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.
The dates for the two sessions of the Admission, Conveyancing and Notarial Examinations for 2017 have been published. Candidates must register with the relevant provincial law society to sit the exams. The syllabus for the Admission Exam is available.Read more.
LEAD's Conveyancing and Notarial Courses give attorneys a practical background in the law, practice and procedure of conveyancing and notarial practice. Choose between attendance or distance training options. Conveyancing course starting in February: Deadline - 20 January 2017. Read more.
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. Also, the NF is making progress in negotiations for the transfer of staff and assets from the provincial law societies to the Legal Practice Council. Read more.
In order to limit the probability of being scammed and – ultimately losing money to fraudsters – it is important that you have a good understanding of how your stakeholders operate, what their service offering is and how they would interact with you. Some of the attempts made by the fraudsters may appear to be obvious, but these may not be so obvious to everyone, and continue to be experienced by some legal firms. The Attorneys Fidelity Fund outlines some of the scams perpetrated against attorneys. Read more.
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.