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Legal Activities and Services
BY Duncan Bekker
South Africa
10 April 2017
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Legal Activities and Services


In the South African legal sector there are currently 25,035 attorneys practising at a total of 12,373 law firms. The number of practising attorneys has increased by 42% since 2006 and the number of law firms and advocates, while not growing as quickly, has evidenced a steady upwards trend over the past decade. Despite these increases, the sector remains significantly over-supplied with regards to legal graduates looking to enter the profession. On average some 1,800 new attorneys and between 100 and 200 new advocates begin practising law each year. By contrast, first-time student enrolment in legal degrees stood at more than 7,000 in 2016 and an average of 3,900 students graduate with an LLB annually.


An Increasingly Competitive Sector


The legal services sector, with an estimated value of R29bn per annum, has become increasingly competitive while the Legal Practice Act, scheduled to come into effect in 2018, is set to fundamentally change the structure of the sector. The market for legal services is also being affected by globalisation. As large multinational clients do more of their business around the world, and across legal jurisdictions, an increased demand for globally active law firms with expertise in many countries has emerged. This and other trends are being driven by technological advances, and stakeholders predict that recent developments such as the disruptive practice of legal process outsourcing (LPO) and the emergence of so-called “virtual” law firms could have serious consequences for the future of the sector.


Report Coverage


The Legal Activities and Services report examines the domestic legal sector, focusing on current conditions and trends. Factors that influence the success of the sector including the rapid introduction of new legislation and the growing need for company compliance are also discussed. The ‘Big Five’, Bowman Gilfillan, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH), Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS), Norton Rose SA, and Webber Wentzel are among the 25 companies profiled in the report. Also profiled are Werksmans and Adams & Adams, both increasingly notable firms, and Spoor & Fisher, which in 2017 was awarded “Intellectual Property (IP) Law Firm of the year in South Africa” for the third year running.


Page
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 11
4.1. Local 11
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 21
4.1.2. Regulations 22
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 23
4.2. Continental 24
4.3. International 26
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 27
5.1. Economic Environment 27
5.2. Labour Resources 28
5.3. Operating Costs 29
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 30
5.5. Environmental Concerns 31
5.6. Cyclicality 31
6. COMPETITION 32
6.1. Barriers to Entry 33
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 33
8. OUTLOOK 34
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 35
10. REFERENCES 36
10.1. Publications 36
10.2. Websites 37
COMPANY PROFILES 38
ADAMS & ADAMS 38
ALLEN AND OVERY (SOUTH AFRICA) INC 43
BELL DEWAR INC 45
BOWMAN GILFILLAN INC 49
CLIFFE DEKKER HOFMEYR INC 56
COX YEATS ATTORNEYS 63
DALY MAQUBELA OLIPHANT INC 66
DU PLESSIS VAN DER MERWE INC 68
EDWARD NATHAN SONNENBERGS INC 71
FAIRBRIDGE ARDERNE AND LAWTON INC 80
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 102
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT SOUTH AFRICA INC 104
SHEPSTONE & WYLIE ATTORNEYS 110
SMITH TABATA BUCHANAN BOYES INC 113
SPOOR & FISHER 117
STOWELL AND CO INC 120
WEBBER WENTZEL 122
WERKSMANS INC 135
WERTHSCHRODER INC 141