Judged in terms of its constitutional and political significance, Brown v Leyds N0 is second only to the Harris cases in the annals of South African law. Not only did the judgment in this case precipitate a major political crisis that resulted in the dismissal of the chief justice of the South African Republic, but it later formed the basis for an international claim by the United States against Britain, as successor state to the South African Republic.
The title of this article, it may seem, bears testimony to academic presumptuousness: How dare a ""man of theory"" offer his opinion on an issue so thoroughly practical? Academics are, as far as matters of practice are concerned, by definition and by nature presumptuous. Practitioners unfortunately have to cope and bear with this.
The proper method of assessing the worth of an attorney's professional services is a subject which has always exercised the minds of practitioners and is now the direct concern of the assessors or assessment committees of the law societies.