letter the heading of which bore words which appeared to indicate that the letter came from a firm of legal practitioners addressing the same to the claims manager, Royal Exchange Assurance, Accra. The offending title reads as follows:

“General Insurance Claims and Brokers Agency Solicitors, Commissioners for Oaths (Privy Council Agents).”

The said letter was tendered by the prosecution as exhibit F. The le…

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