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Ghana: Sosu: Senior Lawyers Tried To Stop Me From Challenging GLC Suspension

September 9, 2018

Sosu: Senior Lawyers Tried To Stop Me From Challenging GLC Suspension

Prominent human rights lawyer, Francis-Xavier Sosu says some senior colleagues attempted to discourage him from challenging his suspension from the legal practice by the General Legal Council (GLC).

These persons, some of whom are also influential in the society told him to give up the fight because no one has ever prevailed over the GLC, Sosu claimed Saturday, September 9. 2018.

“In my Challenge against the General Legal Council, many senior and influential Lawyers said, I should give up the fight because no one has ever won a case against the Council,” he revealed while addressing the 2018 TED X Osu.

In June 2017, the body regulating legal profession in the country handed the popular layer a three-year ban after he was found guilty of professional misconduct contrary to the code regulating legal practice in the country.

Read: Francis-Xavier Sosu banned from practicing as lawyer

But July 2018, the Human Rights Court presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo quashed the orders of the GLC suspending the private legal practitioner. The court also set-aside the one-year mentorship imposed by the GLC on Mr Sosu.

“I kept my focus and kept fighting that lonely battle. With persistence, I was successful,” Sosu opened up for the first time since the Court ruling.




Ghana: Ban On Sosu Lifted

July 13, 2018

An Accra High Court (Human Rights Division) on Wednesday quashed the three-year ban imposed on human rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu by the General Legal Council (GLC).

The court, presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo, also set aside the one-year mentorship handed to the private legal practitioner.

The lawyer was barred from practising law in the country by the GLC in 2017 after he was found guilty of a number of offences.

His suspension followed a complaint by Francis Agyare, who claimed that Francis-Xavier Sosu and his law firm attempted to charge him exorbitantly.

Mr. Sosu was also indicted for advertising himself on social media in connection with a case involving Patrick Reynold, who was paralysed by a fallen billboard at Flower Pot in Accra contrary to the rules on the conduct of lawyers.

He was found guilty by the GLC and was handed the three-year ban.

The lawyer prayed the Appeal Court to overturn the suspension, but the court presided over by Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie, dismissed the application, saying the jurisdiction of the court had been improperly invoked by the applicant.










Ghana: Lawyer Sosu’s suspension: Court to give judgement on May 29

May 17, 2018

The Human Rights Court 1 presided over by Justice Gifty Agyei-Addo, has set May 29, 2018 as Judgement day on one of Lawyer Fracis-Xavier Sosu’s case against the General Legal Council (GLC).

This follows the hearing of an Application for Judicial Review filed by Lawyer Sosu on November 3, 2017. In the said suit numbered HR/0098/2017, the suspended lawyer challenged the basis of his charge, conviction and suspension.

In moving the Application, his Lawyer, Johnson Normesinu, who was holding brief for Samuel Codjoe maintained that the Disciplinary Committee of the GLC constituted itself into complainant, prosecutor and judges in their own cause in clear breach of the rules of Natural Justice and article 23 of the constitution.





Ghana: Supreme Court to hear Sosu’s suspension appeal

February 14, 2018

Francis Sosu 1

The Supreme Court has given approval for suspended Human Rights lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu to file an appeal against a three-year suspension imposed on him by the General Legal Council (GLC).

The court president over by Justice Yaw nullified an earlier judgement by the Appeals court that prevented Mr Sosu an application for stay of execution of the punishment, which prevents him from practicing law in Ghana.

In the wisdom of the court it will be an abuse of the fundamental human rights of Mr Sosu if he is prevented a hearing.

Mr Sosu has seven days to file his processes after which the court will hear the case.

It will be recalled that the GLC banned Mr Sosu from practising for three years on two major offences including overcharging a client.

The Council added that he had flouted the Professional Conduct and Etiquette rules by advertising his legal firm’s name and address on social media platform, Facebook.

Dissatisfied with the GLC’s decision, he went to the Court of Appeal to quash the suspension. But before the appeal would be heard, he also filed a motion seeking to halt the implementation of the suspension.

But on Wednesday, 26 July, the court presided over by Mr Justice Henry Anthony Kwofie dismissed the motion pending a determination of the substantive appeal case.

The judge said the jurisdiction of the court had not been triggered appropriately.






Egypt/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Ghana


The Petition the was submitted on behalf of Endangered Lawyers in Egypt 🇪🇬 and copied the Ghana Bar Association

(Francis-Xavier Sosu Facebook)



Ghana: Lawyer Sosu’s ban; read the full transcript of a meeting between him and GLC

December 24, 2017

Celebrated human rights lawyer, Francis-Xavier Sosu was baned June this year by the General Legal Council for finding the lawyer guilty of overcharging a client, touting and personal advertising.

At one of the meetings at the GLC, this is what transpired.


AY: Mr. Sosu, you were invited here by this committee because, I think early this year on Facebook, you appeared to have advertised yourself in such a way that we do not think as a lawyer it has to be done. Yes. How say you?

FX: Well, I would say that I never had the intention of doing so.

AY: You never had the intention of….

FX: …of doing so

SA: But by accident….it was by accident? Well, if it is not intentional, then it was accidental.

FX: My Lady, I thought I was only giving back information and didn’t know….

SA: For what purpose? Who? Who are you informing? Your client knows you had issued the writ or you had taken the step that he was hoping you would take on his behalf. After that, at that stage of matters, whose business is the rest, apart from you trying to do..working assiduously for your client?

AY: And also this is not a public sort of…

SO: ..interest..

AY: ..yes public interest …yes, it’s private. Somebody goes to court and says his fundamental human rights are…his privacy is being abused..then you go wayward.



Ghana: Embattled Sosu sues General Legal Council for violating his right to fair trial

December 18, 2017

Renowned human rights lawyer, Francis-Xavier Sosu, has filed a writ at the Human Rights High Court, seeking an order to enforce his fundamental rights to a fair trial as guaranteed under the 1992 Constitution.

He also filed an interlocutory injunction restraining the General Legal Council (GLC), the regulator of the legal profession in Ghana, from taking any further disciplinary proceedings in respect of him pending the determination of his human rights by the court.

He has exhibited one of his previous proceedings, where he alleges he was abused and threatened by the Disciplinary Committee members.

The exhibit, according to him, shows the Committee members made serious pre-judicial, political and religious statements against him.

Mr Sosu was handed a four-year suspension earlier this year by the GLC after he was found guilty of professional misconduct contrary to the code regulating legal practice in Ghana.