‘Don’t Follow Money’
LAWYERS IN the country have been called upon not to be solely interested in making quick-money in the course of their practice but should aim at doing landmark cases worth reporting in the Ghana Law Report.
Lawyer Derek Donald Gwira, a legal luminary in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis made the call at an award ceremony organized by the Western Regional Branch of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) in his honour.
He advised that instead of putting money first in the course of discharging their duties, lawyers should be committed to their work and argue cases that propound special legal theories.
According to him, most of the present crop of lawyers take more delight in charging high legal fees rather than advancing sharp legal propositions, and advised them not to combine their legal practice with any business.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE after being honoured for his meritorious services to the GBA in the region and the nation, Lawyer Gwira disclosed that he had practiced for nearly 40 years, and hinted that he was one of the founding members of Ghana National College in Cape Coast in 1948.
“DD”, as the lawyer is affectionately called by his peers, was trained at Holborn College of Law and Inns of Court Law School.
He was called to the English Bar at Lincoln's Inn and practiced in that country for a while.
The septuagenarian lawyer later returned to Ghana in 1972 and had since been practicing in Amanfel Law Chambers in Sekondi, his late father's Chambers.
Lawyer Gwira, who was the Western Regional President of the GBA from 1981 to 1986, is also a legal consultant to several multinational companies in the region.
In 1997, the astute lawyer was appointed as a Supreme Court Judge but declined the offer with the explanation that he wanted to be an independent lawyer.
He encouraged young lawyers to be more dedicated to their work and ensure a cordial relationship between them and members of the bench.
He pointed out that farmers, nurses, teachers and even distributors of a company's products, who excelled in their fields of endeavour, were honoured annually, but the ceremony was the first in the history of the GBA in the region to honour a top lawyer of his caliber for his services to the bar.
He disclosed that he had argued many landmark cases which had been reported in Ghana Law Reports since 1976, and that some of the cases were being used to teach law students at the Ghana Law School.
He was grateful to the GBA in the region for the honour done him, adding, “I did not know that my life was an inspiration to my colleagues”.
Lawyer Kofi Nyamekye Arthur, Western Regional President of the GBA, on behalf of the association, presented a citation to Lawyer Dwira.
It read: “The height at which great men reached and kept was not attained by sudden flight. Today, we name you in our story and like the great men of old, we praise you. You chose and trod on path of excellence, your works will also praise you; may your fountain be blessed. The blessings of the ancient height, the eternal blessings of the Most High be your portion.”
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi