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Statistics for the attorneys' profession

About the attorneys’ profession

There are currently 25 035 practising attorneys and 5 654 candidate attorneys in South Africa. Attorneys are officers of the court and are registered on the roll of attorneys of the High Court and with the provincial law society where their firms are based.

An overview of the attorneys' profession
(As at December 2016)

Attorneys

Total attorneys 25 035  
White attorneys 14 755 59%
Black attorneys (includes African, coloured and Indian) 10 280 41%
White male attorneys 8 977 36%
Black male attorneys 6 393 26%
White female attorneys 5 778 23%
Black female attorneys 3 887 15%
Total female attorneys 9 197 38%

Candidate attorneys

Total candidate attorneys 5 654  
White candidate attorneys 2 142 38%
Black candidate attorneys 3 512 62%
White male candidate attorneys    839 15%
Black male candidate attorneys 1 562 28%
White female candidate attorneys 1 303 23%
Black female candidate attorneys 1 950 34%
Total female candidate attorneys 3 253 58%

Attorneys' firms
(2016)

Total firms 12 373
 
 
Sole practitioners 10 182
2 to 9 attorneys   2 084
10 to 19 attorneys       75
20 to 49 attorneys       15
More than 50 attorneys       17
The above data is supplied by the statutory, provincial law societies.
 

View the LSSA LEAD statistics on the profession, July 2015 (PDF - 1161KB)