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September 1, 2016

Legal Consultants: What We Can Do To Help You

Often cheaper, technologically savvy and leaner, this is why more and more clients are turning to legal consultancies as an alternative service provider.

After admission as an attorney of the High Court of the respective judicial province, newly minted attorneys follow the well beaten paths of associateship in law firms, legal advisor roles in private and public entities or some go to the bar to pursue careers as advocates. These are lucrative, viable and familiar options, however in the last eight years the trend of legal consultancies has grown and we want to shed some light on how they operate.

In order to run a legal consultancy, it is preferable that one is an admitted attorney who is enrolled on the non-practicing roll of the High Court. Most consultancies operate through a private company which is regulated by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and the Company’s Act.

Most attorneys who run consultancies have been trained in law firms, therefore they are attuned to the concerns of clients on the quality of work and managing clients matters in a professional manner. Those who have a big law firm background still carry that strand of understanding that they acquired during their training.

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