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Book Announcement: Oral & Written Advocacy – Law & Practice – Tola Adenle

August 4, 2016

Nigeria

 

“… five decade ago, such a change [from Oral to Written Advocacy] could not have been contemplated. At that time, the Court of Appeal in England was vehemently opposed to such a threat to shift from traditional copious oral presentation to a longer written presentation of an address. In a particular appeal, Lord Justice Dankworth expressed his strong opposition and considered such an appellant’s brief as ‘wholly irregular and contrary to the practice of the court … such a change should not be allowed as a precedent for future proceedings …”

 

SOLANKE Oral and Written Advocacy

Title:              Oral & Written Advocacy, Law & Practice: Traditional & Modern Trends in Advocacy

Authors:        Fọlakẹ Ṣolankẹ, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) & Fabian Ajogwu, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)

Publishers:    Commercial Law Development Services (CLDS); [info@clds-ng.com]. March 2016.

 

Although I did state in the recent past that this blog would no longer present book reviews but would continue to announce the publications of books,  the last two books announced here show a tendency to still offer a bit of review. That’s because those two books’ autobiographical subjects offer no chance for excuses for inability to give blog visitors who may want to check out Tunde Adeniran’s SERVING MY FATHERLAND and Ladipo Adamolekun’s I REMEMBER ideas that would enable them make decisions on whether they should purchase the books.

As regards Oral & Written Advocacy: Law & Practice, it’s a book on a subject I know nothing about, and I must confess reading it has not changed my situation! This announcement manages, though, to show a section that even a lay-person like me could enjoy.

I do know enough, however, about the authors to justify this announements. Both, especially the lead author – Chief Folake Solanke, Nigeria’s first female SAN – have risen to the highest level on the bar with their conferments with Nigeria’s highest legal honor, Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

Announcing Oral & Written Advocacy is therefore a call for sharing  of information that should make you, my blog visitors – especially if you are a lawyer in Nigeria or outside it, and are interested in Nigerian legal affairs – want to get a copy of the book, and even some non-legal visitors for whom Law remains a fascinating subject.

The lead author, Solanke, is a world-renowned legal luminary who studied Law following a general degree course that included Pure Mathematics and Latin a King’s College, University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne of then University of Durham [now University of New Castle in the United Kingdom in the late 1940s and 1950s. Solanke has many firsts in a distinguished legal career spanning almost six decades, and in her native Nigerian.

A member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Chief Solanke became the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN)  in 1981 after Nigeria instituted the professional SAN designation as the country’s highest legal award following the rested colonial Queen’s Counsel (QC),  and at the Fifth IBA World Women’s Lawyers London Conference in 2012, she was decorated with the 2012 IBA International Woman Lawyer Award.

After heading the West African District for which she served as District Governor, Solanke was elected the 42nd  President of Zonta International, a global organisation of executives in business working for the advancement of the status of women in 1992, a position she held for the biennial before passing the torch to Josephine G. Cooke at the Los Angeles, California gathering of the Club.

Oral and Written Advocacy … has another legal luminary, Professor Fabian Ajogwu, as co-author. Ajogwu was Chair of Corporate Governance of the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University and is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a status he achieved after teaching lawyers-to-be and practicing as Advocate for many years. His advocacy work is based at his Lagos [Nigeria] Kenna Partners Chambers, and his work has not gone unnoticed at corporate and government level. His achievements in legal practice continue to grow.

I find the section on ‘Resistance to the shift from Oral to Written Advocacy’ enlightening and interesting despite my non-legal background. The section forms part of Oral and Written Advocacy. With the UK’s long tradition and history of writing,  I would not expect that barely –

“… five decade ago, such a change [from Oral to Written Advocacy] could not have been contemplated. At that time, the Court of Appeal in England was vehemently opposed to such a threat to shift from traditional copious oral presentation to a longer written presentation of an address. In a particular appeal, Lord Justice Dankworth expressed his strong opposition and considered such an appellant’s brief as ‘wholly irregular and contrary to the practice of the court … such a change should not be allowed as a precedent for future proceedings …” It is hoped that His Lordship will not turn in his grave in utter disbelief at the ascendancy f written advocacy over oral advocacy.

The authors commend the Supreme Court of Nigeria for adopting Written Advocacy for Briefs of Arguments for appeals in 1977 which was not that long after England did so. The authors note that “the Appellant’s brief was already the normal practice in the United States of America”.

Solanke and Ajogwu also deal with Advocacy in Election Petitions, a necessary subject considering how rampant election petitions have become in an electoral system always filled with electoral malpractices that have resulted in supposed “winners” becoming losers after Election Tribunals sit over petitions.

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2 Comments on “Book Announcement: Oral & Written Advocacy – Law & Practice – Tola Adenle”

  1. Timothy Otunla Says:

    Thank you for this interesting exposure. We can all only benefit from knowing about the work even if many of us, like you ,can hardly claim that reading it will “change our situation”. Thanks again for this pioneering effort.
    tao

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