Former President of the former President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA), Mrs. Boma Alabi, has led a team of technology experts to develop a lawyer-specific App that will enhance the productivity and improve the revenue of Nigerian lawyers.

Speaking at a pre-launch briefing, Mrs. Alabi said that the development of the App took a number of years to become a reality because the team of high-tech experts wanted to ensure that Nigerian lawyers got the best from the initiative.

According to Mrs. Alabi who was the first woman President in the history of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, “After 26 years of my legal practice in London, I returned to Nigeria and discovered we had several challenges and limitations in access to potential clients, real time. The application, AptResponse, is therefore a must have for Lawyers.

“Through the App, Lawyers can be reached quickly by those in urgent need of legal services, including those whose rights are being violated by security agencies. The App will link such persons immediately to the nearest lawyer, who will come to their aid”.

Applauding the initiative, Nigerian Bar Association President, Mr. Yakubu Maikyau SAN said: “I am really excited that this App is coming during my tenure as NBA President. As lawyers, we have responsibilities which must be discharged with integrity.

“AI has made it possible to work from anywhere. The App should also be able to track the billing system of lawyers, because under the new Act, a lawyer must not charge less than the prescribed fees; it amounts to professional misconduct for any lawyer to do so.

“I am delighted to be part of this, and the NBA will definitely collaborate with your team to support this initiative.”

The NBA President said: “Our work environment has changed post-Covid, and we have to change our traditional approach to work; this App promotes the tech platform for this change.

“Lawyers share greater responsibilities in the society because apart from ensuring the maintenance of law and order, we equally have the responsibility to direct the affairs of society. This App brings the connect between the lawyer, the client and the society for good, because if there is a disconnect between what I call the sheep and the shepherd, there will be problems.

“In this digital age, our offices are everywhere, and this is what the App is promoting. We are everywhere, and we need to up platforms that will assist us to discharge our responsibilities everywhere in the society. This will also enable us to enhance the billing system of lawyers, in compliance with the new Legal Practitioners Remuneration Act.

“I love this App, and will involve others to love it and benefit from its application. Over 14,000 lawyers have so far registered for the forthcoming Conference, we must deliver it without compromising the integrity of the Bar. This is a very laudable and revolutionary project, and will definitely add value to our profession.”

Mrs. Alabi, who envisioned the initiative, started a mentoring programme for students of the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus with about 1, 600 students per session over 10 years ago. She is highly involved in the Duty Solicitors Scheme and mentorship especially for young lawyers.

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