Law Society of South Africa Welcomes the Legal Practice Bill

22 May 2012: For immediate release
LAW SOCIETY WELCOMES LEGAL PRACTICE BILL;
COMMITS TO ENGAGING IN DISCUSSIONS WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) welcomes the publication of the long-awaited Legal Practice Bill. ‘This Bill has been in the making for more than a decade, and throughout that pr ocess, the LSSA has been
cooperating with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and other stakeholders as it has been of the view that the existing Attorneys Act of 1979 is outdated and needs to be replaced with new legislation that unites the legal professi on, complies with the Constitution, the Competition Act and transformation imperatives. In addition, the Bill must do the necessary to guarantee that the profession is governed and regulated in the best way to serve the public interest, while maintaining the independence of the profession. The Bill must ensure access to justice for members of the public and equitable access to the
 rofession and to legal work for legal practitioners,’ say LSSA Co-Chairpersons Krish Govender and Jan Stemmett.
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