LSSA discusses way forward after implementation of LPA

March 1st, 2018

LSSA Co-chairpersons, David Bekker and Walid Brown at the Kempton Park information session on the way forward after the implementation of the Legal Practice Act. The session was held at Emperors Palace on 15 February.

By Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele

The Co-chairpersons of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), Walid Brown and David Bekker, are currently hosting information sessions on the way forward after the implementation of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 (LPA).

The sessions are being held around the country and are in the form of informal discussions on the year ahead and what attorneys can expect once the LPA comes into operation fully. At the sessions the LSSA shares its thoughts and hears the views of attorneys on:

  • Changes to be brought about by the LPA and how these will impact attorneys.
  • What attorneys concerns are and what they expect.
  • What the LSSA currently does for attorneys.
  • What will be available to attorneys as practitioners once the provincial law societies fall away.
  • The way forward.

At the time of writing this report, the LSSA had held three information sessions, namely in Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Kempton Park where the Co-chairpersons explained the background to the roadshows, the establishment of the LSSA Transitional Committee, as well the negotiation process between the National Forum on the Legal Profession and the four provincial law societies, which had resulted in the retention of R 50 million to be transferred to the professional body.

It was also highlighted that no firm decisions had been made and that the views of practitioners were being canvassed on whether setting up a professional association is necessary, whether it is possible and how it will work.

Keep an eye on your e-mails to learn about information sessions taking place in your area or e-mail for more information.

Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele, Communications Officer, Law Society of South Africa,

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2018 (March) DR 17.