Legal services

Government has recently introduced the Legal Practice Act which aims to increase your access to justice by ordering the profession to redesign and diversify, and to adopt norms and standards with objectivity and accountability.

But, some of the most important sections of the Legal Practice Act are not yet operational, most notably;

  • the duty of lawyers to provide fee estimates to clients in advance.
  • the duty of lawyers to inform clients in advance as to chances of success
  • the duty of lawyers to explain, in advance, the details of the legal process.

You are invited to help increase access to justice to all by telling us which of these duties are important and which should be implemented first.

Please provide your input in the brief survey below. Should you be unsure, please read the live comments, media, summary or documents.

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DearSA has partnered with Argumentum LPM, a legal project management firm which assist in the scoping and budgeting of legal projects, to compile the results of this survey. The report will be handed to the South African Legal Practice Council, the Minister of Justice and the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice to convince them to prioritise implementation of the remainder of the Act, as informed by your views.

Add your comment now.

    Do you think the Legal Practice Act will radically change legal services in South Africa?
    [checkbox* decision exclusive "Yes I do" "No I do not" "Not fully]

    Please indicate how the below statements might influence your decision to take legal action should you need to protect your rights:

    I want to know in advance what the total cost will be
    strongly disagreedisagreeagreestrongly agree

    I want to know what my chances of success will be
    strongly disagreedisagreeagreestrongly agree

    I want to be made aware in advance of how the process will work
    strongly disagreedisagreeagreestrongly agree


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    Argumentum LPM is a Legal Project Management firm who’s team have served as attorneys, advocates, in-house counsel and corporate counsel on demand for local, foreign and international organisations.

    In these capacities it became clear that there is a need to address the growing concern for runaway costs, and unplanned, un-scoped, disorganised execution of legal work.

    Argumentum LPM are passionate about effecting positive change in the legal industry and are therefore appointed as legal project managers by clients to assist them;

    • to determine the financial value of pursuing legal recourse,
    • in the appointment of suitably skilled and available lawyers,
    • to negotiate fixed (capped) fees for clients.

    We help you find the right lawyer to execute the right plan at a fixed budget

    By using this service you ensure an accurate record is held by civil society (on our encrypted database) so government cannot dispute facts or figures. This process forms a solid foundation for a legal case should the necessity arise.