Lawyer accused of breaching 14 separate Rules of Professional Conduct ordered to pay over 60k to LSO

The LSO further sought disbursements of $11,075.08, which comprised two charges, $10,357.96 for Ellwood Evidence Inc. – the last-minute responding expert report – and $717.12 for printing and delivery.

Considering the Perrelli factors, the tribunal wrote that the proceedings were above average complexity and required the LSO to call additional witnesses, which lengthened the hearing due to the vast materials, multiple complaints, and “aggressive defense” by Deokaran, including raising last-minute defences.

“The lawyer’s service, at the last minute, of a purported expert report required the law society to retain an expert on a rush basis, leading to higher costs and a longer hearing,” the tribunal wrote.

The tribunal wrote that because Deokaran raised the issue regarding another cause of the disputed emails, she should bear all the resulting expenses, specifically the entire costs incurred for the responding report of Ellwood Evidence Inc. However, the panel declined to award any fees related to printing expenses as the tribunal operates electronically to the extent reasonably possible.

Deokaran’s interlocutory suspension is partly due to her disciplinary history of failing to cooperate with the LSO. For example, she was licensed to practice in 2011 but was administratively suspended for 19 days in 2012 for unpaid LawPRO premiums.

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FG assures retirees of health insurance

The federal government is committed to providing health insurance for older persons and retirees in the country, the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, has said.

He spoke in Abuja on Sunday during the presentation of the ministerial committee’s report on the provision of health insurance for retirees and the elderly in Nigeria.

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He said countries that had witnessed civilization and national development took care of older persons in their midst and prioritized access to healthcare for them.

He recommended the committee for the work put into the report, saying it was not just for the elderly, but also the country’s development as a whole.

The minister promised to study it and ensure effective implementation.

Director-General, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Prof. Mohammed Sambo, said the committee was constituted so that no one was left behind in accessing health insurance in the country.

He said the report was in alignment with the health insurance bill signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari which made health insurance mandatory in the country.

He said the report had made the job of implementing the Health Insurance Act easier.

He said NHIA would ensure effective implementation once it received the report.

The chairman of the inter-ministerial committee, Linus Awute, said the committee which was inaugurated in 2020, had some delays in the submission of the report as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dua Zahra’s husband will be in jail within 24 hours, hopes lawyer Jibran Nasir

Dua Zahra and her husband Zaheer Ahmed during an interview.  — Screengrab via YouTube
Dua Zahra and her husband Zaheer Ahmed during an interview. — Screengrab via YouTube

KARACHI: Jibran Nasir, the lawyer representing Dua Zahra’s father, Monday hoped that her husband will be in jail within 24 hours in the light of a new medical report determining her age to be between 15-16 years.

He was speaking to the media outside a local court where the medical report was submitted determining the girl’s actual age. The panel was constituted on the court’s order after Dua’s father challenged a medical report which declared her to be between 16-17 years of age.

The fresh report has concluded that the girl is 15 to 16 years of age, however, the lawyer said that she is “nearest to 15 years”.

Jibran Nasir hoped that after the new medical report, “Sindh police [will] take Zaheer Ahmed into custody by tomorrow afternoon.”

He has a case of kidnapping filed against him, the lawyer said, adding that policemen were smiling and taking pictures with Zaheer.

He further added that two weeks ago, senior police officials had said that there was nothing in the case, the case was closed, and today the medical report shows that the case was never properly investigated, to begin with.

“This case is a charge sheet against the Sindh police and the Sindh government,” he said.

He added that Dua’s case was related to kidnapping and child marriage.

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