Because advocates are not allowed to form incorporated firms like attorneys can, we practice in “groups” of individual advocates. This is much like independent medical doctors practising from one building. Each member of the group runs his or her own practice and may specialize in certain areas of the law.
Advocates are legal practitioners that represent their clients in the Lower and Superior Courts, in tribunals like the Competitions Commission and the CCMA, in arbitration proceedings and in settlement negotiations. Their specific training and in-depth knowledge of the law allow make them sought after practitioners in complex cases.