Attorneys are urged to comply with the FAIS Act when they undertake financial transactions involving the investment of trust funds on behalf of clients and the statutory requirements of the Act makes it compulsory for them to do so. Read more.
At its meeting on 3 September, the National Forum on the Legal Profession resolved to propose separate voters' rolls for attorneys and advocates for the first elections of the Legal Practice Council. Read more.
On 7 September, the LSSA conferred its inaugural Truth & Justice Award on Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela, recognising the consistent, exceptional work done in terms of the Rule of Law, access to justice, protection and promotion of the Constitution and good governance. Read more.
The National Forum on the Legal Profession (NF) met for the sixth time on 3 September 2016. It discussed elections and the voters' rolls for attorneys and advocates; provincial councils and committees as well as the commencement of negotiations to transfer staff and assets from the statutory law societies to the Legal Practice Council. Read more.
Practitioners can apply for their 2017 FFCs from 1 October 2016. FFCs are issued by the Attorneys Fidelity Fund (AFF) through its appointed agencies, namely, the four statutory provincial law societies. The AFF's financial forensic unit exmplains how to apply. Read more.
Two experienced firms - BIsset Boehmke McBlain of Cape Town and Schwellnus Inc or Johannesburg - are offering to transfer skills and support growing firms in Cape Town and Gauteng respectively through the LSSA's Synergy Link empowerment initiative. 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.