The Code of Conduct for legal practitioners was gazetted on 10 February. The code is not in force yet, but will apply to all legal practitioners, candidate legal practitioners and juristic entities when the Legal Practice Act comes into operation (envisaged to be in 2018) Read more.
Attorneys’ firms that were registered with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) on the previous system need to update their details on the new system, called goAML. New firms also need to register on the system, since attorneys are accountable institutions in terms of FICA. Read more.
Upcoming LEAD seminars: Evictions and Landlord-Tenant Disputes - simplifying the eviction process; general landlord-tenant dispute resolution - and Demystifying the Myth of Pension Law - Understand pension law terminology, types of pension funds and where pension law is encountered in daily legal practice.
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.
New candidate attorneys must ensure that their contracts of articles of clerkship are registered with the relevant statutory provincial law society. Click here for more information and relevant contact details.
From 1 February 2018 the legal profession in South Africa will be regulated in terms of the Legal Practice Act through the Legal Practice Council as the compulsory statutory, regulatory body for all legal practitioners. This necessitates the formation of a broad-based professional interest association – a new home for all legal practitioners. 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.