PMB law firm dominates at council election

2019-06-26 06:02
Seated at the table is (from left) Whyona Sithapersad, who specialises in family and pension fund law; John Christie, who specialises in property law, conveyancing and notarial practice; and Margaret McCullough, who specialises in deceased estates, wills and trust law.PHOTO: supplied

Seated at the table is (from left) Whyona Sithapersad, who specialises in family and pension fund law; John Christie, who specialises in property law, conveyancing and notarial practice; and Margaret McCullough, who specialises in deceased estates, wills and trust law.PHOTO: supplied

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THE directors of J Leslie Smith and Company Incorporated of Pietermaritzburg, a firm of attorneys, conveyancers and notaries public of Pietermaritzburg, now into its 99th year, were recently honoured when three out of the six elected attorneys who were recently elected to serve on the Provincial Legal Practice Council (PLPC) for KwaZulu-Natal are current directors of the firm.

The three directors selected are family and pension fund law specialist, Whyona Sithapersad, Margaret McCullough who specialises in deceased estates, wills and trust law and John Christie, a specialist in property law, conveyancing and notarial practice.

Christie said that the election of three directors of the firm out of a possible six positions for the province of KZN was a source of great pride for the firm, but that the firm is fully cognisant of the great deal of responsibility which this has bestowed on those directors in serving the PLPC, and that he was confident that the three elected councillors would fully justify the confidence shown to them by the attorneys of KZN who elected them.

The election process required the nomination of each director separately by attorneys in the province, and the nominees were then required to provide their detailed CVs in order to provide proof of experience and competence, after which voting took place over a three week period — resulting in the three directors being elected with a substantial majority of votes.

“Our main functions are to look after regulatory affairs of the legal profession, especially when it comes to protecting the public.

“The regulatory functions are designed to ensure that practitioners do their work lawfully, professionally and ethically, and to deal with valid complaints by members of the public and others against legal practitioners who do not act professionally — for whatever reason that might be. The profession is subject to strict regulatory guidelines set out in the Legal Practice Act, the regulations to the Act as well as comprehensive code of conduct — all of which it is the duty of the PLPC to address when valid complaints are lodged against practitioners,” said Christie.

He added that it was exceptional for three representatives from the same firm in Pietermaritzburg to be elected to serve such a representative body — the PLPC being, in effect, the successor to the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society which came to an end at the end of October 2018.

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