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Thursday, 25 May 2017

So female lawyers are not meant to be addressed as Esquires?

Prominent lawyer, Funke Adekoya SAN, thinks women shouldn't be addressed as Esquires. Isn't Esquire the title for lawyers irrespective of gender?  Please let the lawyers educate us. 


27 comments:

Lynda said...

There is no gender differentiation in the legal profession.

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Sheela said...

esquires is a title that is supposed to be gender neutral or is she proposing that we start using a new word like esquiress or what.

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Success said...

According to the British dictionary, Esquires means "a polite title appended to a man's name when no other title is used, typically in the address of a letter or other documents."

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Anonymous said...

Then she is not acquainted with the new directives by the CJN.yes we all know that female lawyers are not Esq.but d new directives by the CJN said female lawyers can be called Esq.

Anonymous said...

esquire
ɪˈskwʌɪə,ɛˈskwʌɪə/Submit
noun
1.
BRITISH
a polite title appended to a man's name when no other title is used, typically in the address of a letter or other documents.
"J. C. Pearson Esquire"

Ade Olasengbe said...

Lawyers should educate us

Anonymous said...

Just shameful that a SAN can spit this out without clarification!. Esquires is an unofficial title of respect, having no precise significance, sometimes placed, especially in its abbreviated form, after a man's surname in formal written address. In the U.S., usually applied to lawyers, women as well as men; in Britain, applied to a commoner considered to have gained the social position of a gentleman. Abbreviation: Esq.

Anonymous said...

Crazy woman. Esq has two meaning! ODE claiming i too know

Anonymous said...

In legal and other formal documents Esquire is usually written in full after the names of those considered entitled to the designation; in common usage it is abbreviated Esq. or Esqr., and appended to any man's name as a mere mark of respect, as in the addresses of letters (though this practice is becoming less prevalent than formerly). In the general sense, and as a title either alone or prefixed to a name, the form Squire has always been the more common in familiar use

Anonymous said...

In legal and other formal documents Esquire is usually written in full after the names of those considered entitled to the designation; in common usage it is abbreviated Esq. or Esqr., and appended to any man's name as a mere mark of respect, as in the addresses of letters (though this practice is becoming less prevalent than formerly). In the general sense, and as a title either alone or prefixed to a name, the form Squire has always been the more common in familiar use.

Anonymous said...

Only men can be addressed as esquire. It means gentleman

Anonymous said...

Lawyers both male and female can be addressed as esquire, maybe the lady should be the one to look into the dictionary, cos in the dictionary, it co-note both male and female, i really don't know where she is getting her definitions from.

franklin shinkafi said...

Esquire is a term that is usually used to address gentlemen or prospective knights in early British clime. However in the legal profession in Nigeria there is the perception that "we are all gentlemen at the bar". Hence there is nothing like a lady at the bar. That's why all judges and justices irrespective of gender address themselves as "my learned brother". Normally only the male lawyers attached esquire in their names in substitution of the Mr. The ladies use miss or Mrs before theirs. The Chief Justice some weeks back in the Supreme Court encouraged ladies to attach esquire to their names if they feel like as their is no lady or woman at the bar or bench.

JayBoss said...

So the CJN can humour the ladies, but the question really is if the CJN also has the power to expand the meanings assigned to words under the English lexicon (vocabulary)? I think not. "Esquire", being both a historic title in England and a common English word, is and has always been used in address of and in reference to MEN only! If this another stunt on the gender-equality struggle, ladies can enlighten us. If this another Nigerian-version of English language, well, the affected people can also enlighten us. My knowledge is, and remains that, Esquire is a title reserved for men. Q.E.D.!

abujakenneth said...

There is no gender in law

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Hmmm, we learn everyday indeed.


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noel said...

Who gives a shit? Do titles make you a better human being?

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ESSIEN SIMEON said...

I have always known 'Esquire' as a title usually attached to a gentleman name. However now the CJN has ruled that since all lawyers (males/females) are regarded as gentlemen, it would suffice if a female lawyer decides to add Esquire(Esq) to her names.
Essien Simeon, Esq.

uchenna njoku said...

I taya for them oh. As if adding Esquire to their name will make them less corrupt.

Anonymous said...

Esquire is mostly used to denote a lawyer, in a departure from traditional use, and is irrespective of gender. In letters, a lawyer is customarily addressed by adding the suffix Esquire (abbreviated Esq.), preceded by a comma, after the lawyer's full name.

Anonymous said...

Ode...at last a topic on LIB you can actually learn from and you are talking like a farm animal.

Anonymous said...

So lawyers do come on here as well? Yet they play the Anonymous card all year long then repeat the trend the next yr. Never knew we had learned folks who chose to jst walk by until finally something that provokes them. Frm wat I see here, there are different sides to this particular coin. The one that hit me most is the surprised lad who is surprised that the CJN has jurisdiction to add meaning to an English Lexicon. Irrespective of the intended meaning to the said address, I deduce this address can be used as u deem fit. Like the word 'Lad' the feminine address is a 'Lass' but you barely hear or read anybody addressed as a 'Lass' whereas
we hear it evryday as peeps use the word Lads.

Anonymous said...

So lawyers do come on here as well? Yet they play the Anonymous card all year long then repeat the trend the next yr. Never knew we had learned folks who chose to jst walk by until finally something that provokes them. Frm wat I see here, there are different sides to this particular coin. The one that hit me most is the surprised lad who is surprised that the CJN has jurisdiction to add meaning to an English Lexicon. Irrespective of the intended meaning to the said address, I deduce this address can be used as u deem fit. Like the word 'Lad' the feminine address is a 'Lass' but you barely hear or read anybody addressed as a 'Lass' whereas
we hear it everyday as peeps use the word Lads.

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