Is practice management training mandatory for legal practitioners?
Yes, Section 84(1) of the Legal Practice Act No 28 of 2014, provides that every attorney or any advocate referred to in Section 34(2)(b) – trust account advocate – who wishes to practice for his/her own account either alone or in partner-ship or as a director of a juristic entity, must be in possession of a Fidelity Fund certificate. Section 85(1)(b) provides that every legal practitioner who, for the first time practices as such, must within the period determined in the rules, complete a legal practice management course approved by the Council.
How do legal practitioners comply?
The practice management training (PMT) course offered by the Law Society of South Africa’s education division, Legal Education and Development (LEAD), has been approved by the LPC as determined in the LPA [Section 85(1)(b) read with Section 95(1)(zL)].
By when do legal practitioners have to comply?
Rule 27(1) provides that every legal practitioner who is obliged in terms of Section 84(1) to be in possession of a Fidelity Fund certificate must, within a period of one year after the date on which the legal practitioner was required for the first time to be in possession of a Fidelity Fund certificate, or within such further period as the Council may approve in any specific case, complete to the satisfaction of the Council a legal practice management training course approved by the Council. This Rule applies to legal practitioners who practise as attorneys.
What does the LEAD Practice Management Training offer?
This LEAD PMT course was developed to assist legal practitioners to manage their practices efficiently by combining legal expertise with strategic business management.
The course focuses on the fundamentals of practice manage-ment relating to management, marketing, technology and finance. Its ultimate aim is to provide legal practitioners with the tools to manage their practices more efficiently on a sustained basis in order to improve standards of practice of the legal profession and service delivery to clients.
The course, which is subsidised by the Legal Practitioners’ Fidelity Fund, is designed to provide training and guidance to legal practitionrs on inter alia
- effectively starting a practice;
- combining legal expertise with strategic business management;
- applying resources productively;
- practising in a financially sound manner;
- marketing for profitability;
- ensuring risk management and control; and
- administering the affairs of clients and the business prudently.
Training is offered by the Law Society of South Africa’s education division, Legal Education and Development. There are three intakes per year. The duration of each intake will be 4 months as per below
1st Intake: February – May 2021
2nd Intake: May – August 2021
3rd Intake: August – November 2021
Full course: R2 580 (VAT inclusive)
First intake: Closing date for registration is 07 January 2022. The course will start in February.
Second intake: Closing date for registration is 15 April 2022. The course will start in May.
Third intake: Closing date for registration is 15 July 2022. The course will start in August.
1st intake (Will be available in January 2022)
2nd intake (Will be available in April 2022)
3rd intake (Will be available in July 2022)
For more information please e-mail pmt@LSSALEAD.org.za
Euginia Sookane (Senior Training Co-ordinator): 012 441 4609 – euginia@LSSALEAD.org.za
Pelcrine Mathibi: 012 441 4614 – pelcrine@LSSALEAD.org.za
Tshego Pooe: 012 441 4676 – tshego@LSSALEAD.org.za
Senior Manager LEAD
Ogilvie Ramoshaba: 012 441 4625 – ogilvie@LSSALEAD.org.za