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Statistics for the attorneys' profession

About the attorneys’ profession

There are currently 24 330 practising attorneys and 4 909 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 April 2016)

Attorneys

Total attorneys 24 330  
White attorneys 14 638 60%
Black attorneys (includes African, coloured and Indian) 9 692 39%
White male attorneys 9 045 37%
Black male attorneys 6 088 25%
White female attorneys 5 593 23%
Black female attorneys 3 604 15%
Total female attorneys 9 197 37%

Candidate attorneys

Total candidate attorneys 4 909  
White candidate attorneys 1 973 40%
Black candidate attorneys 2 936 60%
White male candidate attorneys    799 16%
Black male candidate attorneys 1 332 27%
White female candidate attorneys 1 174 24%
Black female candidate attorneys 1 604 33%
Total female candidate attorneys 2 778 57%

Attorneys' firms
(April 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)