CHURCH SQUARE ASSOCIATION OF ADVOCATES
(CHURCH SQUARE BAR)
WHEREAS there are a number of advocates practicing independently at Standard Bank Chambers; and
WHEREAS a need has arisen to ensure the upholding of common law customs and conventions legally acknowledged and accepted amongst advocates; and
WHEREAS a need has arisen to ensure honest practice in order to maintain and safeguard the ethics and professionalism of the advocacy; and
WHEREAS the aforementioned number of advocates are of the opinion that the above stated goal can be achieved by the way of association;
NOW THEREFORE the aforementioned number of advocates consent as follows:
This is an association of advocates; who practice independently with legal personality, represented by a committee, and for the purpose set out hereinafter.
Each associate of the association is responsible for his/her own administration and expense of their practice, except in so far as he/she has an agreement with any other associate to share expenses, with the reservation that it does not result in a partnership.
Each associate commits him-/herself to honest practice and maintaining the common law customs and conventions acknowledged and accepted between advocates, in order to ensure the reputation of the associates of the association who have taken up chambers, and the advocacy in general.
In order to discuss matters of common interest and to promote such on behalf of the association, it is agreed as follows:
Whenever the behaviour or conduct of an advocate in the association is of such a nature that it impugns the prestige of the profession and/or the association, and is regarded as unacceptable, having regard to paragraph 3 hereinbefore, the committee will take such steps a sit deems meet, including an application for disbarment from the roll, while applying the principle of audi alteram partem.
After acceptance of the constitution, it can only be amended if such amendment is approved by at least two thirds of the associates present at the annual general meeting, or if expedient, by an extraordinary general meeting.
As soon as possible after acceptance of the constitution it will be incumbent on the chairman to apply for affiliation with the General Bar Council.
The association is constituted by those whose signatures appear hereunder.
A meeting will be held thereafter to elect office bearers as envisaged herein.
Associated membership may be awarded by the committee in a meritorious case.
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