Changes made to Legal Decree
Report by: Ritika Pratap
Changes have been made to the Legal Practitioners Decree to ensure transparency and accountability in the legal profession.
The amendments were made following complaints that many lawyers are working on contingency fee basis -where the lawyer takes a share of the clients’ court ordered damages instead of receiving a fee.
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the amendments will bring about discipline.
“Lawyers can take up to 10% as contingency fees. They can have amounts above that also – but only after the settlement or the judgment sum has been given to the client – if they have an agreement before hand.”
Another amendment now allows foreign law firms to set up offices in Fiji.