Attorneys and advocates in South Africa are registered with the Legal Practice Council in terms of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014. Since 1998 the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) has represented the attorneys’ profession.

Getting Legal Assistance

If you cannot afford the services of an attorney there are various options:

  • Legal Aid South Africa
  • Pro bono (free) legal services by attorneys; administered by the Legal Practice Council
  • Other organisations offering pro bono legal services


It is the function of the Legal Practice Council to act in the public interest. The Legal Practice Council is committed to protecting the public against unprofessional and irresponsible conduct by legal practitioners. Complaints about legal practitioners should, therefore, be lodged with the Legal Practice Council.

Brochures and Templates

The LSSA brochures are made available for public information. They should in no way be construed as legal advice. Should you require legal advice on a particular legal problem, please consult an attorney. All brochures are available in English, isiZulu; Afrikaans, Sesotho and isiXhosa.