The LSSA's Protection of Personal Information Guideline for Law Firms aims to assist attorneys to familiarise themselves with their obligations to process personal information in their practices lawfully. Read more here.
Mthatha attorney Mvuzo Notyesi and Somerset West attorney Ettienne Barnard have been elected Co-Chairpersons to lead the LSSA in a year of critical change for the legal profession. Read more here.
The National Forum has published the Legal Practice Council Rules that will apply to legal practitioners once the LPC comes into operation. Deadline for comment has been extended to 5 April. Download the rules for comment here.
A united profession is stronger than the sum of its separate groupings
The year 2018 will finally bring to life the Legal Practice Council with the start of a new regulatory dispensation for the profession. It will be momentous as, for the first time, legal practitioners will be governed by a single, national regulatory body, as the Legal Practice Act is intended to restructure the profession from a regulatory perspective
As much as the above is important, it does not address all that is required for the profession to be effective. As a unified entity we will be stronger than the sum of our separate interest organisations. Legal practitioners will need a unified home – parallel to the LPC, not competing with it but complementing it – where their interests and concerns are attended to. Read more here.
At the LSSA Conference on 24 March 2018, Ettienne Barnard unpacked s 35 of the Legal Practice Act dealing with fees in respect of legal services. He provided some practical examples of cost estimates.
Read more here and view the presentation. Also download examples of cost estimates for divorce, litigation and sequestration matters.
Whether you have a claim or a defence against another person, our Small Clams Court information brochure will provide you with a simple guide
on how to utilise the Small Claims Court effectively. Available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, Sesotho and Sepedi. Read more here.
The SAPS may give a person, who has been arrested on suspicion of a less serious crime, an option to pay an admission of guilt fine. Many people pay an admission of guilt fine so that they can be released from police custody – not knowing what it means and how it will affect them. Unfortunately, there are consequences to paying an admission of guilt fine which may haunt a person for many years to come. It is advisable first to speak to an attorney before you pay an admission of guilt fine. Download our brochure and read more here.
Legal Aid South Africa and attorneys in private practice provide pro bono (free) legal services to qualifying members of the public. Alternatively the attorneys’ profession offers a First Free Interview Scheme. Read more and get contact information
Attorneys are registered with the provincial law societies where they are based. Complaints must be lodged with the relevant law society. Check whether an attorney is in good standing, has a Fidelity Fund certificate, get contact information for complaints and read about your rights and responsibilities as the client of an attorney. Read more.