Cape Town attorney Walid Brown and Harrismith attorney David Bekker have been elected Co-Chairpersons to lead the Law Society of South Africa at a time of transformation and change to a new dispensation. Read more.
The Action Group on Briefing Patterns in the Legal Profession has reported on progress made since it was established after the Briefing Patterns Summit on 31 March 2016. Read more
The LSSA has questioned the decision by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) not to include the legal profession in its review of the LLB degree. Majority of graduates wish to become attorneys. Read press release.
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.
Cabinet approved the Legal Practice Amendment Bill, 2017 for introduction into Parliament on 29 March 2017. The Code of Conduct for legal practitioners 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. Read more.
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.