Download our newsletter for an update on developments in the profession, including: New Deeds Office fees ; CJ’s Office warns of fraudulent documents; new Polokwane Deeds Office; insolvency practitioners to update information at Master's Office and lots more. Download the newsletter here.
Upcoming LEAD seminars: Evictions and Landlord-Tenant Disputes - simplifying the eviction process; general landlord-tenant dispute resolution. Consider training for your support staff: Civil Litigation in the Magistrate's Court and debt collection. Read more here.
Due to be held in Cape Town and Durban this year, this programme will help women lawyers to grow their law firms or further their careers in the legal profession; identify niche leadership qualities and use professional strengths to achieve better results. The programme is held over two, two-day sessions with a cocktail networking event. Sponsored by CDH and LexisNexis. Application deadline: 24 April 2017. Read more and apply online here.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession (NF) met for the seventh time on 26 November 2016. It approved a Code of Conduct for Legal Practitioners and principle positions on elections. Read more. The Code of Conduct was gazetted on 10 February 2017. The January 2017 meeting of the National Forum was postponed to 6 May 2017 in order for it to finalise some of the issues which the different stakeholders are grappling with. These include practical vocational training as well as the election of Legal Practice Council councillors and provincial councils' councillors.
The conveyancing exam will be held on 10 May 2017 and the notarial exam on 7 June 2017. View the conveyancing exam syllabus here. LEAD's Conveyancing courses can assist you in preparing for the exam by giving you a practical background in the law, practice and procedure of conveyancing and notarial practice. Training is provided by practising conveyancers and notaries. Registration for the LEAD course closes on 3 April 2017. Read more.
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.