Transformation of the legal profession, particularly with regard to briefing patterns, has become a topical and contentious issue in South Africa. In an attempt to address this, the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) hosted a summit on the distribution of work to attorneys and briefing patterns of advocates. The summit was held on 31 March 2016 and was opened by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
An Action Group on Briefing Patterns in the Legal Profession was established after the Summit. The Action Group, which and has been meeting on a monthly basis, comprises attorneys, advocates and the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.
The Procurement Protocols, drafted by the Action Group, have been adopted by the legal profession. They were launched officially at a ceremony on 28 June 2017. Read the De Rebus report on the launch here.
View the firms that have signed the Procurement Protocols:
►Attorneys' firms are invited to commit to adopting and implementing the Procurement Protocols. Read more here. Download the 'Expression of Interest' form for attorneys' firms here.
* Disclaimer: The Law Society of South Africa has not verified that the attorneys and/or law firms that have signed the Procurement Protocols for the Legal Profession comply with the requirements thereof.