Court quashes Francis Sosu’s three-year ban
The Human Rights Court 1 has quashed the three-year suspension of renowned Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu by the General Legal Council.
The Court presided by Her Ladyship Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo also set-aside the one year mentorship handed to the Human Rights lawyer.
The General Legal Council (GLC) in June 2017, barred the prominent lawyer from practicing as a lawyer for one year after he was found guilty of professional misconduct.
It followed a complaint filed at the Council by one of his clients, Francis Agyare, who accused Mr. Sosu and his law firm F-X Law & Associates of attempting to swindle him.
The General Legal Council in a letter informing Lawyer Sosu of his ban stated that he was investigated and found guilty of professional misconduct.
“The disciplinary committee of the General legal Council formally charged Lawyer Sosu under Rule 2(4) of the legal profession (professional conduct and etiquette) Rules, 1969 L.I. 613 and that he; while acting as Council for Torgbui Afede XIV, in a matter between Torgbui Afede and the Chief of Defense Staff, minister of interior, Attorney General and another took to Facebook with pictures of the parties and comments on the case to the public with his firm’s name, address and telephone numbers attached, with the primary motive of personal advertisement and touting,” portions of the statement said.
It added: “He was further charged under Rule 2 (4) of the legal profession (Professional conduct and etiquette) Rule, 1996 L.I 613 that he; while acting as Counsel for Reynolds Yeboah, in the matter between Patrick Reynolds Yeboah and M.DEX company Limited in Accra, Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly, Accra,Ghana, took to Facebook posting the writ of summons in the said case and made comments to the public with the firm’s name, address and telephone numbers attached, with the primary motive of personal advertisement.”
But delivering her judgment Wednesday July 11, 2018, Her Ladyship Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo found that the charges of touting and personal advertisement as grave misconduct were not in accordance with law.
It followed the hearing of an Application for Judicial Review filed by Lawyer Sosu on 3rd November, 2017.