The Cape Law Society and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers have paid tribute to human rights lawyer. the late Judge Essa Moosa who died on 27 February 2017. Read Nadel press release. Read CLS press release.
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.
The conveyancing exam will be held on 10 May 2017 and the notarial exam on 7 June 2017. LEAD's Conveyancing and Notarial Courses can assist you in preparing for the exams 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.
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.