“The financial position of the society itself, however, reached a stage where the majority of the Bar Council was convinced that there was no choice but to take the resolution to apply for provisional liquidation, as it does not have a reasonable prospect of being able to pay all its expenses when they fall due, unless agreement can be reached with the landlord of High Court Chambers,” read the statement.
“The representatives of the Advocated for Transformation on the Bar Council did not support the resolution and viewed it as premature.”
The council will meet on Tuesday evening to discuss the application and practical consequences and the implementation of the resolution.
HeraldLIVE reported earlier this week that the financial effect of the lockdown on legal practitioners has been devastating, with many fearful that they would never bounce back, even once the lockdown restrictions were lifted.
Some advocates and attorneys in the Eastern Cape told the publication it was costing more to keep their doors open under lockdown.
Attorney Zolile Ngqeza, who opened his practice in Port Elizabeth in 2007, said it had been the most challenging time of his entire career.
“I am struggling along with everyone else,” said Ngqeza, who has represented the likes of Luthando Siyoni, one of the men implicated in the contract killing of teacher Jayde Panaiotou.
He said his staff of five were on rotation and no longer worked five days a week.