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Statistics for the attorneys' profession

About the attorneys’ profession

There are currently 25 854 practising attorneys and 6 669 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 July 2018)

Attorneys

Total attorneys 26 701  
White attorneys 15 042 57%
Black attorneys (includes African, coloured and Indian) 11 659 43%
White male attorneys 8 980 34%
Black male attorneys 7 048 26%
White female attorneys 6 063 23%
Black female attorneys 4 610 17%
Total female attorneys 10 673 40%

Candidate attorneys

Total candidate attorneys 6 669  
White candidate attorneys 2 478 37%
Black candidate attorneys 4 199 63%
White male candidate attorneys 1 003 15%
Black male candidate attorneys 1 851 28%
White female candidate attorneys 1 467 22%
Black female candidate attorneys 2 348 35%
Total female candidate attorneys 3 815 57%

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)