An analysis of the law on professional negligence in the legal profession:

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Kampala International University, School of Law
The study analyzed the Law on professional negligence in the legal profession in Uganda and the challenges such laws face in the attempt to protect the public who are the potential clients for Legal Practitioners from injury arising from professionally negligence. The research establishes the relationship between Legal professionals and their clients pointing out that a Legal professional may be held liable for a tort of negligence if he/she fails to exercise that due care skill and diligence expected from him/her in the discharge of his/her duty to the client. The study has also investigated how Government policies sought to enable the clients of legal practitioners to obtain appropriate and optimum benefits from their resources and how they seek to achieve the goals of satisfactory production and performance standards, adequate performance methods, informative approaches and the effective protection against the malpractices and actions which could adversely affect the interests of clients in the delivery of professional of services. The study also investigated the safety of the general public against professional negligence and how the government has encouraged the adoption of appropriate measures including the systems, regulations, national or international standards, voluntary standards and the mantainance to ensure that the services provided to the general public is appropriate and safe for the intended or the foreseeable use. The research approaches selected were used aiming at producing a comprehensive and detailed description of the area under investigation. The clients have for long suffered at the hands of the professionals with little available adequate remedies and the protection of the Law and many have ended up losing their lives, incurring exorbitant costs, as a result of the professional negligence. Hence the need for this study is to find out how far the law has gone to give redress to these problems and the challenges thereof faced by the provisions of the laws on the protection which could call for reform in the in the legal profession.
A dissertation submitted to the school of law in partial fulfillment to the requirements for the award of the Bachelors Degree of laws of Kampala International University
Criminal Law, Professional negligence, Legal profession, Uganda