Advocates Group 21 was established in 1999 and is conveniently situated in central Sandton – the financial hub of South Africa. Its membership comprises of approximately 80 advocates, with an appropriate ratio of junior advocates and senior advocates.
Each advocate within Group 21 practices as an individual advocate, but also as a member of a greater independent association, the Johannesburg Bar. The Johannesburg Bar is one of ten regional Bar councils affiliated to the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.
Each advocate member of Advocates Group 21 subscribes to the code of ethical conduct for the legal practice of an advocate. As an individual advocate, each is committed to the highest standards of a professional legal practice and the maintenance of an effective and independent judiciary.
Advocates Group 21 is equally committed to transformation initiatives internally, as well as at the Johannesburg Bar generally, to make certain that the practice of an advocate remains highly esteemed and legitimate. Group 21 is committed to ensuring that the Bar is representative of South Africa generally, and to providing the highest possible standard of legal services to the widest range of persons.
Group 21 has a Group Clerk System, a valuable initiative for the upliftment and assistance of a number of junior advocate members within the Group who come from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This initiative is analogous to that which is practiced in the United Kingdom and is based upon two core principles: the education, training and assistance of such junior members and the propagation of transformation thus affording the practice of an advocate the legitimacy it deserves.
Collectively, these attributes ensure that Group 21 plays a distinct role in maintaining a high standard of judicial practice, professional integrity and independence – all of which are time-honoured characteristics of the profession of an advocate.
Group 21 prides itself on the fact that each advocate benefits from the collegial and valuable interaction and relationships with his or her colleagues within the group. In this manner, a junior advocate will gain invaluable experience and training from dealings with fellows advocates – in turn, he or she will pass that training and experience on to another advocate in the future.
As an individual advocate and member of Group 21, each of our members practice in all the fields of law traditionally dealt with by advocates, including constitutional law and human rights, labour law, criminal law, matrimonial matters, banking law, company law, liquidations, aviation law and intellectual property.