Category Legal Affairs

Repercussions for all attorneys that appear on the “non-practising roll” as the South African Legal Practice Council sets to implement fee

20 October 2019

FAnews received comment from a concerned reader which effects all "non-practising" attorneys

"Attached hereto please find a a proposed amendment to the Legal  Practice Act 25 of 2014 formulated by the (SALPC). If approved, there would be serious financial repercussions for all attorneys that appear on the “non-practising roll”. Could be a few 1000 and includes attorneys who are not working at all or working for insurance companies, other public/private companies, NGOs, government institutions  etc. The proposal aims to compel non-practising attorneys to pay an annual fee of R2875 to obviously boost the coffers of the SALPC. Presently we do not pay anything at all."

"Strangely, I believe this notice was only mailed to practising attorneys asking for comment by the 4 November 2019. Non practising attorneys ( I am one) did not receive this notice. I believe they are trying to sneakily get this proposal approved before many non-practising attorneys become aware of this. Closing date for comment is 4 November 2019." 

"The proposal is highly prejudicial to all non-practising attorneys as we do not practise law at all yet we will be compelled to pay an annual fee. We receive no back up or support of any nature from the SALPC and do not require same. This is merely a deliberate attempt to collect funds to support the activities of the SALPC from other sources."

The proposed new amendments can be found here:

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