Legal Practice Bill update

September 1st, 2012

By Barbara Whittle

The Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development granted an extension to the deadline for written comments on the Legal Practice Bill (LPB) past the original date of 27 July 2012 after the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the General Council of the Bar (GCB) jointly submitted a request for an extension. At the time of this issue going to print, the portfolio committee had not set a new deadline for comments.

In the meantime, throughout August, the LSSA LPB Task Team and council continued to refine the LSSA’s submissions. The LSSA also held further meetings with the GCB in order to seek common ground.

Keep up to date with developments on the Bill in the Legal Practice Bill section of the LSSA website at

Compiled by Barbara Whittle, communication manager, Law Society of South Africa,

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2012 (Sept) DR 14.