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Legal Activities and Services
BY Duncan Bekker
South Africa
10 June 2019
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Legal Activities and Services


The legal activities and services sector in South Africa plays a vital role in upholding the rule of law and promoting the fair, democratic, and equitable functioning of the country. Law firms provide knowledge-intensive business service, and this report offers an overview of South Africa’s legal profession, as well as the role and benefits of knowledge management in the sector. While somewhat exposed to South Africa’s poor economy, the legal services sector enjoys a stable base of companies seeking compliance and advisory services in the face of new legislation and a shifting regulatory framework. Competition is on the rise and law firms are attempting to incorporate disruptive new legal technologies in pursuit of increasingly efficient operating processes and value-oriented client services.


Growth Drivers


Political uncertainty and the poor economy have affected the profession, notably pressuring M&A activity, but demand for legal services is generally on the rise. The introduction of new legislation and an increasing regulatory and compliance load is driving companies to seek legal advice. Judicial inquiries into state capture, widespread corruption, the mismanagement of state-owned entities, potential amendment of the Constitution to allow for the expropriation of land and property without compensation are also set to bring potentially significant changes to South Africa’s law. Competition is on the rise, with the majority of large audit and consultancy firms now operating legal divisions and a host of smaller companies developing innovative legal services, leveraging new legal technologies, and offering increased flexibility and relatively lower costs to potential clients. The large law firms are also adapting, attempting to streamline their businesses and incorporate new technologies into their traditional operating models.


Report Coverage


This report on the legal activities and services sector, including knowledge management, includes comprehensive information on the nature, size and status of the sector, and the factors and trends that influence it. It includes the latest information on the number and size of law firms, practising lawyers and candidate attorneys, and scope of fees. There are profiles of 28 firms including the big players, Norton Rose Fulbright, Bowmans, Webber Wentzel, ENSafrica and Werksmans, as well as smaller firms and those focusing on specific areas such as Adams & Adams and von Seidels, that are known for their focus on intellectual property.


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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 5
2.2. Geographic Position 7
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 13
4.1. Local 13
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 29
4.1.2. Regulations 30
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 33
4.2. Continental 35
4.3. International 38
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 39
5.1. Economic Environment 39
5.2. Operating Costs 40
5.3. Labour 40
5.4. Environmental Concerns 42
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 42
6. COMPETITION 46
6.1. Barriers to Entry 47
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 47
8. OUTLOOK 49
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 50
10. REFERENCES 50
10.1. Publications 50
10.2. Websites 51
APPENDIX 1 53
Summary of Notable Players 53
COMPANY PROFILES 55
ADAMS & ADAMS 56
ALLEN AND OVERY (SOUTH AFRICA) INC 61
BAKER AND MCKENZIE INC 63
BELL DEWAR INC 66
BOWMAN GILFILLAN INC 70
CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR INC 77
COX YEATS ATTORNEYS 84
D M KISCH INC 87
DALY MAQUBELA OLIPHANT INC 90
EDWARD NATHAN SONNENBERGS INC 92
FAIRBRIDGE ARDERNE AND LAWTON INC 104
FLUXMANS INC 107
GARLICKE AND BOUSFIELD INC 110
GILDENHUYS MALATJI INC 113
GOLDBERG AND DE VILLIERS INC 116
HAHN AND HAHN INC 119
HOGAN LOVELLS (SOUTH AFRICA) INC 121
KNOWLES HUSAIN LINDSAY INC 124
LIVINGSTON LEANDY INC 127
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT SOUTH AFRICA INC 129
SHEPSTONE & WYLIE ATTORNEYS 134
SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES INC 138
SPOOR & FISHER 142
STOWELL AND CO INC 146
VON SEIDELS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEYS 148
WEBBER WENTZEL 150
WERKSMANS INC 163
WERTHSCHRODER INC 169