Octogenarian law practitioner, life bencher and former chairman of Body of Benchers, Chief George Uwechue (SAN) Chief George Uwechue was born in Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha-South Local Council Area of Delta State on November 30, 1938. He was educated in Nigeria and the United Kingdom (UK) where he bagged his LLB (second-class honours) in 1965. At the completion of his law programme, he returned to Nigeria and enrolled at the Nigeria Law School between September and December 1965 and was called to the Bar on January 21, 1966.
He was appointed a Notary Public on September 27, 1975. On June 7, 1993, he was elevated to the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Uwechue, a life bencher holds the fellowship of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) and served as chairman, Body of Benchers, between 2010 and 2011. He is the principal counsel of his firm of legal practitioners, G. N. Uwechue and Company since February 19, 1975.
In 2013, 35 professors of law led by Prof. M.O.U Gasiokwu published “Law in motion, nurturing democracy and development; essays in honour of Chief George Uwechue (SAN), (FNIALS), Owelle of Ogwashi Uku.”
There are lawyers who believe that the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) as a mark of distinction to selected members of legal practitioners is unfair. They argue that the rank should be abolished, insisting that undeserving members of the Bar get rewarded with it, while many qualified practitioners are left out.
For some, it creates a kind of cabal within the profession, while others think deserving lawyers should be awarded the rank without asking them to apply for it. But octogenarian law practitioner, life bencher and former chairman of Body of Benchers, Chief George Uwechue (SAN) in this interview with Assistant Editor, Law and Foreign Affairs, JOSEPH ONYEKWERE disagrees. According to him, the rank is still the ultimate achievement for all at the bar, irrespective of the numerous complaints.
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