Circle visits The Council has for some time been perturbed that certain Circles have ceased to function as they should. The importance of the proper functioning of Circles has been mentioned often in the past and needs no repetition but the mere mentioning of the importance does not cure the defect.
Most firms with 8 or more partners never had bills prepared outside, but of those who did several limited the practice to especially complicated cases, in particular contentious bills for taxation. Out of the 116 replies about 26 per cent used outside draftsmen for contentious bills not to be taxed, and about 50 per cent for contentious bills to be taxed. Only 9 firms used this method for preparing non-contentious Schedule I bills, and only 20 firms for Schedule II bills; most of these did so only occasionally.
At a recent dinner given by the Law Students' Council of the University of the Witwatersrand I made some brief remarks regarding the language used by practitioners in Court, and certain aspects of one's bearing in Court which are believed, rightly or wrongly, to be traditional in the legal profession.
The qualifications previously recognised are set out on Page 17 of The South African Attorneys' Handbook by Randall & Bax. The Board has now recognised the following examinations to be the equivalent or superior to those previously recognised.