Times Network South Africa - 14 July 2022
Once the draft code is published, the public will have 60 days to comment.
The Law Society of SA has questioned whether it is “reasonable” to expect SA’s lawyers to perform hundreds of hours of pro bono work per year, as envisioned by a draft BEE code for the legal profession.
The draft, which Cabinet has endorsed, was formulated by the Legal Practice Council (LPC), which has decried the “marked absence of diversity on the basis of race and gender” in top law firms.The LPC, a relatively new body which oversees both advocates and attorneys in SA, said the code is necessary to ensure that black firms and advocates build successful law practices.
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