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Legal Services and Activities in South Africa
BY Stephen Timm
South Africa
25 February 2021
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Legal Services and Activities in South Africa


The legal activities and services sector in South Africa has been significantly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which initially resulted in the brief closure of courts and a number of legal entities. Legal practitioners have experienced salary cuts and a decline in fees billed, and sole practitioners and smaller law firms have been more greatly affected than larger firms. Firms also face rising operating costs and the possibility of having legal fees regulated. Competition is on the rise and law firms are attempting to incorporate new legal technologies to reduce costs.


Legal Practitioners


The number of practising attorneys has increased significantly over the past few decades, and there has been a huge rise in enrolment for an LLB degree, and in the number of graduates. There is a growing gap between the number of LLB graduates and the number of attorneys admitted to the profession each year, and although demand for legal services is growing, the sector faces an over-supply of qualified graduates.


Demand for Legal Services


Besides dealing with new legislation and providing compliance advice, the legal sector is assisting clients with legal issues and challenges that have emerged as a result of pandemic including challenges to the legality of certain regulations introduced during the lockdown and legal issues involving claims companies have made against insurance companies for losses incurred during the lockdown. Amendments to legislation and the introduction of new laws and regulations is set to continue driving demand for legal advisory services, particularly in the area of compliance.


Report Coverage


This report focuses on legal services and activities in South Africa and includes comprehensive information on the state and size of the sector and the factors that influence it. There is information on the number and size of firms, people studying or employed in the sector, earnings and fees and transformation statistics. There are profiles of 28 companies including big law firms such as Norton Rose Fulbright, Bowmans, Webber Wentzel, Werksmans and ENSAfrica, a number of medium-sized firms and specialists such as Von Seidels Intellectual Property Attorneys and Spoor & Fisher.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 3
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4.1. Local 8
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 17
4.1.2. Regulations 18
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 23
4.2. Continental 25
4.3. International 27
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 29
5.1. Coronavirus 29
5.2. Economic Environment 34
5.3. Operating Costs 34
5.4. Labour 35
5.5. Environmental Concerns 37
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 38
6. COMPETITION 41
6.1. Barriers to Entry 42
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 43
8. OUTLOOK 44
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 44
10. REFERENCES 45
10.1. Publications 45
10.2. Websites 46
APPENDIX 1 47
Summary of Notable Players 47
COMPANY PROFILES 49
ADAMS & ADAMS 49
ALLEN AND OVERY (SOUTH AFRICA) INC 54
BAKER AND MCKENZIE INC 56
BELL DEWAR INC 58
BOWMAN GILFILLAN INC 62
CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR INC 69
COX YEATS ATTORNEYS 75
D M KISCH INC 78
DALY MAQUBELA OLIPHANT INC 81
EDWARD NATHAN SONNENBERGS INC 83
FAIRBRIDGE ARDERNE AND LAWTON INC 94
FLUXMANS INC 97
GARLICKE AND BOUSFIELD INC 100
GILDENHUYS MALATJI INC 103
GOLDBERG AND DE VILLIERS INC 106
HAHN AND HAHN INC 109
KNOWLES HUSAIN LINDSAY INC 111
LAWTONS INC 114
LIVINGSTON LEANDY INC 116
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT SOUTH AFRICA INC 118
SHEPSTONE & WYLIE ATTORNEYS 123
SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES INC 127
SPOOR AND FISHER PARTNERS 131
STOWELL AND CO INC 135
VON SEIDELS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEYS 137
WEBBER WENTZEL 139
WERKSMANS INC 157
WERTHSCHRODER INC 163