Doing legal business in South Africa

South Africa has the second largest economy in Africa and is the only African member of the G20. It was ranked 84th in the World Bank’s ‘Ease of doing business’ ranking in 2020.

The South African economy is diverse, with key areas of economic activity including:

  • manufacturing
  • mining
  • agriculture
  • tourism
  • financial and legal services

Practising in South Africa

Foreign lawyers can establish under home title. This is the title granted to you by your home jurisdiction: for example, a solicitor of England and Wales.

Foreign lawyers can practise home and international law. They can also practise:

  • international finance
  • project management
  • arbitration

Only South African attorneys can take part in litigation, appear in court and carry out conveyancing transactions.

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