The matter has been set down for 22 to 24 August 2017. View the Notice of Set Down by the Deputy Judge President of the High Court: Gauteng. The Law Society of South Africa filed its answering affidavit on 7 June 2017.
16 November 2016 - Practitioners have previously been advised of a proposed business model by Proxi Smart Services (Pty) Limited (Proxi Smart) to render certain conveyancing-related services which are presently performed by conveyancers – who are regulated by the statutory, provincial law societies.
The view of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the provincial law societies, is that the proposal by Proxi Smart cannot be supported as the full conveyancing process is regarded as professional work, and should remain so in the interest of the public. Proxi Smart has been informed accordingly. The LSSA is opposing the matter. Understandably, the matter is of grave concern to the profession and we wish to assure practitioners that we are prioritising this matter and are dealing with the interests of the both the profession and the public.
Law Society of South Africa Answering Affidavit of 7 June 2017 and other documents on LSSA website.
I believe that the applicant has the misguided impression that anyone can perform the tasks expected of a conveyancer. All conveyancers will confirm that there is no "typical" transaction, and how many twists and turns a matter make take, both before and after signature of a sale agreement. Knowledge is required of many underlying laws in order to successfully execute a mandate - It is not for nothing that the conveyancing exam is one of the toughest to pass!
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