Proposed South African legislation would cap legal fees

July 14, 2012 The government of South Africa is considering a plan to cap lawyers fees in an effort to increase access to justice.

The Legal Practice Bill, which sets out a structure for determining reasonable and affordable fees, and would require foreign lawyers to re-qualify in South Africa, is open for comment from the community until the end of the month.

Local lawyers have warned the plans threaten the independence of the profession, and that the fee cap could be damaging in an increasingly international market.


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