oa De Rebus - The Legal Practice Bill - a wake-up call for ordinary attorneys : editor's note

Volume 2013, Issue 529
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The Legal Practice Bill (B20 of 2012) will drastically affect the governance, structure and regulation of the legal profession and, with the currently strong political will to enact the legislation, the Bill is likely to be on our statute books soon.

Yet, to date, the Bill seems to have weighed on the minds of only a relatively small number of members of the legal profession. This is reflected in the dearth of debate and discussion on the draft legislation and the submissions to parliament relating to it. It does not appear that its reach has extended broadly to most of the 20 000-odd attorneys practising in the country, despite many efforts to highlight its magnitude, including by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and its various constituents.

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