The Code of Conduct for legal practitioners, candidate legal practitioners and juristic entities was gazetted on 10 February 2017. It will be binding on all attorneys and advocates and failure to adhere to the Code will constitute misconduct. The Legal Practice Council will be responsible for enforcing the Code in disciplinary proceedings.
On 2 February 2018, the Rules for the Legal Profession were gazetted for comment. The deadline for comment has been extended to 5 April 2018. The Rules deal with inter alia fees and charges, the Legal Practice Council, education and training, admission and enrolment and the Legal Practice Fidelity Fund. In order to provide meaningful comment – practitioners need to get to grips with the proposed Rules and potential pitfalls.
To this end the authors of The South African Legal Practitioner – A commentary on the Legal Practice Act published by LexisNexis will be running a half-day course in April 2018 in Cape Town and Pretoria. At the seminar they will discuss the focus ot their book, which explores the most important principles underlying the practice of law in SA and the significant consequences of the new Act. They will compare the existing legal position with what is anticipated to be the new dispensation under the Act.
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