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Legal Activities in South Africa 2016

  • January 2016
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The South African Legal Sector: This report focuses on the activities of attorneys, advocates, notaries and conveyancers in South Africa. The legal activities sector is vital to both the South African economy and to democratic and equitable functioning of the country through the upholding of the rule of law. Forming part of the services sector, which contributed 59% to total GDP in 2014, legal activities accounted for estimated revenue of R29bn. There are currently 23,217 attorneys and 5,459 candidate attorneys employed at a total of 11,629 law firms throughout the country.


Pressing Issues: Although recent trends show that the sector is growing, many feel that it has failed to do so inclusively and questions regarding the transformation of the legal profession have become pressing issues in recent years. At the same time stakeholders are worried about declining standards and some have called for 'lawyers to be trained properly', citing the need for the 'genuine' postgraduate LLB degree to be brought back. Added to these factors are concerns about the Legal Practice Act signed into law by President Jacob Zuma in 2014. This piece of legislation is set to transform the profession in a variety of ways and all lawyers, advocates and attorneys will fall under a single regulatory body, The South African Legal Practice Council.



Report Coverage:

The Legal Activities report describes current conditions, recent developments including merger and acquisition activity, and factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles 25 law firms, including the largest and most well-known firms, colloquially referred to as The Big Five, Bowman Gilfillan, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH), Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS), Norton Rose SA, and Webber Wentzel. Also profiled are small legal firms such as Johannesburg-based Daly Maqubela Oliphant Incorporated where there are 20 employees, and Knowles Husain Lindsay Incorporated, which employs 70 people and has recently expanded its services to include high-end commercial and corporate law services.

Table Of Contents

Legal Activities in South Africa 2016
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 5
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 20
4.1. Local 20
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 27
4.1.2. Regulations 28
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 29
4.2. Continental 30
4.3. International 32
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 32
5.1. Economic Environment 32
5.2. Labour Resources 33
5.3. Technology, Research and Development (RandD) and Innovation 35
5.4. Environmental Concerns 35
5.5. Cyclicality 36
6. COMPETITION 36
6.1. Barriers to Entry 37
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 37
8. OUTLOOK 38
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
10. REFERENCES 40
10.1. Publications 40
10.2. Websites 40
COMPANY PROFILES 42
ADAMS and ADAMS PARTNERS 42
ALLEN AND OVERY (SOUTH AFRICA) INC 46
BELL DEWAR INC 48
BOWMAN GILFILLAN INC 51
CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR INC 57
COX YEATS ATTORNEYS 65
DALY MAQUBELA OLIPHANT INC 68
DU PLESSIS VAN DER MERWE INC 70
EDWARD NATHAN SONNENBERGS INC 72
FAIRBRIDGES WERTHEIM BECKER INC 81
FLUXMANS INC 84
GARLICKE AND BOUSFIELD INC 87
GILDENHUYS MALATJI INC 90
GOLDBERG AND DE VILLIERS INC 93
HOGAN LOVELLS (SOUTH AFRICA) INC 96
KNOWLES HUSAIN LINDSAY INC 99
LIVINGSTON LEANDY INC 101
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT SOUTH AFRICA INC 103
SHEPSTONE and WYLIE ATTORNEYS 110
SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES INC 113
SPOOR AND FISHER PARTNERS 117
STOWELL AND CO INC 120
WEBBER WENTZEL 122
WERKSMANS INC 128
WERTHSCHRODER INC 133

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